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Home to nearly 22,000 local students, Chandigarh is a city where students from neighbouring states often flock to. The career opportunities, safe living environment and expert teaching make it a popular destination for students, reports Vishav Bharti.

india Updated: May 16, 2008 00:08 IST
Vishav Bharti

Home to nearly 22,000 local students, Chandigarh is a city where students from neighbouring states often flock to. The career opportunities, safe living environment and expert teaching make it a popular destination for students.

"Chandigarh has a history of less than five decades. After Partition, Lahore, which was the hub of higher education in north India under British rule, went to Pakistan. So it was a challenge to develop an alternative educational centre," said Ishwar Dyal Gaur, History teacher at Panjab University (PU).

PU offers a wide variety of disciplines, including commerce, science and arts streams, architecture, engineering and medical colleges. "With more than a dozen colleges and two universities, Chandigarh is emerging as a centre of excellence," said AC Vaid, the Principal of SD College.

The city is well connected to the neighbouring states by frequent bus services, railways and air. "Most northern states are just a night’s ride by bus and by the time you wake up you are home," said Jyotsna Sandhu, a student of Jalandhar.

The city designed by Le Corbusier is also popular among students who love to experiment with food. "Chandigarh has options right from dhabas to international coffee chains, Chinese and Mexican food and, of course, the traditional Punjabi cuisine," added Gaurav Gupta, a student of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology.

DAV College
Popular courses:
B.Com - 240 seats, BBA - 160 seats; B.Sc Biotechnology (Hons) - 30 seats; B.Sc Bioinformatics - 30 seats; M.Sc in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology - 20 seats; M.Sc Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology (30 seats each); Those seeking admission to M.Sc courses in Chemistry, Mathematics and Zoology have to appear in entrance exams conducted by Panjab University (PU).

Hostel facilities:
Four hostels have facilities for 700 boys. For girls, hostel accommodation is arranged on request.

Famous alumni:
As many as 56 DAV College alumni have donned national colours in international sports events. They include cricketers such as Kapil Dev, Dinesh Mongia and Yuvraj Singh. Captain Vikram Batra, who was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for valour in the Kargil conflict of 1999..

DAV was rated as the best among 18,064 colleges in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, according to a survey by India Today. It was rated 21st in Humanities, 29th in Science and 46th in Commerce courses. For 36 years, it has been winning the Shaadi Lal Trophy for the best performance in sports among 143 PU colleges.


Tel. no.:
0172-2743980, 2742609;

Application forms:
To be available by the first week of June.

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"We have a great contribution in building of this nation. From sports to the army, civil services and politics you can find our alumni anywhere," says BC Joshan, Principal of the college.

MCm dav college
Popular courses:
B.Com (140), vocational courses such as Food Science and Quality Control as well as Microbial Science and food technology (40 seats each).

Recently-introduced courses:
Cosmetology and beauty care; Interior designing and decoration.


forms will be available in the last week of May.

Hostel facilities:
The college has hostel facilities for 600 students.

Famous alumni:
International rower Gurnoor Kang; Golfer Irina Brar and shooter Harveen, who won a bronze at the 6th Commonwealth Shooting Championship in Melbourne.

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"Our college has the rarest of add-on courses which suit girls. We have merit as a strict criterion for admission and stress on student feedback for an enhanced learning environment," says the Principal, Puneet Bedi.


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SD College
Popular courses:
B.Sc Biotechnology (Hons) - 25 seats, B.Sc Bioinformatics - 25 seats. Admission to these courses is on the basis of merit. For M.Sc in Bioniformatics and Biotechnology (15 seats), PU conducts an entrance examination.

New courses:
New courses: Master's in Entrepreneurship and Family Business – 30 seats; Add-on courses in Computer Hardware and Maintenance; animation and graphics; French; human rights and education value Entrepreneurship development were introduced two years ago.

Hostel facilities:
There is one boys’ hostel with a capacity of 170 students and two girls' hostels with capacity of 230.

Famous alumni:
Fashion designer JJ Valaya, cricketer VRV Singh; Rajesh Bindle, the youngest judge at the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The college library houses about 44,000 books, magazines and a digital library. SD is among 100 Panjab University colleges that have been given the status of 'college with potential for excellence'


Tel. no.:
0172-613656, 600090,


Prospectus and admission forms will be available from May 25.

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"During the last decade, SD College has evolved a lot. Nowadays, a large number of students hope to get admission in this college. Our students are capable of competing with their counterparts from the best colleges of our country," says the Principal, AC Vaid.

Govt college for men
Popular courses:
B.Com - 140 seats, BCA - 40, BBA - 40, B.Sc Biotechnology - 30 and MA English - 60

Hostel facilities:
Three hostels have facilities for 400 students.

Famous alumni:
Union Minister of State for Finance Pawan Kumar Bansal; Former minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

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