DAV College in Chandigarh, India, was founded in 1958. It is situated in sector-10 near Hotel Mountview.
DAV college, Chandigarh, is affiliated with Panjab University, Chandigarh. It is managed by the Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College Trust and Management Society.
The college was founded in 1959, when the city of Chandigarh was in its infancy. The college belongs to the family of DAV institutions, founded by Mahatma Hans Raj, and inspired by the visionary Swami Dayanand Saraswati, the doyen of the Arya Samaj. The DAV movement, which started in 1886, aims to develop a scientific approach among the students, coupled with an understanding of their roots in the ancient Vedic Culture.
The college was awarded A Grade by NAAC. It is ranked No. 1 in Commerce in Northern India as per a survey by AC Nielsenorg- Marg conducted on colleges, reported in India Today, June, 2009."
The National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) has declared the college a "Model College". It has launched postgraduate programmes in I.T., Commerce,English, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Maths, Zoology, Psychology, Public Administration and Sociology, Business Economics; and postgraduate diplomas.
Students involve themselves in programmes like blood donation, drug de-addiction, AIDS awareness, pulse polio campaign and service to the blind, giving shelter to street children, and literacy classes for senior citizens. The training is given free of cost.
The college has a tradition of remembering its students who laid down their lives for the service of the nation. There are four pillars at the entrance of the Administrative Block which depicts the name and laurels of the Martyrs. The list of the name of the martyrs are Capt. Vikram Batra, PVC, 2/Lt. Rajiv Sandhu, MVC, Lt. Vijyant Thaper, Vr. C., Maj. Sandeep Sagar, Capt. Atul Sharma, Maj. Navneet Vats, SM, Brig. B.S. Shergill, Capt. Rohit Kaushal, SM, Capt. Ripudaman Singh Rajawat, Lt. Anil Yadav, SM, Flt. Lt. Gursmirat Singh Dhindsa, Maj. Manwindra Singh.
Before the start of every function, the college has a custom of offering floral tribute to the martyrs, by way of paying homage to them.Vikram Batra
The school has produced 58 international sportsmen including Kapil Dev, Yuvraj Singh, Yograj Singh, Dinesh Mongia and Jeev Milkha Singh.