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Beyond The Obvious: Hansraj College

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I very distinctly remember the first time I set foot in North Campus. It was in the month of May. The CBSE board result for my batch was yet to be announced. As we waited with baited breath, my parents had the bright idea of surveying the place where I was to spend the next three years of my life.

I was completely blown away by the electric atmosphere of the place. There is something in the air there that mesmerises you. Delhi University is the most reputed university of India, and North Campus is its pride and joy. Wandering through its lanes and avenues, I kept praying to God, asking him to bless me with a percentage good enough for getting admitted into one of North Campus’ elite colleges.

The day was hot, and we were on foot. Therefore, we were able to see only the initial few colleges: Miranda House, St. Stephen’s, Hindu and Ramjas. Three months later, I got admitted to Hansraj College. It was only then that I realised that during my previous visit, I had completely overlooked the best part of North Campus- My College.

Hansraj College is a D.A.V college which was founded on July 26, 1948 in the memory of the prominent Indian educator and nationalist Mahatma Hans Raj. Started as an institution for men, the college became co-educational in the year 1978. For the past many years Hans Raj College has constantly been ranked among the Top-10 colleges of India in all three disciplines.

The college is situated at Malka Ganj Chowk. Ask anybody and they would tell you that the college has the best location in campus. Its hostel gates directly open into the famous Kamala Nagar Market. Across the road from Hansraj, you have popular eateries like Mad Over Donuts, Al Zaitoon, Dominos and Dunkin’ Donuts. To say that Hansarians are spoilt for choices would be an understatement.

The college campus is spacious and beautiful. Within the campus walls, you have one block for Science, another for Commerce and Economics and a third for the Arts. There is also a boys hostel, which very famously was featured in the movie Band Baaja Baarat as Ranvir Singh aka Bitoo’s hostel.

But even more well-known is the ‘Lover’s Point’. This refers to the open sitting area outside the college’s pocket-friendly canteen. There is an interesting history behind its name. Apparently, it is here that Shah Rukh Khan proposed to Gauri Khan. Today, LP is the centre for all student activity, be it for society meetings, political propaganda or simply a hub for chilling with friends. The college also has the only electronic shooting range in the University of Delhi.

I’ve spent four months in Hansraj College and I can safely say that I already love my college. Everything about it fills my heart with pride. I love it when I tell people that I’m in Hansraj and they look at me with awe in their eyes. I love my brilliant faculty, my wonderful group of friends, my extraordinary society members and the general buzz at Hansraj, which is the envy of every student at North Campus.

– Kriti Sharma

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