Delhi University has it’s reputation for being the most ‘happening’ University in India and well, who’d deny the fact. Somewhere within the popularity, the talented students, the food, the events and of course, the high cut-offs, there exists, a 300 year old legacy of Delhi’s finest academic institutions, Zakir Husain Delhi College.
When you come into this college, as a student, very often because you have been rejected by your dream colleges from north or maybe south campus, there is no denying of the fact that you do feel the lack of excitement you expected when you planned coming in to DU. Maybe because of the Rickshaw that just over charged you from New Delhi Metro Station because you are a fuccha, or may it be the strict gate keepers who won’t let you in unless you prove yourself a ZHDC student, or if you are one of those most patient ‘good guys’, you will have to lose it when you get to know the ‘67% or no admit cards’ rule. But you’d learn to let go, because you know you are not in school anymore.
As days pass by, week in week out, you get to know people, your seniors who pass on the attendance hacks, or your teachers, who don’t write boring books on Finance but will prove why Zakir Husain has been successful in maintaining 19 departments and the most number of courses in the University. And you will feel like settling into your surroundings when you’ll find out that the college has a canteen, a separate ‘CHAT CORNER’ and a separate canteen for what you can call a ‘dessert’ and drinks corner. Yes, three of those. If you still don’t find yourself satisfied, the college auditorium, the most fantastic auditorium you’d see at an institute, and if not that, the football field of the college will surely convince you to cooperate with the rules.
Apart from what the college provides you in exchange of your cooperation with the strictness, which is not very “DU”, the students pay a huge role in making you feel that your college is not one of those ‘mediocre’ colleges as people told you. The most reputed Quizzer in the circuit, the passionate photographers of Chimera (the photography society), the ‘university popular’ melodies of merely 21 years old Ram Bhajan, the complete Arts and Culture Society and of course, the pride of the college for decades- the Zakir Husain Delhi College football team which has been the best team at DU for a very long time, shall make you hold your head up high when you meet your on campus friends.
So, a Zakir Husain student’s conclusion would suggest that the college might not be an SRCC or DCAC if you are willing to compare the ‘college excitement’, but, Zakir Husain Delhi College, surely, is one of the best off campus colleges, with remarkable achievements of the sports teams, dancers, quizzers, writers, teachers and the respected alumni.