Hindu College was founded in 1899 by Late Shri Krishan Dassji Gurwale. The college started in a small building in Kinari Bazar, Chandni Chowk, and it was affiliated to the Punjab University as there was no University of Delhi at that time. The college moved to North Campus in 1953.
College website link: http://www.hinducollege.org/
Location and Accessibility
The nearest metro station to the college is Vishwavidyala Metro Station. One can take the bus from here for a ten rupee ticket or go by rickshaw, shared or not. If one has a lot of time before class starts, he or she can even take a walk and reach the college in 15-20 minutes, enjoying the scenery of Arts Faculty or the fallen leaves on the pavement especially during autumn season.
Notwithstanding its name, students from all religions have grown up here and excelled in the chosen areas of their interests, be it academics, sports, or extra-curricular activities. Currently, Hindu offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Science, Humanities and Commerce. It is known for it’s top of the class faculty especially for Science courses.
The College has a rich collection of books and journals in its library, well-equipped laboratories, the NSS and NCC Rooms, etc. There is also a Students’ Centre that offers the facilities of a seminar room, bank, computer room, physics and chemistry labs, stationery shop, a photocopier, etc. The twenty five acre college campus is well known for its well-maintained gardens and lovely trees, a vast sports ground, and a men’s hostel which can accommodate nearly 200 students. It also has one of the finest auditoria in Delhi, a state-of-the-art seminar room, and last but not the least, its very own canteen where the eatables can get as sumptuous as the discussions.
Apart from academic excellence, Hindu College firmly believes in overall development of an individual in the moral, physical and intellectual realms. For this there are college societies to foster comradeship amongst the students. Every department has its own society which is tasked with organising the department-specific co-curricular activities.
IBTIDA is the dramatics society which performs both stage and street plays in both Hindi and English. It is counted among one of the best dramatics societies in Delhi University. Ibtida has not only performed all over India,it has even gone to Lahore. Ibtida has a well-known alumnus, namely, Imtiaz Ali, Ankit Chaddha, Anuj Ravda, and many other well-known names in theatre, Bollywood, radio and movies. This society doesn’t just make good actors but also good writers, directors, and most importantly, independent and confident individuals.
Masque is the English dramatics society. Vivre, the film society, screens almost 15 films a month in the college seminar room. The Indian Music Society, ALANKAR, holds its annual festival HARMONY every year. The English Debating Society, popularly known as the DEBSOC, is representative of an inquiring and active intellectual life on campus. Others include the Quizzing Society, ‘Manthan’, Abstractions, the Fine Arts Society, Nakshatra, the Fashion Society and Srijya, the Choreography Society.
Apart from these, NSS organises blood donation camps, fests in slum areas and cleanliness and donation drives. It not only increases awareness about various social issues but also involves the students in short term and long term activities for the benefit of society.
Mecca is the Annual Fest of the college, generally a 3-day long event which include various day events, a DJ night, a Sufi night and a concert by some renowned artist or band. Last year, Underground Authority had come and the year before that, RDB.
Since the college is in the North Campus, the nearest market is K-Nagz, or Kamla Nagar. Instead of taking a rickshaw from the main gate, intelligent students walk through the Lover’s Lane, which is a small exit next to the canteen and come out right in front of Kirori Mal College. The market is barely 5 minutes from here.
There is a famous meeting point right in the middle of the college, the Virgin Tree, which technically is a tree that can’t bear fruits but every year, on Valentine’s Day, the hostel boys pray to the tree and a “Damdami Mayi”, which is an actress or model they choose as their annual goddess. The Virgin Tree is decorated with condoms and streamers and there is a whole session of Aarti and Bhog, performed by a ‘Pandit’ along with distribution of Prasad. All this is done in the hopes of losing one’s virginity in the coming year. This is one tradition of Hindu College that people from other colleges also come to witness.
One can sit under the shade of the Virgin Tree or chill in the library during summers. One can sit in the sports complex or enjoy the sun in the grounds in winters. The Ibtida lawns are another hang-out point. The eating stall outside the hostel, Pizzas and More or PAM for short is one place that students come for an early morning cup of tea or to meet up with friends.
Standard admission process is followed by the college, as per the University guidelines. After declaration of the cut-offs lists by the University, the student will need to report to the college for admission within a stipulated period. At this stage, the student would be required to fill the college admission forms and the University enrolment form. The student would then get his/her documents verified and pay the admission the fees. In courses where admissions are done through entrance examinations, separate procedure shall apply. Students, who wish to be considered in the Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) categories, may have to fill separate ECA/Sport forms. The application forms shall be made available by the college. Similarly, the candidates desirous of availing of Hostel Accommodation need to apply on the prescribed form issued by the college.
Did you know?
Hindu College was a centre for intellectual and political debate during India’s freedom struggle, especially during the Quit India Movement. This is the only College in Delhi to have a Students’ Parliament since 1935, which in fact, provided a platform to many national leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Moti Lal Nehru, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Sarojini Naidu, Annie Besant, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and Subhash Chandra Bose for motivating the youth. Responding whole-heartedly to Gandhiji’s Quit India call in 1942, the college played a leading role in India’s freedom struggle as some teachers and students of the College even went to prison.