SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer) is a C library for writing games. This blog post should help you get started with developing SDL games. If you prefer to use Visual Studio, this article will be irrevelant to you. Follow the steps at lazyfoo.net [http://lazyfoo.net/tutorials/SDL/01_hello_
A few days back, I tried to explain why in my opinion Indian colleges should abandon Turbo C++ [http://blog.gldraphael.com/why-you-shouldnt-be-using-turbo-c/] for a more modern (and standard compliant) C++ compiler. However, most colleges have courses on Computer Graphics for which they tend to use the 16 bit graphics.