Peek Into DU : Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW)


The college looks beautiful!

It definitely is! The USP of the college is definitely its lavish palatial British architecture which almost gives the appearance of a classic English movie. The college is fully disabled friendly with 100 percent barrier free access and its Mass media and Communication course is one of a kind in the university.

The college prides itself on its history!

With a legacy and tradition of over 94 years, Indraprastha College For Women (IPCW) holds its position among the top 10 arts colleges of the country.  It was recently accredited by NAAC with grade ‘A’ and CGPA 3.33, which is sixth highest in the University. Established in 1904 as Indraprastha Girl’s  school in Old Delhi by noted freedom fighter Annie Besant as a part of nation-wide campaign for women’s education and empowerment, the college introduced  degree courses in the year 1930 and was  recognized as a prestigious college of the university in 1938. The college has a picturesque campus, housed in a national heritage building and enjoys the status of being the oldest women’s college in Delhi. With such a rich history, empowerment stays in the air of the college.

What courses does the college offer?

The college offers UG courses in interdisciplinary fields like Computer Science, Commerce, Economics, English, Hindi, History, Multimedia and Mass Communication, Music, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Sanskrit. It also offers Master of Arts in Economics, English,Hindi, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sanskrit and Master of Science in Mathematics and Operational Research.  Two new courses, B.A. (Hons.) Sociology and B.A. (Hons.) Geography, would commence from the academic session July 2017. Uniquely, the College offers the Self-Financed BA (Hons) in Multimedia and Mass Communication (BMMMC).

Let’s talk about the Course that sets he college apart

Dr MM Yogi, Coordinator of the Multimedia and Mass Communication Department of the college shares that the mass media course continues to be the reason for admission into this college. “We have a state of the art audio-visual production centre where we started Bachelor of Mass Media and Mass Communication course. This course which started in 1998 has been the flagship course of the college which is the only college of Delhi University to offer one,” she stresses.  The college boasts of a fully air-conditioned studio and an audio-visual production center which  was inaugurated by the then Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj in 2003. The audio visual studio is available with every equipment required for audio and video production.  Besides, video and audio studios, there is also an editing bay for all kind of post production activities. The BMMMC department also provides individual cameras , video units and other equipment to each student for hands-on experience of the course . It is a self-financed course with 52 seats for the general and reserved category. The course was ranked 9 among the best media schools in the country in 2013 by India Today-Nielsen Survey.

The college also has a reputation for psychology honours course and is deemed among the best in DU.

The college has infrastructure that makes one envious

The college is built on the lush green land of Civil Lines and has a dedicated metro station exit gate. This college has a swimming pool and a climbing wall for its students. Ramps, markers and tactile paths  for the visually challenged are all over the campus, apart from special kind of washrooms. The newly renovated auditorium also has a ramp for the differently-abled reach up to the stage. Resource materials and customised software are available for the visually challenged in the library.

The College boasts of four Research and Learning Resource Centres. The Museum and Archives Learning Resource Centre with heritage and contemporary exhibits, the Translation and Translation Studies Centre for independent research and skill development. The Centre for Earth Studies and Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies are two new centres added in 2016.

The college canteen is spacious with a roof top seating and offers healthy food at affordable rates. The campus is fully WiFi-enabled and has facilities like photostat, stationery shop, cyber café, mobile phone recharge shop in the premises so that students don’t have to go out of the premises in case a need arises.

Hostels and large accommodation

The College has two hostels, to accommodate 500 students, the 196 seater Indraprastha Girls Hostel and the kalavati Gupta Hostel (KG). The KG Hostel will reopen in the session commencing July 2017 with an enhanced total number of 304 seats. The well-stocked Library has a book bank, a lift for disability access and the ICT centre with 80 computers. The College has a hub for Community Radio with world-wide broadcast facilities through DUCR,  an Audio-Visual Resource Centre, Seminar rooms, state-of-the-art Conference rooms, a fully air-conditioned Auditorium with 586 seating capacity, four Exhibition Foyers, well-equipped laboratories and other infrastructure to support its academic and co-curricular activities. It has vast playgrounds and Multi-Facility Sports Infrastructure with a Swimming pool, Climbing Wall, Walking Track, Gymnasium, Shooting Range, Fitness Centre and a sprawling sports complex.

What does the campus life look like? How active is the cultural scene?

The college is in the heart of North Campus and enjoys the perks of a women’s only institute. Societies form an integral part of colleges in Delhi University and IPCW complies with it . The college has a number of active societies for the all round development of students. Abhivyakti ,The Drama Society of IPCW is extremely active and has won accolades across the country . Afroza- The Western Dance Society is also hugely popular among the students . Other societies include ALAAP -The indian music society , CROYDON – Fine arts society , OGHMA- The English Editorial Society , MRIDANG – Indian Dance society , Gandhi study circle , North east society  etc.

Where do you guys hangout?


The college has a very famous snack stand called the Bun Tikki Wala  which is always bustling with students. It offers lip-smacking delicacies at extremely affordable rates. The Roll Club near the college is also a saviour for students in between the classes and society practices. Cafe 1UP in Civil Lines is also famous along IPites. The very famous Kamla Nagar Market and Hudson Lane are close to the college and thus are famous hangout places .The famous Tibetan colony Majnu ka Tilla is also gaining popularity among the students. The college has a crazy location right next to Civil Lines Metro station that needs less than a minute of walking.

The college  has a famous spot called the TILLA behind the canteen where students can gather and speak whatever they wish to a large crowd of students. A lot of events take place around the tilla year round.

Where?  31 , Sham Nath Marg , Civil Lines, Delhi-110054

Nearest Metro Station: Civil Lines

All Images by Sanya Hussain


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