Indraprastha College for Women

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Indraprastha College for Women
Motto "Truth Love Knowledge Service"
Established 1924
Academic affiliation
University of Delhi
Principal Dr Babli Moitra Saraf[1]
Students over 2200
Location Civil Lines, 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]

The college offers graduate and post-graduate courses in Liberal Arts, Commerce, Literature, Computer Science, Multimedia Media & Mass Communication etc., and is among the prestigious colleges of India.[6][7][8][9]


The origins of IP College lie in the Indraprastha Girls School. It 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.[10][11][12]

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. It moved again to Alipur House at Alipur Road (now Sham Nath Road), the former office of the commander-in-chief in 1938, near Kashmiri Gate, where it is today. The building has become a heritage property.[13]

In 1952, the Kalavati Gupta Hostel (named after a former principal) was established. It houses 200 students.

On July 3, 1984, Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the college were held[14]

In 2009, a hostel to accommodate 200 students was added on the 1.53-acre (6,200 m2) college premises.[15]

Student life[edit]

Indraprastha College is the only college of Delhi University to offer the Bachelor in Mass Media and Mass Communication (BMMMC) degree.[16]

In its drive to constantly upgrade infrastructure, 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 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 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 and a spacious library with a lift for PH access. A book bank and customised software and reading materials in Braille are available in the library. The ICT center with 80 computers is also in the library. An Audio-Visual Resource Center is 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 provides basic medical facilities to deal with minor emergencies. It has a counselor and a career guidance and placement cell.

IP 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 with offices of National Service Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC).[17]

In 2014, IP College became one of the first in the University of Delhi to set up a formal Department of Environmental Studies, which is its youngest department.[18]

Every autumn, the college celebrates its annual festival, 'Shruti'.[19][20] Other popular events include the annual debating tournament 'Vivaad' organised by the English debating society[21] and the annual theatre fest 'Kirdaar' organised by the Dramatics society.[22]


Sports facility[edit]

The college offers facilities for other sports as well, such as archery, athletics, handball, volleyball, cricket, kho-kho, etc.

Other amenities[edit]


Undergraduate courses[edit]

  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • Hindi
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sanskrit
  • Sociology
  • B.A. Prog.
  • Commerce
  • Computer Science
  • Multimedia and Mass Communication

Graduate courses[edit]

Clubs and societies[edit]

  • 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[23]
  • Museum and Archives Learning Resource Centre[24]
  • Translation and Translation Studies Centre[25]
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies

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)[26]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Knowledge, Power & Politics: Educational Institutions in India, edited by Mushirul Hasan. The Lotus Collection, 1998. ISBN 8174360484
  • 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 3, 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. ^ "Top colleges in India: Details, seats and cut-off percentages". India Today. Yahoo!. June 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ "DIRECTORY OF BEST COLLEGES 2015: ARTS". India Today. 
  10. ^ Delhi, the emperor's city: rediscovering Chandni Chowk and its environs, by Vijay Goel. Published by Lustre Press, 2003. ISBN 81-7436-240-1.
  11. ^ REVIEWS: Cognisant Indian women Dawn, November 26, 2006.
  12. ^ IP college for women, Hindustan Times, June 7, 2007.
  13. ^ Indraprastha College for Women
  14. ^ Women in India & Japan: A Comparison, by Ramesh Madan. Published by Manak Publications, 2004. ISBN 81-7827-099-4. Page 123.
  15. ^ I P College gets a second hostel, The Hindu, June 3, 2009.
  16. ^ a b c d e f "It's girl power all over!". Hindustan Times. August 17, 2012. Archived from the original on May 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ IP College set for hi-tech makeovers The Times of India, June 15, 2005.
  18. ^ "Environmental Studies". Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  19. ^ ...students of Indraprastha College are preparing for annual fest ' Shruti '. Indian Express, September 2, 2005.
  20. ^ Shruti 2002 The Tribune, December 6, 2002.
  21. ^ "Indraprastha College for Women announces Vivaad'13". December 14, 2012. 
  22. ^ "IPCW Celebrates Kirdaar'14, Annual Theatre Festival". March 2, 2014. 
  23. ^ "IP College inaugurates Centre for Earth Studies". 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  24. ^ "First-of-its-kind Museum and Archives Learning Resource centre inaugurated in Delhi University's IP College | DNA". dna. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  25. ^ "Retell the past - Times of India". Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  26. ^ IP College Principal passes away The Hindu, November 20, 2007.
  27. ^ a b c "DU has a lot on its ladies special platter". India Today. June 3, 2009. 
  28. ^ "Mapping India down the ages". Deccan Herald. October 1, 2012. 
  29. ^ "VOICE FROM THE EAST". Bangalore Mirror. 27 September 2014. 
  30. ^ a b c "Richa Chadha in Stephens, Anurag Kashyap in Hansraj: Find out which DU College your favourite stars attended". CNN-IBN. June 23, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Grand welcome awaits fuchchas". Times of India. 2007-07-08. 
  32. ^ "Inlaks ALumni". Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  33. ^ a b "Vital statistics of colleges that figure among India's top rankers". India Today. May 21, 2001. 
  34. ^ "Bazaars, Conversations and Freedom - Greenleaf Publishing". 
  35. ^ "going to college - Times of India". 
  36. ^ "The Queen of Roses". The Hindu. March 25, 2004. 
  37. ^ "Cycling down sepia-toned lanes of Chandni Chowk". The Indian Express. April 5, 1999. 
  38. ^ "Begum Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan". Herald (Pakistan). 

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