It was that time of the year again. Memories were refreshed, connections renewed, moments relived and craziness ensued. On the 24th February, the 3rd Alumni Meet was held at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), amid much fanfare and surprisingly, a lesser-than-expected attendance. Nonetheless, the evening was marked by dance, drama, fashion, speeches and a lot of good food!

Initially kick-started 3 years back by the Journalism Dept. with the purpose of introducing juniors to well-placed alumni and exposing students, all set to enter the sector, to opportunities galore, the college too held an alumni meet this year. This concept hasn’t really caught up with the other DU colleges and has remained more-or-less unique since its inception. So this year, even though the scale was one-notch higher, but, it will surely take time for DCAC pass-outs to realize that this is an annual event! The Journalism Meet started earlier than the college Meet and ultimately merged with it as the evening progressed. Super-seniors were made to re-visit and recount awkward and embarrassing college instances. A special dance performance by Yashaswani of 1st year kept the buzz alive and was appreciated by all. Pass-outs from batches 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 came to attend the Journalism Meet and were thrilled to be back to the basics again. A special short-movie highlighting all the achievements of the Dept. in the last year was also screened. Also, the presence Mr. Rajeev Malik, of 1994 batch, brought back memories from almost 2 decades back. The focus then shifted to how drastically the college had changed since then. Post the activities, young first-year students could be seen asking the alumni tips for landing internships and jobs.

The College fest had more dance and drama, with dance performances and Tambola games with various rounds of lucky draw. The audience was scanty, but the seats filled up, when the Fashion Society of the College presented a Fashion show on the theme ‘Mafia’. A speech made by an alumni from the 1970 batch, made all the professors nostalgic and anecdotes & instances were shared when the college was formerly G.D. Salwan College, located in Rajinder Nagar. Sustaining only on rounds of light snacks and chais & coffees till then, the dinner buffet was opened. The lavish spread was appreciated by everyone & hardly anyone resisted a second serving. Quick exchange of cards and goodbyes followed, whereas for some, plans for the rest of the evening were chalked out. All in all, by the end of those 3 hours, reluctance had been replaced by craze and a certain nostalgia. The Meet was a modest success and one of those few days where people actually met each-other and simply didn’t ‘ping’, shared real emotions and memories and not emoticons and LOLs & parted with a promise to meet up again and not simply ‘log out’ of each others’ lives.

Manav Seth

Photo Credits: Mimansa Shekhar

12/20/2013 21:59:48

Hi your article mentioned that Rajeev Malik from 1994 batch had visited. Would you have his contact details? I am from 96 batch and he is a friend i had been looking for...can you help ?


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