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Gargi is one of the two DU institutions which received the UGC’s ‘College with a Potential for Excellence’ grant

education Updated: Sep 02, 2009 09:36 IST

A women’s institution set up in 1967, this constituent college of Delhi University offers arts, humanities, commerce and science programmes. In addition to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, Gargi College has add-on courses in theatre, Vedic maths, introduction to gems and gemmology, art appreciation, introduction to biotechnology and bio-informatics and many others. It also runs career-oriented courses in German and Russian language, banking and insurance, media studies, advertising and marketing communication. The admission process is not easy, with one needing a high score to get in.

Famous for
. Being one of the few DU colleges offering microbiology honours
. One of the best colleges for science and humanities

BA (Hons) in business economics, history, maths, philosophy, political science, applied psychology, sociology, English, Hindi, Sanskrit and German.

BSc (Hons) botany, chemistry, microbiology, physics, and zoology.

BSc life sciences, BSc physical sciences, Bachelor in elementary education (BElEd), BCom (Hons), BCom (Pass), MA English, MA political science, MSc chemistry.

Principal Meera Ramachandran says, “The college would also start certificate courses in green chemistry, photonics and technology for future, besides a course in Vastu Shastra.”

Extra-curricular activities
Students love the street play group, kshitij, then there’s the NSS. A student can join societies for debates, western dance, Indian dance, choreography, and dramatics. The annual fest ‘Reverie’ is quite popular. The various other programmes are…

Model United Nations (MUN): For polishing debating skills.

Gargi Path Finder Award: For bringing out students’ managerial skills by getting them to make new business proposals and winning a scholarship.

Street Play Society: Focuses on social issues. “Last year, our society won the first prize (Rs 2000 cash), given by A P J Abdul Kalam, at the Hindu College fest,” says Pooja Dayal, a BA (Hons) history student.

Women’s Development Centre: Conducts seminars on self-defence, etc.

Solid waste management programme: A project is being implemented.

The fully-computerised library has a collection of 65,000 volumes in the main section. All the labs are well equipped and spacious. The college is coming up with a disabled-friendly multi-storey building with two lifts. An auditorium is under construction. It also has a big playground, lawn tennis court, gymnasium, badminton court and basketball court. Gargi also boasts of a women’s cricket team.

‘Retreat,’ the common room, Nescafe canteen and the Gargi café are the common hang-outs.

Found on campus: “The college makes us confident by encouraging us to participate in a myriad of extra-curricular activities. Every year, the college holds a fest where the NSS unit collaborates with various NGOs and uses the money for the welfare of the poor,” says Megha Bahl, President, Students’ Council

This Delhi University (DU)college is named after an enlightened woman, mentioned in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad of the Vedic age. It is one of the two DU institutions which received the University Grants Commission’s College with a Potential for Excellence grant in 2004-05. It also bagged the Ministry of Biotechnology’s ‘Star Award’

“BElEd students generally miss out on (the many extra-curricular activities) due to their hectic schedule.
“We wish that we had some more spare time for it,” says Shilpa Sharma, BElEd student.
“Sanitation in the loos is a problem,” says Shweta, BCom (Hons) second-year student. “Also, the college should have separate departments for each stream.”