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Check out list of DU colleges that offer courses in humanities

The liberal arts: Humanities courses open up a host of job opportunities and help students develop critical and creative ­thinking skills.

education Updated: Jun 25, 2015 12:46 IST
Aanchal Bedi
Aanchal Bedi
Hindustan Times
Delhi University,Gargi College,Indraprastha College

Humanities subjects open up not just your mind, but your hearts as well, enabling you to view the world on the basis of its cultural evolution. Today humanities courses open up a host of job opportunities and also help students develop critical and ­creative ­thinking skills. Delhi University offers a wide range of courses in humanities such as ­philosophy, ­history, political science etc for those who are interested in knowing more about different cultures, literature and political systems.

With a degree in humanities ­students can pursue careers in ­teaching, ­journalism, civil services and public relations. They can also work in NGOs, museums and art ­galleries. Other options include ­liberal arts and anthropology.

Several colleges in Delhi University offer courses in this field. Gargi College is perhaps the most sought-after women’s college located in South campus. Established in 1967, the ­college currently has 3,800 ­students and 200 faculty members on its rolls.

“We believe in an ­inter-disciplinary approach and teaching beyond the classroom. At Gargi College, ­students get a chance to explore themselves and their ­creativity. Our ­mission is to empower students in a holistic way so that they are able to face ­various ­challenges in life,” says Shashi Tyagi, principal, Gargi College.

In this academic year the ­college is offering BA (hons) in applied ­psychology, history, political science, philosophy, English, Hindi, Sanskrit and BA programme.

“Gargi College has evolved from being a centre of learning to a centre of excellence. Our ­students ­undertake research ­programmes and publish papers. We also organise workshops, seminars, conferences, panel discussions at both the ­national and ­international level. In addition to imparting ­quality ­education, we also ­sensitise our ­students to the needs of society through many outreach ­programmes,” says Tyagi.

The college is currently running an exchange programme with UK under UGC UKIERI (United Kingdom India Education Research Initiative).

One of the oldest colleges in DU, Indraprastha College for Women has over 3,000 students on its rolls. Located close to North campus, it offers a wide range of courses such as BA (hons) in English, Hindi, ­history, music, multimedia and mass communication, philosophy, political science, psychology, Sanskrit and BA programme.

This year the college plans to start two new courses — BA (hons) in ­geography and ­sociology. “These courses will enlarge the spectrum of humanities courses, the USP of the college. We are ­awaiting a final approval from Delhi University. The courses will begin as and when the approval is received,” says ­professor MM Yogi, coordinator of ­journalism and mass communication ­department, Indraprastha College for Women.

The college currently has an exchange programme with Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

“The college has a glorious and strong tradition of academics and service which has only grown over the years. We encourage freedom of expression which is reflected at all levels of the college community. At Indraprastha College for Women, students are the prime beneficiaries and they get a chance to embark on uncharted paths,” says Yogi.
The college organises remedial classes for students, if need be. Field trips, workshops, seminars and ­conferences are also organised on a ­regular basis.

Another institute, Jesus and Mary College (JMC) has a ­long-standing record of ­providing quality ­education to its students. Recently awarded an ‘A’ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), the college attracts ­students from across India and from overseas. JMC focuses on ­student-­centric learning through ­participatory and ­interactive ­learning techniques and adopts ­innovative ­pedagogical and ­evaluative practices.

Currently, a total of 2,768 students are enrolled in the college. For the academic year 2015, JMC is offering BA (hons) English, Hindi, history, political science, psychology and sociology. The college has signed MoUs with Stratford University, US; Warwick University, UK and University of Michigan, US.

Other colleges offering arts ­courses are Bharati College, Maharaja Agrasen College, Satyawati College, Satyawati College and Zakir Husain Post Graduate Evening College.

Here’s a list of institutes in Delhi University that offer courses in humanities

Gargi college

Programmes: The college offers BA (hons) in applied psychology, history, political science, ­philosophy, English, Hindi, Sanskrit, BA ­programme, BCom, BCom (hons), BBE, BSc (hons) in botany, chemistry, physics, microbiology, ­zoology, BSc in life sciences and physical sciences, bachelor of ­elementary education, MA in English and political science, MSc in chemistry, certificate in German

Facilities: ICT-enabled classrooms, science ­laboratories, research labs, computer labs, Wi-Fi campus, auditorium with a capacity of 750 ­students, seminar halls, sports facilities for judo, cricket, wrestling, chess, tennis, badminton, a ­well-equipped computerised library and a ­bio-informatics facility

Placement cell: The college has a ­placement cell and companies like Capital IQ, Deloitte, Ernst and Young and Google are major recruiters

Safety factor: CCTVs cameras and a cell to look into sexual harassment cases

Linked to tech: Wi-Fi enabled campus. It has five computer ­laboratories and 300 computers

Link: number: 011 26494544 nearest Bus stop: Gargi College

Metro station: Green Park

Jesus and Mary College

Programmes: BA (hons) in economics, English, Hindi, history, political science, psychology, ­sociology, BCom, BCom (hons), BSc (hons) ­mathematics, BEd, master’s in English and Hindi

Facilities: JMC has an old library with a ­massive collection of books. The college also has an in-house gymnasium which is open to only students and staff. The ­college, which is also known for its psychology course, has a well-equipped lab. In ­addition, there are sports facilities for hockey, ­cricket, lawn tennis, football, basketball etc

Placement cell: The placement cell helps ­students find job opportunities, internships, ­fellowships and campus ­ambassadorship. Regular recruiters include Deloitte, Grant Thornton, Oberoi Hotels, Royal Bank of Scotland, Zomato, Teach for India fellowship, Gandhi fellowship, Capital IQ, KPMG, Ernst and Young

Safety factor: Security guards and a PCR van are deployed at the gate

Linked to tech: 150 computers with internet facility. The campus is Wi-Fi enabled

Link: number: 011 26110041 nearest Bus stop: SP Marg

Metro station: Race Course

Indraprastha College

Programmes: The college offers courses in ­computer science, commerce, economics, English, Hindi, history, journalism and mass communication, music, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology and Sanskrit

Facilities: In an ongoing endeavour to create a ­disabled-friendly environment, the college has ­facilities such as special toilets, a lift in the library, ramps and markers for the visually-challenged, ­customised software and reading material in braille for the visually-challenged are available in the library. Two hostels to accommodate a total of 380 students. The college is also known for its ­co-curricular activities. It provides sports facilities such as swimming, lawn ­tennis, badminton, ­shooting, basketball

Placement cell: The college has an active placement cell. Some of the major employers are Wipro, KPMG, IACT, Google, Concept Tree, Genpact etc

Safety factor: CCTV cameras and security guards

Linked to tech: The computer science ­department is equipped with 100 computers. The college also has a 24X7 power back-up

Link: number: 011 23954085 nearest Bus stop: St Parmanand Hospital

Metro station: Civil Lines

Maharaja Agrasen College

Programmes: BSc electronics, BSc ­mathematics, BBE, BCom (hons), BA programme, BA journalism, BA in English, Hindi and political ­science

Facilities: Hostels have been provided with bicycles to enable students to commute to places close to the college. The college has a fully ­computerised well-stocked library to cater to the academic and research needs of the faculty and ­students. The library has a reading room and stocks journals

Placement cell: The placement cell in ­coordination with the central placement cell of the University of Delhi conducts placement drives between January and March. Recruiters include Genpact, Tata Capital, Wipro, Manpower, Freight Systems, Accretive Health, Capital IQ, Protiviti among others

Safety factor: CCTV cameras and security guards

Linked to tech: The centralised computer lab with various computing and visualisation facilities enables students to carry out innovative and high quality research

Link: number: 011 22610565 nearest Bus stop: Vasundhara Enclave

Metro station: New Ashok Nagar/Mayur Vihar Extension

Zakir Husain PG evening college

Programmes: BCom, BCom (hons), BA ­programme, BA Hindi, BA Persian , BA political ­science, BA history, BA English, BA Sanskrit and BA Urdu, MA in Hindi, philosophy and political ­science

Facilities: The college has an online study facility for all students where they can access notes, assignments, teacher remarks etc through their website. This is an endeavour to help students cope with their studies even if they miss their classes. Sports facilities for ­basketball, carom, chess, cricket, football and ­hockey have also been provided

Placement cell: Major employers include Genpact, Barclays Bank and several call centres like EXL. The placement cell prepares students for group discussions and personal interviews. These include language modules, personality ­assessment tests and ­interactive sessions

Safety factor: CCTV cameras, an anti-ragging committee and anti-­ragging squad

Linked to tech: Computer laboratory equipped with LAN system and free internet access

Link: number: 011 23232218 nearest Bus stop: Delhi Gate,

Metro station: Ajmeri Gate

Satyawati College

Programmes: BA programme, BA in English, Hindi, history, political science, economics, Sanskrit, Urdu, BCom, BCom (hons), BSc in ­mathematics and MA in political science

Facilities: Auditorium, seminar room, library, resource centre, computer labs, sports ground etc. The library uses modern technologies such as TV, videos, LCD projector, sound projector and internet facility. It also provides tape recorder, cassettes and braille books for visually-challenged students. The college has facilities for several sports and games such as volley ball judo, gymnastics, table tennis etc

Placement cell: The college is listed with the Delhi University’s central placement cell

Safety factor: The campus is under CCTV ­camera surveillance. Security guards are deployed outside the college gate

Linked to tech: Computer laboratory with over 70 terminals, Wi-Fi, 24-hour connectivity and power ­back-up

Link: number: 011 27245729 nearest Bus stop: Ashok Vihar, Phase 3

Metro station: Model Town

Satyawati College (evening)

Programmes: BCom (hons), BA in economics, English, Hindi, history and political science

Facilities: Sports facilities for cricket, ­volleyball, table tennis, athletics, badminton, ­gymnastics, kabaddi, wrestling, bodybuilding, chess, judo, power lifting, boxing, kho-kho, judo and ­weightlifting. The college has recently constructed an ultra modern centrally air-conditioned ­auditorium with a capacity of over 800 seats, a multi-utility block and a computer laboratory with 80 computers fully equipped with Wi-Fi ­connectivity. Besides this, the college already has a seminar room, sports complex, girls common room. The library is well stocked with books, ­periodicals, ­journals and magazines. A substantial number of books are added to its stock every year. It also subscribes to a variety of journals

Placement cell: The college is listed with the Delhi University’s central placement cell

Safety factor: CCTV ­cameras and security guards

Linked to tech: The college has a computer ­laboratory, wireless internet, 24-hour connectivity and power back-up

Link: number: 011 27213402 nearest Bus stop: Ashok Vihar, Phase 3 Metro station: Model Town

Bharati College

Programmes: BA history, political science, ­commerce, English, Hindi and Sanskrit, MA Hindi and other additional courses such as a self-­financing course in foreign languages and computers. New courses starting this year are mathematics, ­sociology and English journalism

Facilities: A seminar and conference room, a ­studio theatre and three computer labs with over 120 computers, the college also boasts of basketball and volleyball courts, kho-kho and throwball fields and a cricket ground

Placement cell: The college has an active ­placement cell. Genpact, Oberoi’s, Tata Consultancy, Accretive Health and Praxis Health are regular recruiters on campus. A placement officer helps in finding work opportunities for students who do not want to study further

Safety factor: CCTVs cameras and a cell to ­handle sexual harassment cases

Linked to tech: The college is Wi-Fi enabled and has four computer labs and an e-journal ­consortium

Link: number: 011 43273030 nearest Bus stop: Janakpuri

Metro station: Janakpuri East

First Published: Jun 17, 2015 13:10 IST