Delhi University is undoubtedly one of the premier and most sought after educational institutes in the country, famous for its soaring cutoffs.
People from all over the country are desperate to get into this place, as DU is home for some of the best colleges in the country, particularly for arts and commerce streams. The social status of a DU student is indeed more than others.
So if you are lucky enough to be a part of this happening place, here are some quick interesting facts you must know about DU as a student:
1) Beginnings were tough
Delhi University was established in 1922. It started with just 3 colleges (St. Stephens, Hindu and Ramjas), 2 faculties and 750 students. Presently, the University has 77 colleges, 86 departments, 16 faculties and over 4 lakh students.
2) Special flower show
Delhi University organizes Flower Show every year in the North Campus. This is done with the purpose to promote compassion towards nature. It is open for everyone, including all residents, people from various walks of life and DU students.
3) North campus ridge
The popular North Campus Ridge is the perfect place to hangout. Simultaneously, it has many interesting stories to tell. The Flagstaff tower in the Northern Ridge , which looks like another building, is where the revolt of 1857 culminated. The Ridge also has the Ashokan Pillar, which was moved from Meerut to Delhi by Firoz Shah Tughlaq in 1356. Moreover, the lake there was named “Khooni Jheel”because the water had remained blood red for a couple of days due to bloodshed. Quite historical
4) Foodies point
Yes, you heard it right! Delhi University is the perfect place for foodies. From maggi and noodles to aloo tikki burger and pizza, you can get anything. Near North Campus, you can find Hudson Lane, the hub of all cafes and restaurants. Some of the popular places of foodies include Tom Uncle Maggi Point, Cafeteria and Co., Rico’s etc.
5) A haunted blessing
To put it directly, Delhi University Campus was once called a haunted place. The area was built near a cemetery and people wouldn’t dare to go there late in the evening. Even today, it is believed that there is a special place or perhaps, a ground at the back of Shri Ram College of Commerce, which used to be a grave and if people are to be believed, spirits still haunt that place and it is advisable not to go there after 6-7 p.m.
6) The VC’s office
The present office of the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University hides many secrets behind it. It is said that Lord Mountbatten proposed his wife Edwina for marriage at the Vice Regal Lodge only? Also, our famous freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh was held captive for a day in this building only.