Ramjas College

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Ramjas College
Ramjas College logo.png
Hindi: ज्ञानात् परतर न हि
("knowledge has no comparison")
Location
North Campus, University Enclave, Delhi
Information
Established 1917
Founder Rai Kedar Nath
Principal Dr. Rajendra Prasad
Campus Urban
Affiliations University of Delhi
Website

Ramjas College is a constituent college of the University of Delhi located in north campus Delhi, India. It is one of the premier institutes in the country. The college is at the top list of students preference for higher education in India. The college admits both undergraduates and post-graduates, and awards degrees under the purview of the University. Famous for its rich history and many traditions, Ramjas is widely renowned as one of the most famous higher educational institutions in India offering degrees in the liberal arts and the sciences, as well as commerce.

Students and alumni of the college are termed Ramjasite. (While the term Ramjasian has also often been used by outsiders, it is technically incorrect in terms of language formation rules.)

The college has steadily climbed all India rankings. For 2013-2014 session, the college was ranked #1 in Science, #4 in Humanities and #15 in Commerce in terms of factual ranking on an all India level (India Today College Rankings 2013)[1]

Introduction[edit]

Ramjas is one of the premier founding colleges of Delhi University. It was one of the 3 colleges which established Delhi University,the other two being St.Stephens college and Hindu college. Ramjas is a co-educational institution of higher learning located in University Enclave on the University of Delhi's 'North' campus. In spite of its location in North India, the college has always striven to admit students and select teachers from all communities and from all parts of India. It also admits students from overseas.

Along with Undergraduate courses and Postgraduate courses, the college also conducts Short-term Add-On courses and Language courses. The college is run by the Ramjas Foundation.[2]

The college provides hostel facility with eighty seats for girls and one hundred twenty seats for boys.

History[edit]

Founded in 1917 by the great educationist and philanthropist, Rai Kedar Nath, Ramjas College is one of the oldest colleges of Delhi. Beginning from the humble precincts of Darya Ganj in Old Delhi, the College today boasts of a spacious campus, state-of-the-art infrastructure and an esteemed faculty of scholars trained at leading universities in India and abroad. The college was named in memory of Lala Ramjas, father of Rai Kedar Nath, the founder of the college. In its starting days, the college was run by the Ramjas Foundation (an educational foundation that runs schools and educational institutions in Delhi) but after the establishment of Delhi University, the college was brought under government control. The Ramjas Foundation still looks over the administrative works of the college.

When University of Delhi was shifted to its present location in 1950, there were three colleges to be first established and brought under the University St. Stephen's College, Ramjas College and Hindu College. Ramjas College has since been a humble part of the University producing academicians, politicians, directors, actors and people in the field of media.

Active participation in politics has always been one of the primary interests of Ramjas students. Back in the days of the Quit India Movement (1942) a group of Ramjas students went ahead and joined the freedom struggle which resulted in them being arrested and jailed. A plaque with their names inscribed on it has been put up near the college auditorium gate in memory of the brave students. Since the days of Indian independence struggle, the college has been a forum of discussion of national level politics. Delhi being the national capital and the hub of national politics, the college has given the nation and the state of Delhi, good leaders and politicians. The college has a students' union- Ramjas College Students' Union whose President and members are elected by the students. The Union takes care of demands and interests of the students and also organizes the college events.

Infrastructure[edit]

The College has modern facilities backed by the latest in technology, making it an excellent institute for learning and research. The College has an air-conditioned auditorium that has hosted renowned performers from all over India, and a state-of-the-art Seminar Room with advanced multi-media facilities. An attractive cafeteria, renovated classrooms and departments with individual computers and LCD projectors add to the overall charm of life in Ramjas.

The over 100,000 titles in the library are all bar-coded. Books are issued matching bar coded student ID Cards and titles of their choice. Availability of titles can be checked on computers available in the library.

Societies[edit]

The Extra Curricular Activities Committee, in keeping with the manifesto of Ramjas College encourages students to step beyond the confines of textbooks. The ECAC provides a forum for the intellectual, creative and cultural development of students. The dynamic presence of the extra curricular activities in Ramjas can be seen and felt on the premises of the college until late in the evening with the band practicing in the auditorium, the Dramatics Society rehearsing in the lawns, the Photography Society taking pictures and posters being made for events by the Fine Arts Society in the corridors.

The ECA Committee endeavours to bring together all those who share an interest in photography, music, dance, drama, and fine arts or in the literary modes of expression. Students, who fulfil the minimum criteria of admission set up by the University, are admitted to the College, on the basis of their proven skills in these fields. Students of the College (i.e. those not admitted through the ECAC) are also encouraged to enrol in the ECAC through auditions held in August.

Keeping in mind the varied interests and talent of students, the ECAC has set up the following societies. Each society is managed and run by the students’ body, with teachers only in an advisory role.

1. Focus -The photography Society, founded by Abhinav Kakkar (a B.com hons. student) in 2012 is an initiative to help amateur photographers take better pictures and to make photography an accessible hobby for all. It aims at teaching the various techniques through seminars conducted by professional photographers, frequently held competitions, interactive photowalks and an annual exhibition showcasing some of the extraordinary clicks. To encourage members to get the best out of their skills “Photo of the Month” title is awarded to the best entry and also daily “focus tips” uploaded on internet. For more info,visit- https://www.facebook.com/FocusThePhotographySociety http://ramjascollege.edu/societies/focus-films-photography-society.php

2. Backbeat - the Music Society has skilled vocalists and instrumentalists.

3. In Step - the Choreography Society invites students skilled in classical and modern dance.

4. Shunya - the Dramatics Society puts up stage as well as street plays. Their performances have been well received. The society has to its credit a 20-minute short film called ‘Commitment’ - scripted, directed and produced by its members; it has represented India at 2nd Indo-Pak drama festival at Lahore, Pakistan. Other achievements: best play at IIT, Kanpur; Best Play at Gargi College 2nd best play at Lady Irwin and Maitreyi Colleges. Shunya was also selected for the Old World Theatre Festival in 2009. Shunya also has an active Mime Society.

5. Qnights - The Quiz Society of Ramjas College, this year has been actively representing in many and varied activities of the ECAC of the college. The society was represented in many quiz programs of All India Radio, Doordarshan besides having its sincere presence in intra and inter college competitions. The quiz society of the Ramjas College was named the best team in radio community quiz programme.

6. Melange -the Fine Arts Society is a platform for painters and crafts persons. Its members have won competitions held in Delhi University and outside. The Society organizes workshops on pottery, handicrafts etc. which are open to all students of the college.

Each Society of ECAC organizes an intra as well as inter-college festival through the academic session. This includes competitive and informal events. Societies also organize workshops where experts are invited to give their inputs.

Notable alumni[edit]


Courses[edit]

Undergraduate courses[edit]

Postgraduate courses[edit]

  • Master of Commerce M.Com

Apart from regular courses, the college also provides short term add-on courses and language courses to cater the specialized needs of students.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°41′09″N 77°12′24″E / 28.6858°N 77.2066°E / 28.6858; 77.2066