Hindu College, University of Delhi
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|Motto||"Music of Truth"|
|Location||North Campus, University of Delhi, Delhi|
|Affiliations||University of Delhi|
The Hindu College was founded in 1899 by Late Shri Krishan Dassji Gurwale. The college started in a small building in Kinari Bazar, Chandni Chowk, and it 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. 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 prominent leaders such as Lokmanya Tilak, Annie Besant, Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, Sarojini Naidu, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru and others.
The Old Students’ Association, Hindu College, since the College Centenary Celebrations in 1999-2000 has been annually recognizing & honouring its Distinguished Alumni in a glittering celebration that grows from strength to strength. Fresh vibrancy was imbued with the Hinduites Golf Tournaments which has inspired many members to actively participate in various events.
Apart from academic excellence, Hindu College firmly believes in overall development of an individual in the moral, physical and intellectual realms. For this 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.
- Abstractions: The Fine Arts Society of Hindu College organises its annual festival 'Rangsrijan' where participants students from all over showcase their paintings in this exhibition and painting competition.
- The English Literary Society of the English Department organises its own fest, competitions, and activities.
- The Economics Society holds the All India Economics Students Meet, to which top colleges from Delhi and other national universities send their economics students to compete.
- IBTIDA is the dramatics society which performs both stage and street plays in both Hindi and English. It is counted among one of the best dramatics societies in Delhi University. Ibtida has not only performed all over India,it has even gone to Lahore. Ibtida has a well known alumni, namely, Imtiaz Ali, Ankit Chaddha, Anuj Ravda, and many other well known names in theater, bollywood, radio and movies. This society doesn't just make good actors but also good writers, directors, and most importantly, independent and confident individuals.
- Masque is the English dramatics society.
- Vivre, the film society, screens almost 15 films a month in the college seminar room.
- The Indian Music Society, ALANKAR, holds its annual festival HARMONY every year.
- The English Debating Society, popularly known as the DEBSOC, is representative of an inquiring and active intellectual life on campus.
- 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 college organises many extracurricular activities carried out through its vibrant societies:
- 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
- Poetry Club
- Adventure and Nature Club
- Cine Club
- Environment Club
- Mountaineering Club
- Fashion Club
- NSS Society - Organises blood donation camps, fests in slum areas and cleanliness and donation drives. It not only increases awareness about various social issues but also involves the students in short term and long term activities for the benefit of society.
The college has a tradition of inviting NGOs and organisations such as SPIC MACAY to conduct cultural programmes on the campus.
On campus, the Hindu College hostel has 117 rooms to accommodate 210 boys having single-, double- and triple-seater rooms. The building forms continuous structure which borders a well-maintained lawn with rosebeds and hedges which pruned regularly. 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.
The library is open to all part-time and full-time students, as well as teachers and other members of the staff. All important textbooks are kept in the reserve section to enable the students to write their tutorials. It has subscriptions to a large number of dailies, weeklies, periodicals and academic journal. These publications are available to its members in the reading room as a reference to a wide spectrum of 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.
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.
The college maintains an extensive playground and a sports complex. Cricket, table tennis, lawn tennis, basketball and swimming are organised under direct supervision of the director of Physical Education.
The cricket team of Hindu College is renowned, both for its talent and 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
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 regularly holds budget sessions, question hours, and other meetings. Pre-Independence nationalist leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawarharlal Nehru, and M.A. Jinnah have debated fiery 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.
Hindu college has a cafeteria for its students and staff.
The student body organizes an annual cultural event called MECCA. The event spans multiple days and involves theatrical, literary, dance, and other events.
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- Lalit Bhasin,Senior Lawyer & President, Old Students Association,Hindu College.
- Ravi Burman,Corporate Sector & Secretary, Old Students Association,Hindu College.
- Rana Hemant Singh, present titular Maharaj Rana of Dholpur
- Shatrujit Singh, Prince of Kapurthala
- Mira Aggarwal, politician (Mayor of Delhi, India)
- Gopal lal Meena, Famous IPS
- Hardeep Singh Puri, permanent representative of India to the United Nations
- Kavita Ramdas, president and CEO of Global Fund for Women
- Mahesh Rangarajan,a Rhodes scholar and The Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
- Manoj Kumar, actor
- Col Anil Shorey, writer
- Sanam Johar, dancer
- Papiya Ghosh
- Rao Narbir Singh
- Meenakshi Lekhi, national spokesperson of Bhartiya Janta Party
- Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief of Times Now
- Colonel Sonam Wangchuk, Maha Vir Chakra, Kargil War hero
- P. N. Dhar, principal secretary to Indira Gandhi Prime Minister's office
- Shirin M. Rai, professor of Politics and International Studies at University of Warwick
- Brahma Chellaney, professor at Centre for Policy Research
- Ila Patnaik, economist
- Amitava Kumar, professor of English at Vassar College
- Leela Gandhi, professor of English at The University of Chicago
- Siddhartha Basu, businessman
- Bipan Chandra, historian
- Gajraj Bahadur Nagar, Lawyer & politician [former Minister]
- Tuhin Sinha, writer
- Kadambari Murali, editor-in-chief of Sports Illustrated India
- Loveleen Tandan, director
- Abhishek Chaubey, director
- Imtiaz Ali, director
- Vishal Bhardwaj,
- Tisca Chopra, actress
- Arjun Rampal, actor
- Imran Zahid, actor
- Roshan Abbas, TV and radio host
- Tabu Taid
- Mayanti Langer, Indian TV sports journalist with ESPN
- Manish Tiwary, director
- Mirza Farhatullah Baig
- Gautam Gambhir, Indian Cricketer.
- Aakash Chopra, Indian Cricketer.
- Murli Kartik, Indian Cricketer.
- Manvinder Bisla, IPL Cricketer.
- Ajay Jadeja, Indian Cricketer.
- Deepak Singh, Director-Producer
- Luv Ranjan, Director
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