Brand new canteens, air-conditioned classrooms, upgraded auditoriums, latest equipment in labs, upcoming sports infrastructure and accommodation facilities — Delhi University colleges are going all out to attract students. Notably, off-campus colleges are aggressively upgrading their facilities to make colleges more student-friendly.
Maharaja Agrasen College (in Mayur Vihar Phase I) is offering journalism students a brand new media lab with video-mixing facility, cameras and sound equipment. All the classrooms have been air-conditioned and the administrative wing has a new electronic data processing cell. “We will be expanding the media lab further by adding multiple cameras. Moreover, we have also begun an adventure club where students and faculty get a taste of mountaineering and other outdoor activities,” said principal Sunil Sondhi.
At Vivekananda College for Women, a hockey court and running tracks are coming up. A full-fledged gym with treadmills, weight-benches, lifting platforms, cardio and other weight machines has already been set up. “We are inaugurating the hostel, which will initially accommodate 25 students,” said principal Anjana Dev.
The college auditorium is being redone and the faculty lounge spaces itself into two rooms with new interiors. The canteen too has been given a chick look with bright red chairs and tiled floors. “At the academics level, we have got permission to start French and Spanish languages. I have also included ECA/sports in the time table and ensured that every student takes up two activities of her choice,” said Dev.
Kirori Mal College will welcome freshers with redone auditorium and renovated physics and chemistry labs. “The auditorium acoustics will be changed and we are installing new lights. The green rooms and the stage have also been revamped,” said Virendra Kumar, vice-principal, KMC.
At Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), students can study in the cool environs of air-conditioned classrooms from the new academic session. “We are going wi-fi, the library is now connected to the best on-line journals and we will be introducing latest teaching gadgets,” said P.C. Jain, principal, SRCC.
Girls applying to SRCC can also heave a sigh of relief. The college is constructing a new hostel for girls with a capacity of 400. On the cards are a mini-stadium, air-conditioned cafeteria and changing rooms that will be put in place for the Commonwealth Games.
Daulat Ram College has added 10 new computers to its staff room, besides renovating the psychology lab and building a new lab for chemistry students. The canteen has also been spiced up with new colour schemes and a revised menu card. At Miranda House, the hostel rooms and toilets are undergoing major renovation. “We are installing solar water heaters so students can have running hot water all year round,” said Poonam Bihari, vice-principal.
Hansraj College is offering a new air-conditioned seminar room equipped with LCD projector and screen and latest black and white boards in all the classes. At Sri Venkateswara College, a new auditorium with a seating capacity of 900 will be ready before the new academic session begins. Moti Lal Nehru College in South Campus has added classrooms with brand new furniture, a common computer lab and has computerised its library.
With inputs from Karan Choudhry and Sakshi Batra.