Miranda House, Delhi is at the top of NIRF Ranking 2021 List

According to the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) India rankings (NIRF 2021), Miranda House is the best college in India. Dharmendra Pradhan, the education minister, announced the NIRF Ranking 2021 on 9th September, 2021. Miranda House has been on top of the list for the fifth consecutive time.

In October 2020, Miranda House started working towards creating an archive to preserve its seventy-two years old history in order to document the history of women in the field of higher education. On its Founder’s Day, the Miranda House Archiving Project was announced. In the words of the Acting Principal Dr. Bijayalaxmi Nanda, “I’m interested in the telling of the history of a woman’s college. A ‘herstory’ is a narrative. It’s not just about achievements. In an old college magazine, I found a piece written by the first principal about how she had offered sari to students who had come to her home and had been caught in the rain… Narratives of what women students’ access to education had been like, their relationships with their teachers and each other.” (The Indian Express)

Dr. Bijayalaxmi Nanda (Acting Principal)

In March 2021, Miranda House planned to offer a three-month certificate program in order to train women who aspire to join politics both at the state level and the national level. In order to assist the ones in need during the Covid 19 pandemic, Miranda House initiated a help desk service on 22nd April, 2021. They received calls from people asking their help to find oxygen, doctors, hospital beds, ambulance services, plasma, RT-PCR tests and so on. The students then directed the people to a credible source who could help them. 

The operation was headed by Srishti Sensarma. In her words, it was the college principal Bijayalaxmi Nanda’s idea and was started by a few students to help the college community. However, their phone numbers soon spread out vastly and since then they have been receiving phone calls by people asking for help.

By providing unique opportunities to women both in terms of higher education and life experiences, Miranda House is setting new and higher goals for themselves every day. Its dedication towards the future and well being of young women, and the society in general, is unmatchable. Miranda House’s contribution in achieving a society where women are treated equally with men in both professional and public spheres is truly phenomenal.

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