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It's the only college in north campus which has a swimming pool and air-conditioned classrooms, thanks to the well-placed alumni who come up with generous donations on and off. Vimal Chander Joshi tells more.

education Updated: Jun 29, 2009 18:51 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

It's the only college in north campus which has a swimming pool and air-conditioned classrooms, thanks to the well-placed alumni who come up with generous donations on and off. Though the Shri Ram College of Commerce is known for its academic brilliance in commerce, it also has students who do extremely well in extra-curricular activities and sports. The accolades won by its non-academic societies like those for dramatics, debating and fine arts script a success story of the overall development of students.

The BCom honours and economics honours programme from this college aren't just the best in north campus but probably in the entire north Indian region. Which is why plain graduates from this college manage to grab fat pay packets and can put average IITians to shame.

Famous for:
Noted commerce faculty

Attractive pay packets ranging from Rs 6 lakh-Rs10 lakh through campus placements

Annual inter-college debating festival

Programmes: BCom (Hons), MCom, BA (Hons) economics, MA (economics), and PG diploma in global business operations

Extra curricular activities (ECA): So what if the college doesn't have an ECA quota. Once you join up you can become a part of several societies: Dramatics, literary, fine arts and most interestingly, history and political science. "We study economics and commerce but the fact is that economy is greatly influenced by history and political science," says Utsav Mitra, a third-year BA (Hons) economics student and outgoing president of the students' union.

Rock band: The college has a rock band called 'Mute'. "We also organise a rock band festival 'Woodstock' every year. Last year more than three dozen Delhi bands participated in it," says Upendra Biswakarma, a Mute member and second-year student.

Dramatics: SRCC has a dramatics society which stages plays highlighting social issues.

Factfile
Early in 1920, seven leading businessmen in Delhi established the Commercial Education Trust. In the same year, the trust set up the first school, Commercial School, the predecessor of Commercial College. The college was later rechristened Shri Ram College of Commerce after its affiliation to the University of Delhi in 1926. Enrollment of the first batch of students was made on the first floor of a 'Hall' opposite the St. James' Church at Kashmere Gate. Classes started with 12 students and four faculty members from a hired bungalow at 8, Darya Ganj, New Delhi. In 1951, on its Silver Jubilee, the college decided to convert itself into a college specialising in commerce and economics.

Infrastructure
It is the first college to have air-conditioned classrooms. About 54 faculty rooms are being refurbished. There is a state-of-the-art platinum jubilee seminar room, fully air-conditioned with LCD projection facilities.

The college also has a big auditorium with a seating capacity for over 750 people. The auditorium is equipped with lighting and sound systems. SRCC has large playgrounds, a swimming pool, tennis court, gymnasium, indoor badminton court, basketball court, lawn tennis court, etc.

It has been excelling in sports for over two decades. Every year the college holds a sports carnival, inter-class matches and sports day. To train and groom the players, it provides coaching facilities for different games. It has teams for cricket, football, hockey, basketball, handball, badminton, lawn tennis, etc.

Old boys
BJP leaders Vijay Goel and Arun Jaitley, film actor Gulshan Grover, Rajat Sharma.

Wishlist
ECA quota: "The college should have ECA quota so that the real artistes can join and further improve extra- curricular activities," says Keshav Tyagi, a first-year student

Guru Gyan
Our endeavour is to ensure complete development of students. We encourage them to undertake rural and developmental projects, giving them hands-on experience of the real world. Our students do incredibly well in their careers and some of them make it to Wharton, Stanford, Harvard, LSE and ISB very often.
- Dr P C Jain, Principal