A panoramic illustration of this provisioning across various disciplines of Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce, Statistics and Sciences can be captured by visualizing that 15 interdisciplinary innovation projects have found home in the College in addition to other major and minor projects. Equally this formal association has been enabling in periodic organization of seminars on new research methodologies and advanced areas of research across disciplines in the College.
The Innovation Projects of Delhi University have been instrumental in initiating cross-discipline interaction that culminates in fruitful research outcomes with socio economic relevance.
Innovation projects are an excellent platform for the students to interact with students from other departments and to enhance their research abilities and promote interdisciplinary research. 10 students and 3-5 faculty members are involved in each project. Tables 3.11 and 3.12 provide the number and details of Innovation projects sanctioned during the last four years.
The College encourages research and a number of teachers have research projects sanctioned by the UGC and CSIR, which they carry out their own laboratories.
The College gives students early training and exposure to research and academics through lecture series with distinguished specialists, and the opportunity to participate in research projects under faculty members. In all, the departments of the College have organized over 100 such student enrichment activities and events over the period of 2010-11 to 2014-15.
The College faculty is an invaluable resource in producing excelling students, and teachers in turn are also facilitated in publishing and researching. In the period 2010-2015, the College’s various departments ran research projects funded for a total of (approx.) Rs.90,52,000.
Many teachers in the College have secured prestigious research projects from reputed research agencies by the sheer dint of their merit combined with unequivocal institutional support.
The College faculty and administration have enabled research projects which serve the aims of skill building in students, enhancing teachers’ capabilities, and establishing multiple channels of connection between the College and the larger world. These projects have inaugurated a contemporary, teamwork-based relationship between students and faculty outside the classroom. They testify to the consistent and improving quality of staff and students, and provide both with valuable work experience.
The Zoology Department’s faculty members were awarded a project by the UGC and the Department of Science and Technology amounting a total value of over Rs. 26,00,000(approx.).
- College faculty were also awarded Delhi University’s Innovation Projects for a total value of Rs. 9300000/.
- The Physics Department’s faculty members were awarded sponsorship by the UGC and the Department of Science and Technology for a total value of approx. Rs. 30,00,000, including a Fast Track Young Scientist project.
- The College was included in the ‘Star College Programme’ under the Department of Biotechnology’s ‘Star College Scheme’, aimed at strengthening the life science and biotechnology education and training at undergraduate level along with sensitization to the importance and scope of scientific education. Criteria for selection as a ‘Star College’ are very stringent. Total amount of sponsorship is Rs. 18,00,000.
- A faculty member of the Economics Department’s was awarded funding for a project on “Revisiting the valuation of soil benefit of watershed in Darjeeling, India”, by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Kathmandu, for the amount of Rs. INR10,52,100/-.
- The College offers one-year certificate, self-financing courses in the following foreign languages: German, Spanish, and French. Foreign language skills equip the students for seeking employment in different parts of the world. The courses are conducted in collaboration with Goethe Institute/Max Mueller Bhawan, Institute Cervantes, and Alliance Francaise de Delhi. Teachers for foreign languages are appointed by their respective institutes with whom Hindu College has entered into a joint collaboration. Curriculum is designed by the collaborating institutes/Departments, unlike the syllabus for regular courses which is designed by the university.
- Collaboration with ‘Save the Quest’ NGO for spreading awareness and conducting self-reliant activities for the visually impaired
- Enactus launched Project Shreshth in collaboration with the Khadi Department of the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises, GOI, to inculcate entrepreneurship skills among women living in Badli Industrial Area.
- Earthlings:The Wildlife Society organizes trips to zoological and biodiversity parks such as Kamla Nehru Ridge, National Zoological Park and Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary. The society has active collaboration with bigger organizations such as WWF engaged in fund raising and awareness campaigns.
- The Institution has collaboration with the National University of Singapore, Singapore for faculty and student exchange. The student exchange has been going on successfully. So far, 7 students have visited the College to study for one semester each in courses such as, Political Science, History, Zoology, Sociology.
- A World Bank sponsored project of Kabul University - Delhi University Exchange Programme was initiated in 2010 wherein faculty exchange took place. Our faculty visited Kabul University for on-site design of curriculum and hosted their faculty for training.
- A faculty member of the Statistics Departmrent of the College was one of the Resource Persons for the DU – KU Mathematics Programmememe, which was a part of the Kabul University and Delhi University Partnership Programmememe towards Strengthening Education Programmememe (SHEP) in Kabul University, funded by the World Bank. Another faculty member was Professor of Statistics in the Department Applied Staistics, Debub University, Awassa, Ethiopia on UNDP Teaching Assignment from 20 October 2004 till 16 August 2005.
- The faculty members of the Chemistry Department of the College are members of the core group of LEADearthSHIP - A TERI Tetra-Pak Initiative. The Programmememe is for undergraduate and postgraduate students and focuses on business and sustainability. Two students have been selected as LEADearthSHIP fellows for the Programmememe.
- The Science departments of the College have built a successful collaboration with NII called NII-Hindu College Science SetuProgrammememe, aiming at addition and improvization of research techniques for the benefit of students and teaching faculty. Students get hands-on experience in the research laboratories of NII scientists, during their internship modules.
- Hindu College has received special grants from various agencies including the prestigious Star College Scheme sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, to equip the science departments with latest machines, chemicals, computer peripherals and laboratory equipment, to upgrade the research facilities.
- The students and the faculty are actively pursuing their research initiatives via the various Innovation projects, granted by DU.
- Some faculty members have also been granted the permission to have independent set up in terms of research laboratories and research fellows.