Shivaji College is a premier institution in West Delhi, accredited with grade 'A' by NAAC. It was ranked as one of the top 10 science colleges of the country in a survey conducted by India Today in 2017.
Shivaji College functions under the trusteeship of the Government of Delhi. It was established in 1961 by Hon'ble Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh, Union Minister for Agriculture and a renowned social activist and farmer-leader. His vision was to provide higher education for boys and girls in the predominantly rural area of Matiala. The Government of Delhi took the trusteeship of Shivaji College into its possession and relocated it to Karampura in 1967. Shivaji College was further shifted to the present campus in Raja Garden in 1976.
The location of Shivaji College is quite enviable with two metro stations in close vicinity of the college and an extensive bus service that enables students to commute from different parts of the national capital region. There are other amenities like general hospital, bazars, banks, post-office, etc. nearby the college. The college campus has photocopy facility, banking and health-care services, and a cafeteria and kiosks for beverages and snacks.
In spite of being located in the thriving part of the city, Shivaji College campus is extremely verdurous. It has a maze of tall trees, lush green lawns and pruned hedges. A herbal garden within the premises is a source of pride for the college. Apart from the academic and administrative sections of the college, the campus located in ten acres of land includes a sports ground and a residential complex for the staff.
The college offers twenty undergraduate courses in Science, Commerce and Humanities, a self-financing course in Bachelors in Business Economics, three post-graduate courses, and an add-on course in German. Several senior faculty members supervise Ph.D. scholars registered with University of Delhi, while some engage in UGC-sponsored major and minor research projects. Some students of the college frequently emerge as rank-holders in the University examinations and many are placed for internships in prestigious organisations annually.
Shivaji College believes in and promotes the ideals of gender equality and community service. To this effect the college offers some relaxation in cut-offs to female students during the time of admissions. The college also honours and celebrates men and women working towards women's empowerment and confers on them the Jijabai Achievers Award. This award was instituted in honour of Jijabai, Chhatrapati Shivaji's mother, who inspired her son to be righteous, brave, confident, and indefatigable. The college conducts several community outreach programmes and endeavours to provide students with holistic education and experience so that they become assets to their professions and to the society.
We take pride in making the college campus a green zone. We have numerous environment friendly practices in place on the campus: 'ban on plastic', 'ban on smoking,' 'no vehicle entry', and tree plantation are some of the measures implemented to reduce the carbon prints on campus. We limit the use of non-renewable resources and rely on alternative sources like solar panels, water-harvesting pits, and paper-recycling unit. Shivaji College also ensures proper waste disposal, be it organic waste, e-waste, or sanitary waste. While organic-waste is transformed into vermi-compost, e-waste is identified, labelled, and disposed of depending on the nature of the substance. Taking note of the importance of sanitary hygiene and effective waste disposal, Shivaji College also took the initiative of installing sanitary waste incinerator in women's washrooms in the college.
Shivaji College has come a long way from its humble beginnings and moderate facilities to a campus equipped with impressive amenities. The premises will boast a new building by 2021 with state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities.