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Labs, pools, gyms. You name it, they have it

If you want to do a diploma in airline management or you want to brush up your skills in journalism then IP College is a wise choice.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 10:52 IST
Meenal Dubey
Meenal Dubey

Looking for the right combination of the perfect course and college? Actually, institutions, too, are going all out these days to draw the right students. Colleges are trying to earn extra mileage from the kind of facilities on offer.

Swish hostels, better labs, state-of-the-art gyms, swimming pools — the list is unending. So, if Miranda House is renovating its hostel blocks for the new academic session and adding a launderette to its existing range of facilities, IP College is flaunting its fully computerised library, computer labs and a redone soccer field.

 Ramjas to have a gym

Ramjas College has fitness in its mind this academic session. The college is planning a co-ed gymnasium that will make it the third college in the campus to set up a gym for students. The other colleges that have gyms are Dyal Singh and Kirori Mal College. College authorities are waiting for a green signal from the staff council and governing body for the plan. The college is hopeful of an early clearance.

Sources said that if everything goes well, the gym would be functional from this academic session in July. "We have to work out the finances and see if this is a viable option for all students. If the gym materialises, then students will not be asked to pay any extra charges," said Ramjas principal Rajendra Prasad. The gym is expected to be non-airconditioned and will have basic facilities like shower rooms.

"Students' needs should be catered to within the campus. We offer all facilities like cyber cafes, computer labs and ISD calls. We are also providing students with washing machines in the hostel. Life on campus should be comparable with home,” said Manaswini Yogi of Indraprastha College for Women.

The college has also renovated and computerised its library recently. “We have added an entire floor of reading area for students with cubicles for faculty. Three psychology labs equipped with computers are also ready. We also have three computer labs and offer facilities for almost every sport conceivable. We are the only college to have a swimming pool,” she added.

Principals say colleges have started understanding the value students have increasingly started putting on infrastructure while choosing the institutions they are going to spend their next three years in.

While outstation students are concerned with issues like a comfortable and safe hostels, day scholars are more interested in a good canteen, Internet browsing facility, cheap photostat and a well-equipped library and gym.

“College is no longer about slumming it out. When a student buys a prospectus, he or she is really looking at getting his money’s worth. Even parents consider if the college extends an opportunity to students to explore and develop their talents,” said Meera Ramachandran, Gargi College principal.

Gargi College is adding a 750-seater auditorium and a seminar hall with latest acoustic gadgetry. “We have been raising funds for ourselves as the UGC has told us it did not have funds two years back. We are also adding a gymnasium since we are slowly becoming a health conscious society,” added Ramachandran.

Students, on their part, are also carefully weighing their options not just in terms of academic excellence of the institution, but also the infrastructure it offers. "You may have an excellent faculty but a ramshackle library or run down labs can create practical hurdles. I really look forward to joining a college that offers something extra,” said Munish Chabra.

Chabra has applied to Ramjas College. Ramjas has, in fact, been among the first colleges to concentrate on improving infrastructure and offering it as the college's USP.

The college has done quite a turnaround from the situation in mid-90s when it was seen mainly as a refuge for students who score middling marks. “We are the only college to have such a large number of seminar halls equipped with audio-visual equipment. Our hostels offer the best facilities. Apart from a wide range of courses and activities, we have excellent sporting facilities, be it lawn tennis, basket ball or soccer,” said Rajendra Prasad, Ramjas principal.

With so much to choose from, it won't be wrong to say that students are spoilt for choice.
Here's what some colleges are offering
Gargi College: 750-seater auditorium, seminar halls, new gymnasium.
IP College: A 200-seater hostel, launderette service at existing hostel, fully computerised library, computer labs, stadium-look playing field.
Miranda: Revamped hostel, launderette service.

First Published: Jun 05, 2006 10:52 IST