Vivekananda College was established in 1970 with grants from the UGC and Delhi Administration. The objective was to make higher education available to young women from the trans-Yamuna area. The journey of the college began from a school building in Gandhi Nagar with a group of 300 students and 25 teachers. Today, it has more than 2000 students and more than 100 teachers. The college caters to the needs of students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
Apart from catering to the academic aspirations of the students, the college faculty is conscious of a sense of responsibility for the general well-being of the students. They are sensitive to the personal problems, issues of marginalization and the various social challenges faced by the students. There is a process of mentoring and interaction between teachers and students beyond classroom teaching; and this continues to be one of the most significant features of this college.