About Founder


About Founder

The founder of the College Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, the only son of Lehana Singh, belonged to the Shergill or Gill Clan of the Sardars of Majithia Village near Amritsar. A great philanthropist, he was a generous person who lent support to all, irrespective of caste and creed, but never made his charities public. He was a pillar of the Brahmo Samaj Mandir in Calcutta, Dyal Singh was appointed an honorary magistrate of Amritsar in 1869 and was the first President of the Indian Association of Lahore and remained so till his death.

In the words of Annie Besant, Sardar was a "Pillar of strength to the Indian National Congress" and he was one of the seventeen "good men and true" who were instrumental in the formation of INC in 1885. Also he was Chairman, Board of Directors of the Country’s first indigenous Bank that is Punjab National Bank. Dyal Singh donated huge amount of his assets for the propagation of education and knowledge at a time when donation for such purposes were uncommon. Dyal Singh Public Library at Lahore and New Delhi, Dyal Singh College at Lahore, Karnal, New Delhi, Dyal Singh (E) College at New Delhi and the 113 year old Newspaper “The Tribune” are the result of his donations and reminders of the genius of a great man who has left his mark in the Indian Subcontinent.

In 1958, the College started functioning after taking over from Punjab University. It started its operation with evening classes and morning classes started in the following year. In 1978 the Management of the College was taken over by the University of Delhi. In 1994-1995, the college became co-educational. The College has several firsts to its credit:-

  • It is the only Bi-National College in Delhi University.
  • It is the first Evening College to become co-educational in the University of Delhi.
  • It is one of the few Colleges in the University where Modern Indian Languages like Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil and ancient Language like Sanskrit are taught.
  • It is one of the first three Colleges along with St. Stephens and Sri Venkateswara to introduce vocational courses in Travel and Tourism Management.

The College is proud of its alumni who are placed in high positions in sectors like Media, Journalism, Politics, Law, World Bank etc.

In nutshell, the College has upheld the high and lofty ideals of the founder which complements well with the logo: "Gather ye the wisdom of East and West"


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