Venkateshwara College, better known as Venky among students, is one of the 47 colleges in the country identified by the University Grants Commission in 2004 as the college with potential for excellence. It is one of the few colleges that emphasise on industry interface and invite representatives from companies and institutions of repute like Bangalore Genie, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Astra, X-Citon, Transgene, the Indian Institute of Science and Shantha Biotech. Venky’s job-oriented courses equip students for a range of fields, from tourism to science.
Its successful campus placements. Companies like McKinsey, HDFC, the Taj Group, Infosys, Thomas Cook, ITC, Google, Matrix, Deloitte, Wipro and Standard Chartered come to recruit the graduating batch. The average salary is Rs 3.5 lakh per annum and the maximum is usually around Rs 7 lakh per annum.
The college also offers attractive add-on courses in PG diploma in molecular and biochemical technology, basic fares and air ticketing, global distribution systems, mass communication, personality development, nanotechnology and bioinformatics.
The college offers 21 Bachelor’s programmes and 11 Master’s programmes. The undergraduate programmes are BA, BCom, BSc (life sciences), BCom (Hons), BA (Hons) in English, Hindi, Sanskrit, economics, history, political science, sociology and mathematics, BSc (Hons) in physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, biochemistry, electronics, mathematics, statistics and biological sciences.
The PG programmes are MA in English, Sanskrit, statistics, history and mathematics, and MSc in mathematics, zoology, botany, physics, chemistry and statistics.
Debating society: Venky organises an inter-college debating competition, in which teams from countries like Pakistan also participate.
Social services society: It organises regular blood donation camps and teaches underprivileged children. The society, in the past, undertook a Yamuna cleaning drive.
College festival: The fest is known as Nexus and takes place in December.
Dramatics society: There are English and Hindi theatre societies.
The college has a huge cricket field, basketball court, lawn tennis court, volleyball court and a table tennis room, plus an auditorium. The hostels for boys and girls have 75 seats each. The tutorial block includes a research wing, and the college library has a collection of 99,150 books and 62 journals. The classrooms are modern and campus safety is ensured by more than a dozen CCTV cameras positioned around the premises. Nayantara Shaunik, a first-year student of BA (political science) sings praises of the “delicious south Indian food” in the café as well as the variety offered.
“Classrooms should be made air-conditioned as Venky is the SRCC of the South campus,” says Dhruv Primlani, first-year student, BSc (Hons) in chemistry
The college was set up by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Andhra Pradesh, in 1961. The foundation stone of this 15-acre campus was laid by Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, an outstanding teacher, scholar, statesman and the second President of India. Since the inception of the college, there has been tremendous development. The college began functioning modestly in a school building of the Andhra Education Society at Rouse Avenue, New Delhi, with 273 students and 13 staff members. In 1971, it moved to its present campus in Dhaula Kuan. Today, the college has around 2,400 students