Satire in the Age of Letters and Technology- more than just a pinch of it.
By: Apoorva Mirsa
With the advent of another academic year, Delhi University gets set to welcome a new batch of starry eyed aspirants. As I flip through the pages of the newspaper, it’s a walk down memory lane. Rewind to 2010-2011 and there I was, bleary eyed, peering into the newspapers and fervently hoping that my scores would fit in somewhere in the first, second or maybe the third cut off list. The endless task of buying and filling forms, waiting in long queues in the scorching heat and umpteen rounds of written tests and interviews ultimately bore fruit and when it happened, voila!, a DU aspirant had become a DU student.
The drama unfolds again with a new lot of class XII pass outs anxiously awaiting the cut off lists. However, this time the Delhi University has brought about some radical changes in the admission procedure. According to the new admission policy, common admission forms have been done away with completely. The general and OBC category have been exempted from filling pre-admission forms. Much to the relief of the students, some colleges are also offering online registration. Instead of the usual three, this time there are five cut off lists, with the first one being put up on 15th June. It would be prudent to take admission after the first cut off list is announced as a student can change his course or college after the second and third cut off lists. This will ensure that the student does not lose his seat. The endless debate between the primacy of course over college and vice-versa rages on but it would be advisable to be discreet and take admission in a course of their choice rather than pine for a top ranking college.
Enough of the humdrum technicalities and procedural wrangles. Let me acquaint you with the charisma of college life. The drab regulation school uniform gives way to the latest in fashion in terms of accessories, bags, footwear and hairstyles. The “jholas” and the “kolhapuris” in contrast with the clogs and the kitsch bags lend colour to the campus. Not to forget the endless rounds of binging in the college cafes and eating joints in the vicinity. You can bid adieu to the lunch box now!! The cold months of January and February bring hectic frenzy, fun and frolic in the form of college fests for which students prepare well in advance. College being a melting pot of students of diverse nationalities and cultures provides a unique learning environment. There is space for everyone to showcase their latent potential and dabble in activities which were otherwise not possible because of the pressure of boards and dearth of time.
So, as a veteran of first year college, my advice to the hopefuls would be to be patient and calm. In a couple of months, all the trials and tribulations of the moment will be forgotten in the ecstasy of a new phase of life.