All Lala Shri Ram had really wanted to do was create a centre for commerce education in India. But, even by his own imagination, he would have probably been stunned to see that what he started in a hired house in Delhi’s Daryaganj, with all of 12 students, has grown,All Lala Shri Ram had really wanted to do was create a centre for commerce education in India. But, even by his own imagination, he would have probably been stunned to see that what he started in a hired house in Delhi’s Daryaganj, with all of 12 students, has grown to become India’s premier institution for commerce and economics.Today, the Shri Ram College of Commerce attracts students from all corners of the country. They come seeking top quality education and highest standards of excellence. The student composition at SRCC is uniform-most set foot here after topping their school, city or state in the 12 boards. The other group of achievers is one that has made a mark in the sporting arena.SRCC passouts go places. The academically inclined make it to renowned national and international institutions – IIM, Delhi School of Economics, London School of Economics to name a few. Placement records are enviable, with no top recruiter giving SRCC a miss, from Google, Uber, Deutsche Bank, Citibank to McKinsey.What sets SRCC apart is its liberal and energetic atmosphere. The SRCC Business Conclave, arguably the biggest undergraduate management festival in India, has in the past seen participation by 10,000 students and attendance by the likes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharti Enterprises founder-chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal, Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy and Godrej group chairman Adi Godrej. It is planned and organised entirely by the college students’ body.Photo: Yasir IqbalThe student societies active on the campus make life at SRCC eventful. In Enactus SRCC, for instance, students design sustainable business models for communities in need. A group of driven minds with a social purpose at hand work to eradicate manual scavenging, revive cultural art forms and improve rural livelihoods-all in consultation with top corporate leaders who serve as mentors and project partners. There have been over 500 beneficiaries till date.advertisementThe Dramatics Society, with his nuanced and vibrant plays and street productions, attracts audiences even at reputed venues such as Kamani Auditorium in Delhi and the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai. The SRCC Debating Society has members who have earned applause in international championships.SRCC is probably one of the few undergraduate institutions to have an incubation centre. It also hosts international students’ exchange programmes and has a resourceful library and exceptional sports facilities. Whatever be your area of interest-photography, travelling, art, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing – SRCC has a students’ society for it.The college is a culturally rich institution, with representation from every part of India. The classroom experience is enriching, and so is the atmosphere at the ‘Co-op’ area or by the library lawns, where ideas constantly find their way into conversations. The college encourages talent and ability, without prejudices such as background, gender or ethnicity.Photo: Yasir IqbalThe alumni of SRCC are making it in every field: business, politics, start-ups, development, policy, theatre and films. The students make the institution proud wherever they go. SRCC is a legacy. Its essence lies in its emphasis on initiative and student ownership, which is why being an SRCC product is a matter of pride.The author is a student from the batch of 2016 and works at Citibank.