Benefits: Why Delhi University’s Little-Known Colleges Could Be Attractive Options | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: With Delhi University admission underway, most students expect to be awarded top colleges. Sure, they’d love to pursue their undergraduate courses at the coveted and popular colleges, but DU has a quartet of them that aren’t quite advertised but have good infrastructure and facilities for students, thanks to recent upgrades. level.
Two of these colleges – Ramanujan and Aryabhatta – became day colleges in 2012 and 2015, respectively.

Ramanujan College, formerly known as Deshbandhu Evening College, was established in 1958. Since 2012, the institution has only grown. It has a higher National Board of Assessment and Accreditation score of 3.71 (with an A++ grade) than the coveted Shri Ram College of Commerce‘s score of 3.65.
From a college with a student body of 1,500 with just five undergraduate courses, Ramanujan now has 3,000 students taking the 15 courses offered. Mathematical sciences, computer science and commerce are sought after courses. With a new building coming, the college hopes to be able to start new classes, maybe even offer hostel accommodation.
The college principal, SP Agarwal, who oversaw the transformation, admitted that the college was not well known but had the best facilities for students and teachers. “Each of the classrooms has projectors and each floor of the building has computer labs. We have up to 10 advanced research centers,” Agarwal said. There are, for example, schools of happiness, robotics and artificial intelligence as specialized centers.
The college library uses RFID tags for books. There are gymnasiums for students and teachers, both indoors and outdoors. The college also has charging stations for electric vehicles, generates its own 150 KW solar energy, collects rainwater, has a wastewater treatment plant and uses a high-capacity private network server.
Explaining why the colleges’ ranking in the National Institutional Ranking Framework is 41, Agarwal said, “We don’t offer science courses, so that’s where we lose a bit.”
Aryabhatta is the youngest college in the DU group. Located on South Campus, the quaint college was previously called Ram Lal Anand Evening College until 2015. It now has 2,200 registered students and offers 13 undergraduate courses. It has a new seven-story building and is on an expansion mission. This year, it will introduce new courses and expand the science component.
At just seven years old, Aryabhatta only applied for NAAC accreditation this year. “Our college is known for its emphasis on the physical and mental well-being of students and staff,” said Binoy Bhushan Agarwal, Assistant Professor of English. “The psychology department is among the best in the DU and we provide regular counseling to students. We also have a quiet space where teachers and students practice yoga.
The college is community conscious. It has gender-neutral restrooms, a well-equipped activity room for students, and a research center for teachers. Varsha Singh, Assistant Professor of Psychology, said, “We also have community outreach programs where our students teach slum children through a company called Akshar.
Two colleges, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, started in old school buildings but now have state-of-the-art facilities. Both are funded by the Delhi government. DDU operated from the old building of Shivaji College until 2016. From 200 students in 1990, it now has over 3,200 students and offers 15 courses, with science and math being its strong point. It is in the top 25 of the NIRF ranking.
“We have seven floors plus a basement on a 7.7-acre campus,” said principal director Hem Chand Jain. “We produce 525 KW of electricity per day and the solar water heaters provide continuous hot water to our hostels and residential blocks. We also have an efficient rainwater harvesting system.
DDU’s research center is a much talked about institution. It offers research grants of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh to faculty members for research. In addition, each scientific department has an attached research laboratory and a common instrumentation facility.
Shaheed Sukhdev has the label of being DU’s best college of management, having come a long way since its beginnings with one course, three faculty members and 500 students in 1987. It moved to a new building a decrepit school building in Vivek Vihar in 2017.

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