Its weakness is soon to become its biggest strength. Maharaja Agrasen College – which has been functioning from a small MCD school building for the last 15 years – was not considered an educational institute worth reckoning because of its poor infrastructure and small-sized classrooms and laboratories.
However, after moving to the new campus spread over an area of 10 acres in Vasundhara Enclave last year, students of the college now have access to a magnificent building with a huge auditorium block, women’s hostel, big classrooms, underground parking and an open air amphitheatre.
This is undoubtedly a delightful change for the young people, but some of them like to joke that now the building has become too big for them to locate their friends who used to always be within earshot earlier. “The old campus was very small because of which we could recognise everyone by face. That has changed now,” says Priti, a BSc (general) second-year student.
Nevertheless, there are students such as Mohnish Sinha, who put the faculty’s competence ahead of tangible parameters. “We are delighted to see two world class auditoriums and a swimming pool being built here, but it is the quality of faculty which sets the college apart from others and not just the infrastructure. Our teacher, Dr Sangeet Ragi, is a renowned scholar of ethnic violence studies and the principal, Dr Sunil Sondhi, is an expert in international relations,” says Sinha.
It is one of DU’s ten colleges offering BBE (bachelor of business economics) and one of the only two co-ed colleges offering BA (journalism).
BBE, BCom (honours), BA (honours) English/ Hindi/ political science/journalism, BA programme, BSc (honours) electronics, BSc (general) mathematical science and BSc (programme) applied physical science.
The college has a popular dramatics society, Abhinay. Other societies include Natraj (for dance), Tarang (for music), Srijan (for arts and craft), Chakraview (for debating) and Kyran (for fashion).
The new college building has a library with over 25,000 books, an auditorium (under construction) for 900-1000 people, a students’ plaza with canteen, cyber café, cultural centre, open-air amphitheatre, water management system, provision for rainwater harvesting, and a swimming pool. Some of the work is yet to be completed, so you can find so there are a lot of labourers at work here.
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“I joined this college instead of one in south campus because earlier the campus was located in Mayur Vihar, very close to my house in Noida. I am happy to have taken that decision because the faculty of mathematical sciences is quite good,” says Vijay Kumar Sharma, a second year student of BSc (general) mathematical sciences. His friend in the same class quips: “We sometimes feel as if we are still in the school because the teachers sometimes ask us to leave the room if we don’t do our homework.”
“The college administration doesn’t lay emphasis on sports. Students aren’t given any attendance waiver if they participate in sports competitions. The entire focus of the college is on academics. The dramatics team has won several laurels for the college which the institute doesn’t acknowledge,” says a second-year student who doesn’t wish to be named
The college set sail with only two programmes BCom (Hons) and BA (Pass) in 1994. Currently it offers ten programmes, including BBE, BSc (electronics) and BCom (Hons), enrolling nearly 1200 students.