Course of choice. Check. College of choice. Check. Accommodation? For those students who have got admission in Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College this year, the answer to the question is simple. Right there in the college.
"We have 90 single and 105 twin seater rooms and the entire arrangement is very safe. But the college provides the hostel facility to applicants strictly on merit and need basis. If there are 5 applicants for one room, we gauge which student deserves it the most, based on an interview," said Kasturi Kanthan, warden, LSR Hostel.
While final year students are entitled to single occupancy rooms, the first and second year students are provided twin-sharing rooms at LSR.
However, not everyone gets through the college merit list but again no one is complaining. Most students prefer living on their own in either a rented accommodation or as a paying guest.
"These accommodations are very economical and totally fit a student's budget. In my first year I stayed in the college hostel, but in the second year I shifted to a PG since there was no restriction of movement or time in the latter," said Aditi Manohar, a student of Lady Shri Ram College.
And not just LSR College. Students set to join Shaheed Bhagat Singh, College of Vocational studies, PGDAV, Gargi and Kamala Nehru colleges will also be spoilt for choice.
In areas near all these colleges like Greater Kailash, Andrews Ganj, Kailash Colony, Malviya Nagar, Saket and Amar Colony, there is no dearth of accommodation with the proliferation of paying guest facilities in the recent years.
"Students have the option of staying anywhere between Alakananda and Andrews Ganj, since these places are just 15-20 minutes from most colleges. Most PGs are priced between Rs 6,000-Rs 9,000 per month, depending on the facilities they offer," said Shagun Anand, a student of Kamala Nehru College.
Course profile B.A (Hons) Sociology
A course in sociology (honours) allows students to understand and evaluate issues that are of great relevance of his or her everyday existence. These may differ from issues pertaining to the environment to the democratic functioning of a plural society.
This course introduces the students to basic sociological concepts such as those of gender, caste, cultural diversity, sociological plurality and literary traditions. It builds a comparative frame that cuts across disciplines as well as cultures that are intrinsic to the framework of the course and readings.
Issues of private and public articulations of gender are explored within the domestic domain as a context for power as well as the larger domain of politics and social movements.
"The subject has completely changed my perspective towards most issues. What other people would perceive in a certain stratified way, sociology students look at in a completely different way because the subject empowers you to think out of the box," said Mehr Nanda, a student of Jesus and Mary College.
"It also opens up several options in fields like Law, International relations and higher research in sociology," added Nanda.
"Unlike most subjects, sociology is new for most students. Students who will take up the course will be engaged around debates of identity, forms of resistance, economy and religion. Students who wish to study the subject should be curious and articulate and should be able to confront vital questions about the social world around them," said Achla P Tandon, who teaches Sociology at Hindu College.
"There is tremendous scope for students of sociology in social work, market analysis, public health, urban planning, corporate communications etc," she said.
(Mallica Joshi and Shaswati Das)