Hindu College, University of Delhi

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Hindu College
Hindu College Shield
Motto "Music of Truth"
Established 1899
Type Government supported
Students 2400 (estimated)
Location North Campus, University of Delhi, Delhi
Campus Urban
Affiliations University of Delhi
Website www.hinducollege.org

Hindu College, Delhi is a college under the affiliation of University of Delhi in Delhi, India founded in 1899. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Science, Humanities and Commerce.

History[edit]

Principals
Main building, Hindu college

Hindu College was founded in 1899 by the late Shri Krishan Dassji Gurwale. The college started in a small building in Kinari Bazar, Chandni Chowk, and was affiliated to the Punjab University as there was no University of Delhi at that time. One of the first students on its rolls was Sir Shri Ram, who later became the chairman of the College Governing Body.

In 1902, Punjab University threatened to disaffiliate Hindu College unless it acquired a proper building of its own. To avoid this, Rai Bahadur Lala Sultan Singh donated to the college a part of his historic property at Kashmiri Gate, which was originally owned by Col James Skinner.

The college moved to its present campus in 1953. Hindu College was a centre for intellectual debate during India's Freedom Struggle, especially during the Quit India Movement.[citation needed] The college remained closed for several months in 1942 responding to spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi's call to students and teachers to join the Movement. Its amphitheatre at Kashmiri Gate has attracted leaders such as Lokmanya Tilak, Annie Besant, Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, Sarojini Naidu, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru and others.[citation needed]

The Old Students’ Association, Hindu College, since the college centenary celebrations in 1999-2000 annually honours its alumni. Fresh vibrancy was imbued with the Hinduites Golf Tournaments which has inspired members to participate in events.

College societies[edit]

There are college societies to foster comradeship amongst the students.

Every department has its own society which is tasked with organising the department-specific co-curricular activities.

  • Enactus Hindu: - A community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
  • Adhrita: - the Indian Dance Society of Hindu College works on building respect for the Indian dance forms, classical and folk both, and participates in competitions.
  • Abstractions: The Fine Arts Society of Hindu College organises its annual festival 'Rangsrijan' where participants students from all over showcase their paintings in an exhibition and painting competition.
  • The English Literary Society of the English Department organises a fest, competitions, and activities.
  • The Economics Society holds the All India Economics Students Meet, to which colleges from Delhi and other national universities send their economics students to compete.
  • IBTIDA is the dramatics society which performs stage and street plays in Hindi and English. Ibtida has performed all over India. Ibtida alumni include Imtiaz Ali, Ankit Chaddha, and Anuj Ravda.
  • Aarambh is the Western Dance Society.
  • Masque is the English dramatics society.
  • Vivre, the film society, screens films in the college seminar room.
  • The Indian Music Society, ALANKAR, holds its annual festival HARMONY every year.
  • The English Debating Society is known as DEBSOC.
  • Caucus-The Discussion Forum, the official group discussion and Model United Nations society. It annually organizes The International Hindu Model United Nations (IHMUN) conference which is the oldest and biggest MUN conference in University of Delhi.
  • The Quizzing Society, Manthan.
  • EUREKA : The Physics Society organises its annual fest Quarks, which has cultural and academic events, and also publishes its own magazine.
  • The Symposium Societyconducts symposiums and deliberation sessions on national issues. It organises Hindu Mock Indian Parliament which is the simulation of the Indian parliament.[1]
  • Adhrita - Indian Dance Society - conducts its annual fest "Natrang" holding Indian dance competitions.
  • Dramatics (separate societies for Hindi "IBTIDA - The Beginning" & English " MASQUE")
  • Music (separate societies for Hindi "ALANKAR" & English "Western Music Society")
  • Abstractions: The Fine Arts Society of Hindu College
  • Elocution
  • Poetry Club
  • Adventure and Nature Club
  • Cine Club
  • Choreography
  • Photography
  • Environment Club
  • Mountaineering Club
  • Fashion Club
  • NSS Society - Organises blood donation camps, fests in slum areas and cleanliness and donation drives. It increases awareness of social issues and involves the students in activities for the benefit of society.

The college invites NGOs and organisations such as SPIC MACAY to conduct cultural programmes on the campus.

Campus[edit]

Hostel[edit]

Hhostel
Sports complex
Nescafe

On campus, the Hindu College hostel has 117 rooms to accommodate 210 boys having single-, double- and triple-seater rooms. The hostel has a T.V. Room and a Common Room, containing an internet cafe as well as areas for chess, carrom, and table tennis. The hostel mess provides three meals a day for the residents. The WUS Health Centre of Delhi University provides 24-hour health care for students.

Library[edit]

The library is open to all part-time and full-time students, as well as teachers and other members of the staff. Textbooks are kept in the reserve section to enable the students to write their tutorials. It has subscriptions to dailies, weeklies, periodicals and academic journal. These publications are available to its members in the reading room as a reference to academic and non-academic subjects. The library has three floors holding more than 100,000 books excluding the journals, magazines and dailies which it stocks.

Magazine[edit]

Indraprastha magazine publishes articles by students and reviews of the educational, cultural, social, and athletic activities of the college. Each section is edited by a student editor under the supervision of a member of the teaching staff.

Sports[edit]

The college maintains a playground and a sports complex. Cricket, table tennis, lawn tennis, basketball and swimming are organised under supervision of the director of Physical Education.

Cricket team[edit]

The cricket team of Hindu College is renowned for the players it has produced. Some well-known cricket players who played on this team include Ajay Jadeja, Gautam Gambhir, Murali Karthik, Vinay Lamba, Ashish Nehra, and Deep Dasgupta

Parliament[edit]

The Hindu College Parliament is the only student organisation of its kind in the country. All the students and teachers are considered members. The students elect the prime minister from the student body at the beginning of each year. The speaker of the parliament is a teacher nominated by the principal in his/her capacity as the president of the Hindu College Republic.

The government passes an annual budget which allocates funds to the societies and departments of the college. The ministries are Finance, Sports, Student Development, Food Services, Campus Development, and Cultural. Each ministry has a minister and a secretary who handle affairs.

The parliament often meets to debate issues pertaining to the college. It holds budget sessions, question hours, and other meetings. Pre-Independence nationalist leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawarharlal Nehru, and M.A. Jinnah have debated issues with students in the College Parliament. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, then prime minister of India, attended the budget session of the Hindu College Parliament and, after watching the proceedings, said, "This Parliament is indeed a great institution, and we are quite lucky because today India has not one but two Prime Ministers," referring to the Hindu College prime minister and himself.

Cafeteria[edit]

Hindu college has a cafeteria for its students and staff.

Annual event[edit]

The student body organizes an annual cultural event called MECCA. The event spans multiple days and involves theatrical, literary, dance, and other events.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hmip.in
  2. ^ "Democracy at Crossroads, Debunk Silent Majority: CAG". Outlook (magazine). Retrieved June 1, 2012 (2012-18-01). 

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