The entire Delhi University could be singing an anthem penned by you in the new academic session. On Thursday, the university announced an Anthem Competition, inviting entries for anthems written in the 'Hindustani' language.
Since the competition is open to students as well as alumni, current students could be battling it out against their classmates, seniors, professors (who studied at DU) or even noted lyricist/director Vishal Bhardwaj, who completed his graduation from Hindu College.
The university announced the competition on Thursday with the condition that the anthem should not be longer than 100 words and had to be in 'Hindustani'.
"We want the anthem to be in a language that the common man understands and that is why we decided upon 'Hindustani', which is a mix of Hindi and Urdu and is widely understood. The anthem will be set to music. If we receive good entries, the anthem should be ready by May," said Dinesh Singh, DU vice-chancellor.
A reward, which has not been disclosed, is also linked with the winning entry.
"It is very important that the anthem is original. Once an entry comes in, it will be the property of the university, which will hold the copyright for the piece," said a senior DU official. The entries should be submitted by April 30. The university will also hold the right to accept/reject or edit any part of the piece submitted.
"We have been trying very hard for the past one year to engage students and alumni with the university. We want them to feel like an important part of the university. This is a step in that direction. Earlier, we had a competition where students and alumni would send stories about their memories of the university," the official added.