Away from the mainstream of campus colleges is Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Pitampura. Starting with only two permanent teachers and two courses 15 years ago, the college has now built a distinct identity. Its USP is its computer science programme. It is the second college to start the BBS programme and is likely to add a BEd next year.
The BSc (Hons) computer science programme is the most sought after. It is one of three DU colleges to conduct the BBS programme.
BSc (Hons) in computer science, electronics/ physics, maths, BSc in applied physical science, BSc in mathematical science, BCom (Hons), BA (Hons) psychology, BBS, PG diploma in computer applications and MA (economics)
Students can become part of any of the several societies like dramatics, debate, music or of the National Service Scheme (NSS) that has been introduced this year. The college band, Musafir, was for long in a club of one, but a group of first-year students who performed separately at the freshers’ party has made the authorities rethink.
“At KMV, students lead from the front in activities and we just provide the right kind of environment and infrastructure,” says principal AK Arora. He adds that this year BBS students organised a successful sport event, a futsal (a version of football, often played indoors) match, where 26 teams from other colleges participated.
The campus highlights are an 800-seater, air-conditioned auditorium and the amphitheatre. The college boasts computer laboratories completely networked on a wi-fi LAN. It has air-conditioned seminar rooms, lecture theatres, and a well-stocked and spacious library with 12,000 books.
A hostel for 80 female students is on the cards. The proposed accommodation will have an air-conditioned dining room, a reading room, gym, meditation room and Internet access.
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“The college leaves no stone unturned to ensure students’ professional and personal development. The holistic development of students through cultural activities, personal development and life skills are the college’s utmost priority,” says Suraj Andrews, second-year student, BBS
In August 1994, KMV started in Keshavpuram with only two programmes, BSc in computer science and BCom (Hons). It moved to the new campus in Pitampura, near Sainik Vihar, in 2006. A constituent college of Delhi University, it has always been among the frontrunners as far as allotment of any new computer programme is concerned. In 2007-08, the college introduced four programmes — BBS, BSc (Hons) physics, BSc (Hons) maths and BA (Hons) psychology.
“We must have more extra-curricular activities like other DU colleges,” says Dimple Bajaj, a first-year student.
“This college is like a typical school, because of the discipline, which I don’t like, unlike other colleges where you can bunk classes easily,” says Amita Arora (name changed), a first-year student. “And I don’t like it being called ‘mahavidyalaya’. We should adopt the English word (college) instead.”