As hundreds of freshers and seniors descend on Delhi University, they can now get ready to kick-start the new session with the biggest extravaganza ever. Come Monday morning and DU students will get a chance to interact with US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
The former first lady of the US will be taking time out of her India tour to visit students at North Campus as she reportedly wants to discuss youth issues with them. Says Swati Jha, a first year student of Philosophy (Hons) at Gargi College: “I am super excited to meet her; she is such a woman of strength. Even if it means going to North Campus, I definitely will go attend the seminar.”
Akanksha Khanna, a first year student at the Sri Ram College of Commerce says, “I would like to discuss the difference in the educational system of the two countries,” while Umang Aggarwal, a first year student of English Literature would simply like to talk about issues common to the youth in both India and America. According to Debraj Mookerjee, Reader at Ramjas College, the reason for the excitement has less to do with politics and more to do Hillary’s celebrity status. “In more ways than one, she is like a celebrity politician. She is Clinton’s wife and could have become the President. More importantly, she has a very India-friendly image.”
Mookerjee says her presence in DU will symbolise a huge goodwill gesture. DUSU President Nupur Sharma, is excited about the visit, however, she says the event hasn’t been publicised enough. “The entire visit has been kept very hush-hush by the university. There have been no formal invitations; no posters displayed. Since I think it happens at the Vice Regal Lodge, am hoping that the administration is not intending to hand pick 1000 students to attend the seminar,” she adds.