In its quest to expand and modernise, Hindu College has decided to make major changes to its 117-year-old campus, as a result of which, the very social dynamics of the college and its students are getting adversely affected. The iconic student hangout spot known as ‘PAM’ and the courtyard around Hindu’s famous ‘V-Tree’ were destroyed in order to make way for the construction of a new building and a girl’s hostel. Second and third year students returned to a campus covered in rubble, bricks and dust finding a sudden shortage of spaces to relax after classes, promote societies, or in general interact with their fellow students. College societies witnessed relatively poor turnouts for their auditions and many society heads felt that the lack of interaction with the first year students was a contributing factor.
Furthermore, the fate of Hindu’s famous V-Tree Festival conducted every year on the 14th of February has been put into question. Many students are of the opinion that even if the festival is somehow conducted, the response that it receives every year will not be the same. The annual college fest, ‘Mecca,’ considered by many to be one of DU’s best, also requires a large area to set up stalls and stages. Events will have to be planned by the student union in a manner that doesn’t disrupt the construction and at the same time doesn’t reduce the standards set in previous years.
Though students may be upset by the decision of the college authorities, it is important for them to realize that progress is impossible without change and these changes are being implemented keeping in mind the best interest of the college and its students. As John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”