Acharya Narendra Dev College
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Acharya Narendra Dev College is a constituent college of University of Delhi situated in Govindpuri (Kalkaji), Delhi. Established in 1991, the college has a unique distinction of being the only college in the University of Delhi that is primarily for science. Though a young college, Acharya was listed among the ten best colleges in Science in the India Today survey in 2010.
On offer are Bachelor with Honours in Biomedical Sciences, Botany, Chemistry, Commerce, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology and B.Tech in Computer Science and Electronics. It is the first college of the University to introduce the B.Sc. Honours Biomedical Sciences. Students can also enroll for the Postgraduate Degree of University of Delhi in Chemistry and Mathematics. It also offers part-time certificate and diploma courses in foreign languages - French, German, Spanish and Russian. Besides, the Add-on courses ELPC and ECPDT also enrich the students' language, personality and provide them learning opportunities.
The culture and projects at the College
Acharya Narendra Dev College along with Wikimedia India and Centre for Internet and Society have been recognized as Affiliates of Creative Commons in India. On November 12, 2013, Creative Commons Indai was relaunched in New Delhi by the Union Minister for Human Resources Development Dr Shashi Tharoor.
The college believes in promoting open-source software and open educational resources. It is the first college in the University of Delhi to migrate to Linux. 80 computers in Web Center and all the computer labs run on Linux OS. Use of proprietary software is kept minimal and only when required by the course material. The principal, Savithri Singh, is an elected member of the International Community Council of the Wikieducator and its Vice Chair.
Acharya Narendra Dev College promotes research both by the students and faculty. One of these research projects is the "Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cell". The cell also coordinates six projects aimed at promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. To promote research by students the college offers ELITE - Education in a Lively Innovative Training Environment Scholarships to 200 students for summer training and projects.
The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light, has formally approved "University of Delhi at Acharya Narendra Dev College SPIE Student Chapter".
Acharya offers a variety of extra-curricular activities for students. Student-run societies include ones on Gender Sensitization, Dramatics, Debate, Electronics, Adventure, Sports, Social Outreach, and others.
College's Physical Education instructor Dr. Satyapal Singh was awarded the Dronacharya Award (2012) by the Government of India for excellence in Para Sports coaching and thus became the youngest recipient of the prestigious award. The Delhi government started the system of awarding meritorius teachers in 2010 - Dr Sunita Hooda from our college was among the first awardees. In 2011 Dr Sarita Kumar was honoured by the Government of Delhi as a meritorious teacher. She won a certificate and Rs 75,000/-. In the year 2009, Kumar along with Dr M.S. Rajeswari and Dr. Seema Makhija were honoured as distinguished teachers by University of Delhi on the occasion of Teachers' Day. The following year Dr. Amit Garg was given the Meritorius Teacher Award by the Delhi Government - a certificate and a cash award of Rs 1,00,000/-.
- http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story/best-science-colleges-in-delhi,-2010/1/102046.html, India Today, "Best Science Colleges in Delhi, 2010", June 18, 2010, Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- The Hindu, May 11, 2011