Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, a co-educational institution, was set up in 1959 as Sanatan Dharma College. It was later renamed to honour Atma Ram Chadha, the scholar-philanthropist who became chairman of the college governing body in 1967. While this college is not perceived to be in the ‘creamy layer’ of Delhi University as far as academics are concerned, it is renowned for its student participation in the National Cadet Corps (NCC).
Applied science is one of the strong points of the college and students get jobs through campus placements in top companies like Barclays, Ernst & Young, Max New York and Wipro.
BA Honours (economics, political science, history, English, Hindi), BA programme, BCom programme, BCom (Hons), BSc (physical sciences, applied physical sciences — electronics, industrial chemistry), BSC honours (physics, chemistry, electronics, mathematics and computer science), MCom, MA (English, Hindi, political science). The most sought-after programmes are BCom (Hons) and economics (Hons).
The sprawling two-storeyed college building has, besides classrooms and an excellent library, a seminar room, well-equipped laboratories, common rooms for girls and boys, a canteen and an administrative block.
With the help of the National School of Drama, the college dramatics club, Rangayan, holds a 40-day theatre workshop every year.
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“Our faculty is our strength,”says Hemant Kumar, third-year student of BSc (industrial chemistry).
The college was founded on August 3, 1959, by the Sanatan Dharma Sabha (Rawalpindi) Delhi. It moved to the present Dhaula Kuan site, spread over 12.3 acres, in July 1965.
“Though classes start in the morning, for commerce students, they start after 1 pm. For me, it’s like an evening college. I wish the college had some more space to accommodate BCom students in the morning hours,” says Sumant Gupta (name changed on request), first-year student