indraprastha college


The University of Delhi (DU) is famous for a lot of things. From the food to the gala experience the University offers, there’s something more that lies hidden in plain sight, something that’s at the heart of DU’s life: the acclaimed architecture with its glorious history. Dig in deep to explore how Indraprastha College for Women stands as one of the tall bearers of DU’s proud architectural history.

Fests? Check.


Politics? Check.


Protests? Check.


Apart from the quintessential characteristics which are often associated with the University of Delhi, one seemingly evident, yet highly ignored one is that of the architectural history that the University has to offer, be it to its students, professors or the celebrities and stars.

Bollywood has been a great contributor in bringing out the campus life on the big screen, showcasing DU to the world; mirroring the liberty, expressions,  and emotions which buzz through the DU experience.

Shooting of the film Raazi (2018) at Miranda House, University of Delhi
Shooting of the film Raazi (2018) at Miranda House, University of Delhi

The architectural history of DU is one which is associated with the culture of British architecture, remnants of the freedom struggle, the graffiti art, walls of democracy, and well, the famous red walls.

It is this heritage of the architectural history, which DU has carried forward with itself. This heritage that has survived the tests of times and has become an integral part of the college and University experience a student gains here at DU.

Looking up at the architectural history, Indraprastha College for Women is one such gem of DU that boasts of a rich and glorious past.

Indraprastha College for Women- 95 years of excellence.
Indraprastha College for Women- 95 years of excellence.

Formerly the residence-cum-office of the British Army’s Commander-in-Chief, the college is famous for its quiet ambience transporting you back to the era of the British the moment you step into its campus.

Being the oldest women’s college of the University, the college offers the charm of the past in its aura. Founded by Annie Besant, the college still speaks of its glorious past, both via the structures as well as the discussions in the campus.

The college building has been declared a heritage building by the Government of NCT of Delhi, as well as a recognised heritage site, thereby strengthening the deep historical ties the college holds with history.

The colonial architecture greets you as soon as you step into the college, with the presence of two pavilions situated at the entry that comprise of the elegant Roman Tuscan columns.

As one moves ahead and stands before the main heritage building, the rich infrastructure captures attention. The British colonial architecture featuring wide arches, massive wooden doors, square columns, and a pristine white building against the backdrop of a small fountain, gives the college the appearance of being straight out of an English classic.

The college also comprises of a museum and archives centre wherein lies an amazing collection of photographs, artefacts, articles and magazines which date back to the early 1920s.

So, what are you waiting for? The rich history of IP College awaits for you to discover it!

Feature Image Credits: Times of India, Hindustan Times, DU Beat Archives.

Amrashree Mishra

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Imagine not joining any society in college: would things be different? How would you make friends or create experiences? See college life from the eyes of someone who is not in any society!

The University of Delhi (DU) is prestigious for several things, including its societies and co-curricular activities. Societies are sought after, and the students look forward to joining these. Students in these societies are deeply passionate and spend hours every day practicing before and after college, going to competitions, missing classes. With so much time spent in one place, it is inevitable that you find friends and create experiences there.

But it is unfair to generalise these experiences; for many students, college is simply being able to have the gift of time and freedom. They can invest these wherever they want. They could miss a class or attend all, they could make friends slowly and organically from their own class or simply stick to their school friends, and they could make spontaneous plans after college because there is no practice or spend hours talking in their usual favourite spot in college. College fests are a fun time as they get to attend it with their college friend circles.

A common factor that all students who were not in any society talked about was the commitment that societies demand. The practices during college, missing of classes, hectic schedule, extra work, and drained energy every day were reasons to not join. Although they also struggled with notes and assignments, and not all of them attended every single class or kept 100% attendance, but they simply prioritised academics or a better mental and physical health.

Sumati from Kamala Nehru College comments, “I am pursuing Psychology without having studied psychology in school, so I had a tough first year and I only wanted to invest time here. I agree societies help people live college life to the fullest, but they can also put a huge burden or stress.”

Sanyukta Golaya of Indraprastha College for Women commented, “When I joined college, I was never quite as interested or inclined towards societies, the way I was towards my course. I was very clear that any time that I had after my classes would be spent making detailed notes and reading up for the lectures, I had the next day. I didn’t care whether not wanting to be involved in society work made me come off as a bore- I freely choose what I wanted to do with my spare time, and till date, I’m very content with my decision. I’ve managed to make friends, I’m happy with the way I’ve turned out in college, and I couldn’t be bothered whether others believed it to be ‘productive’.”

This perfectly brings out the false ideas of productivity that exist today. Contrary to the popular belief, these people are also able to pursue their passion outside of college through dance or music classes, writing for student magazines, going for MUNs, etc. Many of them find a way to hone their skills and follow their passion without investing their energy in any college society.

Being someone in the debating society, I know that a society can grow on you and you cannot imagine a life without it. Upon speaking to several students, I realised how life in its absence is also very special. Very few students said that they found college boring and, finding college life dull or lonely, they now look forward to joining something next year and the experiences it will bring. Others also talked about the perspective that having observed college for a while and settling in, they now felt ready to join something. But all students were happy with the choices they made, the effort they put in academics or outside and with the routine they chose in college.

Featured Image Credits: DU Beat

Shivani Dadhwal

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