City Landmark – Hindu College, North Campus – The Delhi Walla
The Hindu College (in Delhi) was founded more than a century ago in , by Late Aims and Objects of Association of Hindu College Hostel Alumni(AHHA). I mean the logo of Delhi University's (DU's) Hindu College, which shows a In May, while being feted by the college alumni association at The LaLit hotel, Mr Goswami, who studied sociology, said: “This award means more to me than . On the morning of 16 May, the TV room in the hostel was packed with. Hindu College alumni, who stayed in the college hostel, will get a for renovating the hostel, we decided to meet officials so that they could.
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Girls sat in the front rows and had to remain in the common room when there were no classes. No interaction was permitted with boys, not even for cultural events. This changed in when a rebellious student, Kapila Vatsyayan, successfully demanded the right to participate in the drama society.
Today, she is better known as the founder-director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. There was such an ingrained sense of male hegemony that the appointment of the first woman lecturer in was felt deeply — not one teacher would sit beside her in the staffroom. Yet only the boys have a hostel, which the girls are not permitted to enter — thereby sparing them the sight of underwear hanging across balconies. InHindu College, for the first time in its history, held a two-day event to commemorate the death anniversary of Bhagat Singh, the young socialist revolutionary hanged by the British in The event was the brainchild of Praduman Kumar, the officiating principal, who took over two years ago.
After all, Hindu College contains the ethos of India that is Bharat. In Hindu we are not training our students to imbibe Western values but to instil in them a feeling of swabhiman pride for our ancient civilization.
It is good that honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modiji is re-emphasizing the ancient values that emanated from the Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayan, Mahabharat and Gita, which are the very values we are trying to infuse in our students who can then make this country a vishwa guru master of the world.
Many students posted congratulatory messages on their Facebook walls; some distributed gulab jamuns. Manish Pandey, a third-year botany student who shares his hostel room with a student from the newly carved state of Seemandhra, says: We all believe he is the person who can change our country.
However, it is wrong to blame just one person for it. The college, which moved to its present location inhas no landmark that can give students a sense of a shared past, or a set of common values imbibed by generations of graduates. The Story of Ramjas Delhi has always been the very bed of seething politics and astounding beauty. It has seen glory and doom, not once but so many times that it is hard to even consider it all.
But for a really ripe age, this place of thrones had not seated any educational institute. The final phase of the last Timurid ruler, Aurangzeb saw a madrasa, the first educational institute of Delhi come up.
This madrasa was to teach Persian to the royalty and the nobility of Delhi exclusively. But after the death of Aurangzeb, this educational institute practically became an orphan. Gradually, the madrasa passed beyond what even memories could hold. When the British captured Delhi after the battle of Patparganj the present day Akshardham temple area inthey were in dire need of an educational institute for the Indian mediator class to gain from.
When they discovered the old building of the madrasa, the British knew exactly what to do with it. And so they established a college called The Delhi College.
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It is from this college that immense efflorescence comes. But then Delhi swathe Revolt of happen. This put the entire north of the Indian subcontinent into tumult, especially Delhi. The British in their anguish of seeing the entire mutiny march to Delhi ensured that no facility was provided to Delhi.
The college ultimately went into oblivion, until it was founded again as the Zakir Hussain Delhi College post-independence. Delhi was finally being taken into consideration in It was planned that this train would henceforth connect the then capital of the EIC, Calcutta, with the new summer capital Shimla via Delhi. Delhi was only to be a small stop where lunch would be provided. While the first journey was supposed to be completed within two days, it took three days just to reach Delhi.
Tired and exhausted, many passengers decided to de-board at Delhi. Three among these were professors invited from the Cambridge University to help establish college in Shimla. However, over the course of time, admission into this college was reserved for only the elite. This new college founded by Lala Satnarayan Gudwale, is what we know to be the prestigious Hindu College. There was no place for the remaining lot-the majority. Ramjas was a college for the masses, by the masses.
However, not everything was rose laden for Ramjas. There was a dearth of funds; a problem that had to be acknowledged. Many teachers went without salary for months. However, Rai Sahab always found a way to make Ramjas survive. It wasn't just Rai Sahab though; there were several teachers who chose to their vocation of teaching over money. In fact, it is in a beautiful blend of dedication and perseverance on the part of many that the college survived. The time when it seemed somewhat right again, stroked another crisis.
As population increased, so did the need for greater spaces to settle students in the colleges. And so were the colleges shifted from the small houses in the crowded lanes to different places. Whereas Stephens and Hindu were given allotments in the city, Ramjas was relocated to a plot of land on the outskirts. The reaction to this seemingly unfair decision was admirable; Rai Sahab accepted.
In fact, he considered it rather fortuitous that he was receiving the land free of cost. Ramjas College was thus shifted to Kala pahad. Kala pahad strategically would have meant doom for the college but a sparkling future awaited Ramjas. It was the year of As the entire country was burning in the angst of the Non-Cooperation Movement, the proposal by the education minister to name the university in Delhi after the Prince of Wales, George VI further fuelled the rage.
The country was beginning to question foreign dominance, and this name for an upcoming Indian university was unacceptable. A huge protest rattled Delhi. However, upon meeting the education minister, Alexander Sharp, an alternate strategy was adopted.
Rai Sahab explained to Sharp that naming the university so might have catastrophic effects. There was no guarantee of the university succeeding in the future, and failure would certainly antagonize the prince.
What would have been a move just to please the royalty might easily have ricocheted back at him. By no means could the wrath of the prince be called upon himself for the same.
The University, established inwas now officially called the University Of Delhi. After the success of the Non-Cooperation Movement, M. Gandhi had become a national hero. Inhe was invited to inaugurate Tibbia College. Rai Sahab, a very popular figure by now, was also invited. Hearing about Ramjas, Gandhiji asked to see the new site.
Rai Sahab was in a fix. The question was how to take Gandhi to Kala pahad. Kala pahad was within a mile from Tibbia College, but there was no transportation to support. A tanga was however arranged. The tanga ride the pair had undertaken soon after their first meeting had borne fruit. It was Gandhi who had laid the foundation stone of Ramjas College. Ramjas was a completely residential college, with all students putting up in the hostel.
Since it was on the outskirts and somewhat cut off from the main city, communication was a pertinent issue. Be that as it may, obtaining electricity was another key challenge, as there was none accessible in the area at the time, there were two powerhouses in Delhi; the first was at Civil Lines, and the second was a private powerhouse at Lahori gate, owned by the Delhi Tram Service.
Malcolm Hailey, chief commissioner of Delhi at the time, was reluctant to help the toilingRai Sahab. For it was well acknowledged that he was a close companion of Gandhi, this friendship got Rai Kedarnath the enmity of the British. Malcolm Hailey rejected the application for electricity without any further deliberation. Rai Kedar Nath was gifted in that he was quite a capable fundraiser. DCM had set up numerous gas turbines to generate electricity; Rai Sahab was cognizant of the fact that Shri Ram could solve this problem if he wanted.
While Ramjas and Hindu were rivals back in the day, just as they are today, the good-natured businessman decided he would give the Ramjas founder a helping hand. As per the terms of the contract, electricity could neither be gifted, nor sold.
The rate suggested was one anna per hour.
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Now, Kedar Nath had to arrange for power not just for the main building, but even the student hostel. He arranged for ten hours of electricity in the day, for the classrooms, and another ten hours of the same for the hostel.
It was the period of the freedom struggle and the country had put up a valiant fight against the colonisers. For that very reason, Ramjas had a more direct role to play. The students of this institution were at the very forefront of the movement. Brahm Prakash even got imprisoned a fair few times during the struggle. It was also around this time that Chandra Shekhar Azad was absconding from the British government. The students of the Ramjas hostel sheltered him, with Azad kept in disguise as a Sikh student from Pakistan.
In spite of its rising popularity and immense activity, the University of Delhi had no proper or organized infrastructure to its credit then. The office of the Vice Chancellor was at the old Secretariat, a space he had to share with the Viceroy and the secretaries as well. The main DU office had been established in the old transport authorities building in Civil Lines. Professors used to reside in rented houses.
There was one individual who was determined to change this sorry state of affairs. Sir Maurice Gwyer was a remarkable man. He had a year long stint as Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, with his appointment coming in His tenure there lasted from till His time at the Federal Court, now called the Supreme Court, came to an end when some Indian students unfurled the national flag as a rebellion and he was asked to pass an order against them.
Seeing his responsibility as the Vice Chancellor to be greater and also seeing right in the act of the students, Sir Gwyer chose to resign from the Federal Court. The university had to its name not one permanent professor. All staff was borrowed from external educational institutions.
Sir Maurice was ever so keen to act upon this, and promptly decided to seek the help of the government. This was, however, around the time of onset of the Second World War, and his plans had to be set-aside for some time. Some problems live through the ages, the continued paucity of funds for DU being a prime case in point. The founder of Ramjas was at it again, exploring ways of generating capital. He got in touch with old adversary Shri Ram, who was mildly amused to hear from Rai sahab.
What can I do for you now? He agreed to fully sponsor four professorships, in the subject fields of History, English, Physics and Economics. He had just one condition-which the University should earmark and hire the best brains in the country for these professorships.