For those of you who have entered your last year of college, stop procrastinating and live your college life to the fullest before it gets too late. 

From preparing for competitive exams and sitting for placement cells to having an existential crisis about what to do next, third year can be very busy and stressful. However, this is also the last time you might get to do the cliché college stuff and have fun with people who have become your close friends over the past two years. Who knows what might happen after college; so live in the now and here, and have a wholesome DU experience.

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  1. Visit cliché DU hangouts- Places like Kamala Nagar, The Ridge, Hudson Lane, Sarojini Nagar, and Hauz Khas Village are the centre of student life in DU. A hub of students, frequent popular eateries, street shops and nightclubs are here and life as a DU student is incomplete without having visited these places. Tom Uncle’s Maggie Point, Kuremal Kulfi, and Sudama ki Chai are also must visit joints for a complete DU experience.

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    Image Credits: Fuccha
  2. Join a college society- DU is known for its vastly talented and diverse societies. Whether you are into classical dance or slam poetry or filmmaking, whether you want to be the next M.F. Husain or the next Beyonce, chances are that your college will have a society that you can join to not only better your skills, but also share your interests with likeminded people and make friends with people outside your class. It’s never too late to pursue something that you are passionate about but for third-year students, this is your last chance to join a college society and win laurels during college fests.

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  3. Take part in DU fests- One cannot possibly have had a full college experience without having engulfed themselves in DU fests. Full of cultural events, competitive competitions, food stalls and, most importantly, Pro Nights, the DU fest season is an entity in itself. Fests like SRCC’s Crossroads and Hindu’s Mecca are highly popular and must be attended (i.e. if you can get the much sought after passes). Outgoing third-year students should get all that they can out of their last fest season.

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    Image Credits: Anushree Joshi for DU Beat
  4. Give voice to your opinions- College is an important part of one’s life, especially for personal development. DU provides us with an opportunity to form independent thoughts and express our views to others on our terms. DUSU elections are an important part of DU and so is student activism. This is your last chance as a conscious and aware college student to take part in protests that you believe in or maybe even start your college political career by entering DU’s complex political sphere.

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    Image Credits: Anushree Joshi for DU Beat
  5. Explore Delhi’s student-friendly fests and events- Delhi is a beautiful city and one must visit Old Delhi and other historical places in the city, but Delhi is also home to many annual fests and events that are student-centric. Whether you are a Marvel and DC geek, a self proclaimed art critic or a 24/7 foodie, Delhi has something or the other always going on for you- from Delhi Comic Con to Delhi International Jazz Festival, from India Art Fair to Horn Ok Please. As a DU student, especially if you are an outstation one, you must take advantage of living in a multicultural metropolitan while you still can. Further education or great job opportunities might take you away from Delhi next year.

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  6. Just take that trip- You know that Goa or Kasol trip that you have been planning with your friends since the first semester? The one that you have been postponing, again and again, cause of some reason or the other? Ya, that one. Well, you’re in your third year now, so it’s now or never. The year is full of long weekends and two semester breaks, so fix your itinerary or better yet, be spontaneous and just take that one college trip that you have been talking about since forever before you seize to be a college kid!

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Juhi Bhargava

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The University of Delhi is a hub of opportunities for the ones who are willing to take the chances. 

In a recent release of a circular, the Dean of Academic Activities and Projects mentioned that from the upcoming session, students will be taken abroad on an educational international trip, fully funded by the University, and accompanied by professors.

The selection of students will be on the basis of an exam. Since it will be pan DU, undergraduate students from any course can apply. The exam will have elective subjects, English, and Logic. According to sources, if the students who have applied have previously worked on any research papers or projects, their selection chances are heightened. “We want our university scholars to get the best of the opportunities to explore places, find their passion, and work efficiently. This plan was proposed earlier but never managed to come into existence. We are now ready to cater to the students who have the will and the potential to become global leaders”, quoted the Dean of Planning, DU. The plan is to take the students out for international conferences, global summits, and organisational meets. Many colleges and universities abroad run student exchange programmes which are also to be accepted by DU. The students selected through the exams will be sent in the exchange programmes to universities like Yeshiva University, Columbia University, etc.

“Being a centralised government institution, Delhi University has achieved milestones and the students have never failed to bring glories to their beloved colleges in the name of DU. This will be another platform for the deserving candidates to showcase what they have learnt and discovered. We are hoping to hear about more such steps taken by the university” said the Principal of Lady Shri Ram College for Women. Shahjadi Rahman, a student of Zakir Husain Delhi College commented “This chance given to the students of DU will increase the prospects of acquiring practical knowledge, exposure, and experience – rewards of days of attending classes, taking notes, and studying. The skilled students will definitely get through it, and also have the most adept training for the future.” Few other students collectively said that this was not a good idea because there are students who may have potential but won’t be able to crack the selection exam. Mass participation is expected, but the students are wishing that the selection process be unbiased.

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Radhika Boruah
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The Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) organised an educational trip to the Israel Pavilion at the India Water Week on April 7, 2016. The students also attended a special panel discussion on the role of universities in the water solutions’ ecosystem, and how the Israeli model can be applied to India.

The India Water Week, 2016, was organised by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, and FICCI. The State of Israel was the foreign partner. The exhibition showcased various flagship programmes of the central and state governments, like Namami Gange, Narmada Valley Project, Sujalam Sufalam, and many more.

The students were explained various technological interventions undertaken by the government of Israel, like desalination plants, water management, and drip irrigation systems to name a few. The students then attended a special panel discussion on role of universities in the water solutions’ ecosystem. The panel included many experts from universities like the Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Delhi, academicians, and government officials from Israel who had been a part of the water resource programme of the Israel government. The speakers discussed various initiatives that they had undertaken in institutions like JNU, IGNOU, and the Research and Referral Hospital of Indian Army for water resource management in India, and also about initiatives taken in Israel. This was followed by a question – answer session in which many audience members enquired about various available solutions for water management.

The discussion ended with the students receiving campaign T – Shirts. “These type of events must take place across the country because water scarcity is a problem India is definitely going to face in the coming times,” said Nandlal Sumit, a student of CIC.

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I recently took a trip with my college, Indraprastha College for Women, to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, two popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan. The trip started with the blue city of Jodhpur and a visit to The Umaid Bhawan Palace. It is one of the world’s largest private residences. The Palace is divided into three functional parts – a luxury Taj Palace Hotel, the residence of the erstwhile royal family and a Museum focusing on the 20th century history of the Jodhpur Royal Family. A section of the palace showcases vintage cars owned by the royal family. The palace is picture perfect and the view stunningly beautiful. One can see the whole city from the palace since it is located at the highest point of the city.

The same evening we visited the Mehrangarh fort. It is one of the largest forts in India, situated 400 feet above the city and is enclosed by ramparts. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. A winding road leads to and from the city below. The imprints of cannonball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. The fort is massive and every part of it has a story to tell. The carvings are incredibly intricate. The view from this fort gives a glimpse of the blue rooftops of the old city and explains why Jodhpur is called the blue city. They also have a tiny little café providing you with tasty nick nacks. The Mehrangarh Fort is one place not to miss if visiting Jodhpur. It’s a treat to all history lovers and one of the most interesting forts I’ve ever visited.

The other noteworthy place in Jodhpur is the Clock Tower which is the shopaholics’ treat. Its narrow alleyways sell everything from vegetables to sweets to handicrafts to textiles to silverware to jutis. Kachoris and mirch pakodas sold there are a must when visiting Rajasthan and will delight any foodie!

After spending one and a half day in Jodhpur, we departed for Jaisalmer which is 300kms from Jodhpur. we stayed in the camps close to the dessert in the outskirts of the city. The first thing I noticed upon arrival is the stars, millions and millions of stars at every patch in the sky twinkling away to glory. It’s absolutely breathtaking.

Next morning we went for a camel safari to the dessert. For starters, it is nothing like the joy ride you take on camels. When you sit on a camel for over an hour, your thighs will cry in pain and you won’t be able to able to walk properly for days. So be prepared! However, the experience is every bit worth it. The sight of the dessert is spectacular, acres and acres of sand with nothing else in sight. Your feet will sink into the sand which is hot on top and cold beneath. The feeling is amazing.

The look of the dessert at night is a whole other sight. The night safari is the next best thing to do. They take you in an open jeep to see the dessert. The freezing weather, ice cold sand, bonfire and a blanket of stars, it’s all you need to go speechless. It’s a sight so beautiful that will engrave itself into your brain forever.

Next day we went into the city of Jaisalmer. We visited the Gadisagar Lake. Artistically carved Chattris, Temples, Shrines and Ghats surround the banks of Gadisar Lake. The entrance to the Lake is through a magnificent and artistically carved yellow sandstone archway that is known as the Tilon-Ki-Pol.

The USP of Jaisalmer is its fort. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the testimony of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the “Golden Fort”. This fort, popularly known as the ‘Sonar quila’ by the locals, is located in the very heart the city, and is one of the most breathtaking monuments in the locality. It is the only ‘live fort’ in India. The legend goes that the king was cursed to have people live and work in this fort always. One can shop in this fort as there is a full-fledged market inside it.

Few tips for people visiting Jaisalmer and planning to stay in tents are to carry your own bedding. The weather is way too cold and the bedding provided by the hotel is not enough. The food is not up to the mark. Beware of the camel ride, it won’t be pleasant post ten minutes! Travel light because bags cannot be dragged over sand. There won’t be enough water, its rajasthan! There definitely won’t be enough hot water. In spite of all this, it’s an experience of the life time and one must visit these places at least once.