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The Human Spark

The Miranda House motto itself talks of ‘innovation’. In the field of science education in the country, this is more than true

Harshita Das

It was set up to be a “college of excellence” for young women by Sir Maurice Gwyer, the then vice-chancellor of Delhi University, and Miranda House continues to provide top quality education and highest standards of excellence 70 years into its existence. Dr Bijayalaxmi Nanda, the current acting principal says, “Miranda’s legacy continues to be a most important or significant element of the college. But beyond that legacy are the symbiotic relations that exist between the teachers and students.”

At Miranda, the teaching of science stream subjects started way back in 1948. Its first batch of students was admitted in the Physics and Chemistry department with classes held at the university building. Since then, Miranda has endeavoured to strengthen its basic science stream and has also laid a strong emphasis on state-of-the-art infrastructure. Dr Nanda says, “Science education in terms of research and innovation has increased manifold with faculty working on new research projects, extension of buildings and state-of-the-art laboratories.”

To create an environment that encourages research activities, the college in 2008 established the D.S. Kothari Centre for Research and Innovation in Science Education (DSKC). In addition to that, the Miranda House Physics department is now part of a global network of physics—QuarkNet, which is linked to the Cosmic Ray e-Lab portal at Fermilab, America’s particle physics and ac


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