Apart from laying the basis for a sound academic future, Delhi University (DU) is also a stepping stone for students who may wish to pursue a vocation outside the confines of academics. And in this university, such students have a wide variety of options to choose from.
Across DU, there are several societies that cater to varied interests that may later become a potential career choice for students. Today, we focus on some of these societies.
Climb your way to adventure
If small treks and rock climbing expeditions have always caught your fancy, then the hiking club in your college is where you should head to.
Throughout the year, these clubs organise several workshops, climbing tours and expeditions that are funded by the college.
"The Stephen's Hiking Club was established in 1942. The climbing team goes for treks and rock-climbing trips quite often. Every year, the club invites applications, of which only about 17 people are selected for the final team," said Rupam Frank, a member of the Hiking Club at St Stephen's College.
In addition to the existing team, the college also organises a climbing competition, wherein contestants are made to scale an 11feet high wall.
The college also supplies the equipment for the same. Moreover, it changes and checks the equipment from time to time to ensure safety.
"Three days before the climbing competition begins, we also organise a fest which includes small-scale adventures and rappelling. These are organised in the college campus itself," added Frank.
Catching the world through your lens
Photography as an art has come to be associated with professional skill sets and superior equipment.
However, the photography societies of Delhi University are now trying to redefine the art. All that you need to join such a club is the will to pursue this art.
"We organise tutorials and workshops for students and there is no stipulation on the number of students who can join. It is for anyone and everyone who is interested. We also organise a competition each year called ‘Frames' wherein we receive entries from across India,” said Nanya Sudhir, member of the Photographic Society at St Stephen's College.
In addition to this, the students at St Stephen's also organise a ‘Photo Walk', in which students go on excursions. This walk sensitises these amateur photographers about on-field photography and the history of the places they visit.
Other colleges, such as Hindu College, too have collaborations with their film clubs for photography enthusiasts.
Got rationale? Try debating
For those of you who have the ability to think logically and reason objectively, the college's debating club is the place to be. The clubs are relatively new and were started around early 1990s.
"The most important thing a student needs is a good matter base and the ability to analyse logically. Beyond this, a lot of hard work is required," said Rijul Kataria, member of the debating society, Hindu College.
You should also have the ability to separate personal opinion from the topic at hand. "While you may or may not agree with the view you have to defend, it is important to put up a convincing argument," said Mayank, member of Kirori Mal College's debating society.
Another trend that has caught on in the university is that of holding Model United Nations where students form a team and represent nations of the UN. This debate focuses more on facts and figures. So students need to do their homework before the final day.
The art of film criticism
DU's film clubs have, since inception, brought to the fore cinematic brilliance dating back to Hollywood's Akira Kurosawa and Jean Luc Godard. But along with screening these films, the clubs have also made a concerted attempt at conducting workshops to teach students the nuances of filmmaking and film appreciation.
"We screen films and organise discussions to see how people interpret these films. We also organise a fest every year called ‘Moving Pictures' which screens films from different genres based on a theme," said Philip Cherian, a member of the Cine Club at St Stephen's College.
But film clubs in DU lay greater focus on screening films than delving into their history, due to lack interest by students.
Membership to these clubs is open to all the students interested in cinema and who can sustain this interest throughout the year.