North or South, what’s your pick?
DU students tell HT City why their campus beats the other hands down. Shubhodeep Chakravarty tells more.education Updated: Jun 12, 2009 14:24 IST
In the beginning, you think about getting the right college, the right course and when that’s taken care of, you find yourself in the campus. It could be North or South. Which is more fun?
“South Campus is the city. North is like a sanctuary. The essence of student life is here, beautifully tucked away from Delhi’s hustle-bustle,” says Mohit Arora, a final-year student of Hans Raj college. His age-old argument is echoed by many of his friends.
The geographical dimension of the South, many say, makes it lose its campus-like appeal. Others argue that ‘that’ is the USP of South Campus. “My college is my campus, I have a gala time here,” says Shashwat Mangal, a recent graduate of Delhi College of Arts & Commerce.
“You don’t miss what you don’t have. And such is South Campus that you never have to,” he says. “North Campus people have no idea how enjoyable South is,” says Sheetal Jhulka of JMC. “Here we have endless options for shopping, eating, movies, etc.”
“South Campus has snobbish tendencies. At least the girls there do,” mocks Jatin Mathur, a Hans Raj student. “Daddy’s driver drops them and daddy’s driver picks them up in their daddy’s royal sedan.”
Such patterns, however, can well be observed on both the campuses. Each person may have a different interpretation of behavioral and social parameters of others. “I think South Campus gentry being snobbish is a misconception and an unfair generalisation. But I do think that some of the people there are just too casual to the point of being rowdy,” says Shivangini Kharbanda of LSR.
The North Campus may score more when it comes to the ideal university ambience, but the South is more happening. Hemlata Reddy, principal of the South’s Sri Venkateswara College, points out, “A large variety is on offer to South Campus students. Apart from the usually frequented areas, next-door places like Satyaniketan (which have eateries, recreation options and cheap rooms) are a big draw.”
Reddy agrees that the ultimate deciding factor is the course and college, not the location. So be sure to get those right and rest assured, North or South, DU is as much fun as you want it to be.