Smt. Kamala Nehru was a flame that flickered briefly during the raging storm of the freedom movement in India but left the imprints for generations to follow. Her contribution as an individual is not known to everyone. During the freedom struggle, she braved lathi-charges, organised processions, addressed meetings and led picketing of liquor and foreign cloth shops. She had to languish in the prison for days for the cause of India’s independence. Her personality had a major influence on her husband Jawaharlal Nehru and she stood by him in his determination to plunge into the movement started by Mahatma Gandhi so that India could be free from the clutches of the British rule.
While her husband was sent to the prison for days and months, Kamala Nehru put all her energies into social work. To begin with, she instituted a hospital in Swaraj Bhawan (Nehru’s family mansion) to treat freedom fighters and others wounded due to severe lathi charges. She persuaded women to come out of their homes and join the freedom struggle movement. Her determination for the empowerment of women pushed her to work for the education of women and encourage them to get rid of the old custom of purdah which was a prevalent practice in Rajasthan and other parts of North India at that time. She represented the modern woman with a free will at a time when women were not allowed in public places.
As a member of the Rashthriya Stree Sabha which was set up in 1921, Kamala Nehru worked for the entry of Dalits into temples. She was the first among the group of volunteers to sell contraband salt during the Salt Satyagraha. During the year 1930, Kamala Nehru led Desh Sevika Sangh along with Kasturba Gandhi and Sarojini Naidu and took up the challenging task of policing the disturbed areas of Bombay. While most men fighting for the freedom of the country were behind the bars, Kamala Nehru took up the task of organizing the work related to the freedom movement in her own ways. She was also the President of the Allahabad District Congress.
By the end of 1931, Kamala Nehru’s health started deteriorating and she passed away suffering from tuberculosis at the age of 37 in Switzerland. This was the end of the life of Smt. Kamala Nehru who left a legacy of determination and courage for women to follow. The life of Smt. Kamala Nehru instils the spirit of hard work, determination and a sense of pride in every student who becomes a part of Kamala Nehru College. The very name of the courageous Kamala Nehru encourages the young women of the college to confidently march ahead against all odds in life towards knowledge and freedom.
The Vision of Kamala Nehru College (KNC) is to provide transformative education to young women thereby leading to the growth and development of an egalitarian society. A women‘s college, named after one of the women visionaries of modern India, KNC reflects the essence of a free nation. It envisions shaping young women into environment conscious, responsible and empowered individuals capable of being just, humane and visionary citizens. The gamut of the college-vision includes nurturing unbiased women citizens of the world who promote education, are well- equipped to meet global challenges, respect human rights, practice non-discrimination and non-violence, achieve gender equality and are sensitized to community service.
The Mission of the college is to nurture the minds and souls of students offering them adequate opportunities so that they develop into empowered and emancipated women equipped to face the challenges of life and be the pillars of strength of the community.
To foster good practice by promulgating knowledge/intellectual property beyond the classroom teaching-learning process, through faculty and student research projects and programmes.
To promote teamwork and collaborative learning amongst stakeholders of the college.
To encourage interactions and collaboration with other academic bodies and the industry.
To remain consistent in providing a platform and environment to young women so that they leave the portals of the institution as environment- conscious, high calibre, empowered citizens of the country.
To be one of the highly preferred choices for students, faculty and administrative staff.
To periodically revisit our learning eco-system so as to function in complete tandem with both social and technology-driven transformations.
To provide a safe and encouraging environment where all concerned can realize their own potential while helping others to do so as well.
To develop skills necessary to thrive in a world of continuous and accelerating change through multidisciplinary approach, information gathering, inquiry and critical thinking, data analysis and the rational use of media and technology.
To remain deeply committed to achieve our green vision to see KNC as a green campus capable of being a fully sustainable campus in the University.
To pedagogically facilitate student transitions to higher levels of communicative proficiency as well as analytical competence especially with respect to textual and socio-cultural formations.
To prepare students to be responsible, questioning citizens and to productively contribute to the college community and the society outside.