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Get your DU basics right!
Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 28, 2012
First Published: 19:07 IST(28/6/2012)
Last Updated: 01:30 IST(29/6/2012)
Hey fresher! Who? Me? Really? Ha, ha ha!

Today is your second chance of getting through the college of your choice, as Delhi University (DU) will come out with its second cut-off list. However, as you make your way to the campus, you must know some interesting facts, so that you can become a true blue student of the varsity. Here’s a lowdown on the things that you might generally hear on campus or from your seniors.

Cafe vs Canteen
The moment you enter the premises of Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College in South Campus, you are told that the eating area here is called the ‘Cafe’ and not the ‘Canteen’. “It was one of the things told to us by our seniors in the orientation,” says Teena Jha, a pass out from the college. Even at St Stephen’s College, the canteen is referred to as the ‘cafeteria’ or a ‘mess’.

K Nags
The term ‘K Nags’ is used by students of North Campus for the popular Kamla Nagar market. The market has many eating joints, such as QD’s, which is the students’ hot spot for tandoori momos. The market is also known for college-type shopping that includes footwear, clothes and apparel at affordable prices. You will often get to hear this on campus — “Let’s go to K Nags to have hot sams (samosas) and G Jams (gulab jamuns).

The DU Lingo
Memorise this lingo fast if you want to make the right impression on your seniors. Banta, widely regarded as DU’s favourite beverage, and sold at every corner of the campus, is also called the ‘kanchey wali drink’.

If you are lucky enough to find your love interest on the campus, then you must visit ‘LP’, Lover’s Point, at Hansraj College. One of the favourite hangout areas for students in North Campus is ‘Bonta’ — the ridge area.

The debating society of most colleges are referred to as the ‘Deb Soc’. The campus of Delhi School of Economics, popular for the JP Tea Stall, is called ‘D School’.

Hindu vs Stephen’s
If you hear a student talking about ‘the college across the road’, then it’s obvious that it’s a Stephanian talking about Hindu College. It’s a well-known fact that the two colleges are arch rivals, though authorities have always denied it. But no one knows about the exact origin of this rivalry.

“Some say the cricket matches between the colleges lead to the rivalry. But I still had friends from Hindu,” says Ankur Sapra, a pass out from St Stephen’s. Interestingly, a few years back, students from both the colleges participated in a common cleanliness drive.

Lovers’ den
Apart from the lover’s points at Deshbandhu and Hansraj College and Romeo Lane in Sri Venkateswara College, the varsity also has love connections in the form of the tradition of Damdami Mai at Hindu College on Valentine’s Day. Each year on this day, a female actor is chosen as the goddess, and it is believed that whoever worships her, loses his or her virginity the same year.

Did you know?
The foundation stone at St Stephen’s College is misspelt. It lacks a ‘T’ in St.
Sir Shri Ram, the founder of SRCC and LSR was one of the first students at Hindu College.
Lover’s Point at Hans Raj College was actor Shah Rukh Khan’s favourite hangout.
Miranda House was the first women’s college to become a part of DUSU.
Daulat Ram College was initially called Promila College.
DU was established in 1922, with only three colleges — St Stephen’s, Hindu, and Ramjas.


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