DESHBANDHU COLLEGE was established in the year 1952 by the Ministry of Rehabilitation, in the memory of Late LalaDeshbandhu Gupta - a veteran freedom fighter. The college made a humble beginning with just 72 students and the courses like Prep(arts), Prep(science) and Pre-medical. The college was transferred to Ministry of Education and later taken over by the University of Delhi. Guided by the mantra "Karmanyevadhikaraste" - our motto, the college continues to grow both in size and stature. Today, Deshbandhu is a fully maintained constituent college of University of Delhi and has the distinction of being the oldest and the largest co-educational institution in South Delhi promoting Arts, Commerce and Science courses. The college offers eight post graduate and twenty undergraduate courses in disciplines ranging from languages, history, political science, economics, commerce to all the major branches of science and mathematics and caters to over 2000 students every year.
The sprawling campus of Deshbandhu college, with its lawns, gardens and extensive grounds provides a healthy environment for all round development of the generation next. The campus is dotted with an Administrative block, Arts block, an old block , a huge library and a Science block with well equipped laboratories, together with students' common rooms, a gymnasium and a canteen . The college is working actively towards realizing its plan for a women's hostel.
To encourage self-learning and to satisfy the thirst for knowledge of the students, the college library has a massive collection of about 90,000 books, a host of journals and magazines, a spacious reading room, a separate floor for teachers and research scholars, and a book bank section which lends text books to needy students.
The college promotes organization of seminars, lectures, workshops, N.S.S., N.C.C. and other co-curricular activities. A number of scholarships and financial aid are provided to meritorious and needy students every year.
Every student finds his/her expression through College Students' Union , affiliated to the Delhi University Students' Union. The Career-counselling and Placement Cell of the college provides suitable employment opportunities to graduating students through campus recruitment.
At Deshbandhu college, we believe in academics and excellence of extracurricular activities. Students are given opportunities to bring out their talents in various fields as actors, singers, writers, painters, journalists, artists, social workers and political activists, thus fulfilling students’ aspirations and moulding them into fine human beings.
N.S.S. National Service Scheme (NSS) is a unit of the college that organizes various workshops e.g. debates, painting and poster making competition, nukkad natak, leadership orientation, blood donation camp, AIDS awareness program, health check-up camps, seminars, etc., with the sole aim of personality development of the students and inculcate in them the propensity of compassion towards community services and social cause. Students here get a chance to work with national and international NGOs, visit universities under various exchange programmes and also attend national and international NSS camps. Students Interested in working as volunteers for NSS may contact the Programme Officer Dr. Anand Kumar (Deptt. of Sanskrit). The NSS Volunteers Visited Lansdowne (Uttrakhand) for a 2 days awareness programme under the theme of: “keep Mountains Plastic Free” in March 2015.
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