The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) strike finally ended on the 29th of October. For almost two months in many colleges of Delhi University (DU) the charm of students coming to college everyday was missing. With just one or two classes taking place per day, students on campus had an extended puja holidays. We at HT City asked a few students how they spent their time during these vacations. While some made the maximum use of these holidays, there were some who missed college more than anything.
“I went with my friends to Goa during the strike and we had a rocking time there,” says Swati Sharma of Lady Shri Ram College. “But now, I really want the college to begin in full swing as we have to cover a lot of syllabus,” she adds.
“It was a complete relaxation for so long. I had full on masti at home. Our friend circle used to make plans to meet outside for movies and lunch,” says Anushka of Hansraj College. While some used their time to unwind and visit places, there were some who did internships and worked as trainee with some organizations. “During these holidays, I worked with an NGO near my place. My task was to teach slum kids. It was such a great experience,” says Harsh Tripathi of Dyal Singh College.
“There was no point sitting idle at home, so I worked as a trainee with a publication. I learnt so much during my training,” says Shipra Gulati from Kamla Nehru College.
But most of the students missed their daily routine and masti at college. “You can’t sit at home for that long. Also, it is my last year in college and I felt like I was missing out on all the college fun because of this strike,” says Ritika Singh of Kirori Mal College.
“I got bored sitting at home for so long. First it was Commonwealth Games and now the strike. Thank God they are over,” says Esha Yadav of Miranda College.