From being one of Delhi University’s (DU) oldest colleges, St Stephen’s College on Friday added another feather to its cap to become one of the few colleges in the varsity to house one of the finest science and research wings.
The new science campus was inaugurated on Friday by ex-Stephenian and former governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Delhi University’s (DU) vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh.
What was earlier the old science block, adjacent to the tennis court, today houses Delhi University’s (DU) plushest science wing for the physics, chemistry and computer science departments.
“During the monsoon season when I saw buckets being used to contain the water seepage within some of the classrooms, I decided it was time to redo this block. We had earlier drafted a proposal seeking Rs 12.3 crores for this block. Later, Rs 2.5 crores was sanctioned by the VC and we are truly grateful for that. This science campus is equipped to encourage research at the undergraduate level, thanks to our faculty and the great quality of students that we get from across the country and the new technology that we have here,” said Valson Thampu, principal, St Stephen’s College.
While the new science campus drew much appreciation from the VC, its remote location and disconnection from the main college building attracted his concern.
“It was in 1973 that the old science block was inaugurated and it was something very significant. Today with the inauguration of the new science campus, it will allow all the science disciplines within the system to flourish,” the vice-chancellor said.
The old science block has undergone substantial renovation and along with the new science block, the campus will include two physics laboratories, a chemistry laboratory along with two modular chemistry laboratories and an air-conditioned classroom, which will also be used as a seminar room.
“The laboratories have undergone complete transformation while one of the lecture rooms will serve as a state of the art seminar room too. It is a matter of pride to see this take shape right from the time the idea of the modular laboratories and the block was mooted,” said SV Eswaran, head of chemistry department, St Stephen’s College.