Delhi University: All you need to know
Delhi University, more commonly known as DU, is one of the leading universities recognised by central government of India. As the name suggests, it is located in the capital and has teaching and research standards of par excellence. The university attracts thousands of students from across the country each year owing to its distinguished facilities and renowned courses attracts. The dedication of faculty and their exploring capabilities have made it possible for DU to emerge as a trend setter for other parallel universities functional in the country. This didactic convention has been home to some of the eminent personalities who have enriched India’s culture and economy with their unmatched contributions.
The university was established with a modest total of three colleges. The first college to be founded was St. Stephen’s College in the year 1881, later in 1899 Hindu College and in 1917 Ramjas College were instituted and all of the three colleges were granted affiliation to DU. Beginning with merely two faculties and 750 students, the university has today expanded to staggering 16 faculties taught in 77 colleges that houses over 86 departments. In October 1933, Viceregal Lodge Estate became the address of university library and administrative offices and some important offices still continue to work from there.
Today, university’s five departments bear the status of The Centre of Advanced studies that have an undisputed recognition in the fields of research and teaching. Some of the exemplary educational works of the departments are awarded grants from University Grants Commission (UGC) under their Special Assistance Programme.
North Campus, situated in plush locales of North Delhi, comprises of multiple faculties taught in nine colleges including the three initial colleges that formed DU. Some of the other prominent colleges of North Campus are Miranda House, Kirori Mal College, Hansraj College, Shri Ram College of Commerce etc. These colleges are located in close vicinity of each other that provides an exceptional ambience to the campus. Besides these, other colleges like Janaki Devi Memorial College, Satyawati College etc. situated beyond North Delhi are part of extended North Campus.
The renowned South Campus of the university was founded in 1973 to make the colleges accessible for the inhabitants of southern part of Delhi. The university allotted area near Dhaula Kuan and since 1983; it has become the centre of the South Campus. South Campus colleges, Kamla Nehru College, Lady Shri Ram College, Sri Venkateswara College, Gargi College to name a few, are spread across South Delhi.
The university provided courses in a spectrum of disciplines and specialisations. The spread of the curriculum encompasses special research programmes and trainings are looked forward by Indian Diasporas as well as numerous students across the world. The university offers several undergraduate, post graduate, doctoral and professional courses. The students can seek admission to an undergraduate course on the basis of the cut off lists of the respective colleges. The marks obtained in Class XII forms the ground for selection to one of the desired college of DU provided the student has bagged the requisite cut off marks. The varsity holds entrance test for some of its professional courses which the students need to qualify to gain admission.
Delhi University has been imparting education to learners since inception and has produced many leaders. The present Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi and former Prime Minister Sh. Manmohan Singh are alumni of DU. Some of the other dignitaries who have graced the university are, noted social activist Aung San Suu Kyi, nobel laureate Amartya Sen, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and many more.
The Delhi University is indeed a fine place for one’s higher education!