Best Practices

ELITE (Education in a Lively, Innovative Training Environment Summer Fellowship)

The impetus for UG research at ANDC begins with ELITE– ‘Education in a Lively Innovative Training Environment’ Summer Fellowship Programme wherein 200 students get an opportunity to take up projects during summer holidays with a stipend of Rs. 1000/- per month. This allows all interested students to take on summer projects under a faculty mentor during the summer break i.e. June and July. It provides them an exposure to richness of explorative science and hence the career opportunities offered by research world. These young researchers learn various laboratory techniques and skills, do data collection through field studies, conduct surveys, interact with various external field experts, learn the importance of literature surveys by reading research journals. They are thus prepared to execute their innovative ideas into practice. The programme has been designed as an experiential educational opportunity which will strengthen the students’ knowledge in the area of their major interest.


University of Delhi at Acharya Narendra Dev College SPIE Student Chapter

The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light, formally approved University of Delhi at Acharya Narendra Dev College SPIE Student Chapter. The chapter is open to both students of Acharya Narendra Dev College and University of Delhi. With its establishment, college has joined the elite group within India of IITs, IISc, NITs and DTU where this chapter has been successfully running for years besides more than 150 well established chapters in other countries like USA, UK, Europe, China, Russian Federation and Canada etc. The Faculty Advisor approved for the chapter by SPIE is Dr. Amit Garg, Associate Professor, Department of Electronics.

With its establishment, chapter is entitled to receive the following grants:

  1. Activity Grants: Each Chapter can have a minimum of USD 500 available per calendar year for promoting photonics.
  2. Officer Travel Grant: Every year, Chapter Officers (students) have an opportunity to attend an SPIE meeting abroad with special assistance of at least USD 1,000 for travel/food/lodging from the Society.
  3. Visiting Lecturer Program: Distinguished lecturers can be arranged under the SPIE student chapter. Lecturers will be eligible for USD 1,500 of travel assistance.
  4. Collaborative Conference Grant: This grant provides a way for ambitious Chapters to organize events that offer professional development opportunities. Events designed in collaboration with one or more SPIE Student Chapters are eligible for up to USD 2,500 per event, each quarter.

Th!nk Lab

Th!nk lab is an explorative science society of the college, which is run completely by students with the sole objective of inculcating science as a habit in motivated college students. It is in association with 'Collaborative Undergraduate Biology Education (CUBE), Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR. Th!nk lab fosters the idea that sophistication is required in minds and not in the labs. It’s not just a Lab, it’s a "Science Cafe", a "Knowledge Studio". It is a movement against conventional science learning by providing enough freedom to young minds to explore science in their own manner and hence recognize their own potential.

Science is not always about complex experiments or unnatural theories. Science is about simplifying, demystifying and understanding the world around us. Science is inquisitiveness to find answers to ‘what’ and ‘why’ of any event. At Th!nk lab, students try to address simple and basic questions which might deal with or uncover high end concepts and phenomenon. They founder members of Th!nk Lab were a group of motivated students who wanted to explore the science beyond fixed protocols, restricted experiments and conventional knowledge.

Th!nk lab has developed a unique culture in habituating science. The members would curiously follow a basic question in groups and all solutions to solving the chosen problem are acquired through group discussions, designing protocols and gathering information and data required. Simple organisms like earthworm, snail, butterflies etc are chosen as model organisms. Basic experiments are setup and science is explored with group learning.

Th!nk Lab has been represented through its members in various conferences and competitions at the University, national and international platforms.



Funded solely by the College, EXPLORE (Excursions for Peer Learning in an Open and Rejuvenating Environment), allows students to undertake short trips, usually 1 to 3 days excursion trips for second year students. These are educational tours or field trips accompanied by their classmates and faculty to provide an opportunity to students to explore and learn from their surroundings. These trips rejuvenate the students and provide them unique experiences.


Entrepreneurship @ANDC

With changing social traditions, creation of self-employment opportunities and acquiring entrepreneurship skills have become de-rigueur. To encourage students to explore the possibility of becoming job-creators instead of job seekers, Acharya Narendra Dev College has established an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IEDC) in 2010 under the auspices of National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India. The centre envisions motivating students to take up entrepreneurship in a proactive manner by providing them with the pre-requisite information about establishing a start-up. IEDC has twin initiatives of training - Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps (EAC), Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDP), and innovation (student-projects). Over the years the college has conducted three EDP’s of 4 - 6 weeks duration and 13 EAC’s of three days each besides completed 26 innovative student-projects.