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SVC owes the distinction of being a cosmopolitan college that comprises of
students and faculty from different regions of the country. One of its primary
ideals has been the recognition of the significance of diversity in all its endeavors
academic and non-academic.
The college is a coeducational college and is gender sensitive. Like most of its
ideals, it believes in an integrated and not a segregated approach to education. It
promotes a yin-yang philosophy that believes in the complementarity among
SVC is multi-disciplinary in its orientation. It encourages the coexistence of the
sciences, the humanities, the liberal arts and commerce. Each of these streams is
flourishing and attracts a large number of students from all over the country.
Academic environment at SVC is a lively and vibrant one. It doesn‟t confine itself
to traditional methods of teaching where teaching used to be a monologue
between the teacher and the student. On the contrary the college is constantly
innovating with new teaching strategies like class room discussions,
demonstrations, live plays etc.
SVC represents a total way of life. Its music, dance and debating societies have
achieved widespread acclaim in New Delhi and its adjoining areas. In fact its
cultural festival NEXUS stands out as an event par excellence.
In keeping with its multi-disciplinary approach, the college encourages talks and
seminars that are interdisciplinary in nature. We have had a series of talks that
attempt cross- disciplinary comparisons so that faculty and the students have a
broader perception of issues of significance.
The college believes in transcending the hierarchical boundaries between teacher
and student. It by means of several programs facilitates smooth interaction among
the two. Often departmental meetings are conducted where student representatives
are asked to participate and voice their opinions.
Sri Venkateswara College, adheres to the norms of the University of Delhi in
conducting timely internal evaluations and assessments. In addition to it, student
feedbacks are also taken. In assessing its own performance, SVC takes care to
meet the triangulation of perspectives by involving all affected groups.
It also has several monitoring agencies like the ASC that evaluate the overall
academic performance of the college.
The college to the best of its ability fosters a democratic ambience where every
mind has the liberty to voice their own opinion fearlessly. Sri Venkateswara
College believes that young minds first need to get out of the syndrome of fear in
order to be able to contribute to the society in general.
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SVC has a well reputed placement cell that provides students with ample
opportunities to try out job options that they are best at.
The college also excels in sports. Several of its students have received national as
well as international laurels for their performances. In addition to it, the college
field is utilized to impart cricket coaching to youngsters and often reputed
cricketers are pooled in to impart training.
The faculty of this college is deemed to be among the best just as the students are
considered to be among the best. Both faculty and students along with the
cherished ideals of this college are supposed to be the greatest strengths of SVC.
With an increase in the intake of students on account of OBC, unfortunately
infrastructural facilities have not been able to keep pace. This is on account of
procedural delays in obtaining permissions from several local authorities makes it
an all the more tedious affair to go ahead with infrastructural development. This
also includes the urgent need for increased hostel facilities for the students.
Recruitment of more number of permanent teachers is a universal problem that
most colleges are grappling with and Sri Venkateswara College is no exception.
The college acknowledges that the recruitment process has slowed down over the
years for a wide variety of reasons and that has had a telling effect on the college
College has a sizeable proportion of students who need different kinds of
academic help very different from the majority. This comprises of students who
follow a different medium other than English and also a category that are slow
learners. The college is yet to devise a proper method by means of which these
students can be brought at par with the mainstream.
The movement of our esteemed faculty to the parent/other universities with the
training that they have acquired here at Sri Venkateswara College is another crisis
that the college often has to face. The lacuna created is irreparable and it takes a
long while to make up for such a loss.
SVC has a vibrant alumni association that needs to be tapped. Interaction with the
alumni should be enhanced in order to ensure both financial as well as social
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Social networks should also be established with industry as well as governmental
agencies to facilitate better integration among all sectors. Students as well as
faculty will then stand to benefit from such associations.
Tie-ups with other institutions would provide the college with ample opportunities
to explore hitherto unexplored avenues.
Nongovernmental organizations should also be roped in as they would provide an
excellent practical standpoint vis-à-vis the theoretical one as promoted by the
Consultancy services and other such facilities should be used to generate more
funds for the college which could then be used for the furtherance of the
developmental activities of the college.
Building up of social support networks is another opportunity that the college
would like to explore. In this context, the college could have a group of students
and faculty members who could visit the not-so-privileged groups and offer their
help. They could also have a group who could go and teach school children and
do other such work with a professional touch.
The college has more than 600 Commerce students, 700 students from
Mathematics, Economics and Statistics. An MoU with National Stock Exchange
(NSE) to offer various modules to students to qualify Certificates in Financial
Markets, will go a long way in improving the employability of these students in
the areas of Banking, Insurance, Stock Markets etc.
The college could also look at the possibility of having a full-fledged vocational
training center that could impart vocational training like carpentry, masonry,
computer skills, mobile repairing, sewing, cooking, fashion designing and the like
to interested students.
The most glaring challenge that the college faces is how to strike an effective
balance between teaching and research. While the college recognizes that
undergraduate course curriculum is a teaching intensive one, the model of
education now being followed wants an equally vigorous research environment.
Integrating teaching and research is a herculean task which the college is
To develop infrastructural facilities is a challenge that the college is trying to
accommodate to the best of its ability – given the fact that negotiating with
bureaucratic hurdles in this regard is no mean task.
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To sensitize other students to issues confronting the North-Eastern students and to
integrate them into the mainstream so that they do not lead an isolated existence is
another challenge that the college encounters today.
Given the changing social milieu, maintaining a harmonious balance between
academic values and collective social values is a daunting affair that the college is
trying to instill among both its faculty as well as the student community. There is
hence the need to emphasize more on outreach programs which will integrate
us with the community at large and make us contribute to it directly.
We also need to have skill development courses which will hone the professional
potential of our students and improve their prospects with regard to their
employability. This will also help us to keep pace with the changing needs and
demands of the various industries in the market sector.
The global awareness towards conservation is another aspect to which all of us
need to take concrete steps. Paper recycling, vermin-composting, installation of
solar panels are some of the measures that the college has taken but considering
the severity of the crisis one has to devise more ways to battle this challenge.
The ideal of the college is to transform itself into a „Smart College‟ which is
digital in its functioning. It provides for an educational environment which has an
ICT enabled infrastructure but still more needs to be done through indigenous
means to work towards these complimenting goals of „Digital India‟ with „Make
In keeping with its vision statement as well as its motto, the college believes that
true education is a never ending process. The more we delve into, we realize that
more needs to be done.
SVC wants to expand further into the domain of research. It wants to foster an
academic environment that integrates theory with research and one that does not
treat the two as separate entities.
It wants to facilitate interdepartmental talks among its faculty. Say for instance, if
there are topics like “globalization” that overlap, teachers from economics,
political science, history and sociology could provide inputs from their respective
The college would want exchange programs with international universities of
repute so that its faculty members could have international exposure on a wide
variety of issues.
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SVC has talented faculty with PhD‟s from reputed universities and yet they are
mostly confined to undergraduate teaching. Faculty would also like to teach
postgraduate students and guide research students in departments where this is yet
to be realized.
Peer reviewed publishing should also be encouraged and Sri Venkateswara
College should have its own educative portal like IGNOU and other such distance
based educational systems. This would give it a wider reach.
In a digitalized world, Sri Venkateswara College would also aspire to have video-
conferencing classes with other reputed universities. Efforts should be made to
have well equipped classrooms with high-tech facilities so that teachers can use
modern teaching methods.
In sum, we at SVC believe that we need to hold on to our strengths, tide over our
weaknesses, explore available opportunities and overcome our challenges
recognizing with humility that “we have miles to go before we sleep and miles to
go before we sleep”.
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1. Name and Address of the College:
Sri Venkateswara College
Benito Juarez Road, Dhaula Kuan , New Delhi 110021
2. For Communication:
3. Status of the Institution:
Any other (specify):
4. Type of Institution:
(a) By Gender:
(b) By Shift:
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5. It is a recognized minority institution?
If yes, specify the minority status (Religious/ linguistic/ any other) and provide
6. Sources of funding:
7. (a) Date of Establishment of the College: 17
(b) University to which the college is affiliated/ or which governs the college
(If it is a constituent college):
(c) Details of UGC Recognition:
Date, Month &Year
Remarks (If any)
July 04, 2014
July 04, 2014
For certificate of Recognition u/s 2 (f) and 12 (B) of the UGC Act: see page no.
(d) Details of recognition/ approval by statutory/ regulatory bodies other
than UGC (AICTE, NCTE, MCI, DCI, PCI, RCI etc.)
(i) Clause 20 (i),
Chapter 4 of
AICTE for B. Tech
April 29, 2015 Special
Vide letter no.
University of Delhi
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For certificate of Recognition from AICTE, see page no. 552-553
8. Does the affiliating university Act provide for conferment of autonomy (as
recognized by the UGC), on its affiliated colleges?
If yes, has the College applied for availing the autonomous status?
9. Is the college recognized?
(a) by UGC as a College with Potential for Excellence (CPE)?
If yes, date of recognition: September 02, 2004
For certificate of Recognition from UGC, see page no. -
(b) for its performance by any other governmental agency?
If yes, Name of the agency: Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India
DBT Star College Status Date of recognition: May 20, 2011
For certificate of Recognition from DBT, see page no.557
10. Location of the campus and area in sq.mts:
Campus area in sq. mts.
15 Acres/ 66429.456 sq. mts.
Built up area in sq. mts.
18697.948 sq. mts.
Besides the above mentioned built up
area 3080.264 sq. mts. is proposed for
construction of a new building.
(*Urban, Semi-urban, Rural, Tribal, Hilly Area, Any others specify)
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