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A home away from home

Comfortable accommodation today has become as coveted as a seat in Delhi University. We take you behind the scenes.

delhi Updated: Jun 03, 2008 15:50 IST

Comfortable accommodation today has become as coveted as a seat in Delhi University. We take you behind the scenes.

Being able to survive in a foreign environment is the biggest fear that haunts outstation students once they secure admission in Delhi University (DU). Hostels, as alternative residences, become second homes for such
students.

Traditionally, college hostels have been associated with controversies, both factual and fictional. But, in a bid to break away from this image, hostels have undergone drastic overhauling in the past few years, courtesy stringent policies. Today, these residences are individual premises where rules are a dictum, and discipline a necessity. We take you on a trip to college hostels across North and South campuses and bring you information on these homes away from home.

HINDU COLLEGE

Facilities
The hostel is capable of providing accomodation to nearly 230 boys. There are 118 rooms (single, double and triple seater rooms). Students whoes family members do not reside within 30 kilometers of the college campus are considered. Apart from providing magazines and newspapers for reading, the common room at the boys hostel is furnished with options for activities like table tennis, chess and carom. Besides this, students can also enjoy television in a separate T.V room.

Selection Criteria: Merit based

Discipline Dictums
Besides smoking, consumption of alcohol and intoxicants are strictly prohibited. Residents are responsible for maintaining the furniture, furnishings and fixtures provided to them at the time of admission.

LADY SHRI RAM COLLEGE

Facilities
Two bright common rooms with televisions, a beautiful lawn, a visitor's lounge and facilities for recreation, welcome living quarters and fine cuisine, are proof enough of the Residence Hall living up to its name. An extensive in-house library, around the clock medical facilities and a glorious college café, make the Residence Hall a place to both live and die for.

Selection Criteria: Merit based

Discipline Dictums
Seven thirty in the evening is curfew time for students. Day scholars are prohibited from entering the hostel.


RAMJAS COLLEGE

Facilities
The mess is run on a no-profit-no-loss basis. The residents, primarily manage it via their elected Mess Secretary. The hostel boasts of a special laundry unit fitted with three automatic washing machines and one dryer. Women residents can launder their clothes on a pre-decided, mutually agreed upon schedule.

Selection Criteria: Merit based

Discipline Dictums
Ragging in any form, whether causing mental or/and physical agony and its abetment is strictly prohibited.

INDRAPRASTHA COLLEGE

Facilities
The hostel boasts of a TV room, a common room, music system, facility to play Table Tennis and other regular stipulations like geysers and washing machines. However, additional library access till 7.30 p.m. and cyber café access till 9.30 p.m., keep the residents content and happy. There is a swimming pool which functions both in the mornings and evenings. A medical room is located next to the college hostel.

Selection Criteria: Merit based

Discipline Dictums
Curfew time is seven thirty in the evening. However, allowances to visit the library, the café and the xerox facility, are liberties that students enjoy. "Our hostel gives us certain liberties, but we, as responsible residents are most judicious in using them", says Ananya Kushwaha, a second year resident at the hostel.



KIRORI MAL COLLEGE

Facilities
Capable of providing accommodation to 150-odd students, the KMC hostel is boys-only, as of now. However, a plan to establish a separate girl's hostel is in the immediate pipeline. Besides this, the hostel provides the usual facilities like a common room for reading, a table tennis room and a reading room. Magazines in all Indian languages are provided, it also has a repository of magazines in Braille. Besides this, all outdoor as well as indoor games are provided.

Selection Criteria: Merit based

Discipline Dictums
The usual triumvirate of smoke, drink and drugs is banned. Besides this, the entry of girls is also prohibited beyond six in the evening. However, boys can turn in for the day by 11 pm.

DAULAT RAM COLLEGE

Facilities
The hostel has two kinds of accommodation: single and shared. The hostel is capable of providing accommodation to 125 students though the number tends to vary each year. The Matron in consultation with the Warden allocates rooms to selected applicants. Students are provided with all necessities in their rooms like geysers, wardrobes, chairs and cots. Besides facilities for audio and visual entertainment, the girls are also provided with the time and the equipment to sew and iron for two hours in the morning and evening.

Selection Criteria: Merit based

Discipline Dictums
The deadline for the girl students during summer is 7.15 p.m and during winter is 7 p.m. All intoxicating products are banned in the hostel premises. Besides this, girls are permitted a night out of the hostel, if parents, with the prior approval of the Matron, have duly granted permission.

HANS RAJ COLLEGE

Facilities
The hostel provides 70-80 seats in first year only which are occupied by nearly 200 students. The usual fanfare of the common room, the reading room and the sports room is present here. Although there are no separate indoor games facilities in the hostel premises, the sports ground just next to the hostel gate is a welcome respite for students all year round.

Selection Criteria: Merit based



SHRI RAM COLLEGE OF COMMERCE

Facilities
There are two separate hostels — boys and girls — on the campus. The college has 150 seats for boys and 55 for girls. The hostel has both a reading and common room for recreational as well as academic perusal. Besides this, the best part of the SRCC hostel is the amazing sports facility at the premises. It has a gym, a swimming pool, an indoor basketball court and a badminton court, apart from a huge sports ground.

Selection Criteria: Merit based

Discipline Dictums
There is a certain set of rules. During the pre-election period, residents from A-block, that is the junior block are supposed to turn in by 10 pm. For residents of B-block, that is the senior block, it is midnight. However, post-election, both seniors and juniors can turn in by midnight. The curfew time for girls is 7 p.m while late nights is 10 p.m; and for boys the time is 11 p.m.

ST STEPHEN'S COLLEGE

Facilities
In a manner quite English, the college offers residence to both ladies and gentlemen. The Residence, as the hostel is called, is bifurcated into six blocks, located strategically, and in a most aesthetic manner all around the college façade. First-year residents have to reside in shared rooms, whereas second and third year residents get independent rooms. Though there is no separate Reading Room available for residents, they can access the library till 7 p.m. The cyber café or the Internet Resource Centre is also accessible to residents till 9:30 p.m.

Selection Criteria: Merit based

Discipline Dictums
The deadline time for girls is 10 p.m, whereas for boys there is no specific deadline. But, if they return after 10 p.m, they are required to fill in the late register. Being late two successive nights in a row, invites strict action by the hostel authorities. In terms of nights out, boys can pack their bags whenever and leave. But girl students are also allowed four nights out a month; subject to the condition that a duly signed fax reaches the Warden or the local guardian approves the visit.

MIRANDA HOUSE

Facilities
There are 125 rooms available on twin sharing basis. There is a dinning hall, common room and an open coffee lounge. Apart from the usual slew of magazines and other recreational options, the hostel is also equipped with hi-tech gadgets like a Plasma TV and automatic washing machines.

Selection Criteria: Merit based

Discipline Dictums
The roll call is a daily ritual, one that the residents are a bit queasy about. However, all residents accept rules as part of the stay and do not deviate from the same. Says Debarchana Baruah, a second year resident at the hostel, "Though many cringe at the seven thirty curfew time, I personally feel that there is not much reason for one to go out of the hostel after that." The common room and the reading room are open till 11p.m.

Reservation in hostels:
22.5% reserved for SC/ST students (15% for SCs and 7.5% for STs); 10% reserved for foreign students; 3% reserved for disabled students/physically challenged students; 1% reserved for outstanding sports person; some seats for children of men of the Armed Forces.