Acharya Narendra Dev College (ANDC) New Delhi Campus & Infrastructure
The college is among the best in the University as far as the laboratory infrastructure is concerned - and as a 'science' college this is of paramount importance. We have state-of-the-art equipments that are used for regular teaching as well as for projects by students and teachers. They are sufficient (and more) number to ensure that each student gets hand-on learning experience in the laboratories.
Some of the equipments that have attracted attention include UV spectrophotometers, Physiological Data acquisition system (Bio-pack), Fluorescence microscope, ELISA reader, Refrigerated microfuge, Lyophilizer, Gel Documentation system, Phase contrast microscope, Dot-blot system with vacuum pump, Refrigerated incubator shaker, -20 C Deep Freezer, Gel Electrophoresis (horizontal/vertical), Western Blot, Spirometers, Tissue culture facility, Millipore water purifier, PCR and gradient PCR, Arbitrary Function Generator, Fiber Optic Trainer, Computer based HALL Effect Setup, Amplitude Mod/Demod. Trainer with Spectrum Analyzer, PCB Drafting & Fabrication Setup and Laser Trainer Kits.
These equipments are used to provide hands-on training to the students who therefore get an opportunity to correlate some of the things taught in their theory classes. Operating these instruments they embark on a steep learning curve as they get to appreciate finer points of research. They are also used by faculty for research.
Since 2008, when a Supreme Court decision required that seats be increased in colleges to accommodate OBC reservation, the college was forced to construct four port-a-cabins for classrooms. Two large laboratories were also constructed as laboratories for students of Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.
In order to satisfy the ever increasing power requirement due to the teaching laboratories and expanding infrastructure, the college has taken the initiative to boost the electrical load from a mere 58 KVA to a whopping 200 KVA making it future-ready. A new block to house the electric sub-station exclusively for the college coupled with a new H. T. Transformer has already been constructed.
In association with the National Mission for Bamboo Applications, we have constructed a new canteen block with eco-friendly furniture - the three canteen structures house the kitchen, the student hall and a faculty room.
The session 2011 was special due to the fully airconditioned Library being available to students. The large reading room, the excellent Wen Centre and the spaces for teachers and Reserach Scholars makes the Library really special.
The new Chemistry laboratory have also made practicals in the Chemistry Department much better spaced. We have also another 125 KW Generator to the one we had. So power cuts in college are a thing of the past.
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- Comp. Lab
- Medical Fac.
- Cls. Room
Students Activities & Clubs
The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit at ANDC brings students face to face with the realities of the social fabric, making them more sensitive
and humane. Some thrust areas that NSS caters to are organising health checkup camps, blood donation camps, awareness programmes on AIDS, Thalassemia, smoking and use of tobacco, etc. A notable contribution of the NSS unit has been its commitment to 10 Thalessemic girls
from economically weaker background to provide for their blood transfusion needs throughout the year. The NSS unit of the College has always
responded to the call of duty for the nation viz., volunteering for the 19th Commonwealth Games (New Delhi, 2010), participation in SAARC Youth Summi (Islamabad, 2011), disaster management during Uttarakhand and Kashmir floods, joining the Swatch Bharat Abhiyan, etc. In fact, the NSS unit has adopted a few urban villages in Delhi for community development. Creating social awareness through ‘SAHYOG’, the Diwali Mela and contributing to the efforts of ‘Goonj’ also form part of the NSS activities.
The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY), is a non-profit organization which promotes Indian classical music, Indian classical dance, and other aspects Indian culture. It is a movement with chapters in over 300 towns and cities all over the world. It seeks to foster the exchange of traditional Indian values and to generate awareness of the cultural traditions and heritage of India. In order to achieve its goals, SPICMACAY organizes concerts, lectures, demonstrations, informal discussions, and seminars. These are hosted by local chapters of the organization. Thus its work is educational in spirit and character and locates itself in educational institutions .
Some great exponents of Indian classical music have visited the college which includes Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra (Hindustani Vocal), Smt. Sunanda Sharma (Hindustani Vocal), Smt. Shanti Sharma (Hindustani Vocal), Pdt. Rajendra Prasanna (Flute), Ustad Aashish Khann(Sarod), Ustad Asad Ali Khan(Hindustani Vocal), Su. Meeta Pandit (Hindustani Vocal), Smt.Ashwini Bhede Deshpande (Hindustani Vocal), Su. Kapila Venu (Kuttiyattam) and Nizami brothers (Qawali).
The ANDC chapter of SPICMACAY organized a classical music concert of Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar who is a world renowned exponent of Dhrupad. Dhrupad, a vocal genre in Hindustani classical music, is said to be its oldest and pristine form. Ustadji is one of the living legends who still practices this rare and complex form of classical music. The college was fortunate to host Ustadji's concert under the aegis of SPICMACAY on 16 September 2009. This concert was part of the ongoing Virasat series of SPICMACAY, which this year, has been dedicated in the memory of maestros Ali Akbar Khan, D. K. Pattammal, Gangubhai Hangal, Vishnu Prabhakar, Habib Tanvir, Palghat R. Raghu and Tyeb Mehta.
Other activities conducted under the aegis of SPIC MACAY
- Workshops in creative art forms - Calligraphy, madhubani painting
- Heritage walks
- Retrospective of World and Indian cinema - Satyajit Ray, Akiro Kurosawa
- Gurukul scheme (Spic Macay Scholarship)
- Yoga intensives
- Mini Virasat
In India, gender-based discrimination is a deep-rooted social malice since long time. Addressing this sensitive issue and women empowerment is a long drawn battle against powerful structural and male-biased forces of the society. Though women constitute nearly 50% of our population yet they lag behind in exposure to equal opportunities for their comprehensive all round personality development in – education, sports and even career options, to name a few. This is in contradiction to the principle of gender equality protected in the Indian Constitution in its Preamble; Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles. The Constitution not only grants equality to women, but also empowers the State to adopt measures of positive discrimination in favour of women. Consequently, women empowerment is one of the key factors in determining the success of development in the status and position of women in the society.
The College took an initiative on women empowerment, realizing that it was all about making focussed efforts towards not just physical or psychological but complete personality development involving medical counselling, sex education and laws on women rights, etc. To fulfil this objective, a society named ‘Sashakt’ was set up in 2003 with an aim towards welfare and development of the women students and faculty members by providing equal rights and opportunities; and a platform for growth ensuring their progress.
Sashakt organizes the activities that
- empower female students and staff of the college,
- help women understand the laws and regulations on sexual harassment,
- educate students and staff on how to prevent and cope with harassment,
- campaign on prevention of sexual harassment,
- address women-related issues in society and
- create awareness on gender-sensitization
The society uses films, posters, banners, lectures, discussion etc. as tools to create awareness and educate the college community about the legal provisions available under “Ordinance XV(D) of the University of Delhi” against sexual harassment at workplace. Besides, the society also takes up issues related to adolescent girls, female foeticide, dowry, cervical and breast cancer, cyber crime etc. Along with, Sashakt also organizes ten-day long 'Self Defence training programme' regularly in association with the 'Crime against women' cell of the Delhi Police to empower students and staff.
Empowering women is a cause that needs continued attention and stewardship by all requiring a united approach. We have endeavoured to provide opportunities to the female students and staff discuss, learn and share their views through interactions with key leaders of their respective fields. Concentrated and conscious efforts have been made by Sashakt over years to bring experts including- psychologists, women rights activists, cyber law experts, sex education experts and medical experts to interact with the students, on-spot medical evaluation and answering student queries pertaining to their personal and common issues.
Theatre creates an everlasting impact on young minds and helps in creating sensitive and responsible citizens. Keeping this view in mind, the college has been successfully conducting a 120-hour short-term add-on course on ‘Effective Communication and Personality Development through Theatre’ (ECPDT) for last six years. The course seeks to hone skills to promote effective communication, dynamic leadership, critical thinking and decision-making, besides the ability to think creatively and act confidently through acting, improvisations, performances and scripting. In the same vein, the college has staged five annual theatre productions - ‘Sau Mein Laga Dhaga’, ‘Ye Daagh Daagh Ujaala’, ‘Khul Ja Sim Sim’, ‘Spartacus, The Broken Shadows’ and ‘Kasauti, The Quest for Truth’ since 2011 to give students a platform for showcasing their acting skills. The participants realise that the theatre has helped them in building confidence and overcoming hesitations.