Janki Devi Memorial College


The Honourable Vice President of India acknowledged Janki Devi Memorial College’s emergence as a prominent University of Delhi (DU) College and its contribution to Women’s Empowerment (Mahila Shasastikaran) at the diamond jubilee celebrations of the college.

 Early in the morning, by 7:30 am, the college was full and buzzing with excitement to welcome the Honourable Vice President of India, Sh. Venkaiah Naidu and the Vice Chancellor of University of Delhi, Sh. Yogesh Kumar Tyagi on the occasion of the Founder’s Day of Janki Devi Memorial College (JDMC). The Founder’s Day is an annual event held to remember the contribution of the illustrious founder of Janki Devi Memorial College, Sh. Brijkrishan Chandiwala, the eminent Gandhian who was committed to the cause of women’s education. This year the Founder’s Day also set in motion the year-long 60th Anniversary celebrations of the college, and the college was honoured to have the inauguration of the distinguished speakers series, wherein the first lecture was delivered by the Honourable Vice President.

In keeping with the environmentally-conscious traditions of the college, each guest planted a sapling. After the lighting of the lamp, there was a scintillating performance by Nupur, the Indian classical dance society of JDMC.


Professor Tyagi, in his speech welcomed all the first-year students of JDMC and wished them a happy new session, stressing on the fact that studying at the University of Delhi—which has some of the best faculty in the world—is indeed a privilege.

Dr Swati Pal, Principal of JDMC welcomed the Vice President, and all present in the audience with her speech. A short-film about the evolution of the college since its inception followed her speech. Its Foundation stone was laid by none other than Pandit Nehru in 1960, and since then the college portals have welcomed many esteemed dignitaries. Dr Pal spoke of the diamond-like qualities of the college: its evolution, its inherent quality, shine, and worth, and above all, its endurance and invincibility: the theme also of the Diamond jubilee celebrations of the college. She reminded the students to always be inspired by Bhaiji’s devotion to truth, purity, simplicity, philanthropy, and the vision of women’s self-reliance and to remain grounded as humane and good individuals.


This was followed by the Inaugural Distinguished Lecture by Sh Venkaiah Naidu, which was eagerly anticipated by the students.

The Honourable Vice President congratulated the college for being one of the prominent educational institutions, and for promoting women’s empowerment. He began by praising the social commitment of the college as evidenced in the activities of the NCC, NSS, Equal Opportunities Cell, and Gandhi Study Circle. He also took cognizance of how the college assisted and helped in empowering the differently abled, and lauded the environment-conscious policies and infrastructure. He told the students how important it is to keep nature and culture in sync with each other. Furthermore, he  discussed the aims of an ideal education. It must be geared towards knowledge generation, equal opportunities, employment, and above all, towards morality. He spoke of the reverence for the feminine in ancient Indian cultural practices and hoped that this would be instilled in the future also. He paid tribute to Bhaiji’s vision and shared many amusing and thought-provoking observations about cultural practices, that form the context of modern education in the true sense of the word. His speech, laden with humour, and his personal interaction with students made the audience respond with a full-hearted applause.

The vote of thanks was offered by Prof. Brajesh Chaudhary, the Chairman of the Governing Body of the College who also spoke about the need for constant assessment, and re-evaluation in the education system.

Dr Pal felicitated all the guests with saplings, mementos, and gifts.

Indeed, it was the perfect start to the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Janki Devi Memorial College.


Symphony, the annual cultural festival of Janki Devi Memorial College, started with a bang on 10th January 2018. The festival started with the inaugural ceremony, where the Chief guest, Vidya Rao and the Guest of honor Pandit Abhay Rustum Sopuri enlightened the students with their speech on the importance of education and culture. The lamp for auspiciousness was lit by the college Principal declaring the inauguration of the annual fest.

The three days fest had 25 events that were to take place, including Munadi, the annual Street play competition which was the highlight of day one. Day two was a beautiful amalgamation of 13 power packed events going on side by side and unanimously served the magnificent platter of Symphony’18. Various competitions like Jabberwocky, Business plan, Let’s Dance, The Quiz show, Ragini, Paper Mania, Footloose, among others brought the finest talents imbibed by the young artists to the forefront. The day was filled with amazing performances and the excitement of the results in every event kept the attention of the audiences gripping. Too many teams, too many eliminations, and the audience just couldn’t keep calm. All in all, within these competitions, performances and the get together there was beauty in the madness.

Day 3 took off from the same peak, right where day two left. A plethora of events and a rock show proved that nothing else could have been better to conclude the ravaging fest that symphony was.

With more than 50 teams competing and showcasing their talents, symphony day 3 ended with a bang! True to the name, the fest felt like a symphony of talent and passion that flows in the veins of these performers.

The fest started with full zest and the energy only grew towards the end. The three-day extravaganza finally came to an end with a powerful rock show which was a star-studded event with performers like Astitva, the band and DJ A Sen* and DJ Revoic. The audience had a great time dancing to the songs and the EDM beats. With thousands tapping their feet and singing along, the conclusion to this fest was a fulfilling reward. Symphony 2018 was a huge success which truly held its Essence in accordance with its name.

img_1636-1 Prior to the naming of the winners, the Principal, Dr. Swati Pal walked down the ramp with the jury members and the Student’s Union and the audience was seen cheering and applauding with excitement. Much-awaited results were then announced. Shelley Kataria, who impressed the audience and the judges with her strong personality, her lovely dance performance and intelligent answers was crowned Miss JDMC 2016. The first runner-up, Kritika Kumar and the second runner-up, Lakshita Chopra were also appreciated for their amazing performances. The three winners were presented with bouquets and gift hampers and all the participants received tokens of participation for their great efforts. High-spirited and fun-filled, the event was concluded by the college President, Simran Gupta which was followed by loud, happy cheers.]]>

Janki Devi Memorial College recently held elections for the Students’ Union, academic year 2016-2017. The Union has four posts – President, Vice President, General Secretary and Treasurer. The election week saw some very enthusiastic campaigns.

As in a democracy, the election process for the Students’ Union comprises of a series of steps. Nominations are filed, core teams for each candidate are formed, agendas released, campaigns carried out and secret ballots cast. This time, it was quite different in the case of Janki Devi Memorial College.

JDMC for the first time conducted its elections through e-voting on August 10th,2016. What used to take an entire day was over in a couple of hours and the results were declared on the spot. Plus, it was a paper free election. What could be more eco-friendly than this!

The results were as follows: Simran Gupta as the President, Parul Chauhan as the Vice President, Dolly Seth as the General Secretary and Zhiwa Dechan as the Treasurer. Besides the elected union, there is an extended union where candidates face a grilling interview. The formal handing over will be held on August 17th, 2016 where all the elected and extended members will take an oath to fulfill their responsibilities.

International Yoga Day was celebrated on June 21st, 2015 by Janki Devi Memorial College (JDMC) in their college premises.

Faculty members, students, and the non teaching staff participated in this event with full enthusiasm. The Principal, Dr. Indu Anand was seen praising the students, teachers and also joined them and practiced the yoga asanas.

Yoga Day

Dr. Usha Singh who is a retired faculty member of Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi was also present. She is currently teaching at JDMC as a guest faculty member and is a certified yoga expert from Bihar School of Yoga, Mungar. Mr. S.K. Saggar and Ms. Divya were especially invited for the event who were also the instructors. Mr.Saggar, who is an ex- executive director in Sports Authority of India and PYKKA has been associated with yoga since a long time.

The event was well organized and despite the rain shower the event was conducted smoothly.

Guest post by Zofishan Kokab


The students of Janki Devi Memorial college received a huge surprise when David Cameron, the British Prime Minister the college on Tuesday, 19th February along with Bollywood star Aamir Khan. The students were ushered into the auditorium at 2 pm. Of all 84 colleges of Delhi University, JDMC was the only college visited by the Prime Minister of UK. Organised by the British Council, the thirty-minute event left the students spell-bound. The presence of two such eminent personalities was bound to leave people speechless. The discussion focussed mainly on higher education and women empowerment. David Cameron and Aamir Khan sat between the students and discussed their aims for the future and the great opportunities that Britain has to offer. The PM talked about the universities of Britain providing good job opportunities as well. According to him, the main purpose of this was to strengthen the bond of education between India and England. Long distance education, scholarships and grants were also a part of the discussion. More about this project, Future Learn, can be found on the website, futurelearn.com. Aamir Khan was present as an ambassador of the UN, but that hardly mattered to the girls who crowded around him to shake hands and get pictures clicked with the renowned actor. It was indeed a dream come true for some. Vice chancellor, Cambridge University and Vice Chancellor, Delhi University, Professor Dinesh Singh were also present at the function. The event couldn’t have been organised successfully without the coordination of the student council- Jasmine Sahni, president, Karishma Kathpal, vice president, Tulika Sharma, general secretary, Pretty Kapoor, cultural head, Kritika Sharma, Aasha, Shikha Shukla, Sukriti Aneja as well as many other students. It was a mixed experience for many. While on one hand, there was David Cameron, the political leader, asking them to come and study in Britain, and then there was Aamir Khan. One instilled new hopes and dreams for the future of education in the minds of students and the other just mesmerised the girls. It was indeed a memorable thirty minutes and for those who missed college that day, hard luck.   Surbhi Grover([email protected]), with inputs from Sukriti Aneja ]]>