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The college wars have begun

education Updated: Jul 28, 2012 01:23 IST
Chetna Dua

Colleges in the same campus often develop rivalry. Delhi University (DU) colleges are no different. In this weekly feature, we get to you various colleges of DU in a face-off, where they tell us about what makes their college much better than the other. This week, we look at Hindu College and St Stephen’s College in North Campus.


The college was started in 1899 in a small building in Kinari Bazaar. It moved to its present building in North Campus in 1953. The college offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in science, commerce and humanities. The college was a centre for intellectual debate during India’s freedom struggle, especially during the Quit India Movement in 1942.

Filmmakers Imtiaz Ali and Vishal Bhardwaj, cricketer Gautam Gambhir, former cricketers, Ajay Jadeja and Saba Karim, actors Arjun Rampal, Tisca Chopra and the casting director for Slumdog Millionaire Loveleen Tandon.

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The annual ritual of Dam Dami Mai on Valentine’s Day is something which no other college in DU has. According to this tradition, if one worships Dam Dami Mai (goddess of love, who is changed every year and the most popular or controversial women are chosen), they lose their virginity. This ritual is also covered extensively by the media.

The atmosphere in Hindu is very friendly and helpful. -Niyati Seth, 19, Bsc Physical Science, second year

We welcome outsiders in our fest, unlike Stephenians, who like to keep the entry resticted.
Aakriti Dhawan, third year, Chemistry Honours

St Stephen’s

Started in the year 1881, the college became a part of Delhi University in 1921. The college was housed in Shish Mahal in Katra Khushhal Rai in Kinari Bazar from 1881 to1890. The present campus was designed by Welsh architect Walter Sykes George in 1941. This all-boys college finally opened its gates to women in 1975 and allowed them to take admission.

Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Union minister of state for communication and IT Sachin Pilot, actors Kabir Bedi and Konkona Sen Sharma, fimmaker Shekhar Kapur

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It is the only college in DU to have a hiking club. Founded in 1949, the hiking club is one of the oldest mountaineering clubs in India, older than the Indian Mountaineering Foundation and the Delhi Mountaineering Association. The members of this club have been involved in various expeditions.

Mince cutlets (Rs.20) are the speciality of the cafe. You can also have unique dishes like the sexy anda (scrambled egg and minced meat), alauki (chicken kebab wrapped in omelette) and Kashmiri anda (double egg vegetable omelette filled with melted cheese).

We have more than 30 societies like photography, history, debating and Shakespeare Society for theatre. -Nadeem Bagh, 19, third year, History Honours

One feels proud of inheriting a legacy of over 100 years -Mikhail Sen, 21, Ex-president, Shakespeare Society