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Planned and proper

The colleges in the city are sought after by higher education aspirants from across the country

education Updated: Jun 27, 2012 17:37 IST
Eileen Singh

Chandigarh

The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India and is known for its architecture, urban design and the unique placement of sectors. Colleges were all planned to be in a particular side of the city whereas the offices were to be at another side of the city with planned markets in each sector.

Public transport in the city is well managed and the Union Territory administration has made efforts to ply air-conditioned buses. The city also has auto-rickshaws and cabs all a phone call away.

The city has projects designed by architects such as Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry. Capital to two states of the country, Haryana and Punjab, it tops the list of Indian states and union territories with the highest per capita income in the country.

Chandigarh has a humid subtropical climate. It has the most unpredictable weather with extreme hot summers to mild and bone-clattering winters. Rains are very unpredictable.

The most popular hangouts apart from the student centre in Panjab University are the various Café Coffee Day and Barista outlets among multiple eating joints in every sector. The city is home to many famous colleges but among them some of the most popular ones are Mehr Chand Mahajan Dayanand Anglo Vedic (MCM DAV) College, Sector 36; DAV College, Sector 10; Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11; Post Graduate Government College for Girls, sector 11 and Post Graduate Government College of Girls, Sector 42. These colleges are highly sought after by students not only from within the city but also by those from other states. MCM DAV is surging ahead in sports as well as studies. Students of DAV constantly engage in extracurriculur activities and are known for their participation in various educational competitions such as debates and quizzes.

On the other hand, the Government Colleges for Girls situated both at Sector 11 and 42, are highly study oriented and score high on sports.Post Graduate Government College has boys from different fields who are good at sports, music, studies and debates.

Mehr Chand Mahajan Dayanand Anglo Vedic (MCM DAV) College, sector 36

37-time sports champ
MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, popularly known as MCM, was established in 1968 by the DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, to commemorate the meritorious services rendered by Mehr Chand Mahajan, former Chief Justice of India.

The college has new computer labs. Wi-fi facilities are available in some blocks of the college but not everywhere. It has its own botanical garden and nursery called Rishi Vatika that aims to rear 600 rare ethno-medicinal plants. In the coming years this garden is meant to facilitate the establishment of an Ayurvedic Medicinal Centre. MCM offers scholarships on the basis of merit and economic needs. Apart from this, students with academic, cultural and sports excellence are also awarded regular financial support.

Game for more
There are facilities for hockey, volley ball, badminton, basketball, handball, softball, cricket, kho-kho, table tennis, badminton, lawn tennis, swimming, yoga, kabaddi, gymnastics, judo, weightlifting, power lifting, cycling, rowing, athletics, shooting, baseball etc.

Masti dhamal
Youth events and other festivals are celebrated

Book nook
The college has a spacious, fully-computerised, open shelf library

A drink and a bite
There is an air-conditioned food plaza where different cuisines are available. There is also a fruit juice corner, an Espresso coffee outlet, a Nescafe outlet, a Café Coffee Day and a bakery

History
MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, popularly known as MCM, was established in 1968 by the DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi.

Programmes & cut-off
Bachelors’ in commerce, computer applications, functional English, economics and psychology. Last year’s cut-off marks are: BCA - 75%, BA (functional English) - 75%, BA (economics) - 75%, and BA (psychology ) - 75%.

Faculty
MCM DAV College has 87 members in the faculty.

Admission

Admission begins
The process is on now. The prospectus is available

Admission ends
In July

Itika Sood, BCom final-year student, DAV College, sector 10, from Palampur in Himachal Pradesh

Studying out of your home town is challenging. But this has not been the case with 20-year-old Itika Sood who originally belongs to Palampur, Himachal Pradesh and is studying at Chandigarh’s DAV College, Sector 10.

Itika Sood a BCom student had high hopes from the city where she initially anticipated challenges. However after the initial hiccups she became addicted to Chandigarh.“Whenever I am home, I miss Chandigarh and my college because in these two years (of college) I have identified very closely both with the city and the college,” says Sood.

“The city has always charmed me in its own special way. I love the fact that it is not as fast as Delhi or as slow as my home town. It is just the right blend of pace and culture offering freedom to women,” she elaborates. Sood says that she feels at home in college and that she is very happy about having selected this college. She goes on to say, “The food in the canteens is perfect, the people are good and I have come across so many friendly and inspiring people who are all trying to surge ahead and make a name for themselves.In other words the college campus is both reassuring and competitive — a blend that is indispensable for a sound academic experience.” Is there anything about the city and college that she would like to be changed? “The city could do with a few additional entertainment hubs for the young.

There aren’t many spots where students can hang out with friends,” she shares. Talking about the college, she wishes for a better canteen with more variety, a bigger campus and a more hygienic hostel mess. —Eileen Singh

The city has always charmed me in its own special way. I love the fact that it is not as fast as Delhi or as slow as my home town (Palampur). It is just the right blend of pace and culture with an air of independence and safety for girls

Getting a tech edge, Post Graduate Government College for Girls, sector 42

Established in 1982, PG Government College for Girls, sector 42, is affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh. The highlights of the college include:
* Eco-friendly parks, first of its kind in this part of the city
* Ninety per cent of the faculty have PhD/MPhil degrees
* Twenty research projects have been sanctioned by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and other government agencies
* First government college in the city to start PG courses in science
* The only college in the city to have a functional Hindi language lab
* Special personality development classes for students
* Fifteen smart classrooms equipped with the latest equipment
* A newly constructed IT block

The college provides merit, merit-cum-means, Sanskrit, UGC and other scholarships under the Panjab University and Chandigarh Administration. IAS and Allied Services Coaching classes; UGC NET classes; remedial classes; coaching classes for entry into government and private sector services —Eileen Singh

History
The college was established in 1982 with arts and commerce faculties. It began with 300 students and 20 teachers. Initially it was located in a school building in Sector-19 before shifting to its present campus in 1987. The science faculty was added in the year 1989

Programmes & Cut-off
The college offers BA, BA (hons) in English, history, public admn, political science, sociology; BA (PPI - insurance), elective, BCom, BSc (non-medical), BSc (medical), BSc (hons) biotechnology, etc. The cut-off score for sought-after courses is: BCom - 65%; BA - 60%; BSc - 70%.

Game for more
The sports facilities include 400 mt track 2, volleyball court, basketball court, badminton court, sports training room (for indoor training) and gym with the latest equipment. Students are expected to take part in at least one of the nearly 20 specified sports

Masti dhamal
Youth events and other festivals are celebrated

Book nook
The library is automated. It added 2000 books to the existing stock of 32,000, as per the college annual report 2010-2011. the library subscribes to 65 magazines, 15 subject journals and 19 newspapers in Hindi, English and Punjabi. Apart from the main college library, there is also a facility that hostel students can have as a special privilege for accessing the same. OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) facility is available to the staff and students

A drink and a bite
There’s a well-established food court with multi-cuisine and fresh juice facility

Admission

Admission Begins
In June; variable dates

Admission ends
Variable dates. Contact the college or visit the college website for further details

Faculty
The college has 150 teachers who do research as well. Ranjay Vardhan was invited to present a paper at Harvard University, USA, in May. His books have been procured by libraries of top global varsities such as Harvard and Cambridge, and by American Library of Congress, India’s Parliament etc

Known for
The college’s BA programme is famous

The new I T block will be used for video-conferencing, face-to-face interaction and placement services etc. The college will also encourage tie-ups with industries/institutions at the national and international level Mani Bedi, principal

DAV College, Sector 10

‘Distinguished’ history
DAV College, sector 10, tries to impart to its students the knowledge of technical, scientific, humanistic fields and sense of history with their rich Anglo and vedic values. “The college has a distinguished history,” says BC Josan, principal of the college. “As one of the foremost educational institutions, DAV College has earned commendable achievements in all fields. Students from all over the country and abroad try to get admission in our college.”

The college boasts of excellent infrastructure. The playgrounds, auditorium and cyber café add to it. Sports stipends and government scholarships are available. An announcement system for each building all over the campus ensures timely resolution of problems. The hostels, cobbler shop, barber shop and bank ensure safety. Ragging, smoking and alcohol are banned on campus. —Eileen Singh

During more than 50 years of existence, we have produced great jurists, administrators, academicians, and artists and sportspersons of international repute. We have achieved excellent results in academics - BC Josan, principal