Miranda House towers magnificently in the north campus of Delhi University since it’s inception in the year 1948. The college came into being a year after independence but it’s infrastructure still bears signs of educational institutions fashioned in the colonial era. Diligently upholding the motto, “learning through self-education”, the institution continues to scale great heights and finally culminated in topping the list. In 2017, the college was formally recognised as the best college in India by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).
Miranda House is primarily a college for girls who popularly go under the sobriquet of “Mirandians”. The college was the vision of the then University Vice-Chancellor, Sir Maurice Gwyer. On March 7, 1948, Lady Edwina Mountbatten jammed it’s foundation stone on site but it was Walter Sykes George who shaped it with British taste and touch. Since then, the college ushered in successful years of constant progress, tireless striving and female empowerment.
The college specialises in delivering liberal education in social sciences, humanities and basic sciences. It offers a plethora of graduate and undergraduate courses on its premises. In the domain of undergraduate courses, B.A. Honours in Bengali, Economics, English, Geography, Hindi, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sanskrit and Sociology are generously offered. Not only that, B.Sc Honours in Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology also form part of the deal. B.Sc in Life Sciences and Physical Sciences (Computer Science) are also pursued on campus. Moreover, hordes of students are enrolled in a four-year course of B.El.Ed.
In postgraduate courses, M.A. is offered in all the subjects offered at B.A. level with the exception of Political Science, Geography and Sociology. Additionally, M.A. in Mathematics is also being proffered by the college. M.Sc programme includes all the subjects offered at B.Sc Honours level. As an added benefit, M.Sc in Anthropology has also been incorporated in the list.
Miranda House is constructed self-sufficient with a hostel and library conveniently tucked within the property of the college. At present, there are about 250 students living off the hostel. As far as the library is concerned, it’s first stone was laid by none other than the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi on 7th March, 1973. Another noteworthy aspect of this incredible college is that it is the first institution to birth a computer-based resource centre. This centre is greatly instrumental in supporting and helping it’s visually challenged students.
Miranda House has a Placement Cell too that is in dynamic operation. It is mainly populated by faculty members and student volunteers. The Placement Cell functions to conduct career counselling and campus recruitment. The excellent reputation of Miranda House further boosts it’s already high placement rates. Companies like Indian Express, Standard Chartered Bank, Google, Max New York Life Insurance Company, Star India frequent the campus every year and emerge with some of the brightest students on board with them.
Not only the present is promising of Miranda House, it’s history has also been equally glorious and impressive. The college possesses a long list of notable alumni who stand testimony to the greatness of this institution. Anita Desai, Anjolie Ela Menon, Mouni Roy, Swara Bhaskar, Neeti Mohan, Sheila Dixit are just some of the products of this college who have gone on to garner great success in life.
Evidently, Miranda House has proven itself on more than one occasions. It is one of the most coveted colleges of Delhi University, hustling on the way to achieving even more laurels for itself.