The University Grants Commission (UGC) has conferred Kanya Mahavidyalaya (KMV), Jalandhar, with the title of heritage institution.
The UGC had received 60 applications of which 19 colleges received the coveted tag with KMV finding place on the list. The UGC has granted Rs 80 lakh to the college to preserve its heritage value.
Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Rajendra Prasad, Inder Kumar Gujral, Abdul Kalam, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee are among the dignitaries who have visited the college.
The UGC wants to promote the colleges which are more than 100-year-old and which have played vital role in the development of the Indian society.
College principal Atima Sharma said KMV has played a pioneering role in women education but also a lighthouse for many other colleges which started later on.
“We had made a presentation on the college’s history, mission and founders. KMV was a pivot during the Independence movement. Bhagat singh used to take shelter here,” said.
The college has preserved its heritage and has also become modern with time, said Sharma.
Talking about further plans, she said, “We are planning to expand with a view to emerging as a leading women’s university and to preserve the values of our society. We hope that the government will support us in future.”
Pallavi Kapila, a student of the college, said, “Nothing can be more exciting than this. We will get better placements now.”