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A House for your own space

Miranda House encourages students to build their own aspirations and become well-rounded personalities.Bhavya Nayna Channan Reports

education Updated: Jul 21, 2009 17:44 IST
Bhavya Nayna Channan

Miranda House has been a pioneering institution for women’s education since 1948. The college faculty is known for giving individual attention to the students. The college was founded by the then Delhi University vice-chancellor Sir Maurice Gwyer, and its foundation stone was laid by Lady Edwina Mountbatten on March 7 the same year.
Famous for
English, economic, geography and political science honours courses. The college’s DS Kothari Centre for Research and Innovation in Science Education encourages undergraduate students to engage in eco-friendly activities.

BA with functional Hindi, BA (Hons) in English, Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, economics, geography, history, music, philosophy, political science, sociology, BEL Ed, BSc (Hons) in botany, chemistry, mathematics, physics, zoology, BSc in life sciences and BSc in applied physical science. Diploma courses are available on medical biotech, green chemistry, operation research, tourism, translation, and media courses from radio jockeying to anchoring.
The college has a library, a digital resource centre, multimedia labs, seminar halls, an auditorium that seats about 1,000 and a science museum. The hostel has 125 rooms.Alumnae
CM Sheila Dikshit, actresses Nandita Das and Mallika Sherawat, filmmaker Mira Nair and author Anita Desai are from this college.
College societies

Each student is special to us. We give them their own space to build their own aspirations and an ability to achieve their own fulfilment, so that they are not only successful as professionals but contribute to society, too
Pratibha Jolly, Principal, Miranda House

Fact file
Miranda House was the first women’s college in DU to have the science stream. It began functioning on July 26, 1948, under the first principal Veda Thakuradas with six lecturers, three helpers, one housekeeper and three students. Today, it has more than 131 teaching staff, 1,231 non-teaching staff and more than 20,000 students. The original design was by Walter George and the college shares an architectural affinity with other colonial educational institutions of the country. The hostel is among the oldest residential buildings of DU.

“The college societies need to have more interactive meetings. Students should be involved in the selection board of ECA trials. The notice board should be improved, since the events seem confusing,” says Ayu Kusumastuti, a second-year sociology student.