Delhi University is one of the most sought-after universities in the country for higher education. Attracting students from all over India, DU also gives them an opportunity to enjoy life and studies in the Capital. It is a challenging task for students fresh out of school to live on their own in a new city. To make things easy, a number of colleges in DU provide hostel facilities to their students.
“I have learnt a lot by living in a hostel. Here, we get to interact with a lot more people. We have to sometimes move out of our comfort zones and adjust with other people. Hostel life teaches you a number of lessons which help you in the long run,” says Deeksha Agarwal, a second-year student from Daulat Ram College.
Though living in hostel implies that one has to adhere to a number of rules and regulations and restrictions, there is an element of fun involved that only a hosteller knows about. “I love living in the college hostel. I do miss home sometimes, but the friends I have made here are like my family. A number of activities, debates and discussions take place here, which enables me to interact with a number of people, and about their opinions and perspectives related to various important issues,” says Rajat Gupta from Kirori Mal College.
It is obvious that parents will be concerned about the security and well-being of their children. To assure them of the same, colleges put in place strict restrictions for students, in terms of curfew hours and fixed overnight leaves. Breaking of rules is also not tolerated by authorities in the hostels.
“Our prime concern is the security of our students. In a metropolitan city like Delhi, everyone has to be very careful, as mishaps can occur anywhere. The curfew time we have set is strictly adhered to by all the students, and we do not give them overnight leave permissions without proper consent of their local guardians,” says Poonam Sethi, hostel warden, Hindu College.
With a number of students living closely together, differences are bound to be created. It is important for students to understand each other and resolve their issues peacefully. “There has not been a single complaint filed by or against any of our hostellers in the last three years. They all understand the importance of being disciplined, and the repercussions they could face if they fail to do so,” adds Suresh Kumar, warden, Ramjas College.
In most colleges, if a student is found engaging in any physical violence, or indulging in activities which are morally and socially inappropriate, they are expelled from the hostel.
Hostellers are also encouraged to take part in various activities on campus. A number of colleges organise fresher parties in the hostel, dinner and movies nights, sports screenings etc.
Sri Venkateswara College has special meditation and spiritual classes for all its students. Most hostels serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, as well as desserts. “The food served in our hostel is great. We hardly feel the need to go out and eat,” says Ritu Agarwal, a third-year student from Miranda House, North Campus.