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Simple, not mediocre

Kalindi College might not hit the headlines often, but its students are doing well in sports and getting high ranks in DU exams

education Updated: Jan 11, 2012 11:08 IST
Garima Upadhyay

Kalindi College opened at East Patel Nagar in Delhi in 1970. Unlike other Delhi University colleges, this one has a quiet and serene air about it. For second-year BSc life sciences student Ritika Mattoo, “Being a Kalindian is about nurturing yourself to have a firm base under your feet. It is about growing into informed, independent and career-conscious women. Every girl around me is ambitious and extremely career-oriented.”

USP: Besides the location, the college is famous for the huge variety of courses it offers. The college has 16 departments. They offer two professional courses (journalism and computer science). It is one of the only five colleges in the University of Delhi to offer BA (hons) journalism.

Faculty: The college has 103 faculty members and 89 administrative staff members. They also invite distinguished guests for lectures and facilitate student interaction.

Programmes: The college offers a variety of courses at the undergraduate level, some of which are economics (hons), physics (hons), chemistry (hons), botany (hons), zoology (hons), Hindi (hons), Sanskrit (hons), political science (hons), English (hons), computer science (hons), journalism (hons) and more.

IT Quotient: Apart from the existing cyber centre in use by Kalindians, the college is also setting up a new one, which will be equipped with 80 computers and high-speed internet connectivity.

Infrastructure: The college has fully equipped modern laboratories for students of botany, chemistry, physics, zoology, computer science, geography and journalism. It also has a well-stocked library that houses a rich collection of over 72,000 books. Students can also browse through various national and international journals that the college subscribes to. The auditorium is called Sangam Parisar and hosts events such as seminars. There’s also a photocopying section for students and a bank branch on the premises. A 24/7 power backup and high-speed internet services are added pluses.

Placements: The placement cell in the college works in close coordination with the Central Placement Cell of the University of Delhi. Pharmaceutical companies, media companies, and others visit the college during the placement season.

Clubs and Societies: The college has a society for each of its departments. Popular among them are the English Literary Club and the Gandhi Study Circle. Other clubs include Vagartha, the debating society; Brain Twister, the quiz society; Mehfil-e Raqs, the dramatics society; Mausiqui, the music society; Nupur, the dance society; Srijan, society for creative skills; Kalakriti, Fine Art Club; Fashion-is-ta, the fashion society; and the fitness club. The college festival, Lehren, an annual three-day long cultural festival, is a hit among students. Last year, over 450 students from about 50 institutions participated in the fest.

Studentspeak: “People often have a very unrealistic view of Kalindians. We are often labelled mediocre, but that is not so. The college has amazing faculty and gives due importance to extracurricular activities as well,” says Prerna Sharma, a second-year student.

Factfile
Kalindi College was established in 1967 by the Delhi administration as a constituent college of Delhi University. Initially housed in a school building in Dev Nagar, it shifted to its present location in 1970

Wishlist
“Can the college go co-ed please?,” say a bunch of second-year students