Next year, by this time, students of Lady Shri Ram College will be comfortable in their new classrooms, all thanks to the alumnae of the college.
College principal Meenakshi Gopinath has appealed to all former students to donate money for the completion of new infrastructure projects as the funds provided by the university are inadequate.
Once the construction is complete, the college will have a new academic block, a seminar block with an exhibition area and a learning centre.In an appeal posted on the college's website, the principal has said, "Keeping in view the cost of construction as well as the facilities envisaged, the funds available right now are way below the actual requirement. Therefore, keeping in view the shortage of funds, I appeal to all of you to donate to your Alma Mater to the extent you consider fit. Big or small —all contributions are welcome."
While the appeal has already generated some positive response from the alumnae, the college still needs more donations to meet the deficit.
"Many old students have contributed towards the development work but there is still a long way to go," said Preeti Dhawan, vice principal, LSR.
The Delhi University had provided the college with R5 crore for constructions but the cost of current project is estimated to be over R13 crore.
The college was facing a severe space crunch — like every other college — after the OBC expansion in Delhi University in 2009 with classes being conducted in small rooms.
The new academic block will take the pressure off the existing block and will be a state-of-the-art facility.
This is not for the first time that a college has appealed its alumni for monetary contribution. Shri Ram College for Commerce did it in 2008 and the alumnae contributed enough money for the college to refurbish its classrooms and install a broadband network.
The alumni of St Stephen's college and Hindu College also played a T20 cricket match to raise funds to renovate the St Stephen's library in 2010.