The college is committed to providing state-of- art infrastructure and the best possible facilities in pursuit of sustained excellence while preserving the architectural grandeur of its building. Visitor feedback makes us believe that, indeed, Miranda House not only has excellent infrastructure but it is also amongst the best maintained institutions.
Miranda House has recorded a phenomenal growth marked over nearly seven decades of its existence. This has entailed creation of appropriate teaching-learning spaces. The last decade can be termed as the decade of redevelopment and remaking of Miranda House. The old infrastructure faced several challenges and had fallen into a state of disrepair. The college has worked relentlessly, systematically and comprehensively following due processes, to turn around its entire infrastructure. Visitor feedback makes us believe that, indeed, Miranda House not only has excellent infrastructure but it is also amongst the best maintained institutions.
Government funding and fee collection is limited. The college would like to augment resources through donations. Alumnae, current and former faculty, parents, students, other stakeholders and private donors are urged to contribute in general and towards ongoing projects.
Miranda House has an Auditorium with seating capacity of 450 in the Main Hall. As one of the oldest constructions in the college, it is part of the college building that was designed by Walter George. The architecture is unique. The Miranda House Auditorium and its stage bring alive nostalgic memories and are of historic importance. Amitabh Bachchan reminiscences about the days when he performed on the Miranda House stage as a student in the sixties. The contribution of the college to the cultural landscape of the country is immense. Miranda House is renowned for its contribution to performing arts. It is amongst the founding members of the national movement SPICMACAY and has had the privilege of hosting almost all the maestros on its stage. Distinguished alumnae such as Mira Nair, Nandita Das, Shovana Narayan, Charusija Mathur, several faculty at the National School of Drama (NSD) began their cultural foray from the Miranda House stage.
All this makes the auditorium an integral part of the student identity being moulded at Miranda House. It is difficult to envisage a situation where the auditorium is unavailable to the college community even for a short duration.
For quite sometime now, there has been a felt need for renovation of the auditorium and its air conditioning. Last year, a large chunk of concrete from the roof fell on the stage. Since the college cannot risk human life, it was decided to remove the false ceiling in the hall to check the condition of the interior roof. Minor repair works were immediately undertaken. A detailed study of roof beams showed up cracks on surface running across their width. In view of the major visually noticeable problems in beams supporting stage and roof, services of Sri Ram Institute of Industrial Research were enlisted for testing of structural strength of beams. A non-invasive test of roof beams showed honeycomb structure. Expert agencies were called in for strengthening and restoration ensuing conservation of heritage. The work has now been awarded to an expert agency and is going on in full swing. The college now plans to undertake major renovation work to create a state of art facility befitting a premier institution of repute. Expected cost of the project is Rs. 3 crore. We hope this project will attract private donors and crowd funding. This will enable us to secure the building immediately and also enable a fully functional auditorium at the start of the next academic session in July 2017.