Hindu College's Vision 2020 — A Golden Future
Being a heritage site, the present academic building of the College had only limited possibilities beyond its capacity of 1500 students (after expansion work in 1960). The present strength requires large-scale upgrading of the campus, and for this purpose an Infrastructure Development Vision Plan (Vision 2020) has been formulated. Vision 2020 projects a student strength of over 4,500 after 2016.
One of Vision 2020’s chief priorities is provision of rooms for lectures, tutorials and laboratories. It has become imperative to have a larger academic block. This new block would offer the following advantages: 14 ‘smart classrooms’, 12 tutorial rooms, 8 department rooms, 4 lecture rooms, 4 laboratories, a staff room, and an office block. Its estimated cost is approximately Rs. 11.75 crores.
An equally urgent need is residential facilities for female students. At present the intake of the College is almost 50% female, with many of those admitted not being residents of Delhi. The female students’ hostel planned under Vision 2020 will provide accommodation for 168 students in 84 twin-sharing rooms. It is planned with up-to-date facilities and conveniences. The estimated cost for this hostel is approximately Rs. 12.25 crores.
The foundation stone for both the above buildings was laid on 28 March 2014 by the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Mr. Najib Jung. Both these prestigious projects are underway. Vision 2020 encompasses many other improvements to the campus, notably:
- Upgrading the auditorium. Though impressively large and with a history of its own, the auditorium is almost 50 years old and in need of refurbishment. The increasing population of students necessitates expansion of seating capacity and addition of modern technology. The estimated cost for these plans is approximately Rs. 5 crores.
- Adding a conference centre and guest house. The planned structures would offer state-of-the-art seminar and conference facilities. The guest house would have 8 residential rooms of a 3-star-hotel standard, to host visitors. These would greatly benefit student placement events, student executive training, and invitations to visiting faculty who can be offered accommodation. The estimated cost for these structures is approximately Rs. 15 crores.
- Research centre. In furtherance of Hindu College’s commitment to academic excellence, Vision 2020 also proposes building a research centre offering independent rooms, internet connectivity, and technologically current laboratories. The estimated cost for this is approximately Rs. 2 crores.