Since Delhi University fests season has begun frantic precautions are in order at colleges. With some changes, DU students are kicking off the fest season. Among these are tighter security measures, admission restrictions, and celebrity appearances during the day.
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Stars performing in the daytime at Delhi University Fests
The campus’s all-girls colleges, in particular, appear to have taken the preventive measure quite seriously. One of these is the Gargi College festival, Reverie, which took place in 2020. According to Shanti Sehgal, vice president of the college’s student government, “Out fest this year is on February 13 to 15.” She also says that artist Nikhil D’Souza has been asked to play as this year’s star act, however, he will only start at midday. If the past had held, this celebrity show would have started at approximately 7 p.m. and gone until 9 p.m.
However, in the past, that has resulted in students leaving school very late. Hopefully, security will be less of an issue now that the campus has been cleaned out by night. In addition, an ambulance and Delhi Police PCR van would be stationed inside the campus grounds to handle any emergencies. outside audience? Denied entry!
Entry denied for outside students
Students might only visit other college campuses early during the fest period. This year, only our peers can access our fest, Feria ’24. “Only students competing in the events are permitted entry from other colleges,” says Ishika Arora, the Institute of Home Economics (IHE) cultural president. “As for security, we have 15 officers from Hauz Khas Police Station stationed here at all times since the fest is ongoing,” she continues. In addition, a group of 13 bouncers, consisting of five females and four males, are making sure that everything is done safely. Similar arrangements were made at the recently finished Janki Devi Memorial College (JDMC) fest, which prohibited outside students from entering the campus unless they were competing.
Leaving the pre-buzz trend
In the past, information about events and teases for them would be released months in advance to reach a wider audience. Nowadays, the majority of college festivals only reveal their dates one week in advance. Miranda House senior Pranita Seth says, “We’ve chosen this approach to ensure that no unwanted crowds get attracted to our college.” She says, “The more buzz we generate, the greater chaos that results.” She’s part of the team that’s planning the college’s cultural program. “We’ve decided to keep things low-key this year so that only those who are sincerely interested in competing can enter the campus. This year, for participants to enter the campus during the fest days, pre-registration is also required. We have requested 35 bouncers for security, consisting of 10 men and 25 women.”
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