This article was submitted to us by an anonymous student at DSNLU, Visakhapatnam.
DSNLU, Visakhapatnam. Wait. What ? Yes, that was my reaction when I came to know of this college for the very first time. The reason is simple- it wasn’t a recognized NLU until the year 2015. It all started at my coaching institute. As we all know, each and every coaching class puts up posters and flyers showing off their ex-students who successfully cracked CLAT, with their names and the college they got into, underneath their photos. In one such poster I saw a senior’s photo below which it was written DSNLU Visakhapatnam. This is how I first got to know about this college and murmured to myself “Is there an NLU in Visakhapatnam as well?” Who would have thought that the day would come when I myself would be a student of the college?
So the CLAT 2015 results were declared and I, like everyone else, was eager as well as nervous to know my rank. I wasn’t very happy with the rank I had got but had the hope I’ll be allotted an NLU. Turned out I was allotted DSNLU, Visakhapatnam even though my rank could have got me an NLU above that, if past records were to be considered. I got over that thought soon, though. Life goes on.
So the day of counseling arrived and there I was, standing in front of the college, staring at it hesitantly. Why? Because, the college was just a building. Yes, just a tall building! The college didn’t have too much of an appearance. When I entered, I realized that it was simply an apartment-turned-college. However, the college is shifting to its permanent campus in the outskirts of the city. Only time will tell when this will actually happen.
When the counseling session was over, my parents and I set out to search for good accommodation because, needless to say, the college does not have a hostel of its own. Yes, not even for the girls. It took one whole day, but we still couldn’t find anything. Because all the private hostels nearby are in such poor condition that you cannot ensure yourself a healthy mind and body which will of course affect your academic performance. Luckily, I found one of my batch-mates searching for someone to share a flat with him. The next day I went to see the flat which was a decent one. Far better than any hostel in that locality. So, the point to note here is that if you’re the kind of person prefers a flat, then you’ll enjoy it here because that’s the only suitable place to live.
Before I knew it, I had moved into my flat with all my belongings and the first day of the college arrived. Everyone was excited, because we were about to embark on a new journey. The first day was pretty good. One thing to take a note of is that the class timings are very hectic- 09:00-15:30. We have 5 lectures a day having a duration of 1 hour each with a 10 minutes break between the 2nd and 3rd lecture and a big 1.5 hour break between the 4th and the 5th lecture. It’s difficult to pursue any hobbies because of this.
The length of the lectures wouldn’t have been an issue if the professors were good enough. This brings me to the faculty of the college. Barring a couple of professors, the faculty isn’t very good. Like the professors of any other college, professors here are also biased but to a greater extent. Favoritism for the local students is a common thing. And the college is filled with local students, thanks to the huge 85% state domicile quota. There was some news that the quota is going to be reduced, but no one really knows if that will materialize.
In my opinion, this college also has a highly incompetent administration. They hardly care about your issues and you have to run from pillar to post to make yourself heard. The sad part is, even after leaving no stone unturned, there is no guarantee that your request will be considered. The ACs have been lying dysfunctional for a long time now and the administration hasn’t done anything yet.
Add to the mix an extremely complex system of examinations. You have one 10 mark test, one 20 mark test, a project of 15 marks which includes 5 marks for viva voce. This is covered as the internal examinations. The rest 50 marks are your external examination. The system of evaluation appears to be fair as all the answer scripts have only the roll. No. of the student and not the name, but it isn’t as fair as it appears. The professors here have great memory. They remember each and every student by their roll numbers. No one will tell you anything if you’re creating a ruckus in the class, but you’ll see the repercussions in your answer scripts. Attendance is also given on the basis of favoritism.
Let’s talk about co-curriculars. The college has a great record in parliamentary debates. We have an annual Intra-college parliamentary debate “Vakta” in which almost every student takes part. The atmosphere is great on those days. The college also has a variety of indoor and outdoor Sports. Although we don’t have a ground of our own, students practice and take part in competitions in the Andhra-University grounds. So yes, if you’re a sports-person you’ll like it here. The college also has several committees like the MAS (Moot and Advocacy Society), The Legal Aid Cell, SANCTUS (the committee for sports), SOLID (the debating society), SCOPP (society of constitution and public policy) etc., which are mostly active and organize several events for the students to participate in, from time to time. However, there’s a twist. Although the college promotes debates, sports and other activities, it shows extreme stinginess when it comes to sending its students to participate in fests organized by other universities. Our students had a real tough time convincing the college to let them participate in the NLU Jodhpur fest conducted in 2015. Oh yes, also, DSNLU doesn’t conduct any fest of its own. So that’s a turn off. As a small solace, it conducts an Annual day to reward the winners of various intra-college competitions.
The food here is pathetic. However, Visakhapatnam is heaven if you’re a nature lover. Several beaches, hills, tourist spots and the very popular hill-station Arakku valley will enthrall you with their magnificence. Language is an issue here as the local people hardly understand Hindi and not every local communicates in English fluently. There are hardly any hotspots in and around the college so one gets bored very often.
Amidst all this, everyone is still trying to adjust to the adverse situations and there’s still a ray of hope that all our issues will be solved soon. So, to all the students who’ll be appearing for CLAT in the future, best wishes.
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