Lady Irwin College

Lady Irwin College is a constituent college of the University of Delhi. Established in 1932, it is a women's college located in New Delhi, India, and offers graduate courses in Food Technology as well as graduate and post-graduate courses in Home Science.[1][2][3]

Lady Irwin College
Vidya hi Sewa
Established1932; 89 years ago (1932)
Academic affiliation
University of Delhi
DirectorAnupa Sidhu
Sikandra Rd, Mandi House
New Delhi
28°37′35″N 77°14′09″E / 28.626299°N 77.2359074°E / 28.626299; 77.2359074
Lady Irwin College is located in Delhi
Lady Irwin College
Location in Delhi
Lady Irwin College is located in India
Lady Irwin College
Lady Irwin College (India)


In 1928, the All India Women's Conference began to raise funds for the college.[4] The college has an illustrious ancestry and was established under the patronage of Lady Dorothy Irwin, wife of Lord Irwin, Viceroy of India and the Maharanis of Baroda and Bhopal, Sarojini Naidu, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Annie Besant, Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay, Margaret Cousins and Sir Ganga Ram Kaula to name a few in 1931.

The buildings of the college campus have been classified and protected as heritage sites.

The college shifted to its current campus at Sikandra Road in 1938. Till 1950, it was managed by the All India Women's Education Fund Association, after which it got affiliated to the University of Delhi, and honours degree courses were introduced in the college.[5]


The aphorism "Vidya Hi Seva" (lit.'Education is Service') is read beneath the crest of the College emblem. During the pre-independence period, along with Lady Dorothy Irwin, Mahatma Gandhi and Rajkumari Amrit Kaur were amongst the other revolutionists who participated in the struggle by the way of emancipation of women. The college came up in 1931, but during the course of developments, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and M.K. Gandhi exchanged letters[6] over the finalisation of the motto for the emblem. Discussing how "knowledge itself is service" against "service itself is knowledge", Gandhi gave a green signal for the previous one. The teaching learning transactions true to the motto endeavour to inculcate a sense of knowledge to serve through carefully designed outreach experiences.[dubious ]


  • B.Sc. (Pass) Home Science - 3-year degree course.[1]
  • B.Sc. (Honors) Home Science - 3-year degree course.
  • B.Ed (Home Science) -2 year degree course
  • B.Ed. Special Education (MR) - 1-year degree course.
  • Btech. Food technology
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics & Public Health Nutrition - 1-year diploma course
  • M.Sc. Home Science - 2-year degree course in:
    • Food & Nutrition
    • Human Development & Childhood Studies
    • Fabric and Apparel Science
    • Development Communication & Extension
    • Resource Management & Design Application
  • Ph.D. - In all five specialisations of Home Science


It is ranked 32nd across India by National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2020.[1]

College rankings
General – India
NIRF (Colleges) (2020)[7]32


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Home Science from Lady Irwin College". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 May 2005.
  2. ^ "There's more to Lady Irwin College than good food". The Hindu. 21 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Campus Hangout: A benign spectator". The Hindu. 29 November 2008.
  4. ^ Kumar, Radha (1997). The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women's Rights and Feminism in India 1800-1990. New Delhi: Zubaan. pp. 68–69. ISBN 9788185107769.
  5. ^ "Making history with brick and mortar". Hindustan Times. 15 September 2011. Archived from the original on 5 December 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
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  7. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Colleges)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  8. ^ Kamra, Diksha (24 July 2010). "I met my hubby 'coz of my college". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Padmashree Thangam E. Philip". Kerala Tourism, Government of Kerala. 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Educational Qualifications".

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