Our persistent endeavour to improve and achieve excellence continued during academic year 2018-19. It is a matter of great satisfaction that LSR has improved its position to fifth (from earlier Ninth in 2017 and Eighth in 2018) in the third National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). Further, very significantly, our score in Graduation Outcomes (which is a reflection of academic and employability status of students) is the best at 93.81 among top five Colleges in India. I am quite confident that the LSR faculty will find ways and means to not only maintain our Graduation Outcomes score but also improve Research and Professional standards.
In our effort to make the institution responsive and relevant to the special needs of the students, the Psychology Department and Department of Statistics organized interaction with young students who face unprecedented challenges of competition in an environment of fast changing technological, knowledge driven society. Such efforts to make meaningful interventions, beyond the routine of curriculum in the lives of our students, leads to a positive impact.
Further, in a unique experiment, the Department of Elementary Education (B.EL.ED) of the College organized a workshop on the use of technology in making Mathematics interesting and simple for students which was attended by a group of fifty young pre-service teachers.
I am extremely happy to note that LSR maintained its position among University Colleges when once again (18th time in a row) were awarded Green Cup for the year 2018 in Annual Flower show. It is a tribute to the eco-sensitive LSR community and its hard working gardeners, who toil round the year, to maintain a clean and green environment in the College campus. Keeping this spirit, all Departments celebrated Environment Week with debates, discussion, art installation and posters. LSR campus is indeed a green oasis in the midst of urban chaos and polluting traffic of Southeast Delhi. The kaleidoscope of lush green lawns, breathtaking variety of colourful flowers and clean environment in the College bring about positivity and contribute to better academic performance.
The College continued to be the institution of choice among VVIPs who visited us. Notable among these were Australian head of the state His Excellency Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba. Further, teams from Macquire University, Science Po and La Trobe University visited LSR. Bath University organized a Summer School in the college.
We also very proudly hosted a team of young women officers of Indian Navy who braved the seas in a Navika Sagar Parikrama, an expedition for circumnavigation of the globe. This event when six young women Indian Navy officers recounted their odyssey across seas, electrified young LSR students in a celebration of women empowerment.
There are notable improvements in infrastructure of the College during 2018-19. The commissioning of a sewage treatment plant, car parking facility for faculty and widening and beautification of College entrance gate are noteworthy in this regard.
The Academic Results of the 2018 batch have been a matter of great pride for the College with high University ranks in the Departments of History, Sociology, Journalism, English, Psychology, B.El.Ed, B.A (Prog), Economics and Hindi. While we celebrate our academic achievements, there is no room for complacency. We need to acknowledge that we have to prepare young minds to face challenges of an emerging knowledge society which is changing at an unprecedented pace. We, at LSR, aim to equip young women to transform these challenges into exciting opportunities. Our pedagogy, while recognizing the significance of technology, is mindful of the fact that modernization need not be dichotomous with our tradition and culture. LSR students along with their very experienced, committed and dedicated faculty engage with contemporary issues without jettisoning the best of our cultural values and traditions. Further, the contribution of our Non-Teaching Staff, the backbone of the College, is crucial in this endeavour.
I find it extremely exciting and satisfying to be a member of the LSR community. As Principal, I view my role as that of a catalyst to provoke and draw the best out of the inherent and latent potential of the LSR community. I welcome the new batch of students and exhort to grab this opportunity and embark on this journey of life-enhancing education.
Dr Suman Sharma