The Legacy... traditions and institutional values

MH has a rich legacy. Established at dawn of independence it provided a unique opportunity to young women for quality higher education. They set for themselves high goals and ideals. They worked for a new society in which women would enjoy equal opportunity with men in professional and public fields. In this, they were abetted by the founding faculty who were independent minded, and belonged to the select group of highly educated women in independent India with a deep concern for quality of education they imparted. They were also charged with a spirit of adventure, steeped in idealism, and committed to women empowerment and the task of building a nation. Proud of their mission as early pioneers, they worked with single-minded devotion in setting the Miranda traditions. These attributes of total dedication have contributed in a large measure to the position of distinction occupied by the college. Over near seven decades of its existence, the college has grown from strength to strength, continuing to provide an atmosphere of high academic excellence and rich cultural activities to its students. The college has established a niche for itself amongst the globally recognized premiere institutions of higher learning.

Being a college established and maintained by the University, Miranda House has a special place among the women's colleges of the University of Delhi. Its location in the heart of the University Campus, and its close interaction with the various Departments of the University and other campus colleges gives it a unique advantage. Although a women's college, it is not a cloister. It welcomes interaction with other colleges and educational organizations across the country, actively engaging both men and women in all its extramural activities, competing with the best on equal terms. The extremely distinguished list of alumnae imparts a sense of confidence and immense pride in students. They view themselves as torchbearers of great traditions. All this propels them to often explore uncharted territory, think unfettered, and bend traditions in a bid to create a better world, especially for women.

Vision and Mission


The Upanishadic maxim in the college logo “Swadhyayann pramaditavyam” enshrines Miranda House’s understanding of what education must accomplish and steers students towards introspection and self-learning.

Miranda House envisions a world where women have their rightful place and are given due recognition as leaders to reach top positions in all sectors of human endeavour. To give shape to this vision, Miranda House continually reaffirms and embraces its responsibility to build on its historic legacy of leadership in the education of women. It remains strongly committed to addressing issues of gender in all their complexity and preparing young women to:

  • lead professionally successful lives enriched by the love of learning
  • build personally fulfilling lives radiating integrity and strength of character
  • sustain purposeful engagement with the world with an open mind and balanced perspective
  • develop an understanding of their duty to nation and nation-building
  • meet with confidence the challenges they will encounter in their lives
  • flourish in a different cultural milieu in an increasingly interconnected world
  • uphold the core institutional values of respect for diversity, inclusiveness, and humanism to emerge as leaders charged with new ideas and the capacity to make a difference.


The stated mission of the college is to provide:

  • an active and enriching learning environment that attracts young women with aspirations to be harbingers of change
  • highest quality liberal arts and basic science education through distinctive academic programmes that instil rigour in the pursuit of knowledge
  • culturally sensitive inclusive environment upholding core values of unity, diversity, and integrity
  • vibrant co-curricular and extra-curricular activities toward holistic education
  • dedicated and responsive faculty assisting students to fulfil their aspirations and reach milestones
  • competencies for new domains of knowledge, research and future of work in a globally connected world
  • mentoring for leadership that instils the capacity to explore new ideas, be self-reliant, and lead from the front.

The college recognizes the significance of integral and holistic education aligned with national goals that aim to bring transformative changes in the world of women’s education and empowerment.