Ankita Rangi, a first-year Physics (honours) student, starts from her home in Sonepat at 6.30 am to be able to make it to her first lecture that starts at 9 am.
"I travel in a train and then change two buses to reach college," she said Rangi, a student of Hindu College, scored 94% in her Class 12 board exams, and always wanted to study in Delhi University.
However, the past four months have made her cynical about the university.
"It is quite a task to reach college every day. If the classes are not held, one feels wasted," she said.
Others like Sharmila Sengupta, a first-year student of Chemistry in DU, gave up the option of studying in National Institute of Design, to be in DU.
"I did not expect such a scenario. There are strikes every other day, teachers are struggling to finish the course and even if the course is completed, where is the time for us to prepare?"
The first-year undergraduate students of the varsity are a disgruntled lot and feel they have been let down by the university and its teachers.
Caught in the tussle between the Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) and the university authorities over the implementation of semester system in 13 science courses, students are the worst-affected.
Uncertainty over the first semester examinations, which have been rescheduled from November 20 to December 6, has left students confused.
The decision to implement the system in science courses was cleared by the academic council on May 13.
Even though some colleges have been following the system, English and Mathematics papers, which are compulsory for science courses, remain an area of concern for all colleges. Teachers of these disciplines have refused to teach as the courses have been restructured under the semester mode.