Indraprastha College for Women
|Motto||"Truth Love Knowledge Service"|
|University of Delhi|
|Principal||Dr Babli Moitra Saraf,|
|Location||Civil Lines, Delhi|
|Campus||21 acres (85,000 m2)|
|Affiliations||University of Delhi|
Indraprastha College for Women also known as Indraprastha College or (IP College) (Hindi: इंद्रप्रस्थ महिला कॉलेज) is the oldest women's college in Delhi; established in 1924, it is affiliated to University of Delhi.
The college offers Graduate and Post-graduate courses in Liberal Arts, Commerce, Literature, Computer Science, and Mass Media & Mass Communication etc., and is amongst the prestigious colleges of India.
- 1 History
- 2 About the college
- 3 Facilities
- 4 Courses
- 5 Clubs and societies
- 6 Centres
- 7 Financial assistance
- 8 Past principals
- 9 Notable alumni
- 10 Notable faculty
- 11 Further reading
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
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) as its first principal.
Soon the University of Delhi, which itself was founded in 1922, recognised it as a constituent college. Degree courses were introduced in 1930s 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.
In 1952, the Kalavati Gupta Hostel, named after a former principal was established which presently houses two hundred students, and in 2009, another hostel to accommodate two hundred students was added within the 1.53-acre (6,200 m2) college premises. On July 3, 1984, Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the College were held
About the college
Indraprastha College for Women is the oldest women's college of the University of Delhi and was founded in 1924 as a part of nationwide 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.
IP is the only college of Delhi University to offer the Bachelor in Mass Media and Mass Communication [BMMMC] degree. In its drive to constantly upgrade infrastructure to meet the demands of a modern system of education and realise 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 endeavour 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 center with 80 computers is also located in the Library. An Audio-Visual Resource Center 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 University Grants Commission , accommodating 200 students and the Indraprastha College Women's Hostel with 166 seats.
In 2005, the college added The cyber cafe wing, into its campus, with offices of National Service Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC). In 2014, IP College became one of the first college in the University of Delhi to set up a formal Department of Environmental Studies, which is also the youngest Department in the college. Every autumn, the college celebrates its annual festival, Shruti . Other popular events of the college include the annual debating tournament Vivaad organised by the English debating society of the college  and the annual theatre fest Kirdaar organised by the Dramatics society.
- Information and communications technology (ICT) Centre
- Computer Labs
- Audio Visual Production Centre
- Internet café
- Medical Room
- Basketball Court
- Tennis Court
- Badminton Court
- Squash Court
- Shooting Range
- Table tennis
- Judo floor
- Swimming Pool
- Political Science
- B.A. Prog.
- Computer Science
- Mass Media and Mass Communication
- Operational Research
- Political Science
Clubs and societies
- Abhivyakti : Dramatics Society
- Afroza : Western Dance Society
- Alaap : Indian Music Society
- Croydon : Fine Arts Society
- Mridang : Indian Dance Society
- Oghma : English Editorial Society
- The English Debating Society
- Film and Photography Society
- Hindi Debating Society
- Gandhi Study Circle
- Northeast Society
- Western Music Society
- Eco Club
- Enactus IPCW
- NSS & NCC
- Quiz Club
- Centre for Earth Studies 
- Museum and Archives Learning Resource Centre 
- Translation and Translation Studies Centre 
- Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies
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.
- Leonara G. Miner, first principal, 1924
- Aruna Sitesh (1997–2007)
- Ajit Iqbal Singh, Mathematician
- Ambika Soni, former Minister of Information and Broadcasting
- Aruna Roy, Social activist and recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award
- Arundhati Virmani, Historian
- Asha Pande, first Indian woman to receive the Légion d'honneur
- Binalakshmi Nepram, Activist from Manipur
- Deepa Sahi, Actress and Producer
- Dipannita Sharma, Model, and Bollywood actress
- Jaspinder Narula, Playback Singer
- Kamala Laxman, Cartoonist
- Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya, first woman Director General of Police, and the second woman after Kiran Bedi to become an Indian Police Service officer
- Kavita Kaushik, Television actor, best known for her portrayal of Chandramukhi Chautala in F.I.R.
- Kunzang Choden, first Bhutanese woman to write a novel
- Madhumita Raut, Odissi Dancer
- Meira Kumar, first woman to become the Speaker of the Lok Sabha
- Neetu Chandra, Film actress and model
- Pinky Anand, Additional Solicitor General of India
- Qurratulain Hyder, Urdu writer
- Rajni Bakshi, Freelance journalist
- Rama Vij, Actress
- Salma Sultan, news anchor of Doordarshan
- Sanjukta Parashar, IPS officer best known for her operations against the Bodo militants in Assam
- Sharan Rani Backliwal, Acclaimed Sarod Player, Recipient of Padma Shri & Padma Vibhushan
- Shyama Singh, former Member of Parliament
- Sucheta Kriplani, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
- Utsa Patnaik, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
- Varsha Dixit, Author
- Veena Das, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
- Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan, former First Lady of Pakistan
- Tanika Sarkar, Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University
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- "It's girl power all over!". Hindustan Times. August 17, 2012.
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- "Environmental Studies". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
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