With the 2015 admissions' clock ticking, students of the tricitiy sit nervously behind their desktops, in the hope that they will be able to make it to their dream college.
The irony, however, is that Chandigarh's Panjab University (PU) is nowhere to be found in these young dreams. Students are more than willing to forgo the peaceful and pampered life of the City Beautiful, in order to venture out in the midst of Delhi University's campus buzz.
Call it the rat race, or the number one rank fever, Delhi University (DU) seems to attract the cream of tricity like no other institution. Be it the teaching and academia or simply the extra-curricular opportunities, for local students, DU wins over their home university in all aspects, hands down.
DU's competitive environment, internship
opportunities attract students
"I would choose Delhi over Panjab University because as a student when I imagine my college life - it has a huge campus with diversity in terms of culture, language, tastes and talents, all of which combine to form a dynamic environment and the only place which satisfies this criteria is DU," said Saloni Mimani (18), a Class 12 pass-out from Vivek High school, Sector 38.
Gurpartap Singh, another Class 12 pass-out shared similar views. He said, "Apart from being the social hub of the country, what gives DU an edge over PU is the immaculate faculty, international connections with globally-renowned institutions and the tie-ups with corporate giants for student internships."
Internship opportunities play a major role in attracting students from across the country to Delhi University. The capital being a business hub satisfies this criteria in the best possible way. "The city allows young and ambitious optimists to get exposed to what adults call 'the real life," said Vatsala Peshawaria (18), a student of Carmel Convent school.
More than anything, the cosmopolitan nature of DU further compels tricity's youth to turn their back to Panjab University. "The university is home to the most talented students across country who are selected through a rigorous procedure with cut offs as high as 99% and this challenging kind of environment is the one I would want to spend my most crucial three years in," said Yadvindra Public School's Manleen Rekhi.
PU's good infrastructure not good enough
Not just the aspirants, but even those currently studying at DU believe that it has been the best place for an overall holistic development.
"Choosing DU over doing any course at Panjab University was the best decision of my life so far. At DU, there is a competition at every step, a race to excel and outperform others, said Arjit Gulati from Delhi University's Ramjas College.
"You learn best with the best and from the best," said Chandigarh's Neymat Chadha pursuing sociology from Jesus and Mary College in Delhi. He added, "The colleges which come under PU do have a good infrastructure but they fail to provide the kind of opportunities which an individual might expect after faring well in boards."
If that weren't enough, a professor of PU's Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Pratibha Rai was also all in favour of students applying to DU. "The kind of exposure Delhi University offers as compared to PU is commendable and as a mother as well as an educationist, I would surely recommend them to try their luck at DU," said Rai.
Why DU over PU
Diversity in terms of culture, language
Cosmopolitan nature of DU
International connections with globally-renowned institutions