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North Campus or South Campus

india Updated: Nov 30, 2010 01:11 IST

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Our weekly feature on the divides that makes Delhi unique.

North Campus vs South Campus

Ten colleges located next to each other makes North Campus of Delhi University complete in itself. No wonder the first priority of students is to get admission in colleges here. Established in 1922, with just three colleges — St. Stephens, Hindu College and Ramjas College — at that time, today the campus boasts of some of the most popular colleges not just in the city but the country as well.

For students, North campus is a foodies’ paradise. There are some must haves in this area, such as the bhelpuri bhaiya right next to the Patel Chest bus stop, serving a plate of chatpata bhelpuri at Rs 20. Another hot favourite among students is the Momo point in Kamla Nagar market, offering chicken and pork momos, chilly chicken and chowmein at cheap rates. Chache chole bhature wala, selling plain as well as potato stuffed bhature, is perhaps the one shop that has made Kamla Nagar Market so popular. Mutton cutlets and mutton dosa at The Delhi School of Economics Cafeteria are great too.

Don’t call it Kamla Nagar, its K nags, yes that’s what students love calling their one and only market in North Campus. It’s famous for its small roadside shops selling junk jewellery and shops selling ‘made in Bangkok’ clothes. Other places are various coffee chain shops where students love to take a break.

Paying guest accommodation in not too expensive, and ranges between Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,000. A PG here would serve you aloo parantha for breakfast, rice and dal for lunch and in dinner you can fill your stomach with roti, vegetables and boondi raita. The deadlines is 10 pm.

Fest time is the most awaited time of the year. Some of the famous fests here, are Crossroads of Sri Ram College of Commerce, known for its rock show, where singers like Palash Sen, Kailash Kher and KK have performed in the recent past. Another hot favourite is Hindu College’s Mecca, that involves theatrical, literary, dance and music events. Also very famous is their Annual jam session. The fest season is incomplete without Miranda House’s Tempest, where guys from North Campus can do anything to get an entry. You know why!

Nearest Metro station Vishwa Vidyalaya Metro Station

Verdict North Campus is where you should be, if you want to experience real Delhi University life.

As a result of DU’s multi-campus system plan, south campus was established in the year 1973. But the disadvantage is that all the colleges are scattered over the whole of South Delhi such as Lady Shri Ram College in Moolchand, Sri Venkateswara College in Dhaula Kuan, Kamla Nehru College in Khel Gaon Marg and Jesus and Mary College in Chanakyapuri amongst many others scattered elsewhere.

If north has Momo point than how can south lag behind. The momo joints outside Yashwant, also popularly known as Chanakya cinema complex, Brown Sugar, Dilli Haat are worth trying. The bhel puri wala outside Lady Shri Ram College is known for his delicious and hygienic bhel puri. He even has a facebook and orkut community dedicated to him by the students of this college.

South Campus has better shopping options. Students here, have access to everything from fancy to streetwear, thanks to the proximity to markets such as Lajpat Nagar, GK 1 M block and South Extension amongst others. If Sarojni Nagar market is famous for export clothes at cheap rates, GK 1 M block serves the best of brands with a good variety. Don’t miss out on the basement shops, popular with jeans lovers in both the campuses as you get good fits at reasonable rates. Other places to hang out are Select City Walk mall, Ansal Plaza and Acharya Niketan market.

The PG rates in South have really shot up in the past couple of years. A normal PG with three times meal would cost you between Rs 7000 to Rs 11,000. You can expect macroni and garlic bread for breakfast and pasta for dinner. With the start of the South Delhi metro, almost all the colleges are well connected through metro.

Lady Shri Ram College’s Tarang, Kamla Nehru College’s Ullas and Sri Venkateswara College’s Nexus are the most happening fests of South campus. While at Tarang, you have the famous food festival offering a combination of street food and other eateries of Delhi, Ullas has great dance performances and well attended rock nights every year.

Nearest Metro station since the colleges in South Campus are located far away from each other, there are different metro stations as well.

Verdict come to South Campus if you want to be with the coolest crowd.