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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014
Down south!
Tarana Faroqi, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 25, 2013
First Published: 17:31 IST(25/6/2013)
Last Updated: 17:35 IST(25/6/2013)

After our expedition to the north campus, it was now our turn to go on another adventure – the south campus. The south campus is very different from the north campus since the colleges are scattered in different localities. It includes around 10-12 good colleges, of which we visited a few (in addition to one in central Delhi and one in the east). We were unfortunately unable to cover some equally exceptional colleges such as Kamala Nehru, adjacent to Gargi, which is one of the few colleges offering BJMC and Maitreyi opposite Jesus and Mary College (JMC), to name a few. Also we could not interact with many students or teachers due to vacations, School of Open Learning exams etc. But this edition was a joyride for us and equally challenging.

If the north has KNags, do not worry about the south, for you have a lot of options. The momo joints outside Yashwant, also popularly known as Chanakya cinema complex, Brown Sugar, Dilli Haat are worth trying, so is Hauz Khas. For all shopaholics, the south has more choices right from South Extension and Ansal Plaza to Select City and and GK M block which serve the best of brands with good variety.

Do not miss out on the basement shops, popular with jeans lovers to streetwear in Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar which is very reasonable and a good destination for bargaining. Despite not having so many films shot here, the south campus has its own unique charm.

Our first pit stop was Lady Shri Ram, popularly called LSR, the alma mater of Nobel laureates like Aung San Suu Kyi, which I covered. The bhel puri wala outside LSR is known for his delicious and hygienic snack. He even has a Facebook page dedicated to him!

Ali went to the Stephen’s of south campus, Sri Venkateshwara, aka Venky, which has some of the coolest hangouts nearby.

Kritika covered Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, known for commerce.

Jasmine explored the ambition of every future entrepreneur with her visit to Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies.

Vritti unravelled Gargi while Geetika penned down her experience in JMC. Prem focused on Dyal Singh College.

Last but not least, Ummang jotted down his encounter in Delhi College of Arts and Commerce which in all likelihood is his future college.

This edition was a joyride for us and equally painful and time-consuming and exhaustive. I hope you are able to make a wise decision at the end and these two editions were helpful in guiding you in some way.

I really hope our hard work paid off.

This expedition was ­something which we all were excited about and were ­looking forward to. It was the first time we actually felt like being in the shoes of a real journo. Interviewing people, walking endlessly, scribbling down the write-up, asking for permission to enter the colleges - we did it all.

The people whom we met were very sweet and very  friendly. The entire admission procedure ­system in one of the colleges was very well organised. The admin ­people were courteous and willing to help.

The ­college even had a pre-admission counselling session for the applicants and their parents where they talked about their courses, college etc.

After the field work ­exploring the colleges and interviewing applicants, ­students, volunteers and even teachers, we took a little break and tried out bantas which are famous on the campus.

This was even our second hands-on experience after the north campus round. Most of us had for the first time gone to these colleges. It helped us have a clear picture of the institutions and gave us an idea of what college life is about.

It was an eye-opener to see some colleges not even having proper clean washrooms!

As mentioned ealier we were unable to interact with many students and faculty members but despite that this was a helpful adventure trip.

Editor’s list

1. Setting up the edit meet
After a endless wait for getting the “spot” it was finally my turn. Since we had already fixed on the topic we did not have an edit meet and instead discussed it during the previous meet

2. Theme of the week
Investigating our respective colleges and sharing our experiences

3. Tasks set out
Running around being baked in the sun, changing Metro, the unwanted rain

4. The most disciplined journo
Technically it would be Prem since he was out of Delhi. But I would go with Ummang because I did not need to chase him

5. Work I did this week
Work I did this week - Being the boss, multitasking, cutting down words, constantly reminding my peers about deadlines, warning about my anger

6. ...and next week’s editor is
Kritika Narula  the most organised one

Tarana Faroqi, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya

The mecca of every humanities kid, Lady Sri Ram College is known for its famous alumni. When we visited the campus, lush green due to the rain, the area looked even more beautiful. We also went to the café to grab a bite and were happy to see “non-veg”. The food was good and reasonable. One of the applicants, Pratibha Sethi, who applied for the sports quota said, “The process is easy. I am a basketball player and athlete at state level.” She wants to pursue ­psychology. The college ­hang-outs include the Nescafe, lawns, PVR Saket, Lajpat Nagar and Kailash Colony market. Jagdish Kumar, the security supervisor who has been with the college for 18 years, said, “It’s a nice ­environment.The campus is fully secure and safe

Premanshu Tripathi, Kendriya Vidyalaya, JNU

Year after year Dyal Singh College has undergone impressive renovation both in terms of quality and quantity, says its website. The college is centrally located in Lodhi Road and is easily accessible from different parts of the city. It boasts expansive lawns and a playground. The debate, dance, and music societies are the most popular ones. The most sought-after courses are economics, botany and zoology. The hangout zones includes Lodi Garden, Khan Market, Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar.

(Being away from the  edit meet for a match I had no say in choosing the college and was assigned this college) to cover

Vritti Gandhi, Holy Child Auxilium School

A jaw-dropping campus, exhilarating weather and wonderful people – a pretty cool combo, isn’t it? Gargi College is one of those places where you will find students bubbling with energy. “It has the number 1 cricket academy. The fest – Reverie – is always a grand affair. Iris, Nazakat and Kshitij are a few of the great societies we have. Also, ours is among the seven colleges to have a choreography society,” says Radhika Aggarwal, the cultural secretary. “And not to forget – we have one of the best auditoriums!” adds Manika, a third-year gladly leading the way towards the audi. Mithas, Hauz Khas village and SDA market are some of the popular addas. “Oh! And you are missing out  if you haven’t had the chicken momos in Gargi"

Ummang Sharma Bajpai, The Indian School

I have mentioned Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC) before. It is the only decent place in DU where a guy can get a BJMC degree. So, I was pretty excited about visiting the place, since it is hopefully my future college. Located in the rather peaceful residential area of Netaji Nagar, DCAC is renowned for its degrees in political science and economics. After checking out the campus, I made my way to the canteen. It is definitely the best one I’ve seen in DU. A chatty Mr Prem, the canteen manager, talked of how he enjoys getting to know the new batch every year. He specified that the discipline in the campus is a major brownie point. While the canteen serves a wide range of food items, rajma chawal and pasta are the favourites

Geetika Ahuja, Summer Fields School

“This is the college I wish to see you studying in," say numerous daddies to their daughters.The perfect blend of academics, discipline and extra-curricular activities makes this college a favourite amongst many a ­student. While you enter the college as a girl, you step out having metamorphosed into a young woman. Miss World 2011 Hasleen Kaur and renowned politician Priyanka Gandhi adorn the alumni list. JMCites are a melange of brains and brawns . The sprawling campus, with lawns, the canteen is always ­throbbing with students. Ask about the favourite dish in the canteen, and the reply, "Bhelpuri!" Maths professor Sunita Narain, herself an alumnus  says, “The ­college fest Montage draws in a huge  crowd "

Jasmine Bhalla, St Thomas’ School

Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies is surely a mecca for commerce students like me. Shreya Telwalia, a third-year spills the beans on the various aspects  “The rapport between the students and ­teacher is wonderful,” she declares. Ask about her favourite lecturer, “AT Sir!” Later, it was explained to my perplexed self that this is how CBSites refer to their ­teachers – by their initials! “Abhishek Tandon is the coolest teacher! Even Shalini Prakash (or SP ma'am) who teaches us eco... She's the best in DU!” The college’s popular hangouts include SP (Sutta Point) and ­­Mathelas – famous for its honey chilli potatoes!

Chaudhary Ali Mardan Khan, DPS, Indirapuram

If the word “north campus” is not enough to allure you and diversity of courses, extra-curricular and excellent education count, then, boys and girls, Sri Venkateswara College, colloquially called Venky, is your runway to an excellent future. Set in an easily accessible locality, the college boasts of its envied placements and Nexus, the Cultural Fest. Sagrika Gogia, a student quotes, “Talking of hangouts, Satya Niketan is the place where students from colleges in the vicinity come together. Also, during the fest, the college brims with a plethora of activities and glamour. Venky indeed stands for the name it has carved for itself.” So, at this important fork diversion, cull your parameters

Kritika Narula, St Margaret Senior Secondary School

As I pass the lush green gardens, I am told that Shaheed Bhagat Singh College was established 40 years ago. Expansive lawns are just a jewel in the crown that the college is. Manish Wadhwa, a second-year BCom (hons) student, takes immense pride in telling me that “The college boasts of a state-of-art, fully computerised library, computer lab and sports ground.” Exquisite infrastructure, I think. He continues weaving his panegyric, “Abundant co-curricular activities are pursued with vigour. But academics are never compromised. Moreover, adequate recognition is given to talented students.” The college is a breeding ground for intellectual ideas


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