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Here’s to the ladies

Contrary to popular belief, LSR girls are not a man-hating community. Instead, they play host to guys from various DU colleges for a collaborative public production

education Updated: May 16, 2011 14:35 IST
Garima Upadhyay

While the essence of Gurukul seems already lost, there are quiet corners that are striving hard to keep the ‘parampara’ alive. One such corner, though not quiet, is Lady Shri Ram College for women. Aiming to revitalise its rich tradition of staging plays in Hindi and English, the college recently concluded their public production - ‘Aur kitne tukde’ (How many more pieces). The production comes after efforts put in over four years (the last play was staged in 2007).

Though largely an in-house affair, the play saw participation from students of Ramjas College and Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce. Talking about his experience of performing at LSR, Shubham Bhatia, a second-year student of Ramjas College, says, “It was a very different experience. Although everything was new for me, I was made to feel at home. My suggestions and inputs regarding sound and light were taken really seriously.”

USP: According to the college website, an education at LSR enables women to reconcile excellence with humanity, to celebrate diversity and redefine notions of success. The emphasis is on a liberating and not a domesticating pedagogy.

Faculty: The college has over 150 faculty, administrative and support staff

Programmes: The college offers 16 courses of study. These include BA programmes, economics, statistics, sociology, history, psychology, English, mathematics, BCom, Hindi, philosophy, bachelor of elementary education, Sanskrit, conflict transformation and peace building, journalism etc

IT quotient: The college website is very comprehensive and gives out the course content of all subjects along with a list of applicable readings

Infrastructure: According to the LSR’s website, the college building is an ensemble of elements of the Indo-Deco style of the 1950s. In many ways, the building reflects the metaphor of women stepping out of a cloistered world prepared to face the rigours and challenges of a global community. The open courtyards, wide corridors and extensive open brickwork symbolically encourage the winds of change to range freely, stimulating creativity. The college grounds with their manicured lawns, trees, flowers, rock garden and bamboo grove celebrate the diversity of nature. The campus has consistently been awarded the Green Cup — a testimony to the institution’s sensitivity to protecting the environment.

The college has in-built ramps for the differently abled people. The ‘Ramakrishna Dalmia Auditorium’ is very popular with students. It can house 750 people at a time. The sound system there includes a 12-channel mixer and a studio master. The light room can operate almost 100 lights at the same time with the help of its electronic dimmer. The 40×60 ft stage has an automatic main curtain and two other curtains. There are also 16mm and digital video projectors, which can screen films and presentations. There is an ATM, a bookstore cum stationary shop and a health cum sports center in the college compound.

Studentspeak: “The college brings out the best in you. It gives you tremendous exposure and opportunity to understand yourself better. The atmosphere forces you to think and at times leaves you on your own which is really good,” says Manisha Kaushik a third-year student.

Clubs and societies: If debating, dramatics, dance and music don’t interest you, don’t lose heart. The college has something for everyone. A student can choose fromj societies like Dhwani (Indian music society), National Service Scheme, Debating Society, World University Service, Prakriti, Dhyana, Interface (academic forum), Women’s Development Cell, Western Music Society, Hive (fine arts society), Projekt, Quiz, Voluntary Agency Placement Programme, Expressions, Reach etc. The college festival, Tarang, is one of the much-awaited fests in DU. Spread over two days, this annual cultural extravaganza brings some of India’s best performers to the college. Besides Tarang, every department in college holds its fest every year.

Factfile
Established in 1956 in New Delhi by late Sir Shri Ram in memory of his wife, the college had its modest beginnings in a school building in Daryaganj, central Delhi, with 243 students, nine faculty, four support staff and three distinct courses of study. The aim of the institution was to provide access to higher education of quality to women

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“At times the pseudo-intellectual crowd gets to you and it becomes difficult to survive. I wish something could be done about it. Besides that, they never shifted the common room back, which was a hub of activity where it was in the main building. Now that it has been relegated to the margins of the college,

all excitement has gone out of our lives,” says a student who doesn’t wish to be named