PRINCIPAL’S    MESSAGE

This college owes its origin to the extreme generosity and foresightedness of those who have patronized this college irrespective of position and post they have enjoyed. To keep abreast with  the legacy of the elders, I pledge to lead the college administration through the lenses of the rules and regulations of University of Delhi without prejudice and discrimination of any sort that one  may visualize in its most befitting way.

I am pleased to welcome you as a prospective member of the college fraternity. Dr. Zakir Husain, after whom this college is named, was the President of India from 1967 to 1969. He was a freedom fighter and an eminent educationist who was closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi. He chaired the Committee to formulate the scheme of basic education following the Wardha Educational Conference in 1937. He was also an acclaimed author and was awarded the highest national honor - Bharat Ratna in 1963.

 Zakir Husain College is the oldest College of Delhi. It was established as a Madarsa by Ghaziuddin Firoz Jung in 1780 outside Ajmeri Gate. Under the administration of East India Company, it later developed into Delhi College in 1825. During the middle of the 19th Century, due to political upheavals like the Great Uprising of 1857, it had to be shut down. It was reopened and was shifted to Kashmiri Gate.

 In 1877, Delhi College was merged with Government College, Lahore. The partition of the country in 1947 gave a major jolt to the College but after temporary closure the College reopened, bearing its old name - Delhi College. The institution has the association of some of the most distinguished public men as well as national and international educationists and academicians.

 In 1975, the College was taken over by Dr. Zakir Husain Memorial Trust, and was re-named as Zakir Husain College. Evening classes began in 1958. In 2010, the College governing body decided to change the name of the College to reflect its glorious history, and we are now Zakir Husain Delhi College (Evening). The College is managed by the aforementioned Trust, with the Prime Minister of India in the chair.

 The College actively encourages students to strive for the attainment of their highest potential by providing the impetus to become worthy citizens of the country. Many of our alumni have excelled in the fields of Art and Culture, and quite a few have obtained prestigious positions in the Public and Private sectors. To cite a few cases, Mr. Haroon Yousuf, a former Cabinet Minister in the Delhi Government and Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, have been associated with the Evening College.

 We assure you that your sojourn at Zakir Husain Delhi College (Evening) will be academically stimulating and culturally enriching.


Dr. Masroor Ahmad Beg
Principal