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Hindu College is now a constituent college of the University of Delhi[1] in Delhi, India. Established in 1899 [initially, at Kinari Bazar (Chandni Chowk, Delhi), later shifted to Kashmiri Gate (Delhi) and then to its present site in Delhi University (North Campus)], it is one of the oldest and most preferred[2] colleges in Delhi. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in sciences, humanities, social sciences and commerce.

Hindu College
Hindu College, Delhi shield.svg
MottoMusic of Truth
TypePublic
Established1899
PrincipalAnju Srivastava
Academic staff
120
Students2500
Location
Delhi University (North Campus) New Delhi
CampusUrban, 25 Acres
AffiliationsUniversity of Delhi
Websitehinducollege.ac.in
Hindu College (Front).jpg

Nationally, it is ranked 2nd in 2019 by National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) under Ministry of Human Resource Development (Government of India).[3] It is awarded 'Star College' status for its Department of Biotechnology by the Ministry of Science and Technology (Government of India).[4]

The College has produced many notable (infra) alumni in the fields of law, economics, science, psychology, business, literature, media, cinema, military and politics. Notwithstanding its name, students from all religions are admitted to Hindu College.

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HistoryEdit

 
A 1999 stamp dedicated to Hindu College

Hindu College was founded in 1899 by Krishan Dassji Gurwale in the backdrop of the nationalist struggle against the British Raj. Some prominent citizens, including Gurwale Ji, decided to start a college that would provide nationalist education to the youth, while being non-elitist and non-sectarian. Originally, the college was housed in a humble building in Kinari Bazar, Chandni Chowk, and it was affiliated to Punjab University as there was no university in Delhi at that time. As the college grew, it faced a major crisis in 1902. The Punjab University warned the college that the university would disaffiliate the college if the college failed to get a proper building of its own. Rai Bahadur Lala Sultan Singh came to rescue the college from this crisis. He donated a part of his historic property, which originally belonged to Colonel James Skinner, at Kashmiri Gate, Delhi, to the college. The college functioned from there till 1953.[5] When the University of Delhi took birth in 1922, Hindu College along with Ramjas College and St. Stephen's College were subsequently affiliated to the University of Delhi, making them the first three institutions to be affiliated with the university.[6]

Hindu College was a centre for intellectual and political debate during India's freedom struggle, especially during the Quit India Movement. This is the only college in Delhi to have a Students' Parliament since 1935, which provided a platform to many National leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sarojini Naidu, Annie Besant, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Subhash Chandra Bose for motivating the youth. Responding to Gandhi ji's Quit India Movement in 1942, the college played substantial role in India's Freedom Struggle and some of this college's teachers & students courted arrest,[7] and the college even closed its gates for several months.[8]

PrincipalsEdit

  1. B.B. Mookerji, 1899–1906
  2. N.N. Roy, 1906–1911
  3. P.B. Adhikari, 1911–1915
  4. S. Sen, 1915–1917
  5. N.V. Thadani, 1917–1928
  6. S.K. Sen, 1928–1934
  7. N.V. Thadani, 1935–1950
  8. A. Bhattacharya, 1950–1957
  9. R.N. Mathur, 1958–1964
  10. B.M. Bhatia*, 1964–1971, 1973–1980
  11. P.C. Verma, 1980–1995
  12. S.N. Maheshwari, 1995–1997
  13. Kavita A. Sharma, 1998–2008
  14. S. Choudhary, 2008–2010
  15. Vinay K Srivastava, 2010–2012
  16. Pradumn Kumar 2012–2014
  17. Anju Srivastava 2015 – present


*Dr. B.M. Bhatia was on leave for two years, 1971–1973. During this period, Dr. P.C. Sood was the substituting principal. [9]

CampusEdit

The college has a 25-acre campus. It also has one auditorium and a seminar room.[10] The college maintains a playground and a sports complex. Basketball, cricket, and table tennis are organised under the supervision of the Director of Physical Education. The college has physics and chemistry laboratories, NCC and NSS rooms. A computer room, photocopier and stationery shop are also available. A Students' Centre offers a bank and a canteen.[citation needed]

LibraryEdit

Hindu College's library is one of the oldest among the University of Delhi's college libraries. It came into existence along with the foundation of the college in 1899.

HostelEdit

Hindu College's boys hostel is situated next to the sports complex of college. It is a structure with 119 rooms enclosing four lawns with rose beds and hedges (charbagh style). The hostel provides residential facilities to about two hundred undergraduate and postgraduate male students. A common room provides the residents recreational facilities such as carrom-board, chess, and a separate TV room apart from the newspapers and magazines. Due to its limited capacity, only the highly meritorious among the college students get admission to the hostel. The college plans to have a girls hostel, which has been delayed due to procedural delays.[citation needed]

Student SocietiesEdit

Every department has its own society which is tasked with organising the department-specific co-curricular activities.

Ibtida is the dramatics society of Hindu College which performs both stage and street plays. It was formed by Imtiaz Ali while he was a student at the college.[11]

The Indian music society, Alankar, holds its annual festival Harmony every year.[12] The English debating society, popularly known as the Desboc, is representative of an inquiring and active intellectual life on campus. Debsoc is the only debating society in Delhi University to organise four major debates in an academic year. Vivre, the film society, screens almost 15 films a month in the college seminar room and holds an annual fest named Snap.[13]

Other societies include Abhyas- The Internship Cell; The Finance & Investment Cell; Abhirang, the Hindi Dramatic Society; Abstraction, the Fine Arts Society; Aria, the Western Music Society; Manthan, the Choreography Society; Srijya, the Quiz Society; Masque, The English Dramatic Society; Vagmi, the Hindi Debating Society; and Vivre, The Film and Photography Society.[14]

The college has a Students' Parliament. The Hindu College Parliament is a unique student organisation in the country. All the students and teachers of the College are its members. The students elect the Prime Minister from amongst themselves at the beginning of the year. There is also a Leader of the Opposition. The Speaker of the Parliament is a teacher nominated by the Principal in his/her capacity as the President of the Hindu College Republic.[15]

The College Parliament is a forum for discussions on academic and other issues. It allocates funds to the various societies. The parliament is in continuous operation since 1935. Members of students' parliament are elected by students. The students' parliament takes care of demands of students.[16]

DepartmentsEdit

  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of English
  • Department of Hindi
  • Department of History
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Sanskrit
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Zoology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physical Science – Chemistry

RankingsEdit

College rankings
General – India
NIRF (Colleges) (2019)[17]2

Hindu College was ranked second among colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2019.[17]

Notable alumniEdit

The alumni of Hindu College are called Hinduites.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Colleges".
  2. ^ "Cut-off List" (PDF).
  3. ^ "HRD Rankings".
  4. ^ "Hindu College Delhi". www.globaleducates.com. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Eduage – Hindu College". www.eduage.org. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  6. ^ "About University of Delhi – University of Delhi". www.du.ac.in. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  7. ^ Hindu College, Delhi. toptalent.in
  8. ^ Introduction to Hindu College, Delhi University. hindu-college.learnhub.com
  9. ^ "::: Hindu College ::: – About Us". www.hinducollege.org. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Hindu College". dubeat.com. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  11. ^ Singh, Prashant (18 August 2015). "Realised I liked direction while working in theatre: Imtiaz". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  12. ^ "HARMONY 2015- Music Festival : Hindu college – Heyevent.com". heyevent.com. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Hindu College photography festival". Times of India. 24 April 2014.
  14. ^ Hindu College, University of Delhi. universityexpress.co.in. 5 June 2013.
  15. ^ "::: Hindu College ::: – Campus Life". www.hinducollege.org. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  16. ^ http://www.studiebay.com/experiences-hindu-college-du/
  17. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Colleges)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  18. ^ "Arnab Goswami quits Times Now". The Hindu. 1 November 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2017.

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