Photos: A 100 years in, walk through the founding pillars of Delhi University

Updated On May 01, 2022 09:28 PM IST

Before Delhi had its own university, it only had three colleges — St Stephen’s College, Hindu College and Ramjas College founded in 1881, 1899 and 1917 respectively. The Delhi University Act came into force on May 1, 1922 with three constituent colleges — St Stephen’s, Hindu and Ramjas.

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The old Stephen’s building in Kashmere Gate, also an example of Indo-Saracenic architecture designed by Swinton Jacob, housed St. Stephen's College from 1891 to 1941, The building currently currently houses the office of the Chief Electoral Officer.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 01, 2022 09:28 PM IST

The old Stephen’s building in Kashmere Gate, also an example of Indo-Saracenic architecture designed by Swinton Jacob, housed St. Stephen's College from 1891 to 1941, The building currently currently houses the office of the Chief Electoral Officer.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

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A rather nondescript lane called Katra Kushal Rai lane in Chandni Chowk leads to the Sheesh Mahal building that housed St. Stephen’s School in 1853-54, followed by St. Stephen’s College that started from here in 1881. The Sheesh Mahal haveli in the Chandni Chowk was the main centre in the city in the 1880s. (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 01, 2022 09:28 PM IST

A rather nondescript lane called Katra Kushal Rai lane in Chandni Chowk leads to the Sheesh Mahal building that housed St. Stephen’s School in 1853-54, followed by St. Stephen’s College that started from here in 1881. The Sheesh Mahal haveli in the Chandni Chowk was the main centre in the city in the 1880s. (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)

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With its manicured lawns, red brick building and subtle Mughal motifs, the St Stephen's College is now at Delhi University enclave on the north campus.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times) View Photos in a new improved layout
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With its manicured lawns, red brick building and subtle Mughal motifs, the St Stephen's College is now at Delhi University enclave on the north campus.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)

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Hindu College functioned from 1908 to 1953 in Kashmere Gate at a property then owned by one of the trustees RB Lala Sultan Singh, which originally belonged to Colonel James Skinner.(Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Hindu College functioned from 1908 to 1953 in Kashmere Gate at a property then owned by one of the trustees RB Lala Sultan Singh, which originally belonged to Colonel James Skinner.(Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)

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The Kashmere Gate campus of the Hindu College also played a pivotal role in the history of India's independence from the British. The college hostel provided a space to revolutionaries to stay - including Chandrashekhar Azad. The students of this college also participated in the Quit India Movement starting August 1942.(Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 01, 2022 09:28 PM IST

The Kashmere Gate campus of the Hindu College also played a pivotal role in the history of India's independence from the British. The college hostel provided a space to revolutionaries to stay - including Chandrashekhar Azad. The students of this college also participated in the Quit India Movement starting August 1942.(Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)

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Hindu college shifted to its permanent E-shaped building above at North Campus in Delhi University.  (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Hindu college shifted to its permanent E-shaped building above at North Campus in Delhi University.  (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)

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An eminent jurist of that time, Rai Kedar Nath laid down the foundation of Ramjas College in Daryaganj in 1917. The college was named after his father, Lala Ramjas Mal.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times) View Photos in a new improved layout
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An eminent jurist of that time, Rai Kedar Nath laid down the foundation of Ramjas College in Daryaganj in 1917. The college was named after his father, Lala Ramjas Mal.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

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In 1924, Ramjas College’s Daryaganj site was used to create an intermediate college, with the original college then shifting to the above building, at Anand Parbat (known as Kala pahad at the time.) The shift largely occurred as Delhi became the capital of the English East India Company, with a need to shift these prominent colleges from the small, crowded lanes of old Delhi towards the city.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 01, 2022 09:28 PM IST

In 1924, Ramjas College’s Daryaganj site was used to create an intermediate college, with the original college then shifting to the above building, at Anand Parbat (known as Kala pahad at the time.) The shift largely occurred as Delhi became the capital of the English East India Company, with a need to shift these prominent colleges from the small, crowded lanes of old Delhi towards the city.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

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Ramjas College’s old campus from 1917 in Daryaganj is where at the present day Ramjas School Number 1 and the Ramjas Foundation’s office currently lies.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Ramjas College’s old campus from 1917 in Daryaganj is where at the present day Ramjas School Number 1 and the Ramjas Foundation’s office currently lies.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

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Ramjas College eventually shifted to its present building in the year 1951, with Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, inaugurating the current campus on January 17, 1951.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 01, 2022 09:28 PM IST

Ramjas College eventually shifted to its present building in the year 1951, with Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, inaugurating the current campus on January 17, 1951.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)

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