LSR, New Delhi
UNFORGETABLE DAYS OF MY LIFE!
It's one of the best run institutions in the University.
FEE STRUCTURE AND FACILITIES
The fee structure is transparent and affordable by most middle income group families. There are some freeships and fee waiver as well as other forms of assistance on offer for disadvantaged students. The fees is paid online now. The fee - breakdown is given and one also gets a receipt for the same. For humanities, the fees is upwards of 24,000 per annum. At time a separate examination fee is taken mid term.
The dedicated placement cell managed all aspects of placements ranging from prepping the students, to inviting companies, to facilitating tests and interviews. I believe most students who applied through the placement cell, at least got an internship, and some got placed in reputed companies like Google, KPMG, McKinsey, Bloomberg, and various other companies, NGOs and banks.
I opted for History as my first preference for graduation and Lady Shri Ram College was the first choice because of its all India ranking at the time. The admission process was very smooth with volunteers, teachers and support staff helping in every possible way. Everything is to be done by the student herself and parents can sit comfortably in the auditorium while the formalities are systematically done.
The hostel seats are few and the admission does have some hassles with mandatory showing up of local guardians, arbitrary assignment of seats especially for those who apply in the second year. The paying guest accommodations are pretty expensive in the area with the average being 15,000 per month with food on sharing basis.
The alumni association is very helpful with networking, socializing and assistance in general. Many alumni prefer hiring from amongst us in their own companies or refer juniors to their organization. The overseas alumni network often comes in handy if planning to study abroad or if attending a conference/seminar/workshop.
We had a wonderful set of teachers. About one-third the staff was appointed on contract and this did create some problems. Most teachers had at least an M.Phil degree, while some had doctorate degrees as well. There were 10 teachers in total, all above 35 years of age. They each had a specific specialization in ancient, Medieval, or modern history.
This is a girls only college. Though some certificate courses are open to men as well. The college has a society for almost any interest, be it fine arts, Hindi and English debating and creative writing, Western and Indian dance and music, dramatics, etc. It is mandatory to contribute a fixed number of hours for NCC, NSS, or NSO depending on one's interest. There are students from all ethnicities, religions and with different sexual orientation. Everyone in general is sensitive towards these issues and these are non-issues on the whole.
COURSE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
The course structure was not the most comprehensive as it very conveniently leaves out entire continents for a discipline like History. However, there were some trips, local monument visits, interesteing lectures by eminent historians, and paper presentations that helped us deal with the practical aspect of the subject. The students do have a chance to appear for various interviews through the placement cell.
Tarang is the annual college fest and sees one of the highest footfalls in the University. The entry is through a guest pass system to check unruly crowd. The event has various inter college competitions and a star night and a musical night. Besides Diwali mela organized by NSS, sports day organized by NSO, and departmental fests are the major highlights. The proceeds of the Diwali mela are given in charity. The sports day sees participation in various events ranging from basketball to shooting to chess. Another highlight is the annual farewell which is usually organized in a pub/club.
LOAN/ SCHOLARSHIP PROVISIONS
Scholarship was usually in the form of fee waiver or a part of it. Income of parents was the most important deciding criteria besides merit, attendance, extra - curricular activities, disability, etc.