Greetings from the Principal, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, a premier educational institution of the University of Delhi.
There has been a change of guard in LSR after legendary Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath demitted office in August last year. Her contribution in evolution of this institution and its multifarious academic and other activities spanning over quarter of a century, has been immense and noteworthy. The successor Principal feels privileged to be her student in 1970s.
She has inherited from her rich legacy of a quality institution of higher learning for women.
LSR is not merely an established training ground for women achievers but also prides in having a professionally committed faculty which has been working tirelessly to take this institution to its pinnacle of glory.
The collaboration of LSR with universities across the globe through its international programmes, its efforts to connect with the community at large and stress on extra-curricular and co-curricular activities make it a unique institution in the comity of colleges in the University of Delhi.
LSR is imbued with the sterling spirit of its founder Late Sir Shri Ram, who despite his very humble beginnings not only displayed a high degree of enterprise in creating a big industrial house but was also a close associate of the leading lights of Indian national freedom struggle. He, as President of FICCI in 1930, was instrumental in FICCI passing a resolution that it would not send a representative if famous ‘Roundtable’ was not attended by Mahatma Gandhi. His commitment to the cause of education was not merely philanthropic but a deep commitment to nation building. He was thus made a member of the seven-member committee of the Planning Commission that laid the blueprint for technical education in the First Five Year Plan.
This institution is fortunate in receiving continued liberal support and commitment from the family of Sir Shri Ram and thus has prospered to become an institution of repute in the University of Delhi.
Education is the fulcrum of life, for peace, progress and development. It provides seedlings for culture and civilization. It is a passport to freedom and liberty and a higher calling in life. In post-colonial era, education along with health, which are central to the contemporary debate on human development indicators, were recognized by development economists as a ‘human right’. Further, the modern day economists who are imbued with the spirit of liberal democracy collected evidence to prove that greater literacy and educational achievements of disadvantaged groups can increase their ability to resist oppression and politically organise themselves for a fairer deal. Hon’ble Supreme Court of India made a historic construction of the right to life enshrined in the Indian constitution (Article 21) to include therein right to education, to take this debate to a higher pedestal.
With such criticality and importance attached to education, serving an institution of higher learning for women in an essentially illiberal and patriarchal society is a unique opportunity and challenge for the LSR community. We are at a historical juncture in the march of education and knowledge whence technology has provided a cutting edge and fast paced, easy access to information and knowledge. We, therefore, need to constantly update ourselves to maintain high standards of this institution and disseminate education and knowledge to the future women achievers of the nation. We expect that the students will join this solemn venture with their youthful vigour and spirit of enquiry.
Dr Suman Sharma