The University of Delhi has held the No. 1 spot of universities in India. Over 3,50,000 students attend the institution. It has over 16 faculties, 86 academic departments, and 77 colleges. Here are the top colleges at DU. Please note that the colleges are listed in no particular order.
1. Hans Raj College
Hans Raj College is a D.A.V college which was founded on July 26, 1948 in the memory of the prominent Indian educator and nationalist Mahatma Hans Raj. Started as an institution for men, the college became co-educational in the year 1978. For the past many years Hans Raj College has constantly been ranked among the Top-10 colleges of India in all three disciplines. The college is situated at Malka Ganj Chowk. Ask anybody and they would tell you that the college has the best location on campus. Its hostel gates directly open into the famous Kamala Nagar Market. Across the road from Hansraj, you have popular eateries like Mad Over Donuts, Al Zaitoon, Dominos and Dunkin’ Donuts. To say that Hansarians are spoilt for choices would be an understatement.
2. Lady Shri Ram College for Women
Lady Shri Ram College for Women, has long been recognized as a premier institution of higher learning for women in India. Established in 1956 in New Delhi by the late Sir Shri Ram in memory of his wife, the college had its modest beginnings in a school building in Daryaganj, Central Delhi. It is located in a beautiful 15 acre campus in South Delhi, has approximately 2000 students, over 150 faculty, administrative and support staff and 16 courses of study. The College became a byword for academic and extracurricular achievement, under the inspiring Chairmanship of industrialist and philanthropist, late Dr. Bharat Ram. LSR is known for Economics, Political Science, History, Psychology, English and Commerce courses.
3. Jesus and Mary College
There are quite a few things that set Jesus and Mary College apart from most Delhi University colleges. The college was founded in 1968 by a Roman Catholic congregation, and is one of the only two Christian minority college in Delhi University, the other being St. Stephen’s College. The college is also one of the few in the University that is not affiliated with Delhi University Students Union, but has a strong and independent students’ body of its own.
Unlike many other DU colleges, Jesus and Mary College has very strict attendance and discipline policies. Another thing JMC girls take extreme pride in is their performance in sports and other extracurricular activities like western dance, drama and Indian music, to name a few. The college has consistently been winning sports accolades like the Vice Chancellor’s trophy for many years, with the most recent feathers in their cap being the DU Inter College Tennis Tournament, Apurvi Chandela, a final year student winning the gold medal in the women’s 10m air rifle event and Manika Batra, securing the 4th place in the women`s singles table tennis, both at the 2014 CWG, Glasgow.
4. St. Stephens College
St. Stephens College is the oldest college in Delhi. It was founded in 1881 by the Cambridge Mission in response to a colonial government policy promoting English-language education in India. It is considered to be a top college for arts and science. The college is famous for its library, which also houses a collection of rare Sanskrit and Persian manuscripts. Facilities for a number of sports are provided for on the college campus.
The Francis Monk gymnasium, the Ladies Common Room, and the Junior Common Room provide facilities for indoor sports and recreation. A chapel is open to all members for worship and meditation. The college has produced many distinguished alumni in politics, business, science and arts. They include Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, former President of India, Ajaypal Singh Banga, CEO of MasterCard and Ajit Bhattacharjea (1924 – 2011), newspaper editor, The Hindustan Times, The Times of India and The Indian Express.
5. Hindu College
Hindu College was founded more than a century ago in 1899, by Late Shri Krishan Dassji Gurwale. Hindu College was a centre for intellectual and political debate during India’s freedom struggle, especially during the Quit India Movement. Some teachers and students even went to prison for supporting Ganhiji’s Quit India call. There are 120 accomplished faculty and more than 2000 students. Spread over twenty five acres of land, the College premises are housed in one of the prime locations of the North Campus of the University of Delhi, well connected by road and the Delhi Metro.
The college campus is well known for its well-maintained gardens and lovely trees, a vast sports ground, and a men’s hostel which can accommodate nearly 200 students. It also has one of the finest auditoria in Delhi, a state-of-the-art seminar room, and last but not the least, its very own canteen where the eatables can get as sumptuous as the discussions.
6. Miranda House
Miranda House is one of the top colleges at DU, offering degrees in arts and sciences to women. Miranda House, residential college for women, is one of the premier Women’s Institutions of Delhi University. It was founded in 1948 by the then Vice-Chancellor Sir Maurice Gwyer; its foundation stone was laid by Lady Edwina Mountbatten on March 7 in the same year. Located in the University campus, Miranda House is built in warm red brick with cool and spacious corridors.
Its original design was by the renowned architect Walter George, the college shares an architectural affinity with other colonial educational institutions of the country. In the past five decades, as the college has grown, several other buildings have been added to its original design. Many notable women have graduated from Miranda House, including Arti Mehra (Mayor of Delhi), Nandita Das(actress), and Renu Karnad (Executive Director, HDFC).
7. Ramjas College
Ramjas College is a constituent college of the University of Delhi located in north campus Delhi, India. It is one of first three colleges established under DU.It is one of the premier institutes in the country. The college is at the top list of students preference for higher education in India. Famous for its rich history and many traditions, Ramjas is widely renowned as one of the most famous higher educational institutions in India offering degrees in the liberal arts, the sciences as well as commerce. The college has steadily climbed all India rankings.
For 2013-2014 session, the college was ranked #1 in Science, #4 in Humanities and #15 in Commerce in terms of factual ranking on an all India level The College has modern facilities backed by the latest in technology, making it an excellent institute for learning and research. The College has an air-conditioned auditorium that has hosted renowned performers from all over India, and a state-of-the-art Seminar Room with advanced multi-media facilities.
An attractive cafeteria, renovated classrooms and departments with individual computers and LCD projectors add to the overall charm of life in Ramjas. Notable alumni include Shekhar Suman, Bollywood actor & TV personality, Sarup Singh academic, Governor of Gujarat and Kerala and Somnath Bharti, Delhi Law Minister.
8. Shri Ram College of Commerce
Shri Ram College of Commerce has been consistently ranked as one of the best among the elite colleges in India for higher studies in Commerce and Economics since its establishment. It has been voted as the No.1 commerce college in India for three years in a row since 2011(based on reputation, academic input, student care, infrastructure, placement, perpetual rank and factual rank) by India Today and still maintains that rank(as of 2014).
With a circular façade incorporating the lecture rooms on two floors, a central Clock Tower, tutorial and library blocks flanking the main building, separate students’ hostel, canteen, common room, staff residences, the College was created to encompass the whole range of institutional requirements. Notable alumni include Rana Kapoor, banker, CEO, YES Bank, Anshu Jain, Co-CEO, Deutsche Bank, and Bingu wa Mutharika, Former President of Malawi.
9. Kirori Mal College
Kirori Mal College was established in 1954 by American Jesuits in the wake of partition. It offers degrees in science, arts, humanities and commerce. Its extracurricular activities especially theater, music, art and sports. The college has one of the most extensive libraries that Delhi University has to offer. With about 1.5 lakh books, it has books on the college’s subjects as well as leisure books and books of general awareness. Kirori Mal College’s fest, Renaissance, is known for being one of the best in North Campus. the annual fests for the dramatics and music societies are also crowd pullers.
The dramatics society, The Players, holds its stage play public performance outside the college, where both students and non-students from all over the city throng to watch their productions. The Players also has an active street play wing and it has its own non-competitive fest, ‘Sar-e-Aam’ inside the college. The annual fest of Musoc, ‘Surmanjari’, is also famous for its display of creativity and talent.
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