RAMJAS COLLEGE: A CENTURY OLD LEGACY

“The grandeur and pride of today stands on the rich and bold history of the past.”

Likewise, Ramjas College as it nears its centennial year has also been built on a rich indigenous heritage of the colonial years.

Founded in the year of 1917 by the great educationist and philanthropist, Raj Kedar Nath, Ramjas is one the oldest colleges of Delhi. The College was named in the memory of Lala Ramjas, father of Raj Kedar ji. Beginning from the humble precincts of Darya Ganj in Old Delhi, in 1924 it moved to a new campus at Anand Prabat. It was then inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, which is a thing in itself to be proud of. However, during the World War II the college had to ceed its campus at Anand Prabat to Allied Forces. The college was shifted to its current location only in 1950 after India’s Independence.

Ramjas College had its own contributions even in the freedom struggle of India. Brave and patriot students from the college formed a group and took part in the Quit India Movement joining hands with the rest of India to drive the Britishers out from the country. They were even arrested and jailed because of their participation in the movement. Thus, Ramjas bears the legacy and tradition of selfless service.

After Independence, Ramjas College started the journey of unprecedented success producing stalwarts in the field of academics, politics and as well as in the domain of theatre and cinemas. Notable among the successful alumni include Ajit Prakash Shah, Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Ashok Sinha, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, Chaudary Brahm Prakash, the first Chief Minister of Delhi and well known actors like Manoj Bajpai and film director Prakash Jha. Thus, over all these years the college has proved that it provides a scope for all round development for its students enabling them to excel in any field. Today the college is among the top choices for higher education in India may it be in the stream of science, arts or commerce. It boosts of esteemed faculty of scholars trained at leading institutes world over.

This college also has a reputation of very active and rigorous student politics. There is cut throat competition in the college election among various candidates thus allowing a great deal of political consciousness to be infused among the students. The college also has room for various societies; right from the Dance Society, Music Society and Drama Society to the Literature Society and an entrepreneurial society as well.

In its history of nearly hundred years some of the exceptional achievements of this college include the organization of first ever Conference of Graduate Students of Economics from SAARC countries in 2004 and its Enactus Team bagging the All India runners up position in this year itself. Another historical fact about this college is that it is the only college in Delhi to have had Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in its governing body when he acted as the chairman of the college’s governing body after the death of Raj Kedar Nath.

Thus, since its inception Ramjas College has proved to be a prominent institute of the nation and has also been an asset to the country producing eminent personalities in varied fields.

[author image=”http://www.aapkatimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Antar-Atreya.jpg” ]I am Antar Atreya, pursuing B.A.(H) in Economics from Ramjas College.An avid reader with primary interest in fictional literature I have authored a book ‘ CLASSIC SUSPENSE STORIES’ published in 2009. Apart from reading and writing I am interested in researching on marketing and strategy tactics of the corporate world.[/author]