Hindu College

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Hindu College is an esteemed institution set in the heart of Delhi University’s North Campus. As opposed to its name, Hindu college has nurtured students from various religions and cultures (without any specific reservations and preferences) within its peaceful and picturesque precincts. The environment here is infused with humility, revelry and amity, and is conducive for students to carve out a niche for themselves in their chosen area of study.

The college was established in 1899 by Late ShriKrishanDassjiGuruwale in a small building in Kinari Bazar, ChandniChowk.The University of Delhi was nonexistent at that time and the college was affiliated to the Punjab University.The institution made a shift to its present campus in 1953. An old world charm pervades through this 61 year old building which is replete with modern amenities.The 117 years of history manifestthemselves in numerous traditions and stories, a rich legacy which Hinduites have kept alive with pride. From its humble beginningsover a century ago, today, the college has acquired the status of being one of the premier co-educational academic institutions in the country.

Without doubt, Hindu should be the first choice of students looking for a complete Delhi University Experience!

  1. Courses offered

A plus point of this college is that it offers more than 15 courses spanningall the three streams – Humanities, Science and Commerce; thus, the students of this college are an eclectic mix.

Science courses – Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics & Zoology

Humanities courses –Economics, English, Hindi, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sanskrit& Sociology

Commerce courses – B.Com (Hons.)

Apart from these, the college also offers short term courses in French and German languages.

  1. Popular Courses

Hindu College is especially famous for its humanities courses – Honours in English, History, Political Science et cetera.

  1. Faculty

The institution boasts of highly qualified and dedicated teachers. The faculty ofits humanities and science courses is one of the best in the university.

  1. Infrastructure

Auditorium – Though spacious, it is suffocating and also demands a lot of maintenance.

Library – One of the oldest in the university, it has a mammoth collection of books, journals, and periodicals. The library gets a large number of visitors especially during the summer months when the air conditioning provides a much-welcome respite.

Accommodation – The boy’s hostel is housed in the college itself, it is well maintained, spacious and provides residential facility to over 200 undergraduate and post graduate students. Provision for a girls’ hostel has lately been done.

Sports Ground – The college has a sprawling sports ground which has been renovated recently.

Washrooms – Very small, and their condition is pathetic.

Classrooms – They are difficult to comment upon, some of them are furbished, clean and well lit up, while others are dark with peeling walls, yet others will transport you back to your school days.

Laboratories – The Science laboratories are comparatively small, but they are well-equipped.

  1. Societies

For those looking forward to honing their talents further while pursuing regular studies, Hindu College is the place to be. The college has a large number of societies to suit every interest, be it dance, drama, music, writing, wildlife or simply discussing science and philosophy.The most famous one is – Ibtida, the Hindi Street Play society established by Imtiaz Ali, their street plays have received numerous accolades in competitions across the nation. Each department also has its own society.

  1. Famous Alumni

The college is proud to be the alma mater of distinguished alumni, many of whom are now prominent figures in government, business and industry, the media and education.

Bollywood -Imtiaz Ali, ArjunRampal, Tisca Chopra, Manoj Kumar, Vishal Bhardwaj

Sports – GautamGambhir, Ajay Jadeja, Aakash Chopra

Politics – MeenakshiLekhi, Subramanian Swamy, Mira Aggarwal

Journalism – ArnabGoswami, Mayanti Langer

  1. Popular addas in college

There is no dearth of hangout spots in the college and each one has its own significance. The Virgin tree is the most happening place and in a way is symbolic of the institution itself. Though more famous for the whacky Virgin tree Pooja, V tree is the hotspot for all students and buzzes with activity all day long. PAM, abbreviation for ‘Pizzas and More’ is another prominent student adda,is a small eating stall outside the boy’s hostel. It’s an ideal place to catch up on some gossip while relishing iced tea and grilled sandwiches.

Besides, the 25 acre campus is embellished with a number of beautifullawnswelcoming students to spend some quieter moments on its inviting turfs.

  1. Popular hangout places nearby

The college is located in the heart of North Campus and hence the Kamla Nagar marketis the nearest hangout place. Instead of spending money on rickshaws/ batteries, Hinduites access this market through the ‘ChorGali’, a cloistered pathway in front of the canteen that opens right opposite to Kirori MalCollege, Kamla Nagar being a short walk ahead.

Armaan Mehra
Correspondent