With yet another academic session coming to an end at the University of Delhi, it is time to let nostalgia get you over and look back at the year that has gone by before all of us get busy with semester examination preparation and some of us eventually leave to charter their career paths. Going by the thought, DU Beat brings to you its exclusive series ‘Colleges’ Round-Up (2017-18)’ where we present the highlighting incidents of numerous DU colleges that took place over 2017 and 2018.
From a 25% fee hike to rebelling against the Principal, let’s take a journey through the major events that took place at Ramjas College from May 2017-April 2018.
Amid delays and apprehensions, Jesus and Mary College played host to famous actor and alumnus of the college Neha Dhupia, for a short interactive session.
Amid delays and apprehensions, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, played host to famous actor Neha Dhupia for a short interactive session. A proud alumnus of the college, Neha graduated from JMC with a Bachelor’s degree in History, and went on to represent India at the Miss Universe Pageant in 2002.
Since this is probably a first in years for JMC to witness a Bollywood celebrity in its vicinity, the event saw a huge turnup of around 150 girls who had been waiting eagerly despite the long delay.
After a quick dialogue with the college’s principal, Dr. Sr Rosily T.L. r.j.m, she greeted a large gathering which welcomed her with loud cheers and a thunderous applause. The event kicked off on a vibrant note with Mudra, the Western Dance Society of JMC, displaying a commendable dance performance. The murmurs following the dance performance were put to rest, when Neha was finally invited on the dias to address the gathering.
Reminiscing her days at college, she recollected her favourite spots in the campus and spoke fondly of her erstwhile aspiration to become an IAS officer. For her, getting an opportunity of taking a break from the studio walls and greenrooms is vital to any actor or artist. During her speech, she mentioned, “One of the biggest rewards of my career has been to come back to a room full of girls like you.”
She insisted on having an interactive conversation with the audience and went on to talked about her latest venture, a podcast series available on Saavn by the name of NoFilterNeha, Season 2. Her address was followed by a short Q&A session where she revealed her ever declining attendance during college days and spoke of her time at the reality show, Roadies.
In her concluding note, she advised the audience to “go with the flow, make the most out of the opportunities, and don’t live under pressure.” The organizing team felicitated her with a token of appreciation and invited her to be a guest for JMC’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, that are expected to begin from October this year.
Jesus and Mary College is known for its exceptional academics and extra-curricular activities, this women only college is the alma mater of several powerful personalities. Some of them are:
Daughter of former Prime Minister, late Rajiv Gandhi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka is a well known face in the field of politics. She pursued her graduation in Psychology from Jesus and Mary College. In the general elections of 2004, she became the campaign manager of Sonia Gandhi. Known for her quiet organizational and level headed skills, she has managed to prove herself by getting Congress seats in the Amethi Rae Bareilly region during 2007 assembly elections. She is still remembered by senior teachers in the college as having a security team following her everywhere, that she managed to slip past a few times!
Neha Dhupia is a renowned model and Bollywood actress. A History graduate from Jesus and Mary College, she started her career as a TV actress. In 2002, she was crowned Miss India. Subsequently, she participated in the Miss Universe 2002 pageant in Puerto Rico where she made it to the top 10. She has played major roles in movies like Singh Is Kinng (2008) and Dasvidaniya (2008).
Ambika Anand is an Indian TV anchor and the Editor in Chief, Fashion at NDTV Good Times, the lifestyle channel of NDTV. She currently hosts Get the Look, Band Baajaa Bride Season 4 and has previously anchored shows like The Big Fat Indian Wedding, I’m Too Sexy For My Shoes etc. She was awarded the Cosmopolitan India Fun Fearless Female TV Personality title in 2011. She was also on the list of HT City Delhi’s Most Stylish 2013.
Sushmita Mukherjee is a senior Bollywood and television actress. She is known for her work in Bollywood movies like Dostana (2008), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006) and King Uncle (1993), etc. Born in Kolkata, She was famous for portraying the role of ‘Kitty’ the half wit assistant of Karam Chand.
Hasleen Kaur is an Indian Model. She was crowned Miss India Earth and eventually participated in the Miss Earth pageant in 2011. She appeared in several advertisements before making her Bollywood debut in the 2014 movie Karle Pyar Karle. After graduating in English from Jesus and Mary College, she went to Indian Institute of Mass Communication to pursue Advertisement and PR. She also worked as an Elite Model and appeared in Elite Fashion Calendar in 2011.