Acharya Narendra Dev College

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Acharya Narendra Dev College
Acharya Narendra Dev College (crest).png
Logo of college
Type Public
Established 1991
Principal Dr. Savithri Singh
Location Delhi, India
Campus Urban
Affiliations University of Delhi (DU)
Principal Savithri Singh at WikiEducator India platform launch.
Academic building of the college.
SPIE student member at SPIE Photonics West 2014, San Francisco, USA.

Acharya Narendra Dev College is a constituent college of University of Delhi situated in Govindpuri (Kalkaji), Delhi. Established in 1991, it has a unique distinction of being the only college in the University of Delhi that is primarily for science. Though young, Acharya was listed among the ten best colleges in Science in the India Today survey in 2010.[1] In 2014 Acharya Narendra Dev college was ranked 8th among the best science colleges in the university of delhi in the india today nielsen survey.

Acharya operates under the aegis of, and is fully funded by, the government of Delhi. It is named after the great educationist and reformist of modern India, Acharya Narendra Dev.

Courses offered[edit]

  • Bachelor with Honours in Biomedical Sciences, Botany, Chemistry, Commerce, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Electronics and Zoology
  • BSc in Physical Sciences and Life Sciences.[2]

It is the first college of the university to introduce the B.Sc. Honours Biomedical Sciences. Students can enroll for the postgraduate degree of University of Delhi in Chemistry and Mathematics.

Acharya Narendra Dev College offers part-time certificate and diploma courses in foreign languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Russian.

Besides, the add-on courses ELPC (English Language Proficiency Course) and ECPDT (Effective Communication and Personality Development through Theatre) enrich the students' language, personality and provide learning opportunities.

Culture and projects[edit]

Acharya Narendra Dev College along with Wikimedia India and Centre for Internet and Society have been recognized as Affiliates of Creative Commons in India. On November 12, 2013, Creative Commons India was relaunched in New Delhi by the Union Minister for Human Resources Development Dr Shashi Tharoor.

The college believes in promoting open-source software and open education resources. It is the first college in the University of Delhi to migrate to Linux. Having 80 computers in the Web Center and all the computer labs run on Linux OS. Use of proprietary software is kept minimal and only when required by the course material.

The principal, Savithri Singh, is an elected member of the International Community Council of the Wikieducator and its Vice Chair.

Acharya Narendra Dev College promotes research by students and faculty. One of these research projects is the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cell.[3] The cell also coordinates six projects aimed at promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. To promote research by students the college offers ELITE (Education in a Lively Innovative Training Environment) scholarships to 200 students for summer training and projects.

The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE),[4] an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light, has formally approved "University of Delhi at Acharya Narendra Dev College SPIE Student Chapter."[5] The college SPIE chapter[6] is highly prominent on the International scale and gets annual funding for members to attend International conferences most notably SPIE Optics+Photonics in San Diego, USA and SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, USA.

Acharya Narendre Dev college also offers extra-curricular activities for students. Student-run societies include ones on gender sensitization, dramatics, debate, electronics, adventure, sports, social outreach, think lab, and others.

Notable faculty[edit]

Acharya's physical education instructor Dr. Satyapal Singh was awarded the Dronacharya Award (2012) by the government of India for excellence in para sports coaching and was the youngest recipient of the prestigious award. The Delhi government started the system of awarding meritorius teachers in 2010: Dr Sunita Hooda was among the first awardees. In 2011, Dr Sarita Kumar was honoured by the government of Delhi as a meritorious teacher. She won a certificate and ₹ 75,000/-.[7] In the year 2009, Kumar along with Dr M.S. Rajeswari and Dr. Seema Makhija were honoured as distinguished teachers by the University of Delhi on the occasion of Teachers' Day.[8] The following year Dr. Amit Garg was given the Meritorius Teacher Award by the Delhi government, a certificate and a cash award of ₹ 1,00,000/-.


External links[edit]

28°54′N 77°26′E / 28.900°N 77.433°E / 28.900; 77.433 (Acharya Narendra Dev College)