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Making a song and dance about it

In this busy time of admission, critical details about colleges can serve as a defining parameter for deciding for or against a college. Today, Vimal Chander Joshi covers Kamala Nehru College for our readers...

education Updated: Jun 16, 2009 21:09 IST

Kamala Nehru College (KNC) is making a mark for itself for its popular programme BA (journalism), English and its dramatics society — Lakshya, which won it big accolades last year, including the first prize at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), at the Lady Sri Ram College (LSR) and Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC), Pune.

The college also attracts several companies at campus placement sessions, including Ernst and Young, Siemens, lTC-WelcomGroup, IBM Daksh, Oberoi Group of hotels, Google, Genpact, Evalueserve, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance and Matrix cellular services.

Famous for its Bachelor’s programme in journalism. It is one of the five colleges in DU and one of the three girls college, which has BA (hons) journalism.

Programmes
B.A. Hons — economics, English, geography, Hindi, history, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, Sanskrit, sociology

B.A. programme — Bengali, economics, English, geography, Hindi, history, mathematics, philosophy, political science, Punjabi, Sanskrit, sociology.

B.A. programme — advertising, sales management and sales promotion.

Societies special
The college has a host of academic and non-academic societies. Among them, the most famous ones are:
1) Wide Angle: A film society that creates awareness on how the medium of cinema extends beyond entertainment to a form of artistic expression.

2) Green Beans: Actively involved in working toward environmental issues. It sensitises the students and society about ‘green’ issues.
3) Nupur: The Indian dance society, Nupur, has been active for long and has always done the college proud.

4)Enigma (Western Dance): The members of Enigma participated in many intra- and inter-state college events and won prizes.

5)Dramatics: Lakshya, the dramatics society of KNC is synonymous with the celebration of theatre in every form. The society’s street play Iss Raste Par threw light on the egoistic tendencies of humans and received widespread
critical acclaim as well as prizes at various festivals.

Factfile
KNC was established on July 20, 1964. It was then known as the Government College for Women and located in Defence Colony. The College initially offered courses only in the arts stream. The founder principal was Dr KK Gorowara.The College started its journey with just 16 staff members. The college magazine, Swati, was launched in the academic year 1965-66. In 1966-67, the college was renamed Modern College for Women. In 1967-68 the college magazine took the new name Apoorva. On November 21, 1972, the foundation stone for a new building was laid at Hauz Khas by then President VV Giri. It also got its present name then.

Wishlist
“There should be a hostel as several students come from far off places and it’s always safer to stay on campus.
Also, it would have been better if we got a good teaching faculty in all other courses like we have in the journalism programme,” says Sakshi Chopra, second year student of BA honours (economics)

Infrastructure
The college has a nice auditorium — one of the best in DU — and a spacious amphitheatre better known as chaupal. Students have a playground where they can play football, basketball, etc. Classes for boxing and martial arts are also held in the college.

Found on campus

“We get a lot of opportunities in sports and extra-curricular activities. Several celebs have visited, including Shubha Mudgal and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The college equips students to face the outside world bravely. Our illustrious alumni association stands testimonial to this,” says Kaustubhi Shukla, second year student of BA (honours) Psychology.