With the New Year round the corner, Gen-Y is making elaborate plans to welcome 2012. Says Arjun Kadian, a Hans Raj College student, “I, along with a couple of my friends, have planned a road trip to Jaipur. We would like to visit Nahargarh.”
But road trips and short vacations are not the new trends at the university; Year-end parties are still quite popular. “There are students in various colleges who help organise parties in discos and other places and earn money out of it,” says Kavi Sharma (name changed), a Delhi University (DU) student.
Most outstation students head home. However, those in hostels or rented accommodation, also make merry. “Hostellers stay awake all night, get together, wish everyone, eat together, dance, watch back-to-back movies, and go around the campus having fun,” adds Kadian, a hosteller at Hans Raj.
Members of The Alumni Fraternity (TAF), a body of former (as well as current) DU students, have decided to welcome 2012 in a way that will give traditional parties a run for their money. They are calling it - the ‘TAF Playday’. The event will include a day-long excursion on the outskirts of Gurgaon with interesting activities to get your adrenaline going. “With horse riding, paint ball, sumo zorbing, trampoline, commando course, archery, football, cricket, croquet and of course the customary barbeque and camping, this will be one crazy party,” says Akash Gupta, national advisory team, TAF. Prashant Gupta, member of the leadership team, says, “New Year’s eve was never about drinking and dancing for me. It is a time I want to do something different.”
Indians studying abroad have a range of choices — from on-campus concerts at Harvard to a desi New Year’s eve club party in Glasgow. Six Indian students from the University of Sussex were in Edinburgh to experience a Scottish Christmas, says John Sander, senior international liaison officer, University of Sussex. It was not for a lack of choice at their university. Sussex’s international and study abroad office lined up activities in and outside the campus. Students can spend New Year’s Day taking in the sights and sounds of London.