Indraprastha College for Women

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Indraprastha College for Women
IP College
Motto "Truth Love Knowledge Service"
Established 1924
Type Womens college
Academic affiliation University of Delhi
Principal Dr.Babli Moitra Saraf,[1]
Students over 2200
Location Sham Nath Marg, Delhi
Campus 21 acres (85,000 m2)
Nickname IP
Affiliations University of Delhi

Indraprastha College for Women also known as Indraprastha College or (IP College) (Hindi: इंद्रप्रस्थ महिला कॉलेज)[2] is the oldest women's college in Delhi; established in 1924, it is affiliated to University of Delhi.[3][4][5]

Today, it offers Graduate and Post-graduate courses in Liberal Arts, Commerce, Literature, Computer Science, and Mass Communication etc., and is amongst the prestigious colleges of India.[6] It is located on Sham Nath Marg, 2 km. from Kashmiri Gate, Delhi.[7]


Origins of IP College lie in the Indraprastha Girls School, which was founded in 1904, at the call of noted freedom fighter, educationist and theosophist Annie Besant by a group of Delhi theosophists, led by Lala Jugal Kishore, in Chhipiwara, Old Delhi. Intermediate school was added in 1924 and the Indraprastha College for Women, came into being, with Leonora Gmeiner, (from Kapunda, South Australia) became its first principal.[8][9][10]

Soon the University of Delhi, which itself was founded in 1922, recognised it as . Degree courses were introduced in 1930's and in 1938, the University recognised I.P. college as a degree college. After its existence in Chhipiwara during its early years, the college moved to Chandrawali Bhawan, Civil Lines, to moved again to Alipur House at Alipur Road (now Sham Nath Road), the former office of Commander-in-Chief in 1938, near Kashmiri Gate, where it still exists today and the building has become a heritage property.[11]

In 1952, Indraprastha College hostel was established which presently houses two hundred students, and in 2009, another hostel to accommodate two hundred was added within the 1.53-acre (6,200 m2) college premises.[12] On July 3, 1984, Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the College were held[13]

In 2005, the college added The cyber cafe wing, into its campus, with offices of National Service Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC).[14] It is the only college in Delhi University to offer bachelor degree courses in 'Mass Media and Mass Communication'.[15] Every autumn, the college celebrates its annual festival, 'Shruti',[16][17] apart from an international film festival, 'MISE-EN-SCENE', for aspiring filmmakers, organized by the Department of Mass Media and Mass Communication,[18] which offers the degree of 'Bachelor of Mass Media and Mass Communication (BMMMC), making the college, the only institution in Delhi University to offer this course.[19]

About the college[edit]

Indraprastha College for Women is the oldest women's college of the University of Delhi and was founded in 1924 as a part of nation-wide campaign for women's education and empowerment. Today this prestigious College has an enrolment of over 2200 students and offers a wide range of courses and activities. Uniquely, it offers the Bachelor of Mass Media and Mass Communication (BMMMC) course. In its drive to constantly upgrade infrastructure to meet the demands of a modern system of education and realize its own vision, the College has regularly added new facilities to provide a comfortable working environment for its faculty and students. Full power back-up has been provided in the College to ensure that all activities are carried out without interruption. In an ongoing endeavor to create a disabled-friendly environment, the college has barrier free access to existing spaces Special toilets, a lift in the library and markers for the visually challenged have been added to the infrastructure. Teaching blocks and offices have been renovated and upgraded. The College has a fully equipped studio for in-house training and production. It has several computer laboratories, a spacious library with a lift for PH access. A book bank and customised software and reading materials in Braille for the visually challenged are available in the Library. The ICT centre with 80 computers is also located in the Library. An Audio-Visual Resource Centre is also attached to it. The College has an auditorium, seminar rooms and a state-of-the-art Conference room. It has excellent Sports Infrastructure with a swimming pool, vast playgrounds and a sprawling sports complex. The College also provides basic medical facilities to deal with minor emergencies. It has a Counsellor as well as a Career Guidance and Placement Cell. The College has two hostels, one funded by the UGC, accommodating 200 students and the newly constructed Indraprastha College Women's Hostel with 166 seats.


The College offers dedicated facilities for a variety of other sports as well, such as archery, athletics, handball, volleyball, cricket, kho-kho, etc.

Placements Cell[edit]

The Placement Cell Committee was established to help students make informed career choices. To this end, the Committee has over the years organized career fairs, skill enhancement workshops, presentations by professional career counselors etc. The Committee has also been increasingly involved in on-campus recruitment and has facilitated job placements for students in reputed organisations. Google, Tata Consultancy Services, GE Capital, Standard Chartered, Genpact, Watson Wyatt and HCL .are among the reputed companies that have visited the college for placements in the past few years.


Graduate courses[edit]

  • B.A. (Hons)
    • Economics
    • English
    • Hindi
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sanskrit
  • B.A. Programme
  • B.Com. (Hons)
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Mass Media and Mass Communication (BMMMC)

IP College is the only college in Delhi University offering the BMMMC course.

Post-graduate courses[edit]

Financial Assistance[edit]

Students belonging to economically weaker sections are eligible for fee concession. merit cum means based scholarships are also awarded by the college to deserving students. There is a book bank facility in the library from where needy students can borrow textbooks for the whole academic year. Some special scholarships are also provide by the Delhi University for students belonging to SC/ST/BPL/PWD categories.

Past principals[edit]

  • Leonara G. Miner, first principal, 1924
  • Aruna Sitesh (1997–2007)[20]

Notable alumni[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • The Saga of Indraprastha College for Women, by Shanti Kamath, Narain Prasad, Indraprastha College for Women (Delhi, India). Published by Indraprastha Educational Trust, 2000.
  • Women, education and politics: the women's movement and Delhi's Indraprastha College, by Meena Bhargava, Kalyani Dutta. Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-19-566911-8.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Faculty". Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  2. ^ Music fest at Indraprastha College held Indian Express, September 03, 2002.
  3. ^ Indraprastha College for Women University of Delhi Website.
  4. ^ Women, education and politics: the women's movement and Delhi's Indraprastha College, by Meena Bhargava, Kalyani Dutta. Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-19-566911-8. Page 9.
  5. ^ "Indraprastha College for Women". 2005-10-14. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  6. ^ The Premier Colleges of India
  7. ^ "Indraprastha College for Women". Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  8. ^ Delhi, the emperor's city: rediscovering Chandni Chowk and its environs, by Vijay Goel. Published by Lustre Press, 2003. ISBN 81-7436-240-1.
  9. ^ REVIEWS: Cognisant Indian women Dawn, November 26, 2006.
  10. ^ IP college for women Hindustan Times, June 07, 2007.
  11. ^ Indraprastha College for Women
  12. ^ I P College gets a second hostel The Hindu, Jun 03, 2009.
  13. ^ Women in India & Japan: A Comparison, by Ramesh Madan. Published by Manak Publications, 2004. ISBN 81-7827-099-4. Page 123.
  14. ^ IP College set for hi-tech makeovers The Times of India, Jun 15, 2005.
  15. ^ Author shrutisharma. "Introduction about IP College". Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  16. ^ ...students of Indraprastha College are preparing for annual fest ‘‘Shruti’’. Indian Express, September 02, 2005.
  17. ^ Shruti 2002 The Tribune, December 6, 2002.
  18. ^ Aspiring filmmakers debut at IP College film fest Indian Express, Feb 22, 2009.
  19. ^ IP media course road to print,TV The Times of India, Jun 10, 2009.
  20. ^ IP College Principal passes away The Hindu, Nov 20, 2007.
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