While one college is famous for its swimming pool, the other is popular for its western dance society and a stylish canteen. But both the all-girls colleges compete equally with each other. After the face-off between Miranda House College and Lady Shri Ram College last week, we bring to you a face-off between Indraprastha College for Women in North Campus and Jesus and Mary College (JMC) located in South Campus.
Indraprastha College for Women
Founded in 1924, it is the oldest college for women in DU. After its existence in Chhipiwara during the early years, the college moved to Chandrawali Bhawan, Civil Lines, then to Alipur House near Kashmiri Gate, where it still exists today. The colonial look of the college, with peacocks, gives it a unique appeal. At present, the college has an enrollment of over 2,670 students.
Famous alumni of this college include Minister of Information and broadcasting Ambika Soni, playback singer Jaspinder Narula, first Bhutanese woman to write a novel — Kunzang Choden, politician Meira Kumar and Indian author Kamala Laxman.
It is the only college in Delhi University to offer a BA (Hons) course in Mass Media and Mass Communication (BMMMC). It has a fully equipped studio for in-house training and production. The college is disabled-friendly with a barrier-free access to existing spaces, especially toilets, a lift in the library and markers for the visually challenged. It also has a swimming pool.
The college is popular for its bun-tikki (Rs.20) at a shack near the entrance. The canteen in front of the lawn has options like spring rolls, spicy maggi, momos and chowmein to be enjoyed with cold coffee or iced tea. Chhole bhature (Rs.20) and paneer bread pakora (Rs.12) is the most popular. The pav bhaji and tikki for Rs.10-Rs.20 is quite a hit with the girls.
"IP girls aren’t snobbish like other girls’ colleges. We’re grounded and intellectual, yet stylish," says Geetika Aggarwal, second year, (BMMMC).
"The sports facilities and societies like film and photography, editorial and North-East soc give it an edge over other colleges," says Parushi Ruhil, second year, English Honours.
Jesus and Mary College
This college was founded in 1968 by Jesus and Mary Congregation, which was founded by Saint Claudine Thevenet in France in 1818. The college began with the vision of educating young women to help them bring about development in themselves, their homes, and in their society. It has a sprawling campus, which extends over a vast area of 14 acres.
Jesus and Mary College is famous for alumni like Bollywood actor Neha Dhupia, author and co-founder of Jaipur Literature Festival, Namita Gokhale, historian Usha Sanyal, television anchor Ambika Anand and actor Sushmita Mukherjee.
JMC is known for its western dance society - Mudra. There is also a green society, which conducts plantation drives, art shows and creative workshops to reuse materials, as well as a peace society, which organises rock concerts and dance shows. It also has a students union page on Facebook where students get regular updates of what’s happening in the college.
Called the Happiness Centre, the canteen has been recently revamped with bright purple walls and a brand new menu. The sumptuous masala dosa for Rs.25 and crispy chilli potatoes (Rs.30) are the most popular. Colourful cubic stools near the common room are the favourite hangout of students as they catch up with friends over a chocolate pastry for Rs.40 from the shack nearby.
"Our professors guide us through the challenges of life and stay in touch long after college is over," says Kanika Chaturvedi, former president, JMC (2011-2012).
"A JMC girl stands out in a crowd. We are always well groomed," says Niyati Kochhar, third year, B Com honours.