Miranda House

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Miranda House
MH Logo
Hindi: स्वाध्याय प्रमदितव्यम्
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Coordinates 28°41′33″N 77°12′36″E / 28.69250°N 77.21000°E / 28.69250; 77.21000Coordinates: 28°41′33″N 77°12′36″E / 28.69250°N 77.21000°E / 28.69250; 77.21000
Type University College for Women
Established 1948
Principal Dr. Pratibha Jolly[1]
Staff 326
Faculty 238
Number of students More than 3000
Campus Urban
Colour(s) Green and cocoa brown         
Nickname MH, Miranda, Mirandians
Calendar Semester
Affiliations DU

Miranda House (Hindi: मिरांडा हाउस)(MH) is a distinguished constituent college for women at the University of Delhi, India.[2] Since its establishment in 1948, Miranda House has been widely regarded as a premier institution for higher education of women in India.[3] The faculty is well known for their meritorious profile. The college has produced women who have excelled in various professions and have contributed in numerous ways to society at large.[4] Miranda House offers degrees in the sciences and the liberal arts.


Miranda House
India Today & Nielsen rankings, 2013
  • Miranda House is placed 3rd among Science Colleges in India.[5]
  • Miranda House is placed 5th among Arts Colleges in India.[6]
  • Miranda House is ranked 2nd and 3rd in the Delhi-wide 2013 rankings of Science and Arts streams respectively.[7]

History and ascent[edit]

Sir Maurice Gwyer(extreme right), Founder of Miranda House, University of Delhi .
Lady Edwina Mountbatten

Miranda House was founded in 1948 by the then vice-chancellor, Sir Maurice Gwyer[8] Its foundation stone was laid by Lady Edwina Mountbatten on 7 March in the same year. Located on the university campus, Miranda House is built of red bricks. Its original design was planned by the architect Walter Sykes George. The college shares an architectural affinity with other colonial educational institutions of the country. In the past six decades, as the college grew, several buildings were added. It is now declared an heritage building and work is on to preserve it. The college celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in 2007-08. Alumni and students of this college are popularly known as Mirandians.

In half a century of its existence, Miranda House has maintained its growth in various fields. More than half a century ago Miranda House came into existence as a campus college for women. Since then there has been an ideological shift in the role that young women are called upon to play. Presiding over the Silver Jubilee Celebration of the college in 1973, prime minister Indira Gandhi remarked that Miranda House girls believed that all the beauty and the brains of the capital came from the college and commented "it is partly true, though not entirely so".In the past five decades, as the college has grown, several other buildings have been added to its original design. It is now declared a heritage building and work is on to maintain its pristine glory.

Miranda House started with a student strength of 33 in July 1948, which rose to 105 by September the same year. It was 2,090 in 1997–98. The strength of the academic staff increased from six in 1948 to 120 (permanent) in 1997–98 and that of non-academic staff from 11 in 1948 (five in the hostel and six in the college) to 120 in 1997–98. There were only 43 students in the hostel in 1948, of whom seven belonged to other colleges of the University of Delhi. The present strength of the hostel is 250.These figures speak for themselves about the growth of the college during the last 50 years.

At the time of its founding, Miranda House had six departments; as of 2012 there are eighteen. Science teaching was conducted in the university but in 1963–64, B.Sc. General and in 1971, B.Sc. Honours teaching work started in the college. Many new subjects have been introduced in the humanities and social sciences since then.

Miranda House provides liberal education in social sciences, humanities and the basic sciences. Academic life is rigorous. The college's infrastructure includes teaching laboratories and general facilities.As of 2012 Miranda House has more than 3,000 students.Miranda House, indubitably, has fulfilled the dreams of Sir Maurice Gwyer as a pioneering, prestigious institution of India

Academic courses and Departments[edit]

Entrance Lawn

Miranda House offers a wide array of undergraduate and graduate courses.All undergraduate courses commencing from the academic year 2013-14 shall be for the duration of 4 years,as per the guidelines of the University of Delhi.[9]

Undergraduate courses[edit]

  • B. A. Honours: Bengali, Economics, English, Geography, Hindi, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sanskrit, Sociology
  • B.Sc. Honours: Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Zoology
  • B.Tech in Computer Science[10]
  • B.El.Ed (four-year course)

Add-on courses[edit]

Miranda House offers a career-oriented add-on course on Tourism that can be opted for by students as a parallel sub-discipline while pursuing their degree-level education. This course is approved by the UGC and is self-financing.

Additionally, several other short-duration career-oriented courses have been specially designed and are on offer: Operations Research, Computer Applications, Green Chemistry,Medicinal-Bio technology,Media Studies among others. The college also offers one-year certificate courses in French, German and Spanish in collaboration with the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi. It offers a course in Russian in collaboration with the Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies, University of Delhi.

Postgraduate courses[edit]

Students enrol for M.A. and M.Sc. programmes in the college for which classes are held at the respective departments at the university.

  • M.A. programme: The same subjects are offered as at the B.A. Honours level except for Political Science, Geography, and Sociology. M.A. in Mathematics is offered in the college.
  • M.Sc. programme: The same subjects are offered as at the B.Sc. Honours level. Additionally, the college also offers M.Sc. in Anthropology.


Admission is strictly based on the marks secured by candidates in their senior secondary high school Examination of the CBSE or equivalent Board. The admissions decision is made after original, official transcripts are shown. As the number of places are very limited, along with severe competition, eligibility does not guarantee admission. Limited seats are available on the basis of merit in sports and extracurricular activities as determined by a selection process. Individual departments determine the subjects and basis for admission.

Four Year Undergraduate Program[edit]

The University of Delhi is commencing the four year undergraduate program scheme from the academic year 2013-14.All undergraduate programs offered by the University of Delhi shall be for the duration of four years.Moreover these programs have been designed with multiple exit options and include research components.This reformation aims to provide greater flexibility and wider range of choices to the students.[11]


Walter Sykes George
Colonial Archways.

Located in the University of Delhi's coveted north campus enclave, Miranda House has long been acknowledged for its imperial architectural style and well planned campus. Its original design was by architect Walter Sykes George in a similar style to other colonial educational institutions of the country. The college hostel is among the oldest residential buildings in the university. The hostel section is laid out in a quadrangle, with gardens placed out by bottle palms.

College building in red brick

Since the beginning Miranda House has undergone numerous physical changes and has grown with additions to its original layout plan. The major features of its structure are the main college building, the library, and the hostel block. In the 1950s, the new building for lectures was constructed. The principal's office, college office, teachers' lounge, students' common room, sheds for four college buses were built during this period. The college auditorium, equipped with microphones, and the cafeteria building came up during this time. New classrooms were added by partitioning the old library hall. The new administrative section was built in the centre of the teaching wing. Some classrooms on the ground floor were converted into the administrative block, which also houses the principal's new office. In the Golden Jubilee Year, the college auditorium was renovated under the supervision of interior designer and old Mirandian Ketaki Sood, and a rock garden was set up in the space behind the students' common room and in front of the cafeteria.

Miranda House Hostel[edit]

College Hostel .

An opportunity to reside in the Miranda House Hostel, which has been home to several famous and distinguished alumnae in their formative years, is indeed a privilege.Miranda House was a residence before it became a college. Miranda House Hostel was founded in 1948 by the vice-chancellor, Sir Maurice Gwyer; its foundation stone was laid by Lady Edwina Mountbatten on 7 March the same year. The building was designed by architect Walter George.The stretch of ground curving around the hostel towards the cafeteria has been cleared away for a beautiful lawn and a rockery extending the special attractions of the Cafeteria, particularly on sunny winter days. It has also brought out the potential of the spacious verandah outside one of the classrooms as an elevated stage for cultural events.

The dining hall has a high arched ceiling, monastic tables and benches. There is a common room and an open coffee lounge attached to it. Declared a Heritage Building, extensive restoration and refurbishment work was undertaken in the hostel. It has 120 twin and seven four-person rooms. The day-to-day functioning is taken care of by a full-time resident warden and a housekeeper. The hostel administrative team includes the principal, the vice-principal, the bursar, teacher representatives on the hostel committee, and the hostel warden.

Societies and activities[edit]

There are diverse activities outside the classroom, including clubs and societies. Cultural societies allow students to give expression to their creativity.Miranda House has long been acknowledged for the space it has provided to students to freely express and develop views that help them respond to changes in society. Its proximity to other campus colleges enables students to participate in the academic and cultural events that take place around it.


Notice Boards lining the corridor.
Miranda House, University of Delhi .
Miranda House - Hostel
Cafeteria and Student Activity center

There are over 20 clubs and societies at Miranda House.The various clubs and societies document the changing face of our society and that of Miranda House. Some of the more popular clubs are the

  • Adventure Club
  • "ANUKRITI" Hindi Dramatics Society
  • "ARIELS" English Dramatics Society
  • "DEBSOC" Debating Society
  • Film Club
  • "ADWITIYA" Fine Arts
  • Gandhi Study Circle
  • "GEETANJALI" Indian Music Society
  • "ORPHEUS" Western Music Society
  • "MRIDANG" Indian Dance Society
  • "Tanz" Western Dance Team
  • MH "Vatavaran" (Environmental) Society
  • Consumer Club
  • "JIGYASA" Quizzing Society
  • Garden Committee
  • "TULA" MH Consumer Club
  • "SPIC MACAY" Chapter of MH
  • SNAPSHOT- Photography Club

Many of Miranda House's alumni are actors, dancers, filmmakers and activists.

Women's Development Cell[edit]

There is a Women's Development Cell. A three-day certificate course on "Women and Law" in India has, over the past years, become an integral part of the college calendar. In addition, the cell organizes lectures, workshops, documentary and discussions on topical, pertinent issues.[12]

National Cadet Corps (NCC)[edit]

Miranda House NCC Company has a total strength of 160 cadets, of whom 80 are enrolled in the Army wing.As per change in the NCC policy making training period for two year, many second year students can also joined NCC.our cadets excelled in all spheres and proved their talent in various camps including Combined annual Training Camps (CATC) and national level camps.cadets also attend panel discussions on 'India’s Coastal & Internal Security Post 26/11: Review of the Strategic Challenges and Preparedness' organised by National Maritime Foundation and India International Centre in November 2009. cadets active participation could also be seen in various national disaster management workshops and congresses.

National Service Scheme (NSS)[edit]

NSS has two core activities: teaching the children of the support staff and the underprivileged children in the neighbouring areas; and reading and recording for the visually-challenged students of the college. Volunteers also participate in seminars, social campaigns and related competitions.

Sports and games[edit]

Tennis Court.

The college gives a lot of importance to sports and games. The department organizes fresher competitions in cross-country race, basketball and table tennis. Cross-country race is always for a social cause like Run for Peace, Run for Our Kargil Heroes, Plant More Trees, etc. The school provides special coaching for basketball, chess, cross-country race, softball, tennis, table tennis, track and field, volleyball and other games like cricket as per student demand. The latest addition is rifle and pistol shooting. College teams participate in inter-college and open tournaments. Many students are selected to represent Delhi in the All India Inter University competitions and national-level competitions.

The college organizes an inter-college table tennis tournament for men and women. The other important date in the sports calendar is the college Annual Sports Day. Sportspeople are invited for the occasion to award the prizes.

International collaborations and exchange programmes[edit]

A team of 17 students and three faculty members from the Utrecht Business School, Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences visited the University of Delhi for an inter-cultural contact program from 19 to 23 October 2009. Miranda House and Sri Ram College of Commerce hosted this team through a week-long course on Management and Culture. Sixteen students from Miranda House and fifteen from Sri Ram College of Commerce participated in the program. The program was the second of a series initiated in 2008 with support from K. Sreenivas, dean of international relations at University of Delhi.The program was initiated by presentations by students from each country showcasing their business and cultural environments. Students then attended a series of workshops and lectures on various aspects of inter-cultural business interactions and marketing. These sessions were conducted by faculty from the Utrecht Business School as well as Delhi University. The primary purpose of the program was to provide our students with an opportunity for an inter-cultural interaction on an academic platform. In that it has been extremely successful.

King's College London[13][edit]


One of Britains leading International universities King's College London has opened its first international Summer School in Delhi at Miranda House.The aim of the programme is to offer students a taste of international education in a domestic setting with faculty from King’s handling the course directly. The courses offered by King’s India Summer Schools will include pre-university as well as undergraduate level modules.The programme makes available scholarships on each course for the best students to study at King’s College London Summer School in July and August.Successful applicants need to have a high cumulative university grade and meet the minimum English language requirements as set by King’s.[14]

AMSTEL Project[edit]

D S Kothari Centre for Research and Innovation in Science Education, Miranda House, University of Delhi, India and Amstel Institute, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands have instituted this project in collaboration with each other.[15] The primary objective of this project is to improve the quality of science education in schools by introducing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tools embedded in carefully designed learning environments. To this end, DSKC will organize a series of training workshops for in-service school teachers, teacher trainers and curriculum developers for Indian schools. These workshops will make use of the Euro Sense and COACH learning environments, developed by the partner institute AMSTEL, adapted to the local contexts and the Indian school curriculum. The workshops will promote inquiry based learning through a carefully crafted sequence of activities and provide hands-on exposure to innovative uses of ICT.[16]

The AMSTEL Institute looked for a partner in India and identified colleagues at Miranda House as project partners.In the development of ICT learning tools, the AMSTEL Institute also involves primary schools in the Netherlands. Therefore, the proposed project could also lead to a communication project between primary schools in India and in the Netherlands.

The sponsors are keen that a part of the budget should be utilized to directly profit underprivileged children and schools. To this end, the partnering institutes would like to involve voluntary agencies and foundations engaged in the area of education for the underprivileged. Miranda House has approached the Directorate of Teacher Training for Municipal Schools in this regard and intends to associate the Municipal Corporation Schools in its neighborhood in this venture and help them to introduce computer assisted learning in the curriculum.[17]

Students' Union[edit]

The Students' Union consists of the President, Vice President, General Secretary and two Central Councillors. These office bearers are elected by the students. The Students' Union organizes TEMPEST, the annual cultural festival of Miranda House and addresses all student related problems. The Students' Union for the academic year 2013-2014 is as follows: President- Sushma Choudhary, Vice President- Devanshi Lall, General Secretary- Anmol Makkar, Central Councillor- Monika Dagar and Central Councillor- Vanni Sharma

Annual festival[edit]

T E M P E S T, the annual festival of Miranda House, is a much awaited event not just for Miranda House but for the entire University.Students from Universities and colleges from all over the country take part in it.Moreover each and every department in Miranda House conducts its own annual festival.This promotes better interaction and exchange of ideas between like minded students from across the university.

Drisya,The Bilingual Theatre Club[edit]

In a unique endeavor, The Ariels in collaboration with Anukriti organised Drisya, a bilingual theatre fest on 21–22 November OF 2012. The festival attracted theatre enthusiasts from the Delhi University theatre circuit. The two days fest had various theatrical events such as radio plays, improvisation, etc. The main attractions of Drisya were the one act play competition and the street play competition. The festival commenced with a talk on Relevance of Theatre by Sudhanva Deshpande, the editor of Left Word and a member of the Jan Natya Manch. The central event – the one act play competition saw performances to a packed audience. Ten of the best plays from Delhi University were selected and judged by Mr. Feisal Alkazi and Mrs. Vandana Vashishta. The Street play competition was judged by Sanghamitra Chatterji and Sangita Rai. Other competitions included Narrate a Story, Pantomime, Improvisation and Poster making. There was also a performance by JNU, The Blasted Health – Fragments of Macbeth. This had a unique concept of performing around bonfire. The festival ended with a performance by Jamghat, an NGO that works with street children. The overwhelming response has motivated us to carry on the tradition and make Drisya an annual celebration of expression.[18]

DS Kothari Centre for Research and Innovation in Science Education[19][edit]

DSKothari centre.jpg

The proposal for establishment of the D S Kothari Centre for Research and Innovation in Science Education originated in the office of the principal scientific adviser to the government of India and the Department of Science and Technology.The Centre aims to support and supplement science education at the college level. To begin with, activities will engage undergraduate science teachers and the undergraduate student population of the University of Delhi. It is in response to the growing concerns about the dwindling interest in science amongst young students, the lack of quality in science education in the country, the evident disconnect between formal education and the needs of the industry, and the consequent need for urgent reform.[20]

In the 6 decades since its inception Miranda House has grown to be one of India's most prestigious college for women, it is known for its acdemic rigour and pedagogy.[21] Although Miranda House is a college for women, the Centre is open to all. Working towards the fulfillment of its stated objectives, the Centre hopes to establish links with stakeholders of education at all levels.

The Centre provides a facility outside of the formal classroom to engage creatively in scientific pursuits and develop educational resources, innovative curricular materials and pedagogic instruments which can be adopted by the formal system. It trains teachers to be action researchers in their own classrooms.

The centre is sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.[22]


The Miranda House Library acquired its first book on 22 July 1948. In the beginning it was confined to one room. The present building was constructed under the guidance of the founder librarian P. Tandon. The foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 7 March 1973.The new library block is a beautiful double-storeyed building consisting of deposit-counter, issue-of-books counter, stack hall, reserve section, reading hall, teachers' reading room, magazine section, and administrative section. Readers have easy access to books. The library has nearly one lac books, hundreds of periodicals, several newspapers and magazines, and Internet-connected computers that are available to the large student population. The areas on different floors are demarcated to perform specific functions. The library is fully automated and has an audio-visual section.[23] Digital Resource Centre in the Library : In the academic session 2007-2008, the Digital Resource Centre (DRC) was started in the Library. The Digital Resource Centre with thirty networked computers provides access to internet, E-resources, and journals available on the powerful University of Delhi server.

Amba Dalmia Resource Centre for Visually Challenged Students[edit]

Miranda House is the first college to establish a computer-based resource centre to aid its visually-challenged students. Work on the resource centre was initiated in the year 2006, with an endowment for Ms Manju Kapur Dalmia, acclaimed author and member of teaching faculty at Miranda House. As with the rest of its students, the college aspires to inculcate a sense of assured self-sufficiency and empowerment in its special students as well. The Amba Dalmia Resource Centre is a significant step forward in bringing that objective to fruition. Networked computers facilitate work with talking software such as Jaws and Kurjweil. The college has an audiobook production facility in a specially-designed recording room.Besides internet accessibility, the college has a set of Braille books, Braille magazines, audio magazines, Daisy audio recorded books, e-Text books and blank audio cassettes and tape recorders to be used by the students. The college has also setup an Audio Book Production facility in a specially designed recording room.[24]

Miranda Innovates[edit]

Miranda House aims to inculcate a sense of social responsibility and environmental awarenes amongst its students. Education at MH goes far beyond just academics or extra curricular pursuits.

Solid waste management[edit]

Miranda House generates lots of garbage from its canteen and hostel mess, which needs to be picked up at least twice a day. The canteen boys and sweepers bring the garbage from the canteen and hostel mess respectively to the vermicomposting site twice a day.The objective of the proposed project was to successfully demonstrate the technical, environmental and socio-economic feasibility of vermicomposting methods coupled with recycling and reuse of non-degradable components of the waste.[25]

Miranda House has shown how institutions can assist in mitigating this crisis. With assistance from a local NGO, Indian Pollution Control Association,[26] it has put in place a system by which vegetable and fruit peels, used tea leaves and left over food waste from the hostel and canteen kitchens is used as a diet for a distinct variety of red worms of Australian origin (Eisenia Foetida and Lumbricus rubellus). The worms are 'housed' in specially prepared elongated 18 inch high piles by a method developed by IIT, Delhi.Some turning of the piles and spraying of water is needed to ensure moderate levels of moisture, ventilation and temperature between 10 and 30 degrees Celsius. Within 5–6 weeks what could be foul smelly benign mask of garbage and a source of disease turns into nutrient rich humus which is black in color, granular in texture and smells of wet earth.The material or casts excreted by earthworms is much more fragmented and microbially active than what the earthworms consume, and serves as a biofertilizer.[27]

Paper Recycling[edit]

The paper recycling plant was set up with financial support from the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and technical support from Society for Integrated Sustainable Development.The college built a new shed to house the plant, with the required electricity and water connections and space to set up drying lines for freshly made paper.One technical assistant and one helper were appointed to recycle paper and maintain the plant.[28] Underprivileged women sent by Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), have been trained to operate the plant to produce recycled paper.Workshops have been conducted to impart value addition skills to these women and value added products such as file covers, carry bags, envelopes, wrapping paper etc. have been produced.Students have set up stalls to promote sale of paper and paper products during the College Festival and other functions.[29]

The University community has appreciated paper and paper products made at the Miranda House plant and queries regarding the paper plant have been received from various quarters.A group of schoolteachers and professionals from SAARC countries visited the plant and expressed their appreciation for the work.The college authorities welcome the contribution of the project to the Miranda House Zero-garbage Zone Project.[30]


Path to the main building

Since the 1960s, Miranda House has been a hotbed for political activism. In 1970, a hallowed tradition of the college, the Miss Miranda beauty contest, was abolished by an overwhelming majority of students despite strong opposition by the principal and influential faculty members. Led by the president of the Student Union, feminist activist Madhu Kishwar, the students protested against beauty being the criterion for the contest.

During the Sikh riots in Delhi in 1984, students of Miranda House organized relief camps for the victims. Film-maker Shonali Bose, who was a student at Miranda, made the Sikh riots the subject of her first award-winning and critically acclaimed film Amu.

Popular Culture[edit]

Filmmaker and Miranda House alumnae Mira Nair shot scenes of her movie "The Reluctant Fundamentalist", starring Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson at Miranda House, shooting took place near the zoology department .Miranda House also appears in Neeraj Pandey's Akshay Kumar starrer "Special 26" . Pandey needed to replicate CBI headquarters, for which the crew recommended the heritage hall at Miranda House. Scenes of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s acclaimed movie "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" with Farhan Akhtar in the lead were also shot in MH. The introduction song of the movie “Fukrey(2013)” and most of the college sequences of the film were also shot in Miranda House.[31][32]

Former principals[edit]

  • Veda Thakurdas (1948–1956), the founder principal of Miranda House, she was the first woman to do MA in Mathematics from Punjab University in 1930 and a Tripos from Cambridge. Under her leadership the college became a premier institution of higher education for women. Retired: 1966-67. Died: 26 February 1984.
  • S. Krishnasami (1957–1964) The Principal of Maharani College, Bangalore, before coming to Miranda House. She was instrumental in starting the teaching of science courses in the college; the plan for science teaching in Miranda House was mooted during her time. She left Miranda House to take up an assignment as education advisor in Tanganyika. Died: August 1982.
  • M. Chandy (1964–1971) was teaching in the Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, before joining Miranda House as principal. During her principalship, the Indo-American Women College Exchange Programme was initiated. N.S.S. was also introduced in the college during her tenure. Died: May, 1989.
  • A. C. Janakiamma (1971–1981) joined Miranda House as a lecturer in 1948. She obtained her doctorate from London School of Economics. During her tenure as principal, the new library building was built. She was secretary of N.C.W.E.B., University of Delhi, between 1963 and 1969. Died: 20 October 1994.
  • T. S. Rukmani (1982–1993) A former student of Miranda House (1949–1954), she taught Sanskrit in I.P. College, University of Delhi, before assuming charge of Miranda House and was also the secretary of N.C.W.E.B., University of Delhi. She was awarded D. Litt. by University of Delhi. As of 2012 she held the chair of Hindu Studies at Concordia University, Montreal.
  • Kiran Datar (1993 to 2000) She is an old Mirandian. Before coming to Miranda House as principal, she was teaching in J.D.M., University of Delhi. She did M.A. in History from University of Delhi and was a Fulbright Fellow of the University of Washington, U.S.A. She obtained her Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been a recipient of Dorothy Lee Grant and was awarded Mahila Shiromani Award-1994 for excellence in chosen field of activity (Education).

Placement cell[edit]

The placement cell of the college consists of faculty members and student volunteers. The Placement Cell coordinates the activities of career counseling and campus recruitment. The reputation of the college and the credibility of its teaching programmes aids the process of placements. Every year, MH is visited by a very large number of companies and potential employers.

Some of the recruiters include Standard Chartered Bank, Indian Express,Google,Ernst&Young,Pricewaterhouse Coopers,Deloitte, Essar Group, Max New York Life Insurance Company, Jaypee Group,Blackstone Group,Absolutdata Research and Analytics Pvt Ltd., Star India, Thomsondigital, Oxford University Press, AC Neilson ORG-MARG PVT. LTD., IBM Daksh Business Process Services Pvt.Ltd., Teamleaseservices Pvt. Ltd., Zee Telefilm Limited, Wipro BPO, HP Ltd., Star News, Pulse Media Pvt. Ltd., NP Solutions Pvt. Ltd., HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company ltd., Triumph Institute of Management Education, Indigo Airlines, Dorling Kindersley (DK), Grail Research, Sahara Services Ltd., Agro Tech. Food Ltd, Virgin Mobile, DBS Bank Ltd., Barclays Shared Services Pvt Ltd., GENPACT, Wipro Technologies, Narang Medical Ltd., DHL Express(India) Pvt. Ltd., Indian Air Force, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, Progeon, ITC Welcome Group, Keane Ltd., Max Healthcare, Mind Works Global Media Services Cadila Smart Analyst, Hewitt Associate, Capital IQ, Pipal Research, McKinsey, HCL Technologies Limited, Achievers Recruitment Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Quantum Market Research Pvt. Ltd., Kotak Mahindra Bank, E TV, M TV, Pantheon Advisory (India) Pvt. Ltd., Executive Access Moolchand Hospital, Evalueserve.com Pvt. Ltd., TRAC Skills, Vangelz Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Infosys, SAIPEM Triune Engineering Pvt. Ltd., Tata Consultancy Services.

Notable alumnae[edit]

Miranda House is the alma mater of a number of eminent women who have excelled themselves in diverse professions. A few are listed below.[33][34]

Logo of MH Alumnae Association
  • Aditi Phadnis (Political journalist)
  • Anita Desai(author)
  • Arti Mehra (Mayor of Delhi)
  • Aruna Roy (Social Activist)
  • Anita Pratap (TV and print journalist)
  • Amita Kapur (Trustee, CRY)
  • Anita Kaul Basu (Media Personality)
  • Anuradha Kapoor (Director, National School of Drama)
  • Ashima Anand (Researcher)
  • Anjolie Ela Menon (Artist)
  • Anupa Lal (Children's Book Writer)
  • Aruna Bhattacharya (Educationist)
  • Aruna Vasudev (Film Critic)
  • Anuja Chauhan(Author)
  • Bimla Nanda Bissell (Founder, FabIndia)
  • Bina Agarwal (Educationist)
  • Bhaswati Mukerji (Diplomat)
  • Bhavanesh Kumari (Lawyer, Arjuna Award Laureate)
  • Brinda Karat(Political Leader)
  • Champak Basu (Writer)
  • Charusija Mathur (Manipuri Dancer)
  • Deepali Chandra (Educationist)
  • Gaiti Hasan (Scientist)
  • Geeta Kapur (Art Critic)
  • Ghazala Amin (Educationist and Media Personality)
  • Gurinder Harnam Singh (Classical Vocalist)
  • Hema Singh (Theatre Personality)
  • Indira Rajaraman (Professor Emeritus, NIPFP)
  • Jayati Ghosh (Educationist)
  • Jalabala_Vaidya (Stage Actress)
  • Jaya Jaitley (Political Leader)
  • Ketaki Sood (Interior Designer)
  • Kiran Datar (Educationist)
  • Kiran Prem Aggarwal (Bureaucrat)
  • Kamala Menon Principal, (Mirambika Free Progress School)
  • Kanchan Chopra (Director, Institute of Economic Growth)
  • Kanuru Sujatha Rao (Former Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
  • Kirti Jain (Theatre Personality)
  • Kusum Gopal ( UN Technical Expert)
  • Kusum Haidar (Stage Actress)
  • Kusum Prasad (Bureaucrat)
  • Lalitha Venkateswaran (Writer)
  • Lalita Tripathy (HR Consultant)
  • Lotika Varadarajan (Historian)
  • Minissha Lamba (Actress)
  • Madhu Kishwar(Social Activist)
  • Madhur Jaffrey (Actress, author of cookbooks)
  • Mallika Sherawat (Actress and model)
  • Nandita Das(actress)
  • Nilima Shaikh (Painter)
  • Nalini Singh (Journalist and MD, TV Live India (P) Ltd.)
  • Romola Butalia (journalist, author)
  • Urvashi Butalia(feminist and historian)
  • Sheila Dikshit(politician and Chief Minister of Delhi)
  • Shabnam Dutta (broadcaster)
  • Meira Kumar (first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha & Member of Parliament, India)
  • Sujata Madhok(activist and journalist)
  • Mira Nair(film maker)
  • Rati Pandey(Soap Opera star)
  • Neeti Mohan(Singer)
  • Shovana Narayan (Kathak dancer, Indian government officer, awarded Padma Shri)
  • Romila Thapar (historian)
  • Ruth Van (author and editor)
  • Meera Damji (Radio Jockey, Radio Mirchi Mumbai)
  • Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee (Vice Chairperson, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti)
  • Urvashi Butalia (Feminist and historian)
  • Usha Malik (Ex-Secretary, Sangeet Natak Academy)
  • Vineeta Rai (Ex-Revenue Secretary)
  • Zohra Chatterji (Bureaucrat)
  • Shobhana Bhartiya (Corporate - Media)
  • Shonali Bose (Film-maker)
  • Shovana Narayan (Kathak dancer, Bureaucrat)
  • Shyamala Pappu (Lawyer)
  • Sneh Lata Kaur (Princess of a former Princely state)
  • Subhadra Desai (Classical Vocalist)
  • Syeda Saiyadin Hameed (Member, Planning Commission of India)
  • Shilpa Shukla (Actress)
  • Suman Kumar (Principal, Bluebells School International)
  • Shaila Mathai (Advertising)
  • Radhika Roy (Managing Director, NDTV)
  • Rajni Palriwal (Educationist)
  • Rami Chhabra (journalist)
  • Rati Pandey (TV actress)
  • Reena Mohan (Film-maker)
  • Rekha Khosla (Retired Director, India Tourism, Ministry of Tourism)
  • Renu Karnad (Executive Director, HDFC)
  • Rita Wilson (Educationist)
  • Ritu Menon (Writer and Social Activist)
  • Ritu Sethi (Founder Trustee, NGO Craft Revival Trust)
  • Rohini Nayyar (Adviser (Rural Development), Planning Commission)
  • Romila Thapar (Historian)
  • Rubina Khan (Bureau Chief, NDTV)
  • Rashmi Bajpai (Classical Dancer)
  • Reema Banerjee (Educationist)
  • Rita Payne (BBC World, Asia Editor, London)
  • Ritu Sarin (Film-maker)
  • Rukmani, T.S. (Educationist)
  • Ruth Vanita (Author and editor)
  • Saroj Vasishth (Author)
  • Shaila Haider (Lawyer)
  • Shailaja Chandra (Bureaucrat)
  • Shama Zaidi (Cinema, Television)
  • Mouni Roy (Television Actress)


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