Red building, green lawns, the sutta lane, and boards that read, “This is Hindu, we don’t rag.” Walk through Hindu College and you would see students hanging out at the “V tree”(the famous virgin tree which is annually decked up with condoms on Valentine’s Day!) or savouring rajma chawal at the college canteen.
While the snobs prefer the Nescafe counter, the rest go to “CCD” — chandan chai dukan. Hindu’s student body, the ‘Parliament’, not only has a Prime Minister but also a leader of the opposition. In 1999, the ‘government’ fell down because it could not get the budget passed in the ‘parliament’. Cute, but rivalries are intense.
Each fuccha is expected to declare his allegiance with either of the two leading powers - the Jat Group or the Bihari group. And then there is the ‘Hindu-Stephen’s cold war’. Even a little praise of “the college across the road” is considered a profanity.
The USP of Hindu is its unique music quota. Even if you fail to score a high percentage in 12th standard, your excellence in music can help you get that coveted admission. Other colleges too entertain wannabe musicians but they are clumped with basketball champions and theatre stars. In Hindu they are special.
No surprise then that the rock culture here is always on a roll. Long-haired guys wearing torn jeans seem forever drunk on Bob Marley. However, those who are not musically-inclined are either into dramatics, debating, wildlife (no pun intended) or they can simply be traced in the well-stocked air-conditioned library — fast asleep.
Best (Popular) courses: B.Com (H), English (H), Economic (H), Sociology (H)
Seats Available: Based on number of applicants
Outstation Quota: Open to one and all
Entrance Exam: Admission based on merit for all courses except English (H) for which students have to appear for a written entrance test.
Hostel: Hostel Accommodation is available inside the college only for boys. Apart from that, there are 9 hostels for students inside the North campus. Also, there are a number of PGs around North Campus in the areas of Shastri Nagar and Kamla Nagar.
Interesting Add- on: Hindu College Canteen is one of the most popular in North Campus for its Rajma Rice and Kathi Roll. Also, the campus premises were used for the shooting of teleserial Love Story.
Campus feel: The history of the college is intricately woven with India's struggle for independence. The college had been a seat of intellectual debate and discussion during India's struggle for freedom, especially during the Quit India Movement. In response to Mahatma Gandhi's call to teachers and students to join the Quit India Movement, it closed its gates for several months.
Famous Alumni: Imtiaz Ali, Tisca Chopra, Gautam Gambhir are some of the popular alumni.
Campus Life: Hindu college has a modern, newly built cafeteria for its students and staff, where all barriers are broken down amidst much bonhomie. Kamala Nagar and CP are the other favorite hangouts. Hindu College is one of the most active of all colleges, with various activities taking place all the time in the college be it nukkad nataks, debating sessions or dance performances. IIbtida, the Hindu College Dramatics Society, Masque, the English Dramatics Society, Vagmi: The Hindi Debating Society and Vivre, the cinema based society are among the most popular societies of the college.
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Web Address: www.hinducollege.org