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Ramjas College is a college of the University of Delhi located in North Campus of the university in New Delhi, India. The college admits both undergraduates and post-graduates, and awards degrees under the purview of the University of Delhi.
Motto in English
|"Knowledge Has No Comparison"|
|Founder||Rai Kedar Nath|
|Principal||Manoj Kumar Khanna|
|Affiliations||University of Delhi|
It is one of the founding colleges of University of Delhi, along with Hindu College and St. Stephen's College. It is a co-educational college that admits students and select teachers from all communities irrespective of gender, caste, religion and physical challenges. The college is situated in the north campus of university of Delhi.
Founded on 14 May 1917 by the great educationist and philanthropist, Rai Kedar Nath, Ramjas College is oldest college of Delhi after Hindu College and Stephen College. Initially it was affiliated with university of Punjab, Lahore up to intermediate level. Beginning from the humble precincts of Darya Ganj in Old Delhi. The college was named in memory of Lala Ramjas, father of Rai Kedar Nath, the founder of the college. In its starting days, the college was run by the Ramjas Foundation - an educational foundation that runs schools and educational institutions in Delhi. When University of Delhi was formed in 1922, it was upgraded to degree level and brought under the University. Ramjas College has since been a humble part of that University. After formation of DU, the college was brought under government control but Ramjas Foundation kept looking over the administrative works of the college. In 1924, Its other branch named Ramjas intermediate college was opened at Daryaganj and old college was moved to a new campus at Anand Parbat (which was then called Kala Pahad) near the serai Rohilla Station about two miles from heart of city. The college was then inaugurated at its new location by Mahatma Gandhi, who was also a good friend of Rai Kedar Nath. But during World War II, the college had to cede its campus at Anand Parbat to the British Wireless Experimental Centre. In the same period, at time of Quit India Movement, a group of Ramjas students went ahead and joined the freedom struggle which resulted in them being arrested and jailed. A plaque with their names inscribed on it has been put up near the college auditorium gate in memory of the brave students.
The college relocated to its current location in 1950. Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India inaugurated the present building on January 17, 1951. He even sent his daughters to study here. After the death of Rai Kedarnath, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the architect of Constitution of India and first Minister of Law and Justice of India, acted as the Chairman of Governing Body of Ramjas College, the only College in Delhi that had the honour of having him in its Governing Body. On 12 February 1959, The famous black American leader Martin Luther King Jr. visited the college and made a memorable speech to the students. Now almost equal in number, there were only two females out of 161 students in 1942–43 session.
Ramjas was celebrating its Centennial legacy from 2016 and completed its 100 years celebration in January 2017. In 2017 India Post issued a postage stamp to commemorate the Centenary Year of Ramjas college Delhi.
The college offers 8 Bachelor of Arts courses, 8 Bachelor of Science courses and 2 Bachelor of Commerce courses at undergraduate level. Primary medium of instruction of courses is English. Further, it offers 18 postgraduate courses in sciences, humanities and commerce streams. Additionally, there are 26 add-on courses and 6 foreign language courses on offer.
The college's red coloured building is surrounded by trees and foliage which has earned it the title 'Rainforest'. A Seminar Room and a Conference Hall form the nucleus of all the academic conferences, events and proceedings of the college. It has volleyball, basketball, football and table tennis facilities. It also has its own shooting range and an archery range within the campus. It also has a gymnasium with modern equipment.
The college is also known for its students' involvement in student politics. The DUSU (Delhi University Students' Union) has been known to have major contributions from Ramjas College, the most important being the victory of alumnus Akshit Dahiya as the DUSU President (2019–20) with a margin of 19,069 votes and him also being the youngest DUSU President in a very long time, aged 20 when elected.
The college offers a wide range of courses, extra-curricular activities and technologically advanced facilities accessible to the faculty, the students and the support staff. There are specific zones formed by the authorities of Ramjas College to emphasize on various aspects. The woman development cell, student information and management system support services, clubs, gender forum, student counsellor, student activity centre and various societies of Ramjas College encourage students to participate in different areas other than academics.
The alumni of Ramjas College are called Ramjasites. Notable alumni include:
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (February 2018)
- Ajit Prakash Shah, Chief Justice of Delhi High Court
- Angaraag Mahanta, composer and singer
- Vivekanand Sinha, IPS and Inspector General of Police of Bastar.
- Chaudhary Brahm Prakash, 1st Chief Minister of Delhi
- Kahlil Joseph, American Actor
- Manish Jha, Film director
- Manoj Bajpai, Actor
- Nivedita Tiwari, TV Actress
- Pathik Vats, Dialogue Writer & Lyricist
- Prakash Jha, Film Director
- Pratap Keshari Deb, Member of Rajya Sabha
- Praveen Kumar, indian cricketer
- Pravesh Rana, Bigg Boss finalist and Model
- Rahul Roy, Actor & Documentary filmmaker
- Raj Kumar Gupta, Film director
- Sanjay Kumar, Director CSDS
- Ranbir Singh Hooda, Activist
- Sarup Singh, Governor of Gujarat and Governor of Kerala
- Shekhar Suman, Actor & Presenter
- Somnath Bharti, former Minister of Law and Justice of Delhi
- Vikas Bahl, Film director & Film producer
- Vijender Gupta, Leader of Opposition, Delhi
- Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal, 36th Chief Justice of India
- Vipin Patwa, Music Composer & Singer
- Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, IPS Officer, DGP of Assam
- Shivam Pradhan, Actor, Kerry on Kutton, Tere Bin Laden, Phillauri
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