A towering campus overlooking green front lawns makes the atmosphere at the Daulat Ram College (DRC) very serene and peaceful. Venture inside and the peacefulness loses out to all the action happening in the corridors. But, no one’s complaining. Girls running for their classes, practicing around the little amphitheatre and having fun are common sights. Well, that is a DRC girl for you, chilled-out and carefree!
Says Nuzhat Khan, a first-year student of philosophy, “The atmosphere is very relaxed in the college. Helpful teachers, and to-die-for friends make sure that the time spent in the college campus is optimised to its best. Also, the activities that keep happening, ensure that we have the time of our life in these three years.” Girls’ colleges in DU are generally famous for their catfights, but this college is very different. “Girls here don’t throw unnecessary attitude and are very helpful and accommodating. Simplicity is one of the defining characteristics of DRCians, adds Khan.
Situated in the heart of the North Campus, this college has been imparting liberal education to young women since the 1960s. Its location and history are its USP.
The college has approximately 160 permanent faculty members.
Some of the courses that the college offers include BA programme, BA economics, BA English, BA Hindi, BA history, BA music, BA philosophy, BA political science, BA psychology, BA Sanskrit, BCom programme, BCom (hons), BSc life sciences, BSc biochemistry, BSc botany, BSc chemistry, BSc maths, and BSc zoology. The college offers various add-on courses as well, such as certificate/ diploma/ advanced diplomas in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Japanese.
The college has a resource centre in the library where students can access online resources. The college is not Wi-Fi enabled yet.
In addition to renovated teaching blocks and offices, the college has a spacious library with a book bank, an auditorium, a seminar hall, a large hostels and a sprawling front-lawn. The college library has an excellent collection of books, journals, periodicals and online resources. The college has well-equipped laboratories for all the science programmes that it offers. The nutrition and health, education and psychology have separate labs for the students. The highlight however, remains the auditorium, called the Sadbhavna Bhawan’. The auditorium is equipped with the latest technology and has a seating capacity of about 1,300. The college is undergoing construction to add to its capacity. The college is disabled-friendly and is working toward making spaces accessible to its differently-abled students.
“The college brings out the best in you. It gives you tremendous exposure and opportunity to understand yourself better. A strong impetus on extracurricular activities along with academics makes this place really worth studying at. It brings out the best in you,” adds Khan.
Clubs and societies:
Students can explore from a range of extracurricular activities. Some of the prominent societies include the music society, dance society, debating society, drama society, and the fashion society etc. The college’s annual cultural festival, Manjari, is a much-awaited event. Last week, saw tremendous action in the campus as DRC chose the Miss DRC 2012 from the batch of first year students. The girls had a gala time and every participant received a prize.
The college, a large constituent college of the University of the Delhi, originally started as Pramila College at 22 Tilak Marg, Delhi with 13 members of teaching staff, two office staff and about 350 students. In 1964, the college shifted to its present premises in North Campus, University of Delhi and was re-named as Daulat Ram College. The institution has since grown into a full-fledged extended college of the University of Delhi
“Everything about the college is just perfect but at times we wish we should go co-ed,” says a third-year student who doesn't wish to be named