Hindu College is one of the best colleges of North Campus
by Saurav Sharma
I did my graduation from Sri Venkateswara College, South campus, and for PG, I came to the North campus. North Campus has its perks, and Hindu is again one of the best colleges of DU. Not many DU colleges offer M.Sc programs, and Chemistry being my preferred subject, Hindu was among just the few options that I had. Hindu was in my plan B initially, but after studying here, all I can say is, I did the right thing. The college has a long history from being affiliated with Punjab University to coming under DU, the college has seen a lot of transformation in its 120 years history. I am a firm believer that it’s the college environment that impacts a lot. Not just studies but in various other facets as well. The atmosphere at Hindu College was always energetic and joyful. The college is a little bit more into politics as you will see many students discussing politics at the campus. Many groups in the college organize political debates, marches, and protests. As a student of the Hindu College, sometimes even I was forcefully dragged into that.
There are various departments in the college, and M.Sc, like every other, was equally treated. There is a sense that in DU, commerce department are given more weightage but luckily both my colleges had more weightage to its science department. Classes for M.Sc were always full, even though the attendance was not that strict here. There were societies of every department, and practicals sometimes were taken care of by those societies. M.Sc is more about research, and Hindu college has made it a PhD-like program as we were given the study of many PhD teachers. The academics of the college don't just help you educationally but personally as well.
Some good, some bad is how it is. The experienced were way too strict and the young faculty didn’t know how to teach. Some of them had all the experiences in the world while some hardly had any experience. This was a complete mismatch, but I would say overall, the faculty did a good job. Not just in teaching but in getting us placed and becoming our friends in the 1st semester itself. One was free to ask them anything on the campus, and they also shared their numbers with us so that one can text them about their doubts, and often they would solve it on whatsapp.
Placements were good as M.Sc student's placements were done separately, and our internship program also played a pivotal role in that. IPCA Labs, Alkem labs, Pfizer, and Zandu, were among the companies that provided us internships and placements. Even after the course most of us were offered lab trainee jobs, and placements were around 4-5 lakhs a pear. Not so happy with what we got but had to make peace with it as M.Sc students are not in great demand. The college placement cell made sure that they maintain placement rate above 80%.
DU college hostels are so small and students that every year joins the college from other states are increasing. Hindu college, which is quite popular and students come in numbers, but still both boys and girls hostel intake is quite low. Not even half the students got the hostels, but many PGs and private hostels surround the North campus. One can find budget accommodation near the college. The area is safe and can roam around late at night as there are not many security concerns in the area.
Hindu College is one of the biggest colleges of DU. The college is spread in an area of 25 acres. It has all the facilities one can ask for from huge classrooms to a nice canteen. The college sports ground was bigger and better in terms of facilities. It was used as a practice ground during the 2010 Delhi Common Wealth Games, and therefore the grounds are well-maintained and lush green. One unique thing at the campus was the Hindu parliament. I am sure no other college in India have a parliament building like Hindu college has. The labs were good but need some renovations as some of the present equipment were clearly outdated. For chilling, the college has a Sangaria block. Vishwavidhyalay and Vidhan Sabha metro stations were 1km from the college.
If one wants to try their hands at politics or is interested in political debates, then Hindu College is the one for them. The college societies also had a lot of politics in them and one can learn various aspects of politics at the college. The college is almost like a Bollywood film set as a garden on entrance then the cool main buildings and a lavish outfield where girls are cheering for boys from the stands. Canteen’s Rajma Chawal is still dearly missed as I hardly took my lunch box and had Rajma Chawal thrice a week. Daulat Ram College and Miranda House College are nearby, and therefore the glamour always surrounded the college. It was a golden time that I spent at Hindu College.
Hindu College was established in 1899. Initially, it was affiliated under Punjab University but now it is a constituent college under Delhi University, further, situated in New Delhi. The college offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses for science, commerce, and humanities. In 2020, the college was successfully ranked 3rd by the NIRF, under the ministry of HRD. Also, the college got the star college tag for the top-notch biotechnology department by the ministry of science and technology. H... Read Full Review