For all the environment enthusiasts out there, Hindu College has introduced a new short-term course in Green Chemistry from this year. Handled by the Chemistry department of the college, the three-month course is the first of its kind in Delhi University.
“This is a developing branch of Chemistry that deals with the responsible use of science and technology. It dispenses the myth that pollution is an inevitable part of development,” says Anju Srivastava, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry and course co-ordinator.
She adds, “The course is an introduction to the subject, a base for students to build upon. With 60 per cent practical classes, it ensures hands-on experience for them.” Another course introduced by the college is B.A. (Hons) Philosophy. This has been introduced with new 20 seats and two faculty members.
“We believe Philosophy is the mother of all sciences and whether it is logic, ethics or literary theory, there is a lot to be learnt. After having tried for 15 years, the college has finally received approval from the University Grants Commission to start the course,” says principal Kavita Sharma.
There’s more good news; the college is sporting a brand new look for the upcoming academic session. The building has just been renovated and whitewashed. Since it is a heritage structure, all the improvements have been made without altering its original look.
“The academic infrastructure has been improved upon as all laboratories, classes and the library have been renovated. Even the flooring has been changed and the staff room redone. The college is looking beautiful which makes for a good educational environment,” says Sharma.
The college will also perhaps be the first in the university to get an exhibition-cum-art gallery. “We are planning to refurbish a former guardhouse built in 1828 and use the space to display our students’ work,” said Sharma.