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Beyond the Obvious of Delhi University Colleges

Hansraj College

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Beyond the obvious of-
Hansraj College

Credits: Additi Seth

A year ago, as I packed off all my school books and uniforms, I remember having thought wistfully about the future that was in store for me. College, at that time, was an abstract concept. MY ideal college, I had concluded would have two basic features: to be tolerant of juvenile fun, but also have a relaxed- open environment conductive for intellectual thinking.

A year later, being in Hansraj, I can safely say my life has far surpassed my expectations a year ago.
Faculty- Well, at least in my department, we have a really great faculty. I didn’t really expect the teachers to care about teaching in the college, to be completely honest. The reputation of the university preceded it. However, in this case, I was pleasantly surprised. The teachers actually want to teach, not merely complete the course. Our micro/ macro class is forever being spiced up by questions from the curious ones. One does regret missing a class because that does set us back. There is a studying culture. And this, if not anything else, is one of the biggest plus of being in Hansraj, because at the end of the day, one does come here to study.

Infrastructure wise, the college isn’t that impressive, contrary to my expectations. The classrooms are bleh, there are just two closely set staff rooms in the main building, making it really difficult for teachers to move to the upper floors, especially to the 3rd floor, where our class is situated. The girls’ common room, though comfortable and passable in construction, is lacking in numbers. However, there are new rooms being constructed, so maybe it’s set to change. The library is humungous, and air conditioned. The auditorium is enviable, overall- it lacks nothing, just a few strategically placed rooms.

One of the other qualms about it is being so far from the main gate, however since it’s located within a stone’s throw from the Kamla Nagar market, that more than makes up for it.

Finally, the thing that really sells me to the college is not its faculty, and definitely not its infrastructure. It’s the culture. It’s vibrant. It’s progressive. It allows you to grow as a person. I have more opportunities, more options than the ones I could even imagine back at school. The college is all about opening up to the world, exploring new dimensions- of the world and of your own personality.

Aayushi Gupta
IInd year

Journalism has been called the “first rough draft of history”. D.U.B may be termed as the first rough draft of DU history. Freedom to Express.

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