One of the popular and not just limited to it way to enjoy the essence of college life is by being part of an extra curricular activity society. For many it may be an extension to their school activity, for some it’s compulsory because of their alternative admission in the college through ECA category, but for many others its a chance to explore new dimensions, develop new interests and utilise opportunities they might have been denied in high school. Anyway, being part of a group of like-minded individuals never hurts.
The coolest thing about Delhi University is the fact that they are no dearth of the kind of societies one can want to join. If you have an activity you enjoy immensely, there is probably a society for it, if not even then it does not require much to start your own, except for hard work and a lot of dedication.
Mainstream societies aside, there are groups in the University who find their passion in quizzing and being quizzed, in whipping out fiction stories or capturing those perfect moments. We explore a few here.
The Quiz circuit
Unlike common perception, winning a quiz competition is more about how much you can analyse and deduce than how much you can memorise. Societies around the university will second to this opinion. Quiz culture in the University is not many years old and has a small but dedicated team of enthusiasts. “It’s a group of like minded people participating in quizzes together and learning together as everyone brings something to the society,” defines Abhaas Mohan, founder of Conquiztador, the Quizzing society of Sri Venkateswara College. As for the auditions, societies have their separate method of evaluation.
“Every person has their own interests, therefore we cannot expect them to be good at everything. we have a written test which has questions from every field. Then based on overall score and sectional score on our personal we take people in, There are also people who join us after the auditions,” says Abhaas.
For Quest- the Quiz society of SGGSCC, it’s all about testing while having fun. “We have fun and interesting questions, where we can entertain them as well as test their aptitude and decide if they are good enough for quizzing or not,” says Utkarsh. As for preparing for a quiz competition, everyone agrees it’s about what you read, the movies you watch and the number of quiz competitions you attend as it gives you a fair idea on the way questions are based and what to expect.
“Frankly, there is nothing like preparing for a quiz. There might be moments where you think you know everything, but you actually know nothing,” relays Utkarsh.
- Landmark Quiz- if you win this you are apparently a legend in the field.
- Cannot Place? – a quiz conducted by the Delhi NCR Quizzing Fraternity
- Karnataka Quizzing Association
- World Quizzing Championship
- Competitions organized by various colleges in Delhi University.
Write a little
Writing is one of the most immaculate form of human expression. For an activity of such kind, it is imperative that there be a society which brings together individuals with a special gift in the play of words and help them enhance their qualities. Almost all colleges of the University have a Creative writing society, which regularly hold workshops and sessions and also competitions.
Auditions, usually involve submission of original pieces be it prose, poetry and then the shortlisted go through an impromptu writing session.
Look out for:
- National Novel writing month
- SRCC- Zephyr fest
- LSR- Expressions
Catch the Photo bug
With the availability of camera’s which are smarter than it’s users, highly professional online editing tools and a captive audience, it’s not hard to declare oneself as an amateur photographer and why not, photography is all about how you perceive things around you and if that only includes your self reflection in the mirror, so be it.
But then there are these and they are individuals who take it to another level, who strengthen their foundation and learn from their peers.
“I have been into photography, so the next logical step was to be a part of a society where you meet other photographers and get to go to photo walks and learn from professionals,” says Jayati Bhola, a member of the Fine Arts and Photography society of Kirori Mal College.
Giving an overview of the auditions she explains,”We have ECA trials, with grading systems in which 20 or 30 marks are for certificates, then some marks for portfolio and then on spot. We give random themes to people and a limited time in which they have to submit their photographs.”
Things in St. Stephens are done a little differently though,”Technically, everyone who wants to be a part of the society, is a part of the society. but the working committee is decided on our own. We notice their work for 6 months and if we think they can contribute well, they become a part of the executive council,” says Satender Singh, President of Stephen’s Photography Society, which also might be the only society to have it’s own dark room.
Like all societies, this society also receives funds from the college but they are nominal and a lot of expenditure is self incurred. “We get sponsors for our fest. Also, our team is in charge of the college calender and so we get the calender printed and get some profit out of it, but that money is not much,” explains Satender.
Look out for
- Various competitions by colleges in the University.
- Online competitions.
- Nikon School workshops