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A sense of responsibility

One of the top colleges in the Capital that enhances the prestige of Delhi University, LSR.Vimal Chander Joshi Reports

education Updated: Aug 19, 2009 13:16 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

What’s in a name, they say, but when it comes to Lady Shri Ram College (LSR), the name surely makes a difference.

One of the top colleges in the Capital that enhances the prestige of Delhi University, LSR is known for its famous alumni, brilliant students, teachers, and rich history and ideological excellence which aims to instil social virtues in every student to make her a good citizen of the country.

What makes LSR different from other DU colleges is that here academics is considered one part (though a vital one) of personality development while extra curricular activities are mandatory for all. Every student has to take part in one of the three activities — NCC (National Cadet Corps), NSO (National Sports Organisation) or NSS (National Service Scheme). The college is also known for its strict discipline. Attendance is monitored strictly and teachers rarely skip lectures, leaving little scope for students to catch that movie at the PVR during college hours. Unlike the north campus, there is a marked absence of DU politics, sloganeering and dharnas. Even the college union is not affiliated to Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU).

Entry of outsiders into the college is also restricted and one can’t just walk in without any checks. Tarang is a much-awaited college fest which gives the chance to young men from other colleges to shake a leg with LSRites.

Famous for:
Its excellent and dedicated faculty, brilliant placements in programmes like journalism and BCom (Hons).

Programmes:
BA Programme, BCom (hons), economics (hons), English (hons), Hindi (hons), history (hons), journalism (hons), maths (hons), philosophy (hons), political science (hons), psychology (hons), Sanskrit (hons), sociology (hons) and statistics (hons)

Infrastructure:
With a 15-acre campus, the college has around 2,000 students on its rolls. It also boasts of a spacious auditorium which can accommodate around 750 people at any given time. The library subscribes to 150 journals and has a collection of about 1 lakh books, as per the college website. The portal also mentions that the college café offers food at affordable prices (though some students disagreed).

Extra-curricular activities:
A dance and dramatics society keeps the students busy. Tarang is the festival everyone here looks forward to eagerly. The students are also quite active in volunteering for social causes. ‘Reach’ works for social causes. “The college helps us develop compassion for needy and also teaches us to support them. It helps us become good human beings,” says Kriti Mishra, a third year student of BA (programme). But classes are not compromised for this. Rehearsals happen only after the lectures and generally continue up to 4 pm.

Famous alumni:
Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of Nobel Peace Prize, 1992 and Naina Lal Kidwai of HSBC India.

Found on campus:
“The faculty is quite cooperative and dedicated. Even when students don’t feel like attending lectures, they convince us to attend them. The college facilities are also quite satisfactory. I stay in the college hostel which is very comfortable,” says Dootika Vats, final-year student of BA maths (hons.)

Favourite hangout:
Though the GK M block market and college café are the favourite hangouts for LSRites, there’s an interesting nook near the main gate of the college where one can find a bunch of them at all times, chatting, gossiping, smoking, or pouring their hearts out to friends on their cell phones.

Factfile
The college was established in 1956 in by the late Sir Shri Ram. It had a modest beginning in a school building in Daryaganj, Central Delhi, with 243 students and nine faculty members. Later, the college grew and with the dedicated efforts of the teachers, management and students, it's now considered one of India’s best colleges.

Wish list:
“I wish the prices of food items sold in the café come down. Also, the common room in the hostel should be air-conditioned or at least have an air cooler," says Priyanka Sharma (name changed), student.