When Aditi Mahapatra, a final year student, mentions that the teachers in her college are quite regular with their lectures and also strict at times; her classmate and friend Kanika Gupta hurriedly corrects her with a “they are sincere, not strict.”
Gupta says they expected to have a good time when they entered the first year in college, “but for the students here, life is all about studies.” Though happy to be studying in this college, Gupta says she has one regret - that she’ll not be staying here long enough to witness the institution’s move to a new address at Vasundhara Enclave and enjoy life at the new, huge campus.
As of now the size of the college, which can accommodate 461 students, has never come in the way of imparting quality education to students, assures Gupta while talking about the lab facilities for science students.
“Nothing is lacking here. For our experiments all the equipment and chemicals we required were made available to us. The exposure to industry that Rajguru facilitated was phenomenal and it built a strong educational foundation for us,” says Mansi Shukla, an alumna of Rajguru College, who now works with Yum brands.
Surbhi Goswami, who graduated this year in biomedical science, says: “Every year DU’s biomedical science topper is from our college. It’s just because of the high standards of teaching here.”
The vocational degree programmes it offers are available only at a couple of more colleges such as Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences and Acharya Narendra Dev College.
The five undergraduate programmes offered here are: BSc (honours) in electronics, food technology, computer science, biomedical science and Bachelor of applied sciences (BASc) honours in instrumentation.
Out of these programmes, three - biomedical, computer sciences and electronics - are being run as per the semester system from this session onwards.
The college celebrates food day on October 16. “We conduct debates, skits and plays on that day and even students from other colleges are invited, says Mahapatra, a final year student.
Currently the college is located on the campus of another DU institute, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. You will find no mention of Rajguru on the entrance gates, but once inside you will see the block where it’s located.
The college has plans to introduce new programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, for which it needs to upscale its infrastructure. Considering this, the college will shift to a new campus in Vasundhara Enclave, spread over an area of 9.5 acres.
The current campus doesn’t have a hostel but the new building will be able to accommodate about a 100 girls. Plans are also on the anvil to add a swimming pool and a gymnasium in the new campus after it gets operational.
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“My cousin had studied here in the class of 2003, and she gave me encouraging feedback about both - the college as well as programme, food technology. She later got a job with the Future Group,” says Gupta, who trained with Dabur (an FMCG company) during her summer internship, which is a vital component of the applied sciences programmes taught here.
Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women is an 18-year-old institute offering programmes in important vocational disciplines. The college aims to make its young female students financially self-reliant.
“Life is hectic here. We spend almost the entire day here from nine to five. Even Saturdays are not off,” says a final year student