Hindu College's Vision 2020 — A Golden Future
Being a heritage site, the present 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 the provision of lecture rooms, tutorial rooms 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 women’s 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 amenities. 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, such as:
- 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 the expansion of seating capacity and the 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 to host visitors. These would greatly benefit student placement events, student executive training, and would also enable the College to offer accommodation to visiting faculty. The estimated cost for these structures is approximately Rs. 15 crores.
- Research centre. Furthering its dedication to academic excellence, Hindu College’s Vision 2020 also proposes building a research centre offering independent rooms, internet connectivity, and modern laboratories. The estimated cost for this is approximately Rs. 2 crores.