As a student of Lady Sri Ram College, Minoti Chatterjee used to run a school for the slum kids of Jamrudpur. She also used to donate blood every three months, she says sitting in her spacious office, which is adorned by a certificate from the Rotary Club. Three decades later, as the principal of Kamala Nehru College (KNC), she is trying to infuse a similar sense of social consciousness in her students.
In the last six years of her tenure, she has played an instrumental role in creating social outreach societies in order to “groom the girls”. “Our students work on programmes such as ‘Jago Grahak Jago’. They also bring out a consumer-focussed magazine, ‘Awaken’, which is distributed among people outside the college,” says Dr Sheetal Kapur, associate professor and convenor of the Consumer Club.
KNC students not only spread consumer awareness, but also educate others on the ill-consequences of an ecological imbalance.
After a hectic day riddled with academic and non-academic indulgences, the same students can be seen hanging around ‘Mithas’, the shopping complex-cum-eatery facing the two sister institutions — Kamala Nehru and Gargi College.
Famous for: Its bachelor’s programme in journalism — one of five colleges in DU that offers a BA in journalism.
Programmes: BA honours programmes in — economics, English, geography, Hindi, history, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, Sanskrit, sociology; BA programmes in advertising, sales management and sales promotion; BCom honours and BCom.
Extra curricular: Thanks to the principal’s quest to ensure overall development, there is no dearth of extra curricular activities in the college.
The most famous societies are:
Green Beans: Green Beans has been actively involved in working toward awareness on environmental issues. It sensitises the students and society to the burning issue of climate change.
Dramatics: Lakshya, which recently concluded its three day annual festival, is synonymous to KNC. “Last year when we performed a street play ‘liberated but not liberated enough’ in Nandigram (West Bengal) based on the topic of women’s liberation,” said Nupur Saha, president of Lakshya.
Infrastructure: The college has an auditorium. There is a spacious amphitheater as well, known as the chaupal. Students have access to a playground. Classes for boxing and martial arts are also held.
Found on campus: “The college is heavily charged with extra curricular activities. We made a nukkad natak and performed in two schools near our college,” says Smriti Thakur, final year student of BCom programme.