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An enabling environment

This institute is noted for its professional courses in law, journalism and computers

education Updated: Mar 21, 2012 10:45 IST
Garima Upadhyay

Parting is always painful, so when it came to leaving college, it got all the more painful for Ahmed Zaid Anwar, a final-year journalism student at the Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS). “I am looking forward to the beginning of a new chapter in my life, but at the same time, the thought of leaving college is upsetting. College has given me a lot, from friends and facilitators to skills and knowledge, which will always be cherished.”

VIPS, which recently organised its first-ever convocation ceremony where degrees, gold medals and appreciation certificates were given out to students, is known for:

USP: Its law and journalism courses

Faculty: The institute has close to 60 faculty members.

Programmes: Three departments offer courses in law, IT and journalism, which include a BCA, a five-year integrated law degree, and a bachelor of journalism and mass communication.

IT Quotient: The campus is WiFi-enabled and has a modern computer lab with 24/7 high-speed internet connectivity. The website gives has comprehensive information on admissions and courses.

Infrastructure: The smart classrooms are filled with abundant natural light. These come equipped with multi-media facilities like mikes and projectors. Other facilities include a state-of-the-art moot court and a well-furnished media lab each for electronics and print media.

The library houses a rich collection of more than 10,000 books (excluding e-library books) related to law, IT and journalism. It is fully air-conditioned and computerised with operations like issue and return of books, cataloguing, list of overdue books, reservation of books etc done electronically.

The Centre for Intellectual Activity (CIA) is an interesting space, which allows students to indulge in thought-provoking discussions.

Clubs and societies: The department of journalism’s annual cultural festival, Spandan, is a much-awaited event in the academic calendar. Besides, moot court competitions are held often and students from all the three departments participate in various college events.

Studentspeak: “The faculty and infrastructure at the institute have been great enablers for us. We can discuss almost anything with our faculty and their contribution in our development is immense. Interaction among students from various departments helps us remain updated on happenings in other spheres of life,” says Rohan A Michigan, a law student.

Factfile
Strength India Educational Society started Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS) in 2000. It is affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and duly recognised by the Bar Council of India. Located in Pitampura, VIPS started functioning with two courses — bachelor of information sciences (now called BCA) and an integrated five-year BALLB (Hons), both of which are affiliated to IP University. In 2002, the university granted it an additional course - bachelor of journalism (mass communication)

Wishlist
“Everything from our faculty to infrastructure is equivalent to or better than the University of Delhi. Even then, there is a lot of discrimination that we face compared to DU graduates. I wish people’s mindset about this college and its students could change,” says Mehak Goel, a final-year journalism student