Pursuing liberal arts education in India has always been a challenging enterprise for those interested in the subjects due to general public apathy for such education. This process becomes even more daunting in the light of new education policy reforms. Here, Preeti and I write about why some of us opt and pursue a liberal arts education, and do so in the Indian public universities even in the face of these challenges. We discuss public universities- what these spaces mean to us, the opportunities for collaborative learning that they offer vis a vis the challenges that we face and the changes we would like to see. We call for attitudinal shifts (both governmental and public) with regard to the significance of public universities and their autonomy.