Kirori Mal College started as Nirmala College, a lesser known fact, and shifted to its present location on 1 Feb, 1954 under the trust founded by Seth Kirori Mal. It is one of the finest institutions of the University and is extensively known for its cultural societies and its distinguished focus on the student’s overall development. The ever-encouraging faculty is an icing on the cake.
Opposite FMS, next to Bunglow Road, the college is located in the North Campus.
HOW TO GET THERE?
The nearest metro station is Vishwavidyalaya, and then a rickshaw or the more-favored E-Rickshaw/Saarthi can lead you to any North Campus College. Buses are a cheap option too, the bus stop being just outside the college.
It offers undergraduate and graduate courses in science, arts, humanities and commerce. The college sings its own praises especially in English, Economics and Geography. The Lunabotics Team of the Physics Department of KMC has been to NASA and won accolades.
The college provides facilities for hockey, cricket, football, badminton, table tennis, basketball, athletics, boxing and chess. Kirori Mal College has a spectacular history in sports. It holds the record for having won five first positions in a single year (including three major games) in Delhi University Inter-College tournaments, and of once having been awarded the coveted Vice-Chancellor’s Trophy for being the best All Round College.
At present, there isn’t a girls’ hostel in campus. The boys’ hostel accommodates 170 students who are selected on merit basis and a short interview. The hostel brags of Amitabh Bachchan being one of its past residents. PGs and rented rooms in residential areas very near to the college like Kamla Nagar, Vijay Nagar, and Malkaganj are an option for accommodation for both boys and girls. University has constructed off campus hostels for girls like Undergraduate Hostel for Girls, Rajiv Gandhi hostel for women which accommodate girls from both North and South Campus colleges.
CULTURAL AND DEPARTMENTAL SOCIETIES
Kirori Mal College has activities in drama, debate, music, fine arts, photography, dance and film. The activities are organized through cultural societies.
The Players is one of the leading campus theatre groups in the country’s varsity circuit and it has a glorious past. Its members receive training in theatre arts. It generally puts up four productions. The KMC Dramatics Society flourished under teacher Frank Thakurdas and was revived in 1981 by the present head Mr. Keval Arora. It has given Indian cinema a lot of their stalwarts.
DEBSOC is the debating society.
MUSOC is the club for classical and light music. The band Parikrama was found around its jam sessions.
FAPS (Fine Arts and Photography Society) organizes creative work in fine arts and photography
Sensation is the dance society.
Kirori Mal is also one of the only colleges in the University of Delhi to have a robust gender forum, Parivartan, which is known for its active participation in the cause for gender equality and sensitization in the colleges.
FILMSOC, the film society, exposes students to cinematic work and critical perspectives on cinema. It regularly holds film screenings, while film weeks are a yearly event, with the focus being on World Cinema, Indian Parallel Cinema and documentaries.
While ECA admission is available for selected societies, general auditions take place soon after the college re-opens.
Avenues: The placement cell of Kirori Mal College helps securing jobs for students.
National Cadet Corps (NCC): Kirori Mal’s NCC wing has a training and cultural calendar. The college has coed facilities for NCC training.
National Service Scheme (NSS): The College implements the National Service Scheme in force at the University Of Delhi. Organization of blood donation camps and literacy campaigns are annual features of the college NSS chapter.
Student union: KMCSU (Kirori Mal College Students` Union) is an elected body of students which represents the whole of the students of college in the college affairs. The Student Body elections are held every year.
Renaissance – the annual fest of Kirori Mal College is known for being one of the best in North Campus. Last year’s dominant attraction was by KK, a KMC alumnus. This year had Mika as the star performer, followed by rock band Parikrama’s performance the next day. Besides the annual fest of the college, the annual fests of the cultural and departmental societies are also crowd pullers. The Dramatics Society, The Players, holds its stage play public performance outside the college, where both students and non-students from all over the city come to watch the society’s annual stage productions. The Players also has an active street play wing and it has its own non-competitive fest, ‘Sar-e-Aam’ inside the college. The annual fest of Musoc, ‘Surmanjari’, is also famous for its display of creativity and talent. KMC is also the only college to have an annual fest for its gender forum, Parivartan, called ‘Nazariya’ which was graced by a performance by the contemporary theatre artist, Maya Rao this year. The economics and commerce society fests also attract students from various colleges and are huge enticements.
Inside the college, students instinctively gather in the canteen in groups and chat. Another popular place to eat and chill is the KHoCa (KiroriMal Hostel Canteen). Luckily, the college back gate opens into the Kamla Nagar Market, which is filled with hangout places. At the back gate itself, the Choley Kulchewala is a favorite with the students. While fast food outlets like McDonalds, KFC and Domino’s maintain their presence, Chache Di Hatti nearby the back gate is still the North Campus institution. Another new favourite is the Shawarma Walla, behind McD.
THE EXCLUSIVES J
Celebrations on Big B’s birthday are mandatory in his former hostel room every year. If you’re a Bachchan fan, then it’s a must visit.
TINGU – you don’t have to go find him, he himself will find you, and will assure you a constant availability of cigarettes and sugar coated toffees and lolli pops inside the college. He has been there in the college since ages and becomes every batch’s beloved.
Amitabh Bachchan – actor
Parikrama – band
Sushant Singh – film and television actor
Satish Kaushik – Indian film director, producer and actor
Shakti Kapoor – actor
Kulbhushan Kharbanda – actor
Siddharth Narayan – actor
Manish Makhija – VJ
Ali Abbas Zafar -film director
Padmavathy Bandopadhyay – first woman Air Marshal of Indian Air Force
Rajshekhar -Indian lyricist