What to expect from the Hansraj college — a freshers’ guide

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Hansraj College is one of the most prestigious colleges of the University of Delhi. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has ranked it as the ninth-best college in India. Located in the North Campus of the university, it proves its eminence with its notable alumni with legendary figures like Shahrukh Khan, Anurag Kashyap and Gunjan Saxena.

This article talks about the everyday experience of the college, but don’t miss out our previous article for detailed information regarding the courses, societies and facilities offered.

Transportation and the daily hassle with E – rickshaws drivers

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Hansraj is the farthest college from the Vishwa Vidyalaya metro station. If you are preparing to come to the college from the metro after the lockdown, expect reluctant drivers and daily morning negotiations with them. They often refuse solo Hansarains as it takes them longer to drop them off. Be prepared to come super early to the station and find other fellow Hansarians to persuade the driver to drop you off for your classes!

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Keeping transportation challenges aside, Hansraj’s location is one of the best in the campus — it is closest to the Kamala Nagar Market. One has to just cross the street to go to restaurants like Taco Bell, Ricos, McDonald’s; cute shopping centres like Miniso; bookshops like Bookland and accommodations like Oxford Caps.

The infrastructure of the college

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The college is divided into 3 blocks — usually, the A block is for Commerce students, B block for science students and C for humanities students. This isn’t strict compartmentalization, but generally, the majority of the classes take place in this order. While the A block sees the influx of newer desks and is air-conditioned, the C block has peeling walls, smaller classrooms and lacks the cooling systems. 

Restrooms in these blocks are usually unkempt and unsanitary, while the restrooms in the Library are more manageable. Dirty windowsills, classrooms bustling with pigeons and college dogs is the normalcy in Hansraj. 

The campus in the college isn’t the most spacious, but it has a friendly and cordial environment. The beginning of the semester is filled by Nukkad Nataks by the Dramatics Society, orientation ceremonies and auditions by other performative societies.

The common hangout spots are in LP (the Lovers’ Point), the Canteen or the common playground. The canteen bhaiyas are some of the most friendly faces for a fresher and the food is affordable too. The canteen cold coffee is a bang for its bucks!

Administration and the Teaching staff in Hansraj College

Professors are generally regular to their classes, though it is subjective to the course and the class. Most professors and societies are progressive, though the administration has allegedly physically intervened in a CAA protest that took place within the college campus.  

The political climate during elections isn’t too intense, unlike some of the other colleges and there are generally only a couple of major campaign rallies before the elections.

Internship Opportunities and Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) 

The college has a very active online internship portal and other market-oriented societies which provide a lot of internship opportunities. Other societies like Ostraca – the creative writing society, Swaranjali – the singing society and Terpsichorean – the choreography society are extremely active and demanding. Missing classes is almost vital to be in some societies. Unfortunately, the college administration does not award attendance to students who participate in ECA.

Hansraj college isn’t a perfect institution, but it has an amazing student body, distinguished professors and a vibrant environment which will keep your college days bustling!

 

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Vanshika Yadav
She is currently studying English Literature from the Hansraj College, University of Delhi. Read her other writings at www.vanshikayadav.in

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