One would believe that the pang of separation, as one detaches from the past to make a new beginning, often overshadows the newfound joy. However, for students of the Maharaja Agrasen College (MAC), the transition from their old campus to the new one has been an exhilarating experience.
Sharad Mishra, a third-year BSc electronics student, says, “Since we moved to our new campus at Vasundhra Enclave (from Mayur Vihar), the only thing that has changed is the number of opportunities for us to explore. We are not missing the old campus because we wanted a better campus. At MAC, the effort is on discovering and creating new horizons for ourselves and the community. That was somewhat difficult with the limited resources and restriction, in terms of space on the old campus, but now, this problem has been resolved. The new campus with its infrastructure provides us a healthy environment to develop ourselves.”
USP: MAC is one of the only two coeducation colleges of Delhi University to offer a journalism programme, the other one being the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.
Faculty: The college has a teaching staff of 82 and a non-teaching staff of 52 members.
Programmes: On offer are four courses of study in various disciplines: bachelors in business economics (BBE), English, Hindi, political science, journalism; BA programme; BCom (hons); and BSc in electronics, physical science and mathematical science.
Infrastructure: “The facilities for students have increased. For example, as a science undergraduate student, a lot of emphasis is laid on experimentation and practical application of what we are taught. In the previous campus, we only had one functional electronics laboratory for all three years (batches). Now, we have separate, well-equipped labs. We also have a lab each for students of journalism, chemistry, biology, physics and computers,” says Mishra.
There is a MAC - Educational Innovation Incubator (MAC-EII), which is an electronic classroom that helps students innovate better. The incubator provides a place where the faculty and students can experiment together and try new tools and techniques. The fully computerised library caters to the academic and research needs of students as well as the faculty. The college also has a sprawling ground with many sports facilities.
IT quotient: The centralised computer lab has various computing and visualisation facilities, which help students carry out research activities. Currently, there are over 80 computers in the lab. From this academic session, a Wi-Fi network provides network access to the entire campus. There are plans to initiate various IT-enabled services for students and faculty members.
Clubs and societies: Various departmental societies of the college provide a platform for creative thinking. They organise competitions, conferences, seminars, symposiums and workshops at college/ inter-college levels. Such events encourage the students to think innovatively and hone their organisational skills. Some of the prominent societies active in the college are Promsoc, the western dance society; Abhinay, the theatre group; adventure club; business economics association, the society of department of business economics, Literati, society of department of English; Hindi Parishad, society of department of Hindi; Samvad, society of department of journalism; Chanakya, society of department of political science; Lakshya, society of BA programme; Vyaktitva, society of department of commerce; Techno, society of department of electronics, Ramanujam, society of department of mathematical science; and Ketos, society of department of computer science.
Studentspeak: “MAC is a great working and learning community. Students’ issues and queries are given proper attention. Thanks to this improved system, the interaction between students and teachers, as well as among students has been strengthened. With all the facilities and ample resources, we have more chances to interact through extracurricular and co-curricular events and activities,” says Prashant Verma, a third-year student.