Ramjas College

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Coordinates: 28°41′8.6640″N 77°12′22.9788″E / 28.685740000°N 77.206383000°E / 28.685740000; 77.206383000

Ramjas College
Ramjas College Seal.jpg
Motto Sanskrit: "ज्ञानात् परतर न हि"
Motto in English
Tamileelam
Established 1917
Founder Rai Kedar Nath[1]
Principal Dr. Rajendra Prasad
Location University Enclave, New Delhi, India
Campus Urban
Affiliations University of Delhi
Website ramjascollege.edu

Ramjas College is a college of the University of Delhi located in North Campus of the university in New Delhi, India. It is one of the first three colleges established under University of Delhi. Ramjas is widely regarded as One of the Best and Finest Co-Educational colleges of the country.The college admits both undergraduates and post-graduates, and awards degrees under the purview of the University of Delhi. 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, the sciences, and commerce.[2]

It is one of the founding colleges of University of Delhi, along with Hindu College and St. Stephen's College. It is a co-educational college. The college admits students and select teachers from all communities irrespective of gender, caste, religion and physical challenges. The institution believes in holistic education that goes beyond achieving academic excellence, and vocational training.[3]
In January 2004, the College organised the first ever Conference of Graduate Students of Economics from the SAARC countries.[4]

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.[5] The College was named in memory of Lala Ramjas, father of Rai Kedar Nath, the founder of the college.[6] In its starting days, the college was run by the Ramjas Foundation - an educational foundation that runs schools and educational institutions in Delhi. When University of Delhi was formed in 1922, there were three colleges to be first established and brought under the University, Ramjas College, Hindu College and St. Stephen's College. Ramjas College has since been a humble part of the University. After formation of DU, the college was brought under government control but Ramjas Foundation kept looking over the administrative works of the college.[7][8]

In 1924, the college moved to a new campus at Anand Parbat (which was then called Kala Pahad) in Delhi. The college was then inaugurated at its new location by Mahatma Gandhi, who was also a good friend of Rai Kedar Nath. But during World War II, the college had to cede its campus at Anand Parbat to Allied forces.[9] In the same period, at time of Quit India Movement, 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.[7]

The college relocated to its current location in 1950. Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India inaugurated the present building on January 17, 1951. He even sent his daughters to study here. After the death of Rai Kedarnath, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the architect of Constitution of India and first Minister of Law and Justice of India, acted as the Chairman of Governing Body of Ramjas College, the only College in Delhi that had the honour of having him in its Governing Body.[9]

Campus[edit]

The college's red coloured building is surrounded by trees and foliage which has earned it the title 'Rainforest'.[6] A Seminar Room and a Conference Hall form the nucleus of all the academic conferences, events and proceedings of the college. It has volleyball, basketball, football and table tennis facilities. It also has its own shooting range and an archery range within the campus.It also has a gymnasium with modern equipment.[7]

Hostel[edit]

The college also provides hostel facility with 80 seats for girls & 120 seats for boys.[10][11]

Library[edit]

There are over 100,000 titles in the library, and 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.[12]

Student societies[edit]

Ramjas College also focuses on co-curricular activities. There are specific zones formed by the authorities of Ramjas College to emphasize on various aspects.[12] The woman development cell, student information and management system support services, clubs, gender forum, student counsellor, student activity centre and various societies of Ramjas College encourage students to participate in different areas other than academics.[3]

Famous such societies are:

  • Qnights, the quiz society
  • Focus, the photography society
  • Vibgyor, the fine arts society
  • Shunya, the dramatics society
  • Genesis, the biological society
  • In-step, the choreography society
  • Bosonics, the physics society
  • PULSE, the electronic society
  • The bloom, the botany society
  • Zoon, the zoology society
  • Expressions, the literary society
  • Backbeat, the music society
  • Spartacus, the dept of politics society

Notable alumni[edit]

The alumni of Ramjas College is often termed as a Ramjasite.

Courses[edit]

The college offers 18 undergraduate and 18 postgraduate courses in Sciences, Humanities and Commerce streams. Additionally, there are 26 add-on courses and 6 foreign language courses on offer.[18]

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