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Scientifically inclined

education Updated: Jun 25, 2009 10:36 IST
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Students here have more scope to realise their potential. Even during this summer vacation, we saw some students hunched over their experiments in the labs. Acharya Narendra Dev College (ANDC) goes beyond the given brief, beyond the class and beyond official schedules.

One of its students, Lipsa Panda of second-year biomedical science, is the only ‘Young Scientist’ (2009) in the entire University of Delhi, who won an award of Rs 3 lakh for research by the Delhi Council for Science and Technology, Government of Delhi.

The college is also instrumental in exploiting free and open source software (FOSS) system for education. Last year, it held nine workshops to equip teachers with Wiki-skills such as how to develop content and put it on the net. College teachers have uploaded material on Wikieducator, which got an India chapter last year. (The college principal is an elected member of the Wikieducator’s International Community Council.) The college is now promoting development of e-content using multiple media (say, how to use voice-over in a presentation).

In 2008 it held Scinema, a three-day international science film festival with help from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and other entities. It screened movies like “Expedition to the brain”.
Companies such as Wipro Technologies, Satyam Computers, Ranbaxy and HDFC Standard Life recruited students last session. The average salary was Rs.10,000-12,000, a month.

Known for:
Quality of teaching
Biomedical science programme
Involvement in research

Programmes : BSc (H) in physics, electronics, computer science, chemistry, botany, zoology, and biomedical science, BSc in physical science, life science, applied physical science and applied life science, BCom (H) and PGDCA. The college also offers one-year part-time diploma and certificate courses in French, German, Russian and Spanish. This year, it is introducing a 100-hour course in effective communication and personality development through theatre.

Extra-curricular activities : Each department has a society. In addition, there’s a debating society, a chapter of SPICMACAY, and an environment society, Paritantra. Other ECA platforms include, NSS and Sashakt, the flagship society for the welfare of the college’s female students and faculty.

Annual fest : Accenture

Infrastructure
The laboratories and other facilities are state-of-the-art. The college is buying a face contrast microscope which no other Delhi University college has, says Savithri Singh, Principal. It also has a video-conferencing facility, a web centre and a conference room with a seating capacity of 150.

Found on campus
“It’s the best college for science and has a good faculty. One disadvantage is that not many people know about it,” says Prakriti Wadehra, second-year chemistry honours student.

Fact File
Acharya Narendra Dev College is a constituent college of University of Delhi, and is fully funded by the Delhi Government. Established in 1991, the college has a unique distinction of being the only college in the university that is primarily for science. It is named after the great educationist and reformist of modern India.

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