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Delhi University, New Delhi, Delhi


Delhi University, New Delhi, Delhi
Address: Plot / Street / Area
South Campus, Benito Juarez Road
New Delhi (District New Delhi)
Delhi, India
Pin Code : 110021

Delhi University, New Delhi Delhi is a University recognised by UGC. Delhi University, New Delhi Delhi is also known as University of Delhi. Delhi University, New Delhi Delhi was established on / in 1922.

Principal of Delhi University, New Delhi Delhi is Prof VK Kaul, Mr Kapoor.

Delhi University is situated in New Delhi of Delhi state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. New Delhi comes under New Delhi Tehsil, New Delhi District.

Fax # of Delhi University, New Delhi Delhi is +91-11-27667049, 27666350, 24116570, 24111141.

Contact Person(s) of the Delhi University, New Delhi Delhi is (are): Prof. Sanjay Sehgal, Prof. Rashmi Agrawal.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Delhi University, New Delhi Delhi are 93525--61315.

email ID(s) is Delhi University New Delhi Delhi

Website of Delhi University, New Delhi Delhi is www.du.ac.in.

Vice Chancellor : Dr Deepak Pental (Prof of Genetics) 27667011, 27667190 27667049, Pro-Vice Chancellor 27667899, 27667758.

Registrar : 27667853 27666350.

Contact Details of Delhi University, New Delhi Delhi are : 011-24118854, 24111141, 241125503
Dean of Colleges 27667066-1105(EPABX) 27666642
Director, South Campus: 27662865
Director, North Campus Office: 24116427, 24113045
South Campus Office: 27662503, 24110876
Director, Campus Open Learning 27667041, 27667799
Controller of Exams. 27667934, 27666348 27667336
North Campus EPABX 23922480, 27667725 27667126

South Campus EPABX
Admission Enquiry
AR (General) (South Campus) 24111955, 24116938

Department of Geology Center of Advance Studies: M.Sc. Earth Science related 011-27667073, Fax 011-27666295 email hodgeoldu@gmail.com

Delhi University runs Delhi School of Economics in its campus. (Former director of Delhi School of Economics Sh K.L. Krishna)

Prof. J.M. Khurana, Dean, Students' Welfare (Mobile 9810651142)
Email Id: dsw@du.ac.in


5 years M.Sc. in Earth Science

Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) runs:
MBA Full Time
MBA 2 years Executive, Evening course

Profile of Delhi University

The University of Delhi is the premier university of the country and is known for its high standards in teaching and research and attracts eminent scholars to its faculty.

The University of Delhi was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential university by an Act of the then Central Legislative Assembly. Only three colleges existed then in Delhi: St. Stephens College founded in 1881, Hindu College founded in 1899 and Ramjas College founded in 1917, which were affiliated to the University. The University thus had a modest beginning with just three colleges, two faculties (Arts and Science) and about 750 students. In October 1933, the University offices and the Library shifted to the Viceregal Lodge Estate, and till today this site is the nucleus of the University (Main Campus).

Apart from central administrative offices, examination offices and the sports complex, the main departments of the Faculty of Science are housed in the Viceregal Lodge Estate.Sir Maurice Gwyer, who was the then Vice Chancellor, realizing the importance of a distinguished faculty, searched for talent all over the country and brought men of eminence to this University, such as Prof. D S Kothari in Physics, Prof. T R Sheshadri in Chemistry, Prof. P Maheshwari in Botany and Prof. M L Bhatia in Zoology. Over the last even decades the University has grown into one of the largest universities in India. At present, there are 14 faculties, 86 academic departments and 79 colleges spread all over the city, with about 2,20,000 students.

In an effort to cope with this enormous expansion, the University in the early seventies initiated a new organizational pattern based on the multi-campus concept. The South Campus made a beginning in 1973 by starting postgraduate programmes in some departments of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in a rented building. The campus acquired land near Dhaula Kuan where the building of Arts Faculty was first constructed. Offices and teaching activities shifted to this campus in 1983. A beginning has been made towards establishing the East and West Campuses of the University. The East Campus is being developed with the University College of Medical Science as its nucleus, while the West Campus will have as its focus on Engineering and Technology. When the University Grants Commission started establishing Centres of Advanced Studies in the country, 6 were awarded to the University of Delhi out of a total of 18 such centres in the early sixties. These were in Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Economics and Sociology. These Centres of Advanced Studies are now the centres of excellence in teaching and research in their respective areas. In addition, a number of these and other University departments received grants under the Special Assistance Programme of the UGC in recognition of their outstanding academic work. The University has 15 libraries. These are in addition to Libraries in the Colleges. The University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC) has a number of sophisticated research instruments which are used by several departments of the University and by other institutions in Delhi and its the neighbourhood. The University has just completed the implementation of fibre-optic networks on the North and South Campuses.

Following is the list of Vice Chancellors: .
S.No. Name Tenure
1. Hari Singh Gaur 1922-26
2. Moti Sagar 1926-30
3. Abdur Rehman 1930-34
4. Ram Kishore 1934-38
5. Maurice Gwyer 1938-50
6. S.N. Sen 1950-53
7. G.S. Mahajani 1953-57
8. V.K.R.V. Rao 1957-60
9. N.K. Sidhanta 1960-61
10. C.D. Desh Mukh 1962-67
11. B.N. Ganguli 1967-69
12. K.N. Raj 1969-70
13. Sarup Singh 1971-74
14. R.C. Mehrotra 1974-79
15. Gurbakhsh Singh 1980-85
16. Moonis Raza 1985-90
17. Upendra Baxi 1990-94
18. V.R. Mehta 1995-2000
19. Deepak Nayyar 2000-2005
20. Deepak Pental 2005-...

Dean, University of Delhi, Delhi

Dean, Faculty of Arts Office, Main Adminstration Building, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.
Phone: 27662223, 27667725 X 1280

Dean, Ayurvedic & Unani Medicine, Karol Bagh, New Delhi-110005. Phone: 23524180

Dean, Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.
Phone: 27667891 x 1632 (EPABX)

Dean, Faculty of Education, 33, Chhatra Marg, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.
Phone: 27666377, 27667509, 27667030

Dean, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Marg, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi-110021.
Phone: 24106392

7. LAW
Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007.
Phone: 27667483 x 1510 (EPABX)

Dean, Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.
Phone: 27666685 x 1620 (EPABX), email: admissions@fms.edu, Tel 27666382-388

Dean, New Academic Block, Adjoining Arts Faculty Building, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007.
Phone: 27667591 x 1324 (EPABX)

Dean, V.P. Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007.
Phone: 22282971

Dean, Faculty of Music, Mall Road, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007.
Phone: 27667608 x 1616 (EPABX)

Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.
Phone: 27667793, 27667725 x 1356, 1358 (EPABX)

Dean, Arts Faculty Building, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007.
Phone: 27666354 x 1534 (EPABX)

Dean, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Azad Hind Fauj Marg,
Sector 3, Dwarka, New Delhi 110045.
Phone: 22960816

History of University
The University of Delhi (DU) is a central university situated in Delhi, India and is funded by Government of India. Established in 1922, it offers courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. Vice-President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari is the Chancellor of the university.

The University of Delhi was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential university by an Act of the then Central Legislative Assembly. Only three colleges existed then in Delhi: St. Stephens College founded in 1881, Hindu College founded in 1899 and Ramjas College founded in 1917, which were affiliated to the University. The University thus had a modest beginning with just three colleges, two faculties (Arts and Science) and about 750 students. In October 1933, the University offices and the Library shifted to the Viceregal Lodge Estate, and till today this site is the nucleus of the University (Main Campus).

University Beginnings
Apart from central administrative offices, examination offices and the sports complex, the main departments of the Faculty of Science are housed in the Viceregal Lodge Estate. Sir Maurice Gwyer, who was the then Vice Chancellor, realizing the importance of a distinguished faculty, searched for talent all over the country and brought men of eminence to this University, such as Prof. D S Kothari in Physics, Prof. T R Sheshadri in Chemistry, Prof. P Maheshwari in Botany and Prof. M L Bhatia in Zoology. Over the last seven decades the University has grown into one of the largest universities in India. At present, there are 14 faculties, 86 academic departments and 79 colleges spread all over the city, with about 220,000 students

Courses Offered
The University of Delhi South Campus conducts various teaching programmes under different faculties. Students joining courses such as English, Hindi, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Political Science, History, Commerce and Mathematics at the masters level, have the option to get themselves enrolled in the University, either through college or directly at the South Campus. Students have to fill in a Centralized Registration Form for admission, as the classes for these programmes are held in the South Campus and not in the Colleges. In all other subjects, the students, after getting the Admission Slip, have to get enrolled in the South Campus itself.

Courses such as Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Business Economics (MBE), Master of Finance and Control (MFC), M.Sc. Informatics have their own admission procedure etc.

Admission tests are held locally in Delhi for courses such as M.Tech in Microwave Electronics, M.Sc. Electronics (50% seats), M.Sc. Genetics, M.Sc. Plant Molecular Biology, M.Sc. Environmental Biology, M.A. Applied Psychology, M.A. Russian, Intensive Adv. diploma in Russian, PG Hindi Journalism Certificate/Diploma. Candidates are advised to contact the Department Offices for Admission Forms and details

University of Delhi (DU) With more than 80 colleges under its umbrella, the University of Delhi, better known as DU, is definitely the most prestigious universities in the country today. The varsity is known for its high standards in teaching and research. The university has been ranked one of the best universities in the world.

The University was established in the year 1922, with just three colleges under its umbrella namely St. Stephens College (founded in 1881), Hindu College (founded in 1899) and Ramjas College (founded in 1917).

Sir Maurice Gwyer, who was the Vice Chancellor of the University, realizing the immense importance of a distinguished faculty, searched for talent all over the country and brought men of eminence to this University, such as Prof. D S Kothari in Physics, Prof. T R Sheshadri in Chemistry, Prof. P Maheshwari in Botany and Prof. M L Bhatia in Zoology. During the last over seven decades the University has grown into one of the largest universities in India.

The University offers a colossal 447 different courses in fields like Commerce, Sciences, Arts, International Languages, Engineering etc at the undergraduate, postgraduate, M.Phil, Ph.D., diploma and certificate levels.
At present, there are 13 faculties, 76 departments and 8 centres of learning operating in the University. The colleges affiliated to DU are spread all over the city divided under the north, south, east, west and central regions.

The nucleus of the Delhi University is its North Campus which is home to colleges like the Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), St. Stephen's College, Hindu College and several other reputed colleges. The university is also trying to develop its East and West campuses. The East Campus is being developed with the University College of Medical Sciences as its nucleus and the west campus will focus on Engineering & Technology courses.


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(O and M)

Date of Decision: 03.02.2011

Master Pranjay Jain ...Petitioner
Union of India and others ..Respondents.


1. Whether Reporters of local papers may be allowed to see the judgment ?
2. Whether to be referred to the Reporters or not ?
3. Whether the judgment should be reported in the Digest?

Present :
Mr. Aman Bahri, Advocate, for the petitioner.
Ms. Anjali Kukkar, Advocate, for respondents No.1 & 2
Mr. Yashdeep Singh, Advocate for
Mr. A.S.Virk, Advocate, for respondent No. 3.
Mr. Navdeep Singh, Advocate for respondent No.4.

This writ petition has been filed as a Public Interest Litigation seeking a writ of mandamus directing the respondents to treat “Dyslexia” as a disability under the provisions of The Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (hereinafter referred to as 'the Act' ).

A further prayer has been made to treat the candidature of the
petitioner who is suffering from “Dyslexia” under the physically
handicapped quota of 3% in terms of Section 39 of the Act for the purpose of admission to different institutes on the basis of AIEEE and JEE examination of the year 2010.

At the outset, it must be put on record that pursuant to certain interim orders passed by the Court, the petitioner was allowed
to sit in the aforesaid two examinations as a candidate belonging to the physically handicapped category. However, the marks secured by the petitioner did not entitle him to the benefit of admission even on being treated as a person belonging to the physically handicapped category. The aforesaid part of the writ petition, therefore, stood answered by the interim orders passed by the Court and the consequential direction issued. No further order in that regard therefore would be called for.

Coming to the writ of mandamus prayed for for treating persons with “Dyslexia” as disabled persons, our attention has been drawn to an affidavit filed by the Director in the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India before the Delhi High Court in a proceeding registered and numbered as Civil Writ Petition No. 10055 of 2004 in the said High Court. In paragraph No. (ix) of the said affidavit, it has been stated that the Directorate General of Health Services is of the view that “Dyslexia” can be considered under the 'Mental Retardation Category'. A copy of the letter of the Directorate General dated 02.07.2004 was enclosed to the said affidavit filed before the Delhi High Court as Annexure-B.

Our attention has also been drawn to the order dated 12.03.2010 passed by the Delhi High Court in the said proceeding by which the same was closed on the basis of a further affidavit filed by the University of Delhi to the effect that admissions under 3% disability quota had been allowed to persons suffering from “Dyslexia” with 40% or more disability.

The stand before this Court by the Union of India has been the same as before the Delhi High Court. Numerous medical opinions, the particulars of which need not to be specifically noticed, have been brought on record to show that “Dyslexia” is a kind of mental disability and further that the percentage of such disability cannot be determined in accordance with acceptable medical norms as on today. The extent/percentage of such disability is a factor that has to be considered under the provisions of the Act before acknowledging a person with disability to be entitled to the benefits under the Act.

The materials on record, details of which have been noticed above, have revealed a consistent view that “Dyslexia” is a disability and, specifically, a form of mental retardation. Further
consequential action in this regard would lie within the realm of an appropriate legislation. This is an area on which the Court can have no opinion; muchless, any direction can be issued by the Court. We are, therefore, of the opinion that the matter deserves full and complete consideration of the appropriate authority for the purpose of statutory recognition of the disability which is yet to be acknowledged by the provisions of the Act. Beyond the above, it would be highly inappropriate for the Court to say anything further.

We, therefore, close this PIL by leaving it open to the concerned authority to take such further steps as may be necessary in the matter. No further order/direction beyond what has been stated
will be justified.

We are told that some institutions in other States of the country are affording admissions to candidates with “Dyslexia”. The
present order will not be construed, in any manner, to permit or
prohibit any institution from proceeding in the matter in a manner considered fit and appropriate.



Students turn out in large numbers for campus placement

New Delhi: As many as 800 students of Delhi University lined up today for the first round of placements in the campus that saw four companies holding their recruitment processes. The Central Placement Cell of the University has this year registered over 21,000 students for its services of facilitating employment opportunities.

The day began with around 800 students turning up for todays placement process and Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh giving them a pep talk before the companies began their recruitment drives.At the end of the day, 22 students - 18 girls and four boys ended up clinching jobs while a number of others would know their fate tomorrow.Out of the four companies that came today, one of them finalised their results and selected 22 students. The other three companies will let us know their selections tomorrow, said Dr Gulshan Sawhney, deputy dean of students welfare.

The four companies that were lined up for today were Aakash Institute, Jaipur Rugs, Naukri.com and Teach for India. This year, the placement cell is for the first time catering to students enrolled with the School of Open Learning (SOL) as well as students of the Non-Collegiate Womens Education Board (NCWEB), in addition to the regular students it registers every year.

Last year, 12,000 students had registered themselves with the placement cell.

Delhi University students march against corruption

New Delhi: Around 500 students from the Delhi University Wednesday took out a protest march on the north campus against corruption and demanded a strong Lokpal bill, said an organiser.

The protest was organised by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student outfit affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, and was joined by students from various colleges from the South Campus.

Its high time that (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi...learnt her lessons. We are all together against corruption and will fight till the end, ABVPs national convener Sunil Bansal said.We want a strong Lokpal bill to tackle corruption, he added.The students were seen holding banners and posters denouncing the government and corruption. They shouted slogans against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi.The march started from Kranti Chowk in Maurice Nagar and concluded at the Faculty of Arts.The students group warned the government of intensifying the protest from Aug 9 if it did not take any substantial action against corruption.

We want the Lokpal bill to be passed. If that does not happen, we will restart our agitation from Aug 9 and will protest all over India, said Shreerang Kulkerni, national secretary of the ABVP.

Delhi HC questions DU on Ph.D admission

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Delhi University to give details of the criteria it has set for pursuing Ph.D. if an applicant is working.The court was hearing a plea of Metropolitan Magistrate Twinkle Wadhwa, who sought its direction to the university to consider her application for enrolment to the Ph.D programme.

The division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said, The University should file an affidavit regarding criteria of the university required for pursuing Ph.D, in the condition applicant is working.The petition said If a teacher of the Delhi University can be allowed to pursue a Ph.D. course to enhance academic acumen, why should a judge be compelled to take study leave to go for a research programme?

During the arguments, the bench said Ph.D. was a fulltime course and needed concentration as it was related to research work.Justice Khanna said If one is doing two works at a time, the persons mind may get distracted. He added that while pursuing LL.M., students needed 75 percent attendance and they could even attend classes in two shifts, which was not possible with the Ph.D.

The case would be heard on next Sep 27.During the last hearing, the university claimed that it was merely following a regulation of the University Grants Commission.The UGC defended its rule, arguing it was meant to maintain academic standards.The university told the court that, The Ph.D. is a full-time programme for which the student needs to devote himself or herself for obtaining such degree. The UGC is of the view that in order to maintain standards of research degrees, a degree in the nature of Ph.D cannot be termed part-time.

Wadhwa approached the court last year after the university refused to allow her to pursue a Ph.D. course as she was employed as a judicial officer. The university asked her to take study leave for two years.Wadhwa in her petition said, The impugned rule under the 2008 regulation was arbitrary and vitiated from unequal treatment because while everyone else was required to apply for a two-year study leave, those employed as teachers in Delhi University colleges and schools could pursue the course and work at the same time.

The petition requested the court to quash the universitys ordinance necessitating such condition, and direct the university to consider her application for enrolment to the Ph.D. programme.

Anna helps ABVP defeat NSUI in DUSU polls

New Delhi: The National Students Union of India (NSUI) Saturday snatched the presidents post of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) but the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) swept the other three seats, crediting its victory to the Anna Hazare campaign.

For a second year in running, the ABVP won three of the four seats in what is considered a prestigious annual political battle in the capital.

Ajay Chhikara of NSUI, the student wing of the Congress, was elected the president, defeating Neha Singh of ABVP by 2,357 votes. Elections took place Friday in the university, one of the countrys biggest.Vikas Choudhary of ABVP, which is allied to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, was elected vice-president. He defeated NSUIs Bhupendra Chaudhary by 3,780 votes.

Vikas Yadav and Deepak Bansal, both from ABVP, won the posts of secretary and joint secretary respectively.Yadav worsted NSUIs Parag Sharma by 2,291 votes. Bansal had a 2,105-vote margin victory over NSUIs Ashish Chaudhary.The results sparked off celebrations in both the camps outside the office of Dean of Student Welfare in the campus.Last year, the ABVP had won the DUSU presidency and two other posts -- vice-president and secretary. The NSUI could bag only the post of joint secretary.The ABVP credited the Anna Hazare campaign against corruption as one of the reasons why it won three seats.

It is one of the factors why we won, ABVPs Vikas Yadav told. Bhupendra Chaudhary of NSUI, who lost the vice-presidents post, admitted that the anti-corruption campaign did play a role.

Delhi University has 77 affiliated colleages spread all over the city, and a student population running into thousands.

Tantrik rapes, films Delhi-University girl in temple

New Delhi: A tantrik was arrested here for allegedly raping a 21-year-old Delhi University student and filming the act, police said on Tuesday.The incident was reported from north Delhis Timarpur area and the accused has been identified as Dharam Prakash (50). The victim had approached the accused to cure stress but he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her over last three months.

He also allegedly filmed the act using a hidden camera in his room inside the temple complex and later blackmailed the girl.

The victim had been visiting the Triveni Balaji temple for the past few years.

DTC low-floor buses to run in Delhi Universitys north campus

New Delhi: The Delhi University on June 19 decided to resume the Delhi Transport Corporations low floor bus services in the north campus from June 20, for the convenience of admission seekers.

The buses will be plying on two routes covering all the colleges and other prominent places in the university campus from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm., Dean, Students Welfare J.M. Khurana told IANS.

The facility has been provided to help aspirants seeking admission in the colleges of the campus and the accompanying parents.The candidates and their parents are advised to use this subsidized facility and thus avoid parking problems, said Khurana.

This service will also be available to the students and staff when colleges reopen after the summer vacation, he added.

Delhi University on Facebook: Much-needed respite during admission season

New Delhi: Providing anxious students and their parents a much-needed respite during the admission season, Delhi University (DU) on Monday launched its own page on Facebook for direct interaction with the students, an official said.

Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh, in his message on the page, said: We are today launching our Facebook page, a dedicated email id is also in place. Ill do my best to personally answer several queries.The page is open to students for questions,suggestions and receive information about courses at regular intervals. The page can be accessed only from the link on the official website of DU. The page already has over 500 members.

The vision is to make the procedure of admissions easy for students. The medium is popular among them and is accessible also, deputy dean for students welfare Gurpreet Tuteja said.

Court questions Delhi University on semester system

New Delhi: Delhi High Court Thursday issued notice to the Delhi University vice chancellor, the University Grants Commission and the central government on the implementation of the semester system in the varsitys arts stream for 2011-12.The division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjeev Khanna said: Issue notice to all the respondents. The matter will be heard on May 11.A group of university teachers approached the Delhi High Court challenging the universitys April 19 notification for implementation of the semester system in the arts stream for 2011-12.The teachers union also demanded quashing of the notification.

As of now, there are 13 courses, including physics, chemistry, botany and zoology, which follow the semester system in the university.

DU admissions: Cut-off list for non-collegiate women courses on Friday

New Delhi: The first cut-off list for Delhi Universitys Non-Collegiate Womens Education Board (NCWEB), for whose courses students do not need to attend regular classes, will be out on Friday, a statement said.The first cut-off list for admission to B.A and B.Com courses will be notified on Friday. Details of the cut-off percentage of marks will be available on the Delhi University website, said the statement issued by university registrar on Thursday.The NCWEB offers special coaching to women students and enables them to appear in university examinations without attending regular classes.

Every year the NCWEB, on an average, sees an enrolment of over 16,000 students in undergraduate courses and 500 in postgraduate courses.

High cut-offs leave Delhi students with one last option

New Delhi: At a time when Delhi University (DU) colleges have put up high cut-offs for admission, its School of Open Learning (SOL) that offers distance learning courses is swamped with applications - emerging as a ray of hope for students who do not meet the high criteria of the colleges.SOL, which receives over 300,000 applications annually, offers courses in humanities and commerce streams through distance learning programmes.Students who find it difficult to clear the cut-offs of DU and still want the universitys tag are coming for the courses here, SOL assistant registrar S.K. Lamba said.Some students these days want to learn and earn at the same time; so they join SOL, he added.Many of the students joining SOL are able to pursue a vocational course as well as a course of their choice through distance learning.

I am from a government school, and got 50 percent in Class 12 boards, which means no DU college. Finally, I have applied to SOL for a B.A. course, said Fatima Hashmi, an applicant at SOL.The USP of the distance learning school is that students do not have to attend classes compulsorily which take place only on weekends.Students who have taken up professional courses like chartered accountancy come for distance learning courses as they dont have to attend classes at SOL and are thus able to devote time to both.

I want to appear for the chartered accountancy test in December. If I get through it, I wont have time to attend classes at two places simultaneously, said Swati Vij, an applicant.SOL will give me a degree and I will also have the DU tag, she added.

The School offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in arts and commerce subjects. Printed course material is distributed to the students and the fees is, like all DU colleges, very low.

People who want to shuttle between work and studies find this the place to be in, said Yogesh Chopra, who applied for a masters degree in Political Science and works as a reporter with a news channel.

Parents of students are also supportive of their wards taking up these courses.My daughter wanted to take up a job while pursuing her post-graduate studies. So she wanted a correspondence course and I thought this was the best option for her, said Harvinder Singh, father of Nimrit Kaur who applied for a masters degree in Sanskrit.

Age is no bar at SOL. The institution gets many applications from people who left studies long ago.
Deepa Sareen, a home-maker from west Delhis Rajouri Garden, has joined SOL. Due to family pressures, I discontinued my studies after graduation. Now that I am settled and my children are in secondary school, I have time and can take up M.A. Sanskrit course.

The institution had 900 students when it started in 1962. The number reached several hundreds of thousands last year.The huge number of candidates is because of the fact that there are not enough number of seats and colleges in the country that can accommodate the growing number of students, Lamba pointed out.
SOL follows the policy of granting admission to all applicants if they have scored the minimum marks - which is 40 percent.

Delhi University was established in 1962. It has 16 faculties, 86 academic departments, 77 colleges and five other recognised institutes spread all over the city.

Six professors charged in Mayapuri radiation case

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday filed a charge sheet against six Delhi University teachers in the Mayapuri radiation leak incident that killed one and affected eight last year.

The charge sheet filed in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Lovlee names six chemistry department professors – VS Parmar, Rakesh Kumar, Ramesh Chandra Rastogi, Ashok Kumar, Rita Kakkar and Rooplal.

All of them have been charged under section 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life), 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Meanwhile, Delhi Police has listed 60 witnesses in the case.It was last April that a metal pipe discarded from Delhi Universitys chemistry laboratory, containing the radioactive Cobalt 60, was found in Mayapuri scrap market.The unprotected pipe killed one person and affected eight people, including scrap dealer Ajay Jain, 40.Jain had to sell his shop to pay around Rs 18 lakh for his treatment. Deepak Jain, 33, another affected scrap dealer, had to shell out Rs 10 lakh.

The victims have also approached the Delhi High Court seeking compensation as the government, despite promises, had not compensated any of them.

Besides the high cost of treatment, the victims also suffer from ensuing health problems. Ajay Jain cannot walk as doctors had to peel off infected flesh, from some parts of his stomach, thighs and legs which were critically affected by radiation.

Fire in Delhis Central Market, goods worth lakhs destroyed

New Delhi: A fire broke out at a saree shop in Central Market in Lajpat Nagar and an SBI branch in Delhi University campus on Wednesday night in which furnitures and goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed.

Fire brigade officials said the first incident was reported from SBI branch at the Delhi University campus in which furnitures and a few computers were gutted.The blaze was reported at 8 PM and the fire was brought under control within an hour.

The furnitures and a few computers were damaged in the fire, said the Fire department officials. Eight fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire.
Another fire broke out at a saree shop in Central market in Lajpat Nagar area in South Delhi.

Though no casualty was reported, the shop was almost destroyed in the blaze.Fire brigade officials said the blaze was reported at 9:30 PM and four fire tenders were rushed to douse the fire.The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, the official said.

The city witnessed a devastating fire in Nand nageri are of East Delhi on Sunday when 15 people had lost their lives.

Fake caste certificate scam: Two DU staffers arrested

New Delhi: Two Delhi University (DU) employees have been arrested for supplying fake caste certificates to students for admission to colleges, police said on Thursday.

Neeraj Sharma and Sanjit Mahajan are both permanent employees of the universitys Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) cell, a police official said.

The arrests came following the interrogation of a three-member gang, arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police for supplying fake caste certificates.
Himanshu Gupta, 26, was the alleged mastermind behind the racket. His two associates were Vikas and Ketan Gupta, both aged 24, the official said.

After interrogating the three, we got information about Sharma and Mahajan. The two Delhi University employees were facilitating them to issue the fake caste certificate, the official added.Ketan Gupta, who was a data entry operator in the certificate section, revealed that he uploaded the students names on the official website of the Delhi government -- so that anybody checking the authenticity of the caste certificate would find the name on the official website.

Himanshu Gupta told investigators that he guaranteed admission to renowned colleges in Delhi University by providing forged caste certificates for which he charged an amount of Rs 3-5 lakh. The gang had been operating since 2008, police said.

Sita is Raavanas daughter: Ramanujans essay stirs up controversy in DU

New Delhi: Controversy surrounding AK Ramanujans essay on the Ramayana is growing by the day with a group of Delhi University teachers demanding removal of the essay from the undergraduate course.

DU teachers have announced to take out a protest rally over the issue. Teachers from several other colleges and universities are also expected to participate in the march.

The contentious essay titled Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation was included by the Delhi University in its course in 2006. However, in 2008 a committee was set up to look into the issue arising out of some of the controversial parts of the essay.The DUs academic council had also rejected the essay but a group of teachers have voiced their discontent over the councils decision.The essay describes Sita as Raavans daughter. It also establishes that Ram and Sita shared a relationship of brother and sister. Apart from that the controversial part of the essay says that Hanumana was a ladies man and of a colourful personality.

Describing the DU councils decision to remove the essay from the course as ridiculous, noted JNU historian Aditya Mukherjee said: It is ridiculous to remove any essay from the course because of some baseless reasons.

Commuters stranded as snag hits Delhi Metro

New Delhi: Passengers were left stranded as a technical fault hit Delhi Metros Gurgaon-Jehangirpuri line on Thursday, resulting in overcrowding at stations.
According to an official, a track circuit failure near Qutub Minar Metro station at around 7.10 p.m. caused the trains to slow down. A track circuit is an electrical device used to detect the presence or absence of a train on rail tracks.

While Delhi Metro said trains were running in 15-20 minute frequency, some passengers said there were no trains from Qutub Minar to Gurgaon.

Metro officials also claimed that services were normal on other lines whereas passengers complained of delayed services on most lines.The problem has been identified and will be rectified soon, an official said.Delayed and crowded trains added to commuter woes at several stations, particularly at Rajiv Chowk, the busiest inter-change, and some stations on other routes.There was so much crowd at the Metro station that I had to come back to office, said Divya Gupta, who works in Green Park in south Delhi.

The trains are jam-packed... There is no place to even set foot in the ladies coach. Getting into the rest of the train is near impossible, said Ritu Singh at the Delhi University station.

Delhi Metro ferries some 14 lakh people every day.

Hazare, associates detained, protests across Delhi

New Delhi: Civil society activist Anna Hazare was detained by Delhi Police on Tuesday morning as he was about to set out for his fast in support of a strong Lokpal bill. He was taken to the Police Officers Mess, Civil Lines, in north Delhi.

Activist Arvind Kejriwal, who was also detained along with Hazare just as they stepped out of their residence in east Delhi, was also taken to Civil Lines along with him.As news of Hazares arrest spread, sporadic protests broke out across the capital, leading to the detention of more than 500 supporters, including former top cop Kiran Bedi and lawyer Shanti Bhushan.
There were demonstrations in several parts of the country as well.

The events unfolded after Hazare and Kejriwal left their flat in Supreme Enclave early on Tuesday for their fast at Jaiprakash Narayan Park. As they got out of the lift in the apartment complex, around 20 police officers in plain clothes encircled them and whisked them away in a police van.Hazares supporters, who had gathered in hundreds in the apartment complex, shouted anti-government slogans and praised the social activist. A large number of them followed the cavalcade all the way to north Delhi.

The police formed a human chain on the road to prevent any untoward incident. There were massive protests in Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhis memorial, and near the Delhi University campus.

Just before his arrest, Hazare told a news channel: Dont let my arrest stop this movement. This is the nations second struggle for freedom. The entire world has come to know how deep rooted corruption is.
He added: I appeal to you that let there be no violence in this movement. I also appeal to you, young and old alike, to give eight days of your life to the nation - if necessary for a jail bharo andolan.

Prashant Bhushan, one of Hazares team members, said: Annas arrest is illegal, unconstitutional... This government has no faith in democratic values. It has become dictatorial. This situation is like the Emergency period.Former Karnataka lokayukta, another member of Team Anna, described the detentions as unfortunate.Ramon Magsaysay award winner Bedi, who was detained from Rajghat, said: When Anna asked on what charges was he arrested, the police said they had just been given orders.

The Delhi Police is capable of handling such peaceful protests... These (arrests) are just orders from above. Its during the Emergency that such things used to happen, arrests just because there were orders.
Rejecting outright that the Delhi Police was influenced by political pressure, Congress leader Ambika Soni said: The police is not under any political influence. They are working independently.

I am sure Annas supporters will not resort to violence but who can ensure that two-three protestors will not resort to violence and property is vandalised or people are hurt? So we have to take police help.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) condemned the arrest of Hazare, comparing the scenario to the 1975 Emergency like situation.

It is regrettable and condemnable. This government is bent upon crushing anyone who wants to protest against corruption, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.The language used today is identical to that during the Emergency period. I regret many people in government today were there that time too, still they cant understand the people. Anna is articulating the emotion of the distress of people against rampant corruption, he added.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for an emergency meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs to study the situation after Hazares arrest.

Anna fast: Pickpockets, eve-teasers, rowdies ruin peoples movement

New Delhi: Even as support for Gandhian Anna Hazares movement against corruption touches monumental heights, theres been a consequent flipside. A number of people have been complaining of some fringe elements in the movement creating a nuisance -- harassing and misbehaving with women, raising vulgar slogans and picking pockets.

Shanta Sharma, a student of Delhi University, said that she was harassed by a group of men returning from a protest site Wednesday evening.

My friend and I were on our way back to the hostel from Connaught Place... we deboarded the metro at GTB Nagar station and were shocked to hear loud whistles and some nasty comments, Sharma told IANS.

When we looked back, it was a group of young men holding flags and wearing t-shirts with We support Anna written on them. We really didnt know how to react... these people have no idea what Anna is fighting for. They have no respect for women and are out there only to have fun, she said with disgust.Read:Proscecute us if supporters misbehave, says Team Anna
Shikha Singh, a media professional, had a similar tale to narrate.The Central Secretariat Metro station was crowded even at 11 p.m. last (Wednesday) night and most of the people had come from the rally at India Gate in support of Anna. All the men entered the womens coach and started passing obscene comments.
I am sure Anna will be very unhappy if he hears about such cheap behaviour on part of his supporters. But the thing is, Anna cannot take the responsibility of all his supporters behaviour...and if he doesnt, then who will, Singh asked.Read:Anna Hazares supporters fast, the healthy way

Narrating yet another horror tale, Sudhisha Bhola, a young marketing professional, who was stuck in a traffic jam near Jantar Mantar during the rally Wednesday, said: You could see that most of the youngsters in the crowd were attending the rally just for fun and didnt even know what the Lokpal bill is.
They were passing indecent comments on women stuck in the jam, she said.

Outside the Tihar Jail, even female journalists were not spared.Young, rowdy school kids and others shouting cheap slogans gathered around two female TV reporters and pushed them around. When they tried to get away, the crowd followed them. Finally, we had to intervene to shoo away the crowd, most of whom were minors, a police officer said.He added that at least four-five incidents of pick-pocketing were being lodged every day.Sanjeev Kumar, one of the protestors who went with his wife to support Annas movement outside Tihar Jail, came back disgusted.

I was really disappointed seeing the rowdy crowd...my wife was being jostled around and harassed. There were lewd comments being passed at her... I was really disgusted. We left the scene immediately, Kumar told IANS.Raju, a street vendor outside the jail, said: Yesterday (Wednesday), there must have been around 2,000 people here but today (Thursday) it is only a few hundreds...and that too it was mostly bawdy school children.Rajnish Misra, a sociology professor, said: Whenever there is a mass movement like that of Anna Hazares, there is bound to be a few fringe elements who are just mischief makers. They are on a different momentum...its more of a herd mentality and its not so much of supporting the cause, as just being there for some adrenalin rush.

It just ends up spoiling the atmosphere...and alienating chunks of people who may have otherwise wanted to be a part of the movement, he added.

Aayush Anand, who went to Tihar with his family, decided to return home in just five minutes after hearing the vulgar slogans.I had never imagined that we will have to hear such cheap slogans. I felt so embarrassed that I left immediately, said Anand, a software engineer.Hazare, 74, had planned to begin his fast for a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal Bill from the J.P. Park in the ITO area Tuesday. However, Delhi Police imposed certain conditions before allowing the protest.Hazare refused to sign the undertaking, following which the police detained him and his other team members Tuesday. This led to wide-scale protests and rallies in various places across the city.

He was arrested and subsequently released Tuesday evening but refused to leave the jail until allowed to carry on the protest without any conditions. The social activist was finally allowed to hold the protest fast at Ramlila ground for 15 days.Shikha Singh, a media professional, had a similar tale to narrate.The Central Secretariat Metro station was crowded even at 11 p.m. last (Wednesday) night and most of the people had come from the rally at India Gate in support of Anna.

All the men entered the womens coach and started passing obscene comments.I am sure Anna will be very unhappy if he hears about such cheap behaviour on part of his supporters. But the thing is, Anna cannot take the responsibility of all his supporters behaviour...and if he doesnt, then who will, Singh asked.

Read:Anna Hazares supporters fast, the healthy way

LIC exam paper leaked; one arrested, 4 in dock

New Delhi: The question paper of an all-India examination for the post of Assistant Administrative Officer of LIC was leaked on Sunday ahead of the test following which police arrested a youth who allegedly sold the papers for Rs five lakh each.

Four candidates, who allegedly bought the question papers for the test for Life Insurance Corporations office cadre post from one Pawan Kumar, a 33-year-old Geography graduate from Delhi University, are also facing arrest, police said.

Terming the incident as unfortunate, Anju Banerjee, Chairman and Managing Director of Educational Consultants India Limited (EDCIL), which is conducting the exams for LIC, said they will decide on whether to cancel the tests after police investigations are over.

Former DU pro-vice chancellor is no more

New Delhi: VP Dutt, former pro-vice chancellor of the Delhi University and a former Rajya Sabha member, died on Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 86.

An aide of Dutt said that he was on his way to Mumbai on March 31 when he first complained of uneasiness and was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital there. He was later shifted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in the capital, but his illness persisted and he never recovered.
He is survived by his children, Anuradha and Suhel. Dutts wife died last year.

He was a Rajya Sabha member from 1970-80.
Dutt was also a former member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Foreign Affairs, headed the Department of East Asian Studies in the Indian School of International Studies, and subsequently the Department of Chinese and Japanese Studies at the Delhi University.

He used to write on Indias foreign policy and was also a distinguished fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi.

Students commit robbery to finance date with girlfriends

New Delhi: A few days back, the police arrested two ITI students for committing robbery. They robbed so that they could finance a movie outing with their girlfriends.
According to the police, the financial condition of the arrested, Monu and Pawan, both residents of Vijay Enclave, studying in ITI and Delhi University, is sound. Monus father is a transporter and Pawans father is a businessman.

The police recovered knife from them.
The incident occurred on Saturday when one Aman Rari, 13, with his father and friend, was going somewhere. His father got busy as he was speaking on the phone. The accused suddenly came there, brandished a knife and snatched Rs 1,600 and mobile phone from them.Two policemen were returning from somewhere and noticed the two getting away after robbing. The policemen chased the accused and caught them in no time. The accused, after getting arrested, told the police that they needed money to watch movie with their girlfriends.

Govt concerned over high cut-off for OBC seats in DU

New Delhi: Expressing concern over the high cut-off coming in the way of filling seats reserved for OBC in Delhi University colleges, Government today said it is contemplating several steps to address the issue including moving to Supreme Court. The existing education system is working against policy of access to education, said HRD Minister Kapil Sibal while batting for holding a single examination for children across the country to do away with such problems.

Stating that he will sit with the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University on the issue of high cut-off, Sibal hinted at the other option of moving to Supreme Court for the benefit of the OBC students.This is something that I am thinking of to move to Supreme Court that your 10 per cent margin that you have kept... is not in fact fulfilling the aspirations of OBC students who want admission in Delhi University. But I have not taken a final decision on it. This is one of the options, he said on the sidelines of a function here.

Sibal observed that it will be difficult to get OBC candidates for the seats if the cut-off is above 90 per cent.The Supreme Court order on OBC reservation allows maximum 10 per cent relaxation so as to fill all the seats.

Rushing to serve hot pizza cost Dominos R 1.15 lakh

New Delhi: Dominos promise to home deliver steaming hot pizzas within 30 minutes has cost it dearly with a road mishap tribunal ordering it to pay Rs 1.15 lakh to a school student injured gravely by one of its motorcycle-borne delivery boys rushing rashly to serve an order last year.

Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) Judge Dinesh Bhatt ordered Dominos Pizza India to pay the compensation to the tenth standard boy, holding that he was hit by the firms motorcycle driven by its delivery boy Ravi Mishra in a rash and negligent manner.
In view of the unrebutted testimony of the petitioner (school boy) and the documents available on record, it is prima facie proved that he suffered injuries due to rash and negligent driving of respondent no. 1 (driver of Dominos vehicle), MACT Judge Bhatt said, ordering payment of damages.On October 29, 2010, the minor child, who was studying in 10th standard, was hit by the offending vehicle when he was riding his bicycle in Delhi Universitys north campus.

The accident took place near Khalsa College when the vehicle hit the boy from behind. Following the mishap, both the boy and the Dominos delivery man fell off and received injuries. They were taken to Hindu Rao hospital for treatment.

The teenager, a resident of Delhi Universitys staff quarters, had received several injuries including fractures on his thigh, eyebrows and other head and body injuries.

The court ordered Dominos to pay a total of Rs 1,14,682 as compensation to the injured boy

Delhi quake goof-up: Why IMD got it wrong?

New Delhi: Why did the IMD get its seismic record wrong - scaling down on Wednesday nights quake intensity to 4.2 Richter from its initial 6.6?
When the quake struck the capital and its suburbs at around 11.30 pm the Indian Meteorological Department officials in Safdarjung Enclave in south Delhi were frantically trying to get in touch with their counterparts in Delhi University area who man the seismic department office. But the phones lines were busy.
They have three land lines in the Delhi University office, but they were continuously going busy, an IMD official told IANS, declining to be quoted.

Besieged by journalists and others asking for news of the quake, the IMD officials - very surprisingly - decided to rely on a TV news channel that was flashing the intensity as 6.6!
We were watching a TV report that was saying 6.6 and relied on it reported it, the official said.

However, the officials quickly corrected themselves after they got the correct information from the Delhi University department.But in the meantime, the news of the quake intensity as 6.6 had spread like wildfire and was being quoted by everyone.

The quake that had its intensity in Sonepat in Haryana, measured 4.2 on the Richter Scale and was slight in intensity, IMD said on its website. It caused thousands of people to come out of their homes in fright when they felt the earth shaking and the furniture swaying and rattling.

Record high for Delhi metro: 17 lakh used the tube on June 13

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro recorded its highest ever ridership June 13 when about 17 lakh people commuted during the day, an official said.

The figure of 16,93,488 surpassed the previous record of 16,66,569 set Feb 14, added the official.

The steep increase could be linked to the summer season being at its peak so far and also the admission process in Delhi University that was under way, a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said Friday.
The Vishwavidyalaya Metro station recorded 52 percent increase in daily footfalls as 42,000 commuters used it in June compared to 27,55 last month, he added.The average ridership, which was around 15.5 lakh during weekdays till last month, has touched 16.5 lakh in June, said the DMRC official.The DMRC also witnessed the second highest ridership figures June 14 when 16,73,801 people travelled by the Metro, he added.
The Delhi Metro is operational on six lines where more than 2,500 train trips are made each day covering over 69,000 km a day.

The phase-III of the network is expected to cover about 108 km. By the time Delhi Metro network becomes 295 km by 2015, it will be one of the fastest expanding Metro networks in the world carrying about 40 lakh passengers, the official added

Six professors charged in Mayapuri radiation case

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday filed a charge sheet against six Delhi University teachers in the Mayapuri radiation leak incident that killed one and affected eight last year.

The charge sheet filed in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Lovlee names six chemistry department professors – VS Parmar, Rakesh Kumar, Ramesh Chandra Rastogi, Ashok Kumar, Rita Kakkar and Rooplal.All of them have been charged under section 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life), 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Meanwhile, Delhi Police has listed 60 witnesses in the case.It was last April that a metal pipe discarded from Delhi Universitys chemistry laboratory, containing the radioactive Cobalt 60, was found in Mayapuri scrap market.The unprotected pipe killed one person and affected eight people, including scrap dealer Ajay Jain, 40.Jain had to sell his shop to pay around Rs 18 lakh for his treatment. Deepak Jain, 33, another affected scrap dealer, had to shell out Rs 10 lakh.

The victims have also approached the Delhi High Court seeking compensation as the government, despite promises, had not compensated any of them.

Besides the high cost of treatment, the victims also suffer from ensuing health problems. Ajay Jain cannot walk as doctors had to peel off infected flesh, from some parts of his stomach, thighs and legs which were critically affected by radiation.

Students commit robbery to finance date with girlfriends

New Delhi: A few days back, the police arrested two ITI students for committing robbery. They robbed so that they could finance a movie outing with their girlfriends.
According to the police, the financial condition of the arrested, Monu and Pawan, both residents of Vijay Enclave, studying in ITI and Delhi University, is sound. Monus father is a transporter and Pawans father is a businessman. The police recovered knife from them.

The incident occurred on Saturday when one Aman Rari, 13, with his father and friend, was going somewhere. His father got busy as he was speaking on the phone. The accused suddenly came there, brandished a knife and snatched Rs 1,600 and mobile phone from them.

Two policemen were returning from somewhere and noticed the two getting away after robbing. The policemen chased the accused and caught them in no time. The accused, after getting arrested, told the police that they needed money to watch movie with their girlfriends.

Womans body in bag: Man held for helping murderer

New Delhi: Less than a month after a womans body was found dumped in a bag at the New Delhi Railway Station, a man was arrested from west Delhi for helping the victims live-in partner dispose of the corpse, police said on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Chand said, Naveen Shokeen was arrested from Nangloi on Monday,.He said The main accused Raju Gehlot is still absconding.Naveen told the police that he received a call on Feb 11 at around 5 am from Raju, who wanted his help in disposing off the body.Naveen also said that Raju told him that he had killed Neetu with a sharp edged weapon on Feb 10.The duo hired an autorickshaw and dumped her body at the railway station.Police found the body in a bag lying at the car lane at the station on the morning of Feb 11. The womans hands and legs were tied. She also had a tattoo on her waist and her belly button was pierced.

The body was unidentified for long, but Feb 24 Kartar Singh, a resident of Matiala in west Delhi, approached the police and claimed that the body was of his daughter Neetu Solanki and that she was in a live-in relationship with Raju.He told police that that Neetu had graduated from Delhi University and had also studied law. After completing her studies, she worked in two leading call centres in Gurgaon.The father also told police that he never met her after May 2010 but remained in touch on the phone.According to the police, Raju and Neetu were in a relationship since 2009.Raju Gehlot did his masters in tourism from Delhi University, and joined Indian Airlines as a cabin crew member in 2006.

He was residing in an official accommodation in Vasant Vihar in south Delhi.

Delhiites set to turn off lights for Earth Hour

New Delhi: Rashtrapati Bhavan will do it, will you? Many Delhiites are set to turn off the lights and observe Earth Hour on Saturday evening, with last minute SMSs and mails doing the rounds, urging everyone to make the third edition of the event a grand success.

Earth Hour is organised annually on the last Saturday of March by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Over 4,000 cities from 131 countries will be turning off their lights during the global event and that includes New Delhi and Mumbai too, an WWF official said.
Sangeeta Sharma, a professional, urged her friends to join the campaign by posting messages on her Facebook account.Enough of lip service. If you really care about the earth and want to do your bit to save energy and tackle climate change, then turn out your lights for an hour tonight from 8.30 p.m., Sharma said.Ill be going to the event with my college friends and we all love Palash Sen of Euphoria. Moreover, I think this is a great way to save our planet, said 19-year-old Gunjan Ahuja, a student of Delhi University. According to a statement, the Rashtrapati Bhavan - the presidential palace - too will observe Earth Hour by switching off all the lights in the buildings exterior.Bollywood star Vidya Balan, who is the cause ambassador of the third edition of Earth Hour, will also be in the capital to observe the hour along with Delhiites. Music band Euphoria will perform on the occasion at the India Gate lawns.Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and over 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.India joined the campaign in 2009 and currently, mainly the urban centres in the country are participating.The campaign message this year is to go beyond the hour and commit oneself to a more sustainable way of living every day, and not just for an hour, the WWF said.Earth Hour 2011 marks the start of a new phase for the movement, which is also reflected in the new 60+ logo, representing a commitment to add a positive act for the planet.It is heartening to receive such tremendous support from across the country. We are now hoping to multiply the initiative across the social spectrum and reach out to governments, organisations, and individuals, especially the youth, said Ravi Singh, secretary general and chief executive of the WWF-India.

India joined the campaign by committing the support of two cities, but finally almost 56 cities supported it.During Earth Hour 2010, more than five million people in India switched off the lights.

Popular landmarks like the India Gate, the Qutub Minar and the Red Fort in Delhi, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Gateway of India in Mumbai, national defence establishments, universities, hotels, cinema complexes and shopping malls across the nation participated in the event.

DU student shot at by two persons in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad: A 19-year-old BCom student of Delhi University was tonight shot at by two unidentified motor-borne persons near his house in Rajinder Nagar area here.According to the police, Vikas was going on a motorcycle when these persons fired at him. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and his condition is stated to be serious.
Police suspects his relationship with a girl to be the reason behind the attack.

Delhi Police to focus on safety of women

New Delhi: Protection of women in the national capital is being increasingly focused on and more women police officers are being deployed for patrolling, Delhi Police said on Thursday.

There are three women deputy commissioners in three districts, and four women SHOs in different police stations. We will increase the number, Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta said at Delhi Polices annual press conference.

The focus on women follows increasing incidents of rape reported last year, including the gangrape of a BPO employee from the northeast.

Gupta said in order to give more protection to women on the university campus, the Morris Nagar police station will be renamed North Campus police station and a police station will also be set up for the South Campus of the Delhi University.Women police officers will be there in the patrolling vans outside womens colleges, he said. A womens help desk will be at all police stations and women officers will be there.
Gupta said that more women officers will be deployed at the beats and checking in city buses will be done specially in the mornings and evenings.

Delhi killing: Radhikas psycho killer tried to kill her twice

New Delhi: The suspected killer of Delhi University student Radhika Tanwar, Vijay alias Ram Singh (25), has a psychopathic streak and tried twice to kill her in the last one month.

According to a police official, Vijay came one-and-half months ago to Delhi. From then on he was looking for a chance to attack the victim.Two of his friends, Ashraf and Tabrez, have been detained from Vishwa town in Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh, about 400 km from Delhi. They were on their way to Delhi.According to the senior police official, Vijay had been closely studying Radhikas movements over the past month and tried to kill her twice.

He first followed Radhika, a second-year student of Ram Lal Anand College in Shantiniketan, into the bus and came to Shantiniketan area. The second time, only three days before she was killed, Vijay followed her till the foot overbridge, but fortunately Radhika was along with her friends.The third time, luck did not save the 20-year-old student as she fell to the killers bullets on March 8 at the foot overbridge near Dhaula Kuan.Vijay stalked Radhika three and half years ago in Naraina Village in South Delhi, and got bashed up by local residents.He felt humiliated as he was beaten up in front of his friends hailing from his native place Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh.They did not report the incident at any police station, said Deputy Commissioner of Police HGS Dhaliwal.His friends used to taunt him regularly about the incident and he used to just say that he will take the revenge one day, said Dhaliwal.Vijay left for Mumbai 15 days after the incident and from there he used to call up his friends Ashraf and Tabrez, who were living in Rohini in north Delhi.

The man always kept himself away from the family. He is also involved in another crime at his native place, Dhaliwal said.

Dikshit wants to make DU vehicle-free zone

New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit wants to make Delhi University a vehicle-free zone so as to create a noise and pollution-free atmosphere in the campus.

Dikshit, addressing a function at the universitys Sri Ram College of Commerce, said she would take up the proposal soon with Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh.

Dikshit was speaking after handing over 100 aesthetically designed rickshaws to rickshaw pullers.
The rickshaws are being provided as part of an initiative called Life on Wheels-let them own what they owe by Students in Free Enterprise and Sri Ram College of Commercein in collaboration with American India Foundation.

35 rickshaws have been specially designed by the Fashion Design Council of India. These include designer rickshaws by leading designers of the country like Rohit Bal, Rajesh Pratap Singh and the likes.

Dance and run – The Delhi way to fight corruption

New Delhi: Dont be surprised if you see a group of youngsters breaking into an impromptu jig at a mall or even at the India Gate.

Students of Delhi University have planned flashmob dances and a run as novel ways to protest against corruption.A flashmob is a group of people who assemble in a public place all of a sudden, perform an unusual act and then disperse.The flashmob dances and run, which will see 50-100 students participating, may take place anywhere in the city, according to Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) secretary Neetu Dabas.It may be in malls, near the India Gate war memorial or in the north campus near the university, said Dabas.According to Dabas, these events will act as a run-up to a four-kilometre marathon on February 8 to highlight the message against corruption and encourage students to fight it.The tagline for the marathon is I am running against corruption.
Corruption in India seems to be a billion-dollar industry. It sends a wrong message to the youth, especially students. It is a malaise endemic to everyday life and the education sector has not remained unaffected, Dabas said in a statement.Dharmendra Singh, the unions sports secretary, added: As part of the campaign, we are also organising quiz competitions and other interactive activities in the campus to raise awareness against corruption. We are also organising self photo-shoots.

The DU marathon with social issues as its focus was started in 2008. Last year its focus was the fight against terrorism.

Sita is Raavanas daughter: Ramanujans essay stirs up controversy in DU

New Delhi: Controversy surrounding AK Ramanujans essay on the Ramayana is growing by the day with a group of Delhi University teachers demanding removal of the essay from the undergraduate course.

DU teachers have announced to take out a protest rally over the issue. Teachers from several other colleges and universities are also expected to participate in the march.The contentious essay titled Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation was included by the Delhi University in its course in 2006. However, in 2008 a committee was set up to look into the issue arising out of some of the controversial parts of the essay.The DUs academic council had also rejected the essay but a group of teachers have voiced their discontent over the councils decision.The essay describes Sita as Raavans daughter. It also establishes that Ram and Sita shared a relationship of brother and sister. Apart from that the controversial part of the essay says that Hanumana was a ladies man and of a colourful personality.

Describing the DU councils decision to remove the essay from the course as ridiculous, noted JNU historian Aditya Mukherjee said: It is ridiculous to remove any essay from the course because of some baseless reasons.

RSS readies ABVP to launch anti-corruption campaign

Bhopal: With social activist Anna Hazare distancing his anti-corruption movement from RSS, the Sangh appears to be readying the student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarathi Parishad to take the campaign forward.During the winter session of Parliament, ABVPs youth against corruption forum will stage demonstrations in all the state capitals.The movement will kick start from Delhi University of the national capital.Talking to the reporters, national organising secretary of ABVP, Sunil Ambedkar said, Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and his team has got diverted from its objective which will affect the movement.

The Youth Against Corruption will raise three demands including black money issue, improvement in the election process and PMs resignation.

Facebook community TRB comes to the aid of ailing Bihar singer Anshumala

Patna: Anshumala was a popular voice in Bihar few years ago. Class topper from Miranda House in Delhi University, Anshumala had won many awards for her classical singing. However, the lady today is languishing on the bed of a Patna hospital.

Both of Anshumala’s kidneys had stopped functioning after complications which developed during her child’s birth.

Her poor parents are unable to meet the expense of kidney transplantation and her in-laws have abandoned the ailing singer. Even the state government has so far turned a deaf ear to her plight.

However, ‘The Rising Bihar’, a community on the social networking site Facebook has stepped forward to support the woman.

“We have started a movement on Facebook to raise fund for Anshumala’s treatment. So far we have collected Rs 50,000 for the noble cause,” said Atul Mishra, a founding member of The Rising Bihar.

Anshumala’s father is a junior cop in Bihar police and is trying his best to get his daughter treated. However, exorbitant medical fees have shattered all his hopes.

“Anshumala is a pride of our state and we will make all effort to rejuvenate her,” said Atul.

Can India beat China at its own game?

Mumbai: The Chinese play a game called Wei qi. It is like chess, but with a different philosophy. While a chess player seeks absolute victory by checkmating the opponents king, a Wei qi player seeks a strategic edge by encircling the opponents pieces. In chess, you have the advantage of knowing the placement of all your opponents pieces. But, in Wei qi, strategy unfolds gradually. Pieces are deployed as the game progresses.

In making the comparison between the two strategy games in his recent work, On China, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger traces the origins of Chinas distinctive military theory to a period of upheaval, when ruthless struggles between rival kingdoms decimated Chinas population.

Reacting to this slaughter, Chinese thinkers, he says, developed strategic thought that placed a premium on victory through psychological advantage and preached the avoidance of direct conflict. What makes Chinas case more of an enigma is that it still invokes its millennia old strategic principles in its dealings with the modern world, and fiercely adheres to them.

Wei qi originated in China, and chess in India. As chants for an India-China showdown grow louder, a senior Indian diplomat cautions that nobody has a good understanding of China.

Global power

The two sides were expected to sit across the table from Monday in New Delhi for the 15th time for Special Representatives talks on the border dispute, but there has been a last minute postponement and new dates are yet to be announced. Last year too, India had suspended the talks after China denied a visa to Northern Army Commander Lt Gen BS Jaswal because he came from the sensitive JandK, which China considers disputed territory, a pro-Pakistan shift from its earlier stand that JandK is an India-Pakistan bilateral dispute.

Outwardly, there appears little movement between Beijing and New Delhi. Chinas primary objective, says former national security advisor, Brajesh Mishra, is to have no rival in Asia. Otherwise, how can they claim to be a global power of the standing of the United States?

Its precisely for this reason, he says, China has for some years now been supporting Pakistan with money, arms and infrastructure. Their purpose is to keep India embroiled in South Asia. By working with Pakistan in PoK, it enlarges the scope for this scenario, says Mishra.

China has a strategic intent to dominate PoK in general and Gilgit Baltistan in particular, says IDSA, a Delhi-based think tank, in its PoK Project Report. This area is contiguous to its own Xinjiang province where Muslim separatist feelings are strong. Along with Tibet, Xinjiang has become a particularly large belt of instability for China.

Former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal says PoK is strategically very important for them. The Chinese want to be there in the scenario of a collapse of the Pakistani state. He says China is one country which has strategically harmed India the most.

They are upgrading in Tibet, pumping money and nuclear missile technology into Pakistan, developing Gwadar, interfering in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, creating a pearl of strings in the Indian ocean, which can also be interpreted as their naval presence in the region. Thats why we have stepped up our naval exercises.

In January last year, the Pakistani side of the strategic Karakoram Highway connecting Pakistan with the Xinjiang region in China was blocked by landslides in the Attabad area of Gilgit-Baltistan. Pakistan turned to China for help, and China saw an opportunity. The New York Times reported that China had stationed 11,000 PLA regulars in the Gilgit-Baltistan region.

NYT claimed that through PoK, the Chinese were looking at unfettered road and rail access to the Gulf region and the link-up would enable Beijing to transport cargo and oil tankers from eastern China to the new Chinese built Pakistani naval base at Gawadar, Pasni and Ormara in Balochistan, just east of the Gulf, in 48 hours.

South China Sea

In the South China Sea, on which China claims its sovereign right, the Chinese strategy has had to counter several factors, including a growing Indian assertiveness, and the uncomfortable presence of the US which has minced no words in claiming they are back in South East Asia for strategic reasons, though not containment of China. Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs visit to Bali for the ASEAN summit came against the backdrop of a build-up of tension between the two countries over Indias oil exploration pact with Vietnam in the South China Sea. During their 55-minute bilateral meeting, Singh reportedly told Wen Jiabao Indias oil and gas exploration was a commercial activity and issues of sovereignty should be resolved according to international law.

Professor Madhu Bhalla who teaches Chinese Studies at Delhi University says the Chinese irredentist attitude towards territory has its roots in Chinas history, its ancient philosophy of the middle kingdom with a mandate from heaven, and with peripheral nations as its vassals. The century of humiliation starting with Britains opium wars in the mid-19th century have left a deep mark on the Chinese psyche. So, any attempt at a separation of their territory reminds them of the past. That history is kept intact in their culture, songs, school syllabus, and cinema. Its the political folklore in China, and breeds a sense of super-nationalism in the Chinese.

But a senior army officer says the situation is less scary than projected. Everyone wants influence and China is no different. The Chinese are building roads, but so are we, though not at their pace, he says, dismissing suggestions of the Indian approach being reactive. They started modernising in 1978. We started in 1991, he argues. Infrastructure is weak on our side. But if you compare the two sides, the terrain on the Chinese side is flat and open, whereas on our side the terrain friction is very high.

Prof Bhalla also points out that in a globalised world most things are seen in the context of multilateral engagements. China also realises that it has gained a lot from engagement in multilateral fora, she says, pointing out that the US and Japan, whom China perceives as its biggest threat, are also its largest trading partners. Can they cease all trade with the US and Japan? Trade between India and China has also been rising. This year it reached $70 billion. By 2015, both countries want it to reach $100 billion.

India and China, she says, are encountering each other at several places and we have common neighbours. So, its not just about what they do, but what we do. The challenge for India is to deliver mutually acceptable programmes in its neighbourhood, she adds.

Aid diplomacy

The Indian diplomatic community has been engaged in hectic diplomatic parleys. In the last 6-7 months alone, India has inked important agreements in the Central, South and South East Asian regions including a strategic agreement with Afghanistan, and trade agreements with Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, South Korea, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and the Maldives.

India has also been engaged in extended Lines of Credit, including $5 billion to Africa this year.

Over 40 African countries have availed of over a hundred Indian Lines of Credit so far, aggregating over US $ 4.2 billion. In 2010-11, 14 Lines of Credits amounting to over US $ 1 billion were approved. The list continues to grow, Indias external affairs minister SM Krishna said at the inauguration of an Indian LoC conference in Delhi last week.

Prof Bhalla however points out that India is in no position to compete financially with China $6 trillion economic might. But India can capitalise on soft power. Indias approach is to better the lives of people they are engaging with, unlike the Chinese mercantilist approach. In Tanzania a lot of the local market has been taken over by China. They are in Sudan where they have been buying up corrupt leaderships. People get nothing. There is a lot of resentment against China. In Saindak copper and gold mines in Pakistan, Gwadar, everywhere they bring in their own people. Local populations that are mired in poverty get nothing. In Hambantota, Sri Lankan officials have admitted in the past that local people have been unable to find work because China employed around 7,000 Chinese workers.

India has been working with democratic governments, building institutions, imparting technical skills. Their credibility is much higher. Africans dont see India as a threat.

Rare Delhi varsity honour for Mamoni Raisom

NEW DELHI, Nov 12 – In a rare honour, Dr Indira Goswami has been conferred the title of Professor Emeritus by Delhi University and offered the job of teaching at her old Modern Indian Language Department, even as the eminent novelist and author has held that the Centre should take the initiative to restart the stalled ULFA peace process. In an exceptional departure from past practice, the Department of Modern Indian Language and Literary Studies of Delhi University organised a seminar on works of a living author. The three-day seminar on the topic, Fictional world of Indira Goswami is all set to be a huge hit with over 20 authors scheduled to present their papers.

Dr Goswami, better known by her pen name Mamoni Raisom Goswami, said it was a rare honour for her. Usually a seminar is held to deliberate on works of a dead author, but it is rare that a living persons work is being discussed, she said.

Minutes later, Pro Vice-Chancellor of DU, Professor SK Tandon paying a rich tribute to Dr Goswami, announced that the Academic Committee of the university has cleared a proposal to confer the title of Professor Emeritus on Dr Goswami. Not stopping at that, the Pro Vice-Chancellor offered Dr Goswami the job of teaching at theUniversitys Assamese Department at least once a month in a year.

Prof Tandon said he had made a similar offer to Dr Goswami, when she was retiring couple of years back. But she declined saying that she had works to do back home, he said.

Students, her ex-colleagues and academicians attended the inaugural session of the national seminar held at Tagore Hall of DU.

Recalling her long association with DU, a visibly moved Dr Goswami said her best works were done during her days at the university. She had joined the university as a lecturer in the Assamese Department in 1970, at a time when she had not even done her PhD.

On the ULFA problem, she observed that everyone in a democracy has a right to voice his or her views. And in a democracy there should be no prejudice, she opined.

On the stalled peace process, Dr Goswami said that following three rounds of talks with PCG, the Government of India had agreed on three-four conditions. But later, it retracted its steps. Our peace talks continued for three rounds and now it is still hanging, but I still hope for some good news, she said.

Later, talking to newsmen, she laid the blame on the Centre for derailing the peace process, arguing that even if the Government of India had implemented 30 per cent of the conditions set by ULFA, the peace process might have continued.

In the face of the demands for release of the detained ULFA leaders languishing in jails, the Centre and the Government of Assam broke off negotiations and called off the unilateral ceasefire following reports of ULFA regrouping and indulging in illegal activities like collection of illegal taxes, extortions.

During the three-day session, eminent professors including Jayanti Chattopadhyay, C Raveendran, Dr Deepsikha M Bortamuly, PC Patanaik, besides Uddipana Goswami and Hridayananda Gogoi, among others, are slated to present papers on the works of Dr Goswami.

LIC exam paper leaked, 1 held

NEW DELHI, Feb 27 – The question paper of an all-India examination for the post of Assistant Administrative Officer of LIC was today leaked in the city ahead of the test, following which police arrested a youth who allegedly sold the papers for Rs 5 lakh each, reports PTI.

Four candidates, who allegedly bought the question papers for the test for Life Insurance Corporations office cadre post from one Pawan Kumar, a 33-year-old Geography graduate from Delhi University, are also facing arrest, police said.

Terming the incident as unfortunate, Anju Banerjee, Chairman and Managing Director of Educational Consultants India Limited (EDCIL), which is conducting the exams for LIC, told PTI they will decide on whether to cancel the tests after police investigations are over.

The incident came to light after Delhi Polices crime branch got hold of the copies of two sets of question papers for both morning and afternoon sessions last evening and arrested Kumar from Naraina where a raid was conducted.

The test is being conducted in two sessions in 160 centres across the country and 1.65 lakh candidates are appearing for the test.

DU VC delivers Maheswar Neog lecture

GUWAHATI, Sept 13 – Our educational institutions need to understand that the education they are imparting must blend with the needs of the society. We can take examples from the past when knowledge centres of India attracted scholars from other regions due to their proficiency. Delivering the Professor Maheswar Neog commemoration lecture today, Professor Dinesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor of University of Delhi said that Indian institutions have a long way to go before they can be true knowledge centres of 21st century.

The commemoration lecture, sixteenth in the series, was organized by Professor Maheswar Neog Memorial Trust and Forum for Sankaradeva Studies at Vivekananda Kendra.

Thousands of years ago, interdisciplinary approach was promoted by the educational institutions and knowledge was not compartmentalised. The idea was to promote true learning through practical experience and not a structured formal education, he added.

Delivering on India in the 21st century: the role of education and the youth he mentioned that at one hand, the country is celebrating economic resurgence, but on the other side the Idea of India that was followed in the past is fading away. In the past, people flocked to this geographical region of Indus and beyond as they understood that this was the land of ideas and liberalism. Widespread and sophisticated Indus Civilization existed thousands of years before Christ. Paninian method of grammar was so perfect and mathematical that Noam Chomsky took inspiration from his works. Pythagoras and other Greeks came to India and were inspired by Indian philosophy. Russian historians spoke about Indias progress in medicine and surgery. But unfortunately thescholars and historians of India did not delve deeply into our heritage and past accomplishments, professor Singh explained.

He further went on saying that inspiring Indian youth is no difficult task and Anna Hazares anti-corruption movement has proved it once again.

Professor Maheswar Neog, a scholar par excellence, gave the studies of humanities a new energy. He belonged to the class of scholars produced by the nineteenth century Indian Renaissance. Some of his outstanding contributions are Sankardeva and His Times, Rhythm in the Vaisnava Music of Assam, Sattriya Dances and Their Rhythm, among others.

The function was presided over by Prof Nagen Saikia, president of the trust. Prof Birendranath Datta released two publications – Asomiya Bhasha aru Bhashar Adhyayan and Anandaram Dhekial Phukan: Plea for Assam and Assamese – by Prof Maheswar Neog.

Sheila Dikshit releases book by Nilakshi Borgohain

NEW DELHI, April 18 – The Chief Minister of National Capital Territory of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit released the book Waltz in Happiness authored by Nilakshi Borgohain at a function held at the auditorium of the Delhi Secretariat here recently.

Launching the book, Dikshit appreciated the efforts and initiative of the author in writing the novel, which deals with happiness and also arouses the readers interest in Assam – a region still considered so distant by many.

The story tries to bring people of diverse regions very close. Interaction and friendship between the various characters belonging to different parts of the country leads to greater understanding and appreciation of one anothers cultures.

Director KK Birla Foundation, Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee commended Nilakshis writing for its evocative language and appreciated the generous sprinkling of Assamese words that are simultaneously explained in English, observing this enriches and entices the readers knowledge about this lush green region.

He observed that the book is surprisingly free of any ideological baggage – not going back to the post colonist cosmopolitanism; no fantasy; sworn of all these embellishments, the story glows as an exquisite Indian novel and thus touches a cord in the readers.

Managing Director, Niyogi Books, Bikash D Niyogi said, it is a pleasure and privilege to add yet another impressive title to our fast growing number of publications. The Gurgaon-based author received her education in Loreto Convent and St Marys, Shillong. She graduated from Miranda House, Delhi University. Her prize winning poetry appeared in several anthologies, including Our Worlds Most Cherished Poems, Of Diamonds and Rust, Between a Laugh and a Tear.

State mourns Mamoni Raisoms demise

DIBRUGARH, Nov 29 – Several organisations here expressed grief at the death of distinguished litterateur Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami today.

Condoling her death, Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council, Dibrugarh Press Club, Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuva Parishad and Sonowal Kachari Yuva Parishad, in separate statements, said that her efforts to bring peace and stability into the State would never be forgotten. In her death, Assam has lost a great intellectual, thinker and researcher, the organisations said.

JORHAT : The demise of noted litterateur and Gnanpith Award winner Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami was condoled at a meeting organised by Asam Sahitya Sabha at Chandrakanta Handique Bhawan today. Along with the literary body, a number of socio-cultural organisations and many admirers came together to mourn her death. The members of the Jorhat unit of the All Tai Ahom Students Union organised a condolence meet.

NAGAON: Nagaon district administration condoled the death of well-known writer, Jnanpith awardee Dr Mamani Raisom Goswami. A condolence meeting was held today where employees of the office of the Deputy Commissioner Nagaon were present. A minutes silence was also observed for eternal peace of the departed soul in the meet.

UDALGURI: The Asom Nepali Sahitya Sabha (ANSS), the premiere literary organisation of the Nepali-speaking people of the State and All Assam Gorkha Students Union (AAGSU), in separate press notes, today expressed their deep condolences on the death of Mamoni Raisom Goswami.

In the press note, ANSS termed Dr Goswamis death as an irreparable loss not only to Assam but to the broad Indian literary arena.

In another press note, All Assam Gorkha Students Union(AAGSU), the sole representative of the Gorkha students of the State, expressed deep condolence on the death of the veteran litterateur and termed her as an angel of modern Indian literature who represented the working class in her writings.

The Udalguri district committee of All Bodo Students Union directed all its 21 anchalik committees to lit candles in their respective office premises as a mark of respect to the litterateur.

Meanwhile, as per the directions from the central committee of the AASU, the Udalguri subdivisional and regional units of the students organisation lit earthen lamps at the swahid bedi in the heart of Udalguri town as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Most of the educational institutions in the district condoled the death of the writer and kept the national flag at half-mast along with other government offices as part of three-day-long State mourning.

Sivasagar: Jnanpith award winner Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswamis demise has sent shock waves in the intellectual society of Sivasagar. Noted litterateur Imran Shahsaid that an age had culminated and felt a void at the loss of an old friend. He felt that although much valuation and appreciation has been done, herliterary works are awaiting further research.

Prof Jogen Chetia, ex-president, Asom Natya Sanmelan, told that he noted a brave new trend in Raisom Goswamis novels. He mourned her death as a great loss to the Indian mythological research scholarship. The president, Ahom Royal Society, Monirul Islam Borasaid that Mamoni Raisom Goswamis effort to bring ULFA to the negotiation table with government was great.

Noted writer Deepali Bhattacharyya Barua noted that Mamoni baideo was at her best when expressing the sufferings of widows through novels. She remembered her company and expressed her grief.

Sivasagar Sahitya Sabha, Arunudaya Sahitya Sabha, Sivasagar Natya Samaj, Sibsagar Press, Ujani Asom Muslim Kalyan Parishad, AASU, Sivasagar, Brihat Asomiya Yuva Sanmelan, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Bornali Sangha, Sivasagar, All Assam Writers convention, Sivasagar Bar Association, Tarun Sangha reading club and many other associations andorganisations mourned her death and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Biswanath Chariali: The sad news of eminent litterateur, Jnanpith award winner Mamoni Raisom Goswamis demise was received with shock here today. Severalorganisations , including Biswanath Chariali branch of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Lekhika Samaroh Samiti, Senior Citizens Forum, AASU, AJYCP, Biswanath Zila Sambadik Santha, etc, have expressed deep grief at her death.

Dhemaji: Several organisations here including Dhemaji Zila Sahitya Sabha, Dhemaji Sahitya Sabha, Bar Association, Marwari Yuba Mancha etc jointly condoled the death of Jnanpith award winning distinguished litterateur Mamoni Raisom Goswami.

In this connection, a condolence meeting was held at Dhemaji Sahitya Sabha Bhawan at 11 am today with Ghana Saikia, president, Dhemaji Sahitya Sabha in the chair. In the meeting, litterateur Umesh Chetia, Lalit Chutia, Chuchen Bhitoruwal Konwar, professor Dibya Chutia, journalist Umesh Khandelia, Ashini Dowarah, Krishna Bansal, advocate Naren Gohain, Bimal Rajkhowa etc spoke on Mamonis valuable contributions to Assamese literature and expressed their deep sadness in her demise. The meeting also observed a minutes silence for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Jamugurihat: The Jnanpith award winner and a peace initiator between ULFA and the Government of India, the retired professor of Delhi University Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswamis sad demise has been widely mourned in greater Jamugurihat area. The Jamuguri branch of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Asom Kavi Sanmilan, Bapuji Bhavan Natya Samaj Abhijatri, Suryoday Gosthi, Sundaram Sanskritik Gosthi, Jamuguri Press Club, the local units of AASU and Asom Unnati Sabha, Gyan Bharati Academy, Sootea and many other organisations and institutions paid glowing tributes to the litterateur. All the educational institutions of the area also condoled her death by observing a minutes silence.

Rangiya: Different organisations including student bodies like AASU, ABSU, AJYCP, NSUI, literary bodies, senior citizens forum here today mourned the demise of noted litterateur Jnanpith awardee Mamoni Raisom Goswami at GMCH this morning. Individuals and the organisations lit earthen lamps and candles in front of their houses and respective offices.

ABSU seminar on statehood in New Delhi tomorrow

KOKRAJHAR, Dec 4 - The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) is going to organise a national-level seminar on the topic, Issues of Separate States in India: Problem and Perspectives on December 6 at the Constitution Club in New Delhi, informed Promod Boro and Jiron Basumatary, president and general secretary of ABSU on Saturday.

Both the ABSU leaders have been strongly advocating the demand for a separate Bodoland State and maintained that the problem of the Bodos can never be resolved without creation of a separate Bodoland. They also reiterated that the colonial attitude of the Central and State governments were well-known and the sentiments of the concerned people were never respected. Constitutional rights and safeguards were infringed upon by way of suppression and imposition of State force, they claimed. The identity, existence, land, literature, traditions and culture of the Bodos are therefore at stake, they felt.

Recalling late Upendra Nath Brahma (Bodofas) saying, Live and Let Live, they clarified that none of the instruments like the BAC Accord of 1993 or the BTC Accord signed on February 10, 2003 between the Govt of India and BLT have proved worthwhile as they were mere documents to deceive only.

At the same time the ABSU expressed serious concern that between 2008 and 2009 as many as 170 innocent people were killed by miscreants in BTAD alone, while the role of police is self-explanatory as it could not trace out the criminals for punishment. Similarly, the assurance to bestow ST status to Bodos in Karbi Anglong district is also a far cry. Since the last 20 years no Bodo medium institution has been provincialised in Assam. Besides, only Rs 289 crore has been received in BTAD area comprising 12% of the States population from a plan fund of more than Rs 9000 crore from the Central Govt, which is a clear example of gross discrimination, they alleged.

As such, the ABSU felt that the Bodo statehood demand is absolutely legitimate under the Constitution of India. Further, the creation of State Reorganisation Commission and the State Reorganisation Act of 1956 subsequently divided Assam in several North Eastern States. Again, in the absence of a concrete national policy, the NDA Govt in the Centre created 3 new states, namely Chandigarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand. At the moment the Central Govt is in the process of creating Telegana State by carving out Andhra Pradesh. In stark contrast, the long-drawn struggle of the Bodos for creation of Bodoland State has been grossly undermined and neglected, they stated.

The seminar has therefore been convened to discuss the rationale and justification for creation of states, namely Bodoland, Telengana, Bundelkhand, Bidarbh, Harit Pradesh, Purbanchal along with the possibilities in this regard and persuade the Govt for a uniformnational policy, the ABSU leaders expressed.

They also informed that apart from participation of some front line intelligentsia, politicians and political analysts, several other leaders of statehood demand organisation of this country are also expected to attend the seminar.

Significantly, PA Sangma, former Lok Sabha Speaker and Prof Ramesh Bharadaj of Delhi University will chair the seminar and the resource persons will include some renowned personalities like Kuldip Nayar, senior journalist, K Chandra Shekhar Rao,President of Telengana National Forum, Chandan Mitra, MP and Editor of Pioneer, S Garg, Chief Editor of The Bhaskar, amongst others. They also said that the proposal of the Mayawati Govt for creation of four new states in UP is indicative of the fact that the problem with smaller states are comparatively less, than the bigger ones.

The ABSU therefore appealed for a new policy and legislation for State reorganisation in the interest of the nation and its people. Any move to bypass creation of Bodoland will compel the Bodos to intensify their agitation, the ABSU leaders clarified.

NE MPs meet Azad over DU medical seats

GUWAHATI, Aug 20 – A delegation of MPs of the North-east met Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Gulam Nabi Azad in New Delhi yesterday, demanding his intervention into admission of State Government nominees of MBBS-BDS seats of the north-eastern States.

The delegation was led by Mukut Mithi, chairman, NEMPs Forum and Union Minister of State Vincent H Pala along with CM Chang, CL Ruala, Ninong Ering and Takam Sanjoy.

In a statement, Sanjoy said that Azad had directed the Secretary, Health, Government of India, Chandra Mouly for an appropriate decision to be conveyed to Delhi University authorities to allow the students of 12 States including the north-eastern States against Central Pool MBBS-BDS seats.

Sanjoy along with Raula and Chang met the Union Health Secretary and apprised him of the lackadaisical approach of Delhi University, Medical Council of India and the Ministry of Health in neglecting the court case WP (C) No. 4292 seeking for doing away with the Central Pool MBBS-BDS quota allotted to some special category States including Arunachal Pradesh and other north-eastern States.

Great loss for Assamese literature: Terang

GUWAHATI, Nov 29 – The Assamese literary world deeply mourned the death of one of its iconic figures, Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami. Not only did she enrich Assamese literature with some great creations, she worked heart and soul to popularize Assamese literature in the outside world.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha Rong Bong Terang said that Mamoni Raisom Goswamis death is an irreparable loss to the Assamese literature. It is a great loss for the Asam Sahitya Sabha and the Assamese literature. It would take us considerable time to come to terms with the deaths of Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami and Dr Bhupen Hazarika, theliterary and cultural icons of Assam, said Terang.

At a condolence meet organized at Bhagawati Prasad Baruah Bhaban here, tributes were paid to Dr Goswami by eminent litterateurs and office-bearers of the Sabha. Presiding over the meeting, eminent writer Jatindra Kumar Borgohain spoke about the life and philosophy of Dr Goswami.

Not just the Assamese literary world, but the Indian and international literature also lost an exceptional scholar and a great storyteller. Wherever I go outside Assam, people ask me about Indira Goswami. She was the face of Assamese literature to the outside world, said eminent writer and former Asam Sahitya Sabhapresident Lakshmi Nandan Bora.

She received the Jnanpith Award due to her creative literature, which was enriched with thematic variety. Be it the story of the widows of Vrindaban or the victims of the 1984 riots, she could send the message very effectively through her powerful writing.

An eminent Ramayani scholar, she represented India in many international seminars and workshops on Ramayana. When she was teaching in the Delhi University, she played a prominent role in popularizing Assamese literature in India, said Bora.

In the words of the former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha and prominent writer Dr Birendranath Dutta, both Bhupen Hazarika and Mamoni Raisom Goswami won the hearts of the people. It is unfortunate that both the great personalities left us within a short span of less than a month. The Assamese society has received two great shocks which would definitely affect us for a very long time, he said.

Now, it is our responsibility to preserve the contributions of both the great souls and learn from their work, he added.

Other than being a celebrated writer, she was a great woman, who was not at all affected by her name, fame and popularity. So far as I know her, she never discriminated between people due to their status in the society, said Kanaksen Deka, noted litterateur and another formerpresident of Asam Sahitya Sabha.

A woman of great courage, she was never bogged down by the hardships that she faced in her life. Her creations were so genuine and powerful, because her literature was based on her own experience, Deka added.

Deeply moved by the violence in the State, Mamoni Raisom Goswami sincerely worked towards establishing peace in Assam. A peaceful and united Assam would be a befitting tribute to the great soul, Deka mentioned.

In the words of noted scholar and another former president of the States apex literary body Dr Nagen Saikia, the Assamese society today lost a very sensitive writer who was free from all prejudices. With a very strong storyline, her novels spoke about the problems of the deprived, poor, oppressed and helpless common people.

The boldness with which she spoke about her own life, is rare in Assamese literature, added Saikia.

Srinagar to Imphal Yatra faces trouble

NEW DELHI, Oct 19 – The 4,500 km Srinagar-to-Imphal Yatra demanding withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) ran into trouble in Delhi, with miscreants creating a ruckus at North Campus of Delhi University. Couple of students sustained mild injuries in incidents of stone pelting.

Trouble began when students mostly from North-east joined the Save Sharmila Solidarity Group organised rally at the North Campus demanding dialogue with Irom Sharmila. However, even as the rally got under way, some miscreants pelted stones and tomatoes at the demonstrators.

Some of the students alleged that Delhi Police later landed up and instead of arresting the culprits, detained the agitating students denying them permission to carry on with their protest march.

Social activist Medha Patkar, Magsaysay Award winner Sandeep Pandey, National Alliance of Peoples Movement leader Faisal Khan, Irom Sharmilas brother Irom Singhajit, Parveena Ahangar of the Association of Disappeared Persons (APDP) have joined the yatra.

Delhi Metro all set to connect NCR universities

Good news for students facing daily traffic chaos on their way to colleges and universities. The third phase of Delhi Metro will connect five universities in the National Capital Region (NCR).

According to the proposed corridor, the Delhi Metro will connect South Campus of Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Amity University in Noida, YMCA University of Science and Technology in Faridabad, with each other.

The work on the project to link educational institutes and other areas will be completed by 2016, said Delhi Metro Rail Corporations (Haryana region) spokesperson Himanshu Sharma.

The DMRC had recently conducted a survey to figure out the students who would travel by metro by 2016.

According to the survey, around 21,000 students from Amity, 19,000 from Jamia and 35,000 students from other university campuses would travel by the Delhi Metro.

Apart from the universities linking project, students will also be benefited from 33.49 km metro line connecting Noida Botanical Garden to Janakpuri West in Delhi.

In this process, Delhis Munerka station would cater to JNU, IIT campuses, where as the proposed station at Jamia Nagar would serve Jamia University. In Noida, the station at Botanical Garden will facilitate commuters for Amity University.

Not only students of universities, but students from several other DU colleges will also benefit from the proposed linking of these premier educational institution.

Moreover, the YMCA University station in Faridabad would serve the extended Badarpur-YMCA line.

The third phase would also connect the three areas of Kalkaji-Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West.

Similarly, the Metro project would facilitate commuting between Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor.

The Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor is also likely to make the journey easier to All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS)

Delhi Police arrest two for stealing cars

Delhi police on Monday arrested two youngsters, who used to steal luxury cars to impress their girlfriends. Police recovered 6 luxury cars including five Honda City cars from them.

According to police, the two boys Akshey and Nitin used to frequent pubs and posh restaurants in Vasant Kunj and Saket area of South Delhi. The duo told police that they used to steal cars in order to impress their high profile girlfriends.

While one of the arrested accused is a B. Com student from Delhi University the other is a 3rd year law student. Aksheys mother is an officer in the NTPC while Nitins father is an LIC employee. Both the accused have no past criminal record.

They were nabbed during a police checking in Neb Sarai area of South Delhi. The car in which they were travelling was also a stolen one. During interrogation they revealed that they had stolen eight cars. The also confessed of selling two cars while police have recovered six stolen cars abandoned by them at different places.

Delay in hearing may lead to diversion of OBC seats

The OBC candidates on Tuesday expressed fear in the Supreme Court that delay in sorting out the discrepancies in implementation of 27 per cent quota for them in central educational institutions could lead to diversion of seats reserved for them to general category.

Stop diversion of seats, was how one of the counsel for the OBC candidates protested when a plea was made before a bench of justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik seeking to defer the hearing.

We agree that the matter is urgent. There is one side diversion and it cannot go in such a way, the bench said while maintaining that the matter has to be heard after a week as some more applications have been filed on which a response of other sides were needed.

Some of the counsel opposed adjournment of the proceedings saying that the OBC candidates would again be denied seats in the academic year of 2011 and referred to the likely closure of the admission process of Delhi University by the end of this week.

They requested the court to immediately clarify the order of the constitution bench so that the diversion of OBC seats can be stopped. The court posted the matter for hearing on July 20.

During the last hearing on July 4, the apex court had expressed displeasure that time and again the issue was brought up before the court even after a constitution bench had upheld the validity of the 27 per cent quota for OBCs.

The court was annoyed that the cut-off for OBCs are declared only after the admission for candidates of general category is closed. They (OBC) would have to wait and watch till the first cut-off of general list comes out, the bench had said asking are they second class citizens?

DU gets notice on quota appointments

Is DU discriminating? The National Commission for Schedule Castes has issued a notice to Delhi University Vice-Chancellor, Deepak Paintal, in a case of discrimination against scheduled castes and tribes. Notices have been sent to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Human Resources development (HRD).

Says the notice: It has been alleged that the posts of teaching staff (lecturer) are being filled on an ad-hoc basis, particularly reserved for SCs, by general category candidates. Therefore, the Commission has decided to investigate-inquire into the matter.

Delhi University SC-ST Teachers Associations president, Dhani Ram, had in a complaint said that 763 lecturers were working in the Delhi University and its colleges on an ad-hoc basis, while actually, these posts were reserved for SC-ST candidates. There are more than 8,600 teaching posts in DU. On the basis of 22.5 % reservation for SC-ST category, the number works out to be around 1800. Out of these only 437 (368 SCs and 69 STs) posts are filled.

According to the complaint, the HRD and the UGC have directed that the backlog of the SC-ST quota be cleared before any fresh appointments are made from the general category. Thus these 763 appointments are clearly in violation of the rules.

The complainant has said that the Supreme Court and various High Courts have also directed that ad-hoc appointments should be avoided.

The Chennai High Court has directed that no guest lecturer or ad-hoc lecturer be appointed or allowed to continue after March 2006. In a judgment in June this year, the Supreme Court too had taken cognisance of the malaise. It had flayed the practice of appointing teachers on an ad-hoc basis in higher education institutions, particularly in universities. Government officials themselves claim that there are specific orders issued by concerned departments from time to time so that appointments are streamlined.

In fact, the Commission has listed several instances in the government and public sector units where the situation is similar. The VC said: I am not aware of such notice. Considering that the University was supposed to submit its reply within three days, the VC did not appear to be in any particular hurry.

Menagerie of The Gods

Menagerie of The Gods It was a sight to behold, as there converged the devout, the curious, and the modern. On the day of the first holy bath at the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, men and women, young and old, teens and tots had thronged the banks of the Ganga looking to wash away their sins and attain Moksha (salvation) that which the holy river promises to extend to all who immerse themselves in Her, particularly on such auspicious dates. Delhi University student Shameem, along with his IT professional friend Arvind Raghav; Devesh, an MBA student at Kurukshetra University; the young couple Vikas and Preeti, working in a multinational BPO in Gurgaon, and many others like them looked on in awe and reverence. At least here, you couldnt tell they belonged to the same Facebook-Blackberry generation that seems to be cynical about anything to do with the religion, and dismissed all mysticism as superstition.

On 12th February, the day of Shivaratri that was marked as the Pratham Shahi Snan (First Royal Bath), over fifty lakh people, according to the Kumbh Mela administration, participated in the bathing ritual. The faithfuls believe that a holy dip during the Kumbh Mela helps end the cycle of life and death. In such trying times as ours, when uncertainty and chaos reign, more people are seeking solace in spiritualism, and more urgently. Vikas and Preeti affirm, The corporate lifestyle has sapped the peace and tranquility in our lives, theres so much tension now. We are aware that a spiritual outlook tends to bring in peace. Here in the foothills of the Himalayas, in Haridwar and Rishikesh, and on the banks of the Ganga, there is touristy fun as well as inner peace to be had.

Shameem and his friends Arvind Raghav, Sandeep and Raj who run an event management company drove from Delhi to the Kumbh Mela. They claim to be out on a spiritual tour alongside plans to indulge in adventure sports like rafting. Says Shameem, I am a Muslim, but the Ganga and Haridwar have always fascinated me. As soon as my friends told me their plans of coming to the Kumbh Mela to bathe in the Ganga, I readily agreed to join them.

The enigmatic Naga sadhus and Hath yogis who perform penance for years at a stretch, are also an attraction for the youth. Devesh and his classmates from Haryana were drawn to Kumbh Mela for this very reason. The world of the Naga sadhus is difficult to imagine. Talking to the chillum-smoking sadhus, their naked bodies smeared with ash, is an adventure in itself. Much of the allure of Uttarakhand lies in its natural beauty and spiritual attractions. Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand is a prominent religious destination not only for Hindus, but Sikhs and Muslims too. The most sacred river for Hindus, Ganga, originates from Gangotri. The famous temples of Badrinath, Kedarnath and Kailash Mansarovar are also located here. While the rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini meet at Rudraprayag, the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers converge at Devprayag, and are each of spiritual significance. Uttarkashi and Joshimath are called Kashi of the mountains because of the presence of temples of Lord Shiva. Besides, Hemkund Sahib is the holiest of pilgrimages for Sikhs, and Piran Kaliyar houses the tomb of famous Sufi saint Alauddin Sabir Kaliyari, visited by Hindus and Muslims alike.

The recent overhauling of the famous Har ki Pauri Ghat in stone is an indicator of attempts to promote the place as a major spiritual-cum-tourist destination. Establishing adventure and wildlife tours around religious spots can go a long way in luring the youth. Doing so will not only generate employment opportunities for the residents but also increase government revenue. Haridwar District Tourism Development Officer Yogendra Gangwar says, Millions of people come to Haridwar during the Kumbh. This is a golden opportunity for us. In order to easily inform people about these destinations, weve set up 16 information centres at the Kumbh Mela and printed over three lakh pamphlets and leaflets. The state government has also arranged for helicopter tours of the Kumbh for those interested.

Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the chief minister of Uttarakhand, has initiated the Vision 2020 in order to promote tourism in the state.

According to the plan, by the year 2020, the state should make noticeable contributions to adventure tourism, eco-tourism, health tourism, spiritual tourism and wildlife tourism. The state will also witness increased foreign investment and benefits from the participation of private sector in infrastructure development. If the plans materialise, there would be no stopping Uttarakhand from turning into a tourism hub to reckon with in India and the world. Menagerie of The Gods Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Chief Minister, Uttarakhand, on the states precious heritage

Tourism industry is a major source of income for both the people of the state as well as state government. For its significant support to the states livelihood, we would like to lay emphasis on adventure tourism and development of yoga and meditation centres. Uttarakhand has many religious and scenic tourist spots which is why it is also called the land of the gods (dev bhumi). With the help of World Tourism Organisation, we have created a master plan for Uttarakhand and development of its tourism industry to increase amenities for the many pilgrims and tourists who flood the state every year.

We have seen an increase of four per cent in domestic and six per cent in foreign tourists coming to Uttarakhand. Our target is to get the number to a 10 per cent increase in foreign tourists. The Veer Chand Singh Garhwalis tourism self-employment plan is to develop rail services in the hilly regions and provide facilities for air services to the prominent tourist destinations. Protecting the environment is also a priority, since we are one of the worlds top regions in terms of biodiversity. We have several proposals in the field of eco-tourism too.

Combing the Kumbh for legends

According to Vishnu Purana, 14 treasures emerged in the process of churning the ocean by gods and demons to obtain nectar. When nectar finally did appear, there was a struggle between the two groups to make it their own. Meanwhile, Indras son Jayanta fled with the vessel and was chased by the demons. During his escape, Jayanta laid the vessel at rest in 12 places, of which four Haridwar, Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag are on earth and are celebrated as venues for the Kumbh Mela. The rest are believed to be in heaven.

The snan (holy bath) is a part of the Kumbh tradition, during which members of 13 Akharas (Hindu monastic orders) comprising Saiva and Vaishnava sects bathe in the Ganga. These Akhara groups were established in the manner of a religious army during the Mughal era to protect Hindu religion. But given the divisions, there were often clashes over rights to the Royal Bath first. This time, however, things will be different. Says Mahanta Vishwa Bandhu, a member of the Digambar Akhara, Earlier, the administration used to allot date and time for the Shahi Snan (Royal Bath) for the various sects. But after Akhara Parishad took the initiative, both Saiva and Vaishnava Akharas will take the Bath together for the first time at Kumbh.

Save Sharmila campaign held in Delhi, Blore

In support of Irom Sharmilas 11-years-old fight against the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA), hundreds of people came out to participate in a campaign held simultaneously in Delhi and Bangalore on Sunday.

In coordination with several non-governmental organisations and voluntary forums like Save Democracy, Repeal AFSPA; For a Better Manipur; Web2Source and Bangalore Manipur Students Association among others, the campaign was successfully held in Delhi and Bangalore.

Nation wide sit-in-protest, candle light march, signature campaign and silent processions were launched as part of the campaign. In Delhi, a candle light march was launched from GTB Nagar metro station to Art Campus of Delhi University at 7 in the evening. The march was held as a part of ongoing series of campaigns under the banner of Save Democracy, Repeal AFSPA.

In Bangalore, Web2Source Enterprises in partnership with Bangalore Manipuri Students Association on Sunday organised a silent rally from Cubbon Park to MG Road via Mayo hall and held a 5-hour sit-in till 5pm at the starting point of the rally.

Criticising the draconian act, Rojesh Seram, coordinator Save Democracy, Repeal AFSPA, said: We are not citizen of India but AFSPA. AFSPA is a war against the innocent people. It is high time that government repeal this act from northeastern states and Kashmir.

Speaking at the rally in Delhi, Khuraijam Jibankumar Singh, Founder, For a Better Manipur, asserted: There is a serious need to support Sharmilas fight by the masses in pressurising the government to repeal AFSPA. It is good to see that huge number of people have turned out to participate in the campaign. However, this is not enough. We need support from media as well which can mobilise the masses effectively.

The Save Sharmila campaign will be held from October 2 to December 10 later this year. The signature sheet will be handed over to President Pratibha Patil on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on December 10, followed by a peace march in Delhi, from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhawan, stated a press release.

AFSPA confers certain special powers upon members of the armed forces in disturbed areas of the country, which includes states like Assam, Manipur Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, and Kashmir. AFSPA enables armymen to arrest and kill anyone on the basis of mere suspicion of he or she being a militant.

On November 2, 2000, ten innocent civilians were killed by armymen in Malom, on the outskirts of Imphal using this brutal act. Since that incident, Irom Sharmila has been on indefinite hunger strike.

Jarbom Gamlin sworn in as Arunachal CM

Jarbom Gamlin was on Thursday night sworn in as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh replacing Dorjee Khandu who was killed in a helicopter crash.

Gamlin, 50, who was Power Minister in Khandu cabinet, was administered oath of office and secrecy by Governor J J Singh at the Raj Bhavan.

A student of history and law of Delhi University, he was one of the front runners for the chief ministers post as a CLP meeting earlier in the day authorised Congress President Sonia Gandhi to choose the new leader.

Other contenders were Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president and PWD Minister Nabam Tuki, Finance Minister Setong Sena and RWD Minister Kalikho Pul.

Yamuna Bio-Diversity Park in safe hand

If you want to know how Yamuna looked 200 years ago, then you must pay a visit to Yamuna Bio-Diversity Park at Wazirabad in Delhi. To learn more about the river, its wetland conservation, flora, fauna, and other nuances, you can straightaway ask for Dr. Faiyaz Khudsar, a well-known environmentalist, who loves explaining mysteries of nature to people.

Thanks to Dr Faiyazs efforts, Delhiites now know more about the wetlands. About a hundred years ago, the areas around the Yamuna were occupied by wild boars and over 440 species of birds, fishes and other aquatic beings. With only 80 species left, the place which was earlier a wasteland has now been converted into a wetland. To make this dream a reality, Delhi Development Authority and Delhi University have come together to provide requisite support.

The Park is spread over 157 acres of land. Around 10 ecosystems including 2000-3000 species of flora and fauna are to be generated under the project. In all, about 16,500 trees and plant families -- belonging to 20 biotic groups of deciduous bamboo, sal, teak, acacia, grass, thorn-scrub, under-water, marshy, island and riparian families, broad-leaf categories, groves, herbs, medicinal plants and fruit variety species among others can be found here.

The extinct medicinal and fruit plant species such as tylophora asthemetica, ceropegie bulbosa, gala, khirnis, white variety of jamun, which once found in abundance in the Yamuna basin forests, have been reintroduced for conservation. No doubt, conserving the natural species will make this park a unique bio-diversity park in the world.

Arun Jaitley - The saffron strategist

Arun Jaitley - The saffron strategist The last time he personally contested an election was way back in 1974, when he was elected President of the Delhi University Students Union. His detractors in the party, and there are many, derisively say that the man cannot even win an Assembly election; that he is the suave, sophisticated and polished face of the BJP who flits between TV channels to peddle Hindutva to the chattering classes. And yet, the Karnataka elections have decisively shown that 54-year-old Arun Jaitley is a master strategist of saffron victories. And while he may not be a leader with a mass base, Jaitley has emerged as the quintessential backroom strategist who can mastermind and craft mass base victories for BJP.

Sharmilas supporters attacked in Delhi

At least four supporters of Irom Sharmila were injured in an attack while taking out a procession as a part of a campaign, Srinagar to Imphal, save Sharmila campaign on Wednesday in New Delhi.

A right wing group, Aam Hindustani, members reportedly attacked supporters at around 4 in the afternoon in Arts faculty of Delhi University. We were taking out a peaceful procession as a part of Srinagar to Imphal-save Sharmila campaign in Delhi University campus when some unidentified people, most probably a right wing group, attacked us with stones and rotten tomatoes injuring four people badly, said Seram Rojesh, coordinator Repeal AFSPA, Save Democracy.

The said campaign is supported by well-known social activist Medha Patkar who launched the campaign in Srinagar during this month. Not only people from the north-east but people from Kashmir, UP, Haryana, Bihar among others are participating in the said campaign. The said group is calling social activists Medha Patkar and Sandeep Pandey as traitors, reads its pamphlet.

The attack is very unfortunate. It will hamper the unity of the nation in future. Yesterday, it was Arvind Kejriwal and now Sharmilas supporters; it is indeed very sad that those who are doing good for the society are being attacked, said Khuraijam Jibankumar Singh, Coordinator, For A Better Manipur.

DU first cut-off list out; 100 per cent for B Com (H)

Delhi University released its first cut-off list for admissions in 2011 here on late Tuesday night. For the very first time in DU, the cut-offs touched 100 per cent for B Com (H) at SRCC.

As expected, the cut-offs for most of the renowned colleges sky rocketed, which is the after-effect of order passed by the University to provide sure shot admissions to the students who clear the cut-off eligibility.

Admissions are expected to start from June 16, and go on until June 20. Four more cut-off lists will be released on June 21, June 27, July 2 and July 8.

However, cut-offs will come down and normalise as subsequent lists are released.

Students who wish to opt for B achelor of Commerce (Honours) would be facing more trouble this year.

DU launches Facebook page for students

With its helplines and open-days flooded with pre-admission queries, Delhi University today launched its Facebook page for students, giving them another avenue to sort out their questions, raise their grievances and offer suggestions.

At the first Open Day at the South campus, officials of the University were bombarded by a series of questions by curious students and concerned parents as they sought to clear their doubts about the new admission norms and other details and nuances of several courses.

Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh said at the institutions social networking profile, a link to which is available on the Universitys website, he will himself try to answer several of the queries posted by students.

Speaking to aspirants, the Vice Chancellor also advised them to opt for the subjects they actually have aptitude for rather than running after market trends. We are today launching our Facebook page, a dedicated email id is also in place. Ill do my best to personally answer several queries, he said.

The University officials said they are also making available the option of e-open days whereby presentations will be posted on the University website.

We are also launching e-open days and e-brochures. This will help local students as they will not have to move around the city in the heat and also outstation students who can avail of the information benefits from their own cities, said Dean Students Welfare J.M. Khurana.

Good course is important, not college name

The high cut-offs have left many average scorers disappointed, especially, the ones who aimed for the best colleges and prestigious courses.

Having studied B.Com (Hons) for good three years, I can safely say that its no big deal if you dont get through any of these so-called prestigious courses. Instead, this could be your chance to try something new. A professional course, or a small diploma in the subject or field of your choice.

Even when I scored well in my Class XII exams, the only problem was, my vision was limited to a handful of courses that were considered best by my parents. But it didnt really help much. At a time when most of my friends studying professional courses were busy with their summer internships, I never felt the need for such an exposure as it wasnt really a part of my syllabus.

I was always content that Im pursuing a prestigious course and a job will follow. As Ive given my final year exams this year, I feel its important as a senior to tell my juniors that its okay to not be in the best college or best course. As long as you can prove your mettle, people wont be bothered about the name of your school or college. I feel no reason for students to get disheartened if they dont get admission in the college of their choice.

Relax and breath, lifes much more than just getting the course. Instead take up something creative and widen your horizon.

Lohit Kumar is a B.Com (Hons) student of Delhi University

DU colleges declare second list; Eco, B Com closed in many

As expected, a number of sought after colleges of Delhi University closed admissions to the popular B Com (Hon) and Economics (Hons) courses for general category students on Monday after recording admissions in excess of sanctioned seats over the last four days.

However, for OBC students, seats were still available in almost all top-notch colleges that brought out their second cut off lists on Monday.

The university said colleges have exercised abundant caution in declaring the second cut-off list and advised aspirants not to get discouraged as most colleges are expected to announce three more lists with lower cut-offs.

The Sri Ram College of Commerce declared its admissions closed for both B Com and Eco honours after taking in 161 and 10 extra admissions in both these courses for the general category. For the OBC category a second cut-off list was announced at 92 to 96 per cent in B Com (H) and 92.75 to 95.75 in Eco (H).

It was amply evident that the colleges, which have come out with second lists, have indeed exercised caution and had not lowered cut-offs substantially.

Besides SRCC, the admissions in the general category in B Com (hons) closed in Hindu college, Ramjas, Daulat Ran, Dyal Singh and Shaheed Bhagat Singh colleges, among others.

The Eco (hons) course was closed in Hindu, Miranda, Ramjas and Shaheed Bhagat Singh, among others.

Among the colleges that declare a second cut-off list for Commerce, Kirorimal put it at 95.5 to 96.75, while Sri Venkateshwar declared it at 95.5 to 97. Other colleges in this category were Gargi, Hansraj, Lady Sri Ram and Deshmukh.

Hansraj college too put the cut-off at a high of 95.75 to 97.75 for B Com (Honours) and 95.5 to 96.5 for Eco (H).

It is by far clear that a large number of students who have secured even above 90 per cent marks will not be able to get the subject or college of their choice and will have to compromise on either of the two.

There was a scramble for the limited seats at the much sought after colleges in the University after the first cut- off list came out on June 15.

The SRCC, which had declared a cut-off of 96 to 100 per cent for B Com (H), was also criticised by some quarters for keeping the rates so high. However, as students thronged to take admissions, the high cut-offs proved no deterrent.

The college took in 413 students against its 252 seats in the B Com (Honours) course, besides taking 71 against 61 seats in the Eco (H) course. The college, however, still has a substantial number of seats vacant for OBC students.

The Hindu college, meanwhile, had taken 843 admissions against a sanctioned strength of 750, with 162 being admitted to B Com (Honours) against 62 seats.

A number of Humanities courses like Sociology, Political Science and History were also quite near the full mark, said media coordinator Anju Srivastava.

In the Humanities bracket, Political Science has emerged as one of the favourites of the students, and second cut-off lists for this subject did not come out in several colleges, including Daulat Ram, Hindu, Gargi, Miranda House and Dyal Singh.

History (H) too was closed in colleges like Gargi, Hindu, Ramjas and Miranda for general category students.

Fake caste certificate scam: Two DU employees arrested

Two employees of Delhi Universitys SC-ST cell were arrested here for their alleged links with a racket involved in helping students get admission in colleges on the basis of fake caste certificates. The arrested have been identified as Neeraj and Sanjeet, a senior police official said.

The racket led by Himanshu Gupta allegedly managed to secure admissions for 12 students, including four girls, this admission season in eight colleges and was smashed by Delhi Polices Crime Branch on June 23 with the arrest of three youths, including a contract employee in a tehsildar office. The interrogation of the three persons led to the arrest of two DU employees, the official said.

Those arrested on June 23 were Himanshu (26) and his associates Vikas (24) and Ketan Gupta (24), who is a a data entry operator on contract basis at Mehrauli tehsildar office. On the modus operandi, the official said, Himanshu and Vikas floated an educational consultancy firm and advertised in leading newspapers in Delhi and other cities about facilitating admissions.

They charged Rs 3-5 lakh for getting a student admitted in the college of their choice. In this academic session, 10 forged caste certificates shown as issued from the office of Tehsildar in Mehrauli, were allegedly prepared by Ketan.

Data of the forged certificates was uploaded by Ketan on the official website so that if anybody checked its authenticity, the same could be verified from the official website. Three forged caste certificates shown as issued from the office of Tehsildar in Ghaziabad were prepared by one of their associates Satish who is absconding, he said.

The gang was operating since 2008. In the previous years, they have secured admission of students in Delhi University on the basis of forged caste certificates which were shown to have been issued in Ghaziabad.

BT gene in GM crops harmful for growth

A team of Indian scientists has found that genetic modification (GM) will have a detrimental effect on the growth and development of plants.

This is the first time that scientists have found that the Bt gene will trigger major problems in plants like stunted growth and sterility. Thus far, studies have centred on the toxicity of the Bt gene to animals and human beings.

There has been considerable interest and activity in genetically engineering insect-resistant crop plants using Cry genes encoding insect toxins from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). The proteins encoded by these genes are called Bt-toxins and are thought to specifically affect only certain insects and not other organisms or the plants themselves.

However, the team from the laboratory of Dr Pradeep Burma in the Department of Genetics at the University of Delhi, South Campus, has found that expression of the Bt-toxin Cry1Ac in cotton and tobacco is detrimental to the growth and development of those plants. The study was published in the June issue of Journal of Biosciences.

Many of the transgenic plants obtained showed developmental defects comprising abnormal growth (stunting) and-or sterility. These symptoms suggest that expression of Cry1Ac could be causing growth defects in plants, the team observed.

Consistent with this explanation, the researchers found that a majority of transgenic plants had very low or undetectable levels of Cry1Ac, and that all plants having appreciable levels of Cry1Ac showed developmental abnormalities. This indicates a correlation between the levels of Cry1Ac expression and the developmental defects in the plants. Plants release defence-related molecules to fight the toxicity induced in them through Bt technology.

Though studies have not been conducted to establish whether these defence-related molecules will cause harm to human beings when they are consumed, scientists here feel that the toxins released may also be detrimental to human and animal health.

The ideology bogey

Call someone ideological, and you have effectively done him-her in. In today s popular perception, an ideological person does not have an argument. He or she only carries baggage — mostly old, mostly junk — and therefore can be ignored. The latest to get the rap for being ideological is Mani Shankar Aiyar, the former sports minister. Apparently, in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games (CWG), Mr Aiyar shot off a great many missives seeking to draw Prime Minister Manmohan Singh s attention to the extravagance and expenses associated with the event. Dr Singh did not quite see things the same way, and in his recent powwow with editors, described the former sports minister s opposition to the CWG as purely ideological . Never mind that Mr Aiyar is an economics topper from Delhi University, did a Tripos in the subject at Cambridge and could possibly have been making an economic argument against the Games in addition to whatever ideological positions he is charged with. Perhaps we have not heard the end of the story, and one eagerly awaits a witty Aiyarism on the subject.

There is a takeaway lesson here that is relevant to one of the prickliest issues of the day — land acquisition for infrastructure and industry. India needs industry and infrastructure. Both need sizeable tracts of land. However, in a country where most people still live off farming, land continues to be a hugely sensitive issue. It is not only its emotive value. Where there is no social security, people do not easily give up their land, often the only fixed asset they have, if they feel they are not getting a fair compensation. Then, there are issues of livelihood. In tribal areas, where property titles are hazy, it gets more complicated. Anyone cataloguing these issues is often accused of being ideological. That label ends the argument and obscures the practical aspects of the issue. These aspects are now critical.

At this moment, land disputes and protests by affected communities have stalled some of the country s biggest infrastructure projects, putting a big question mark on the future of economic growth, specifically foreign investment. Land is a state subject. Different states have different land-acquisition policies. The Centre is working on a new bill on the issue that will hopefully make things better.

Meanwhile, a furious debate rages on how best to work out compensation for the project-displaced people. The emphasis, so far, has been on how much money should be paid to people whose land is being acquired and how corporates mired in land acquisition troubles are taking a hit. To get things moving, an equally lively discourse is needed on another key question: How should adverse consequences of development projects be addressed?

Till the 1980s, most policymakers and planners across the world believed that the negative aspects of development-induced displacement were far outweighed by the positive side, and that some people would have to make sacrifices for the long-term greater good. Typically, resettlement programmes meant statutory monetary compensation for land acquired for the project. In some instances, development of the resettlement site was also part of the package. But few policymakers lost sleep worrying about the future of the communities likely to be displaced by infrastructure projects.

The situation started changing in the 1990s. The trigger was the growing chorus of protests in several countries where populations had been forced to move. Policymakers were forced to recognise that insufficient attention to resettlement and rehabilitation of affected communities does not pay in the long run. Academia, public interest groups, activists of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and media started debating the pros and cons of development-induced displacement. This led to a growing realisation that fair compensation to the project-affected people for the loss of their land and livelihood meant not just money but also help to rebuild homes and communities and re-establish businesses.

Within Asia, among the first to accept these shifts in the policy discourse were bankers and donor agencies who gave money to fund infrastructure — notably the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (now called the Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA).

A good example of how a developing country can tackle the twin pressures of infrastructure needs and the interests of communities affected by such projects comes from neighbouring Sri Lanka. In 2001, the island nation adopted a landmark policy, the National Involuntary Resettlement Policy (NIRP). An innovative initiative I saw on the outskirts of Colombo a few years ago — Lunawa Environment Improvement and Community Development Project (LEIandCDP) — offers some ideas on how to translate policy into practice. It was originally conceived as an engineering solution to problems caused by regular flooding in the Lunawa catchment area. But its three key backers — the Sri Lankan government, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme incorporated a strong community-development component in the project design.

LEIandCDP pioneered the use of NGOs to sell a package of interventions to communities who were going to be affected by the project to erase the distrust they traditionally harboured towards government agencies. NGO representatives made door-to-door visits to boost the community s confidence and goodwill towards the project, to reduce fears about displacement in the early days and help formulate the entitlement packages.

Many families who had lived in shanties previously, who had to move to make way for the project, now own their own homes in the resettlement sites. Everyone, including squatters, now have bank accounts that they acquired when the compensation amounts had to be deposited. When affected families were being resettled in new sites, it was ensured that women were joint owners of the property and had a legal claim. One remarkable mechanism used to revitalise the displaced communities was community contracting — community-based organisations in the area issued community contracts to build drains, service roads, community centres, etc. within the resettlement sites and others parts of the project area. In many cases, individuals and families have become much richer by tapping into these opportunities.

As India finalises a new land-acquisition deal, it is good to draw a lesson or two from the Lunawa project. Investing time and resources in the preparatory phase pays. When there is a trust deficit, NGO partners can mediate between affected communities, the project team and local authorities. None of this reflects an ideological position. It is intensely practical.

* The author writes on development issues in India and emerging economies and can be reached at

Death by radioactive radiation; 6 DU professors charge-sheeted

Delhi police on Friday filed a charge sheet in a city court against six Delhi University professors in the 2010 Mayapuri radiation case for endangering lives by auctioning an radioactive gamma irradiator without following mandatory precautions.

The charge sheet, filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen, covers Delhi University teachers including the then Head of Chemistry Department V S Parmar and the then Dean of Sciences Roop Lal.

Besides them, Rakesh Kumar, Ramesh Chandra Rastogi, Ashok Prasad and Rita Kakkar have also been charge-sheeted under various penal provisions dealing with causing death by rash and negligent acts and causing grievous hurt. The court is likely to take cognizance of the probe report on September 21.

The irradiator was sold in the scrap market in violation of the rules of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), which says any chemical product emitting radiations cannot be auctioned and disposed off without following mandatory regulations, the charge sheet said.

One person died and seven people were critically injured in April, 2010 after they were exposed to radiation when they cut open a Cobalt-60 irradiator at Mayapuri scrap market here. The irradiator was traced to DUs Chemistry department.

Police said two committees, comprising University professors, were set up before the irradiator was decided to be auctioned.

The first committee was set up to find out which material were of no use to the University and can be sold and the second committee was formed to auction the waste products, the charge sheet said. The six accused professors were part of those committees and had recommended the auctioning, it said.

DU essay debate: teachers, academics protest

Teachers and students of different colleges of Delhi University on Monday took to the streets condemning the varsitys decision to remove A. K. Ramanujans essay on Ramayana, with some dubbing it a fascist move while pro-BJP outfit labelling it as an attack on academic freedom.

The group comprising representatives from pro-Left organisations, academics of history and other subjects and students took out a protest march starting from the Arts Faculty and touching colleges like Kirorimal, Hindu and St Stephens before concluding at the office of the Vice Chancellor to whom a memorandum was submitted.

Carrying placards that read Resist Saffronisation of Higher Education and Mr VC Stop Implementing the Dictates of the Right Wing Goons, the protesters shouted slogans against what they called an attack on history.

This is a very scary and an extremely frightening moment for us. This has set in place a precedent that is fearsome, said History Prof Sunil Kumar on the University Academic Councils recent decision to remove the essay Three Hundred Ramayanas from History syllabus.

History is part of literature: Guha

Historian Ramachandra Guha is among 23 writers selected for this years Kendra Sahitya Akademi awards. Mr Guha will get the award for his book of narrative history India After Gandhi. He shares his thoughts on being selected for the prestigious award. Excerpts from an interview:

You are probably the first writer to win a Sahitya Academy award for narrative history. Your comment.
It is rare for history to be considered for Sahitya Academy. It is usually novels and poetry that are considered and that won the award. But, I do not claim that Im the first or the only one to have received this award for history. Historians, occasionally, have been won this award. Sarvepalli Gopal won Sahitya Academy award in the year 1976 for his biography on Nehru. But, it is rare.

Does it signal a change in the way literature is usually defined?
Literature is not only novels, fiction or poetry. Narrative history is part of literature and this has been recognised. That is how I see it. The award is a recognition that history is a stream of literature. History has always been part of literature as much as it has been a part of social science. I am very delighted that Sahitya Academy recognised it.

How do you think this recognition will encourage other historians?
Many historians in India are already doing some real good work in the field of narrative history. This award is not for me; it is for the entire stream of narrative history. Many have been doing good work and the award is a recognition of the collective work in the field.

Will this redefine history from being just a record of events to a more engaging narration of evolution?
There are many young historians who are not just good historians but also write beautifully. They record history in elegant prose, which is delightful. I would like to make a special mention of Dr Upinder Singh and Prof Nayanjot Lahiri from Delhi University. They both have been doing very good work. Another great historian is Dr Sanjay Subrahmanyam. There is so much good work happening in the field at the moment that I am proud of being part of it.

Do you think the country and the Sahitya Academy is late in recognising the literary streak of narrative history?
Im delighted. And, the award is recognition that I welcome.

Colleges to compete in clean Delhi drive

In an attempt to lend a push for a cleaner city, several colleges of Delhi University are coming together for an initiative that will not only see them campaign for a clean Delhi, but also compete for it.

The Lead-Green Initiative, launched by a private company visualises a clean and green Delhi, starting from college campuses. While environment drives are nothing new to the capital, this initiative will take the route of cultural festivals and performances and will judge colleges on the basis of their condition vis a vis cleanliness and environment-friendliness.

When we thought of doing something in the field of environment, we thought why not begin from the campuses and take it forward from there, said Aaditya Hukku, Director of Uureka events company and the brain behind the project.

The campaign that will continue for a month will see interested colleges register and participate in a range of cultural competitions, with major points reserved for the example set by colleges inside and outside their campuses on the front of cleanliness.

Though the registration is yet to begin, several colleges - both from the North and South campuses - like Kirorimal college, Hindu college, D School of Business, St Stephens and Sri Venkateswara college among others, have already evinced interest.

The first phase of the campaign saw the project implementers put a number of dust bins in the South campus around Sri Venkateswara college and a campaign to promote their usage, especially around the eateries in the area.

We will have a hidden team that will go around the campuses of different colleges every week to monitor the improvements in conditions and draw down points for the colleges on this count, said Hukku. So, while Delhi University colleges have often competed for cultural and intellectual events, this will perhaps be the first where in addition to dances, dramatics, fashion shows and debates, they will also compete to keep their colleges clean.

Semester system for DU undergrad courses not feasible

Amid opposition from teachers from humanities and commerce stream, the Delhi University is planning to introduce the semester system across all undergraduate courses from this academic session in July. But science teachers, who have taught one semester in the new mode, believe it is not academically feasible.

Under the semester system, teachers are left with no time for research; attend conferences or refresher courses that is important to keep yourself updated to teach better. In case of the students, the curriculum has become mechanical and it has drastically reduced teacher-student interaction. Also, students are not left with much time to pursue extra-urricular activities, said Deepak Jain, who teaches physics at the Deen Dayal Upadhayay college.

Teachers also said the administrations claim that the semester system is more efficient by declaring the first semester results within a very short time is questionable. Why were results for the six courses, which were already running in semester mode, not declared in tandem with the 13 science courses? Students have been given marks liberally, just to prove the success of the new system. Students did not even attend the required number of practicals since we did not have the available software. But in spite of that they have been given marks, said Naveen Jain, who teaches electronics in Zakir Hussain College.

However, some principals said that rather than criticising the semester system, teachers should suggest ways to strengthen it. We have to comply with the decision of the high court and see to it that the system is implemented properly. In any case, it is too early to pass a judgement on semester system since only one semster has been taught. Whenever a change takes place, there are bound to be some problems and it is our duty to suggest solutions, said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.

Departments of humanities and social sciences have been divided over switching from annual to semester mode. While the committee of courses for political science, philosophy and Hindi has passed the courses, English, economics, sociology and history are opposed to the semester system.

More buses for DU students in South Campus colleges

Students studying in colleges under Delhi University in South Campus have reasons to cheer. Acting on their complaints regarding problems of transportation, the university has decided to introduce two buses that would ply around south campus colleges. On Monday, vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh had met students from various colleges and those from South Campus colleges raised the issue of lack of transportation and security.

Apart from the one bus that runs, we have decided to introduce two more buses and also increase patrolling around the campus. Issues such as these need to be addressed at the earliest so that students do not have problems in attending classes, said Singh.

At present, south campus has only one bus and students have to often wait for a long time to board it. The bus starts at 7.45am from South Campus and then covers colleges such as Sri Ventakeshwara, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam, Maitryee, Jesus and Mary, Ram Lal Anand, Motilal Nehru. The bus service winds up at 5.40pm.

We are in the final stages of the proposal and will soon implement the bus service, said Umesh Rai, director, South Campus. The campus will also see an increase in patrolling. Two cycle-bound patroller like the ones deployed in North Campus will also be deployed at South Campus.

Colleges to be rewarded
Besides security, the students also raised issues such as teacher absenteeism and poor infrastructure. We are planning to introduce a scheme whereby the university will acknowledge the efforts of the colleges with good practice. This will ensure that the colleges utlilise the funds allocated to them in the best possible way and create opportunities and facilities for students to grow, vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh.

Social work gives nod, but geography rejects DUs semester system

With just a day to go before Delhi Universitys faculty of social sciences holds its meeting, teachers of one more humanities department rejected the proposed semester system at undergraduate level. The department of geography, which held its general body meeting on Tuesday, said the new
system would lead to dilution of the course.
Forty-four teachers out of the 50 present at the meeting voted against the semester system. An overwhelming majority rejected it, as it is not viable to teach students in semester mode in a university as large as DU. Moreover, it will lead to the dilution of the course content. The head of the department will convey the mandate of the teachers in tomorrows faculty meeting, said PK Parihar, who was part of the meeting and teaches geography at Dayal Singh College (Morning).
The sociology and history departments already rejected the switch from annual to semester at their committee of courses meet, and economics department teachers are also opposed to it.
The Committee of Courses for BA (Hons) Social Work, however, approved the semester syllabus at the undergraduate level. The decision was unanimously taken. As it is a professional course, we do not mind the semester system, said Professor Sanjai Bhatt, head of the department of social work.
Meanwhile, the Joint Action Body - a group of teachers opposing the semester system - in a meeting on Tuesday decided on a stronger response against the implementation of the semester system and the administrations aggressiveness.
According to sources, university administration threatened history department head with legal action if the Committee of Courses did not pass the semester course by March 28.
The administration is pressurising the dissenting teachers, instead of understanding why we have reservations. But we will not be intimidated so easily and plan strong action ourselves, said a JAB member, who didnt wish to be named.

DU students worry over exam dates

For students of Delhi University, studying for the approaching examination is not the only worry. Students are losing sleep over the date sheet announced by the university because for many students, the dates for final exams are clashing with other competitive examinations. My exams start from May 3 and the exams for Chartered Accountancy begins on May 4. There are days where the dates for some exams are clashing, said Abhinav Verma, a student of BCom (Programme) at Ramjas College. The case is similar for the final year students of Mathematics (Hons).

The exams were earlier scheduled for May 13 but have now been re-scheduled for May 5. We have other competitive exams at that time. Also, moving the exam dates up is not done, said a student of St Stephens college, who did not wish to be named.

Students of B Com (Hons) will have to, meanwhile, take two exams within 15 hours.

I have one exam that ends at 6pm on May 18. On May 19, the other paper starts at 9am. How am I supposed to revise in 15 hours? said Ayush Chauhan, a BCom (Hons) student of Delhi College for Arts and Commerce.

It is an unsaid rule that exam dates will never be moved up. They are always postponed. This is a little unfair, said the principal of a north campus college.

University officials, however, said the date sheet that has been prepared currently is not final. We have heard students grievances and are looking into the matter, said a senior university official on condition of anonymity.

June 15 to be 1st day of reckoning at DU

For students aspiring to get into Delhi University, June 15 is the date to watch out for. All colleges of the university will announce their first cut-off lists on this date. On Thursday, the admission advisory committee of the university approved the schedule in a meeting. In a departure from the previous years schedule, students will now get four days to take admission after a cut off list. It used to be three days earlier.

Students will now get ample time to decide what college to pick. We have put aside more days so that no deserving candidate misses out, said a senior university official. Last year, the first cut-off list was released on June 22. Since colleges now have an extra week, they will get more time to declare subsequent cut-offs. Moreover, they have 15 days more, from June 1 to June 15 to declare well thought-out cut-offs.

On April 12, the university had declared a drastically new admission policy under which, pre-admission forms were dispensed with. The students can now go and take admission in a college where they meet the cut-off. Earlier, the university would begin the sale of forms on June 1.

June 15 seems like a good time to declare the first cut-off. Students and colleges will get ample time to deal with teething troubles, said Bhim Sen Singh, principal, Kirori Mal College. The last cut-off list will be declared on July 8.
Despite the extra time, college principals continue to be apprehensive over admissions under the new system. We are all going to play safe this year. We have no idea how many students will come for admissions. The first cut-offs will certainly touch the roof. There will be little admissions during the first and the second cut-off lists due to inflated cut offs, said a principal of a reputed north campus college.

All colleges, other than St. Stephens College, will follow the new admission guidelines and schedule.
St. Stephens, on the other hand, will sell pre-admission forms like always. The forms go on sale on May 25. The last date for form submission is June 13. The interview list will come out on June 16 and interviews will start on June 20, said Valson Thampu, principal, St Stephens College.

Divided course of semester system

Interested in English, but have always loved solving Chemistry equations? One would think trying to graduate in both subjects is utopian, but it is exactly these barriers the Delhi University (DU) has been hoping to break. It was three years ago that DU embarked on what would mark a major academic reform in the varsitys history-a switch from the annual system to semester mode. It was what the 11th plan of the Government of India sought to do. Among these changes was evaluating the performance of students twice a year, instead of just once by introducing the semester system. Another was increasing inter-disciplinarity in courses, thus enabling students to study any subject they wanted, irrespective of the stream they graduated in.

However, the journey towards implementing the semester system has been anything but smooth. The teachers opposition almost paralysed the university. The Delhi University Teachers Association took to the streets, teachers stayed away from the admission process. They even refused to teach after the new session began. Till now, there has never been a protest on academic issues, ever. The last time the university saw protests of this nature was in 1986 and 1998 over the pay parity issue and on UGCs rules regarding hours of work, said Savithri Singh, principal, Acharya Narendra Dev College. And as the impasse continued, students struggled to finish their courses for the first semester. It was the Delhi High Court that broke the deadlock and upheld the implementation of the semester system.
So far, DU has been able to implement the system in only 13 science courses. However, it is expected to implement the mode for all its undergraduate courses by July 2011.

So far, the university has been arguing that the new system of evaluation would ensure student exchange programmes once the credit system is in place. It will also help in continuous evaluation and interdisciplinary courses. But the semester system that has been implemented is a far cry from the rosy picture the varsity had painted. Where is the choice for students to pursue any subject they wish to? The increase in number of students in the classroom with the reservation of OBC students has turned tutorials into theory classes. Class strength for tutorials is 1:40 whereas it should be 1:10 ideally, said Deepak Jain, associate professor of Physics in Deen Dyal Upadhaya College.

Jain, who has been teaching Physics under the semester mode, had initially been a proponent of the system. But now he is cynical about the way the administration has implemented it. The university has lost a golden chance of revising courses. Most of the courses have seen either nominal or no change at all, he said. The last time Physics course was revised was in 1994.

Nevertheless, vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh is positive about implementing the system in the remaining courses from this academic year. This after a number of departments have continued to resist the change. Sharing his vision, the V-C said, I am hopeful that eventually we can do away with the system of being admitted to one particular course in the coming years. Students should be allowed to excel in whatever discipline they wish to pursue and then decide which degree they want to obtain, he said.

For example, a student in first year can opt for any course across disciplines rather than a set format. So, someone who is interested in Physics will have the flexibility to choose political science or economics. At the end of three years, depending on the combination of subjects they have chosen, the university will award them a BA, B.Com or B.Sc degree. The university is also trying to move to a credit system-though it is currently not in place-based on which students can travel to other universities abroad to study.

New admission rules bring down DU bulletin sales

The new admission process seems to have brought down the sale of Delhi Universitys information bulletin quite drastically. The university has been able to sell only 10,000 copies of the bulletin so far. Last year, the varsity had sold more than 1,80,000 forms and an equivalent number of information bulletins. Since pre-admission forms have been done away with completely this year, most students feel there is not need to buy the bulletin either.

Whatever we have to know, we can ask seniors and cousins. I dont think it is worth making an effort to go to North Campus just to buy the universitys bulletin, said Ruchika Bhanot, a resident of Rohini sector 3, who wants to pursue Political Science from the university. When asked, the university officials too did not seem to have a very positive outlook about the sale figures in the coming days either.

We think that by the end of the admission season, we will be able to sell only around 15,000 bulletins. We cannot reveal the number of information bulletins that have been printed as the process is still not complete, said JM Khurana, dean, students welfare. Yet another reason that can be attributed to the lack of popularity of the university bulletin seems to be its availability — free of cost — online. The university has uploaded the bulletin on its Facebook page, which can be accessed through the university website, du.ac.in.

I dont see any point in buying the bulletin for it is already available online. There is no point in going to a college and buying the form bulletin for R50, said Rohit Dogra, who is hoping to get admission in BA (honours Economics at Kirori Mal College in North Campus. The information bulletin has an additional section on the additional eligibility criteria that individual colleges have decided upon for admission to particular courses.

For the students who have seen the or bought the prospectus, this section clears many doubts. Also, they do not have to run from one college to another to know whether or not they are eligible for admission in a course of their choice in a particular college.

Common journalism test for DU colleges

This year, those wanting to study for a journalism honours degree in Delhi University need to clear a Combined Journalism Entrance Test (CJET), which will have an online application process. The first CJET, for admission to five colleges running the journalism programme, is scheduled for June 19.

Those clearing the test will have to appear for an interview at Maharaja Agrasen College (MAC), the coordinator for the common test.

In addition to MAC, the other participating colleges are Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Kalindi, Kamala Nehru, and Lady Shri College for Women.

Applicants should have at least 70% marks in best of four subjects, including a minimum of 60% in English, in Class 12.

Aspirants will be able to apply at mac.du.ac.in or journalismdu.admissionhelp.com from May 20 to June 5, said Sunil Sondhi, principal, MAC. The application fee will be R700 for general category students and R350 for the reserved groups. Payment can be made through credit card as well as at select banks.

The test result, too, will be declared online, on June 29.

A total of about 180 seats are expected to be filled through the CJET.
Test date: June 19 (Sunday), 9.30am to Noon
Test centres to be announced
Declaration of result: June 29

Course profile: B.Sc. Applied Life Science

Earlier known as a simple B.Sc. (programme) Delhi Universitys newly structured course in life sciences, includes within its curriculum industrial chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry and environmental science, sericulture, agrochemicals and pest control, among others. The course aims at providing adequate exposure to global and local concerns that explore the many aspects of societal relevance in environmental science.

It also encourages students to venture into fields like biochemistry, microbiology or biotechnology, while also providing them the flexibility to change their stream after graduation.
Studentspeak The course is very relevant to todays needs, especially when it comes to choosing a subject for specialisation for future job prospects. Also, it exposes us to the challenges posed to the environment, said Bhavna Mehta, a student at Swami Shraddhanand College.

The course revolves around practical work, where we put theory into practice. Moreover, students can branch out into specific fields such as zoology, botany and chemistry after completing the course, Mehta added.
Teachers space Quite like B.Sc. physical sciences, life sciences, too, has three subject combinations - zoology, botany and chemistry. There are some colleges that offer industrial chemistry and sericulture too. Together, these combinations open a window for students to branch out in future into pursuing related courses such as microbiology and biotechnology, said Gulshan Sawhney, Associate Professor, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College.

Students can also join the hospitality or pharmaceutical industry where they will be trained according to their requirements, Sawhney added.
(Shaswati Das and Mallica Joshi)

Two DU staffers held for supplying fake certificates

Two Delhi University (DU) employees have been arrested for supplying fake caste certificates to students for admission to colleges, police said on Thursday. Neeraj Sharma and Sanjit Mahajan are both permanent employees of the universitys Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) cell, a police official told IANS.

The arrests came following the interrogation of a three-member gang, arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police for supplying fake caste certificates.Himanshu Gupta, 26, was the alleged mastermind behind the racket. His two associates were Vikas and Ketan Gupta, both aged 24, the official said.

After interrogating the three, we got information about Sharma and Mahajan. The two Delhi University employees were facilitating them to issue the fake caste certificate, the official added.Ketan Gupta, who was a data entry operator in the certificate section, revealed that he uploaded the students names on the official website of the Delhi government -- so that anybody checking the authenticity of the caste certificate would find the name on the official website.
Himanshu Gupta told investigators that he guaranteed admission to renowned colleges in Delhi University by providing forged caste certificates for which he charged an amount of Rs. 3-5 lakh. The gang had been operating since 2008, police said.

BA (honours) Hindi

Hindi (honours) has always been one of Delhi Universitys under-rated courses. With a total of 21 papers, including concurrent and inter-disciplinary courses, the course starts by introducing the students to the history of the subject and later, in the third and fourth semesters, moves on to discussi ng details about Hindi prose.In the last two semesters, the course centres on the history of Hindi literature in the modern era, Hindi modernist poetry, Hindi essays, drama and creative writing.

Along with these subjects, students are also taught English as part of the concurrent and inter-disciplinary courses, which provides a strong base to the students of both languages, thereby opening up several avenues after Hindi (honours).
Student speak. Most people feel that Hindi isnt a very good course to pursue. But Delhi University has a very good faculty which teaches you the very basics of the subject first and then progress to higher concepts. We are also taught English along side the main course, so our knowledge of both subjects is quite sharp, said Mridula Yadav, a student of Jesus and Mary College.Teachers space...

The main reason for this reduced interest in the subject is that parents lay more stress on learning English, which increases the chances of getting a job. However, after doing Hindi (Honours), students can venture into the print and television media, said Amita Tiwari, Associate Professor, Jesus and Mary College. Other than this, students can also do MA and take the NET exam to get into teaching. There are also many public sector enterprises that recruit officers with a degree in Hindi, Tiwari added.

Counselling in IP university deferred

With cut-offs in Delhi University (DU) touching record 100%, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), or IP University as it is commonly called, turned out to be the next best option for many students this year. However, here too, students have been left high and dry, as the counselling session for various courses offered by the university has been postponed indefinitely. The move came following a review of the intake per course by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), thereby reacting sharply to this development. I am sure this is not the first time that such a review has happened. Why is it being done at the cost of a students career? I didnt get through Law anywhere else in the country and now I will have to wait till the university declares a counselling date, said Mridul Gupta, an applicant.
Other students, who have made it to the university, also expressed anger. However, some of these students have decided to explore other options instead of waiting for any further notification from the university.

I had applied for MBBS. Since they have postponed the counselling date indefinitely, I have decided to go ahead for the counselling for COMED-K examination held for colleges in Karnataka. By waiting for the counselling date, I might just miss out on this option as well, said Surabhi Wahi.The university has, however, claimed that it cannot take any action until the council declares the final intake for its courses, such as B.Tech (engineering), LLB (law), MBBS (medicine) and BHMS (bachelor of homeopathic medicine and surgery).

The executive council decides the intake per course. For example, the present intake for MBBS is 240 and this figure is now under revision. Till the time we dont get any notification from the council regarding the intake, we will not hold counselling sessions for any of the courses. Once it comes in, counselling for all courses will be held together, said Nalini Ranjan, public relations officer, GGSIPU.

DUs fourth cut-off list has little to offer students

The fourth cut-off list of the Delhi University, which came out on Friday, did not bring much relief to students who were hoping to get into DU. Most courses across colleges have filled all seats and are closed for admissions. The only courses where students have a good option are BA (programme), Sanskrit (honours) and English (honours) through CATE.
While the dip in the cut off for BA (programme) was between 5% and 2%, the same in Sanskrit was between 6% and 1%. The highest dip of 6% was seen at Hindu College for Sanskrit. For English, six DU colleges still have seats and the dip in the latest list was between 2% and 5%.

Sought-after courses such as B.Com, B.Com (honours) and Economics (honours) are also open in some colleges but saw just a nominal dip. B.Com (programme) is still open in nine colleges including Kirori Mal, where a dip of 0.25% is seen.
B.Com (honours) is still open in five colleges including Hans Raj College where the cut-off has come down by 0.25% and is now between 95.5% and 97.5%.

We were forced to bring down the cut off as we were left with around 10 vacant seats. Though we know that we will end up over admitting students, we are ready to bear the burden, said VK Kwatra, principal, Hans Raj College. Economics (honours) is open in five colleges including Sri Venkateswara and Ramjas. While a dip of 0.5% is seen in the cut-off at Venkateswara, admissions in Ramjas opened again in the fourth list.
Sciences Options for students wanting to study science in the university will be disappointed by in large as admission to most courses was closed. B.Sc Physical Sciences was open in four colleges and a dip of around 1% was seen. In Hans Raj College, courses such as physics, anthropology and electronics was open.

Admission for OBC students still open in most DU colleges

Filling up seats reserved for students belonging to the other backward classes (OBC) is proving to be a challenge for Delhi University (DU) this year again. Even though most colleges have exhausted their limit of declaring 10% lower cut-offs for OBC students, they have not been able to fill the seats. OBC seats are open in most courses in almost all DU colleges, but there are no takers.

We faced this situation last year as well, when around half of our seats went vacant. The reservation is too high. It is not possible to find 27% students with such high marks. The quota should be reduced due to lack of capable students, said the principal of a DU college, on condition of anonymity. Courses like B.Com (honours), economics (honours), political science (honours), and BA (programme) are open for OBC students.

In science courses, however, the trend is different, with seats in courses like physics and chemistry being full for both general as well as OBC category in most colleges. This can be attributed to the fact that there are more students who are eligible to take admission in science courses as the cut-offs for these courses are lower than courses like B.Com and economics.

If the seats are not filled even after the fifth cut-off, they will be converted into general category seats.
The cut-offs for OBC students can be just 10% less than that for the general category students. Recently, this rule was challenged in the Supreme Court. The court said colleges must adhere to its judgement that the maximum cut-off marks for backward classes should be 10% less than the general category. This means that if the last cut-off for the general category is 90%, then the OBC candidates must have 80% to be eligible for admission.

Delhi University pledges to kick the butt

Delhi University (DU) took a grand pledge to kick the butt this week. In an initiative organised by Apollo Hospitals as part of their Billion Hearts Beating campaign, volunteers took a giant ashtray - seven feet in diameter - across colleges and invited people to stub their cigarettes and pledge
to quit smoking.

On Wednesday, the ashtray was taken to Sri Venkateswara College, Moti Lal Nehru College and the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce in South Campus. On Thursday, the volunteers visited many colleges in North Campus to mark the World Heart Day. Among the colleges visited were Miranda House, St Stephens, Hans Raj College and Law College.

The idea is to remind people that smoking is bad for your heart and encourage them to quit smoking, says Manish Porwal of Alchemist, which has conceptualised the initiative. The ashtray, which has been made of fibre and steel, has also been sent to the Guinness Book Of World Records to be recognised as the worlds largest ashtray. After doing the rounds of DU, the ashtray will be displayed at Apollo Hospital.

Also part of the initiative on campus were TV personality Rannvijay and actor Ayesha Takia. I have never taken to smoking and wonder why the youth is pressurised to take it up, said Rannvijay, talking to the students who came to kick the butt.
To quit, log on As part of the Billion Hearts Beating campaign, people can take an online pledge to quit smoking and will be sent tips and guidelines on how they can sustain their decision. To check it out, log on to www.billionheartsbeating.com-

Online examination forms: Delhi University shelves plans till next year

Delhi University students may soon be able to fill up exam forms online. In an effort to make the examination process more accurate and efficient, the universitys exam branch is working towards putting exam forms online for ease and speed. Though the exam branch had floated the proposal for this semester, most colleges showed reluctance.
For this year, we will be using the physical forms but the plan to go online is on. It will, in all probability, be implemented next year. The colleges were reluctant to implement it from this year as they dont have trained personnel for the process, said RC Sharma, dean, examinations, DU. The examination branch has, however, already received close to 900 online forms this year and will be treating these as the pilot study.

Since we had intimated colleges about the change we got some forms before colleges asked for more time. These forms will now be our pilot study. Going online will help us create a database of all examinees, said Sharma. According to sources, the change is being implemented in the view of the recent DUMET scam — where the answer key for the medical exam was leaked to students who were ready to pay money.

We are hoping to bring in more transparency in the system and this is the first step in that direction. Many more changes are in the offing, said an official on the condition of anonymity. Colleges, however, felt that the university was trying to do too many things at the same time. There are a lot of changes to be made in the system, no doubt, but all those changes cannot be made at the same time. We need to know about these changes at least a semester in advance, said the principal of a north campus college.

But students seem ready. Its high time that the university implemented this system. Almost all of us have internet and those who dont can access it at college, said Sapna Awasthi, a second year BA (programme) student at Miranda House.

Academic excellence in DU course of time

When the Imperial Capital shifted to Delhi from Calcutta in 1911, there was no University in the city, though it had two colleges — St Stephens College, founded in 1881 and Hindu College, founded in 1899. Meanwhile, Ramjas College came into being in 1917. The nearest Universities were in Lahore,
Lucknow and Allahabad.

In fact, Delhi University (DU) — today one of the most prestigious in the country — had quite uncertain and humble beginnings. The University was founded in 1922 by an Act of the Central Legislative Assembly, with Dr Hari Singh Gour — a distinguished lawyer and educationist — as its Vice-Chancellor (VC). Within a few months, its existence was threatened, with a government-appointed Retrenchment Committee recommending that the plan for a University in New Delhi should be reconsidered. Hallowed precints

The question was finally settled by the Central Legislative Assembly in March 1923 when, after much debate, it decided in favour of continuing the University. DUs first convocation was held in the Assembly Hall of the Old Secretariat on March 26, 1923 with 750 invitees. Honorary Degrees were conferred on Chancellor, Lord Reading, pro-vice-chancellor, Muhammad Shafi and on Dr Hari Singh Gour, DUs first VC.

For the next decade, though, the University faced the problem of finding permanent accommodation. In fact, the University had been allotted a plot on the Raisina site itself in the plans for New Delhi. That plan was later dropped.
As Prof Aparna Basu says in her insightful essay contributed for the book Delhi through the Ages, edited by RE Frykenberg, The University was housed in rented buildings in different parts of the old city. Its administrative offices were successively housed on Underhill Road, in Curzon House on Alipore Road… In 1926, the University was allotted the Central portion of Old Secretariat building, comprising the Assembly Hall and the adjacent rooms on a monthly rental of Rs 350.

The University itself appointed a site committee, which examined the possibilities of housing the varsity in areas such as Kashmere Gate, the Viceregal Estate, and the old Metcalfe Estate. In 1927, it was recommended that the University be shifted to the Vicegeral Lodge. But the roadblock was the Delhi Conspiracy Case commission being housed in that building.

Finally, in 1933, the old Viceregal Lodge and Estate was transferred to the University at a rent of R3,480 per year. The University offices and the Library were the first to move to the new site.
Initially, the University had only two faculties: arts and science. While the faculty of arts had departments such as English, History and Economics, Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian, the science faculty had only two departments — Physics and Chemistry.

The Delhi University underwent many far-reaching changes in the 1940s — under the stewardship of Maurice Gwyer, who was appointed VC in 1938. In 1942, Honours and post-graduate classes were started in the science faculty. The University Campus also grew, with colleges such as St Stephens, Hindu College and Ramjas College shifting to the University campus. The University celebrated its silver jubilee in 1947, the same year that India attained Independence.
Post-Independence, the University saw rapid growth, with several new colleges being started to accommodate students who migrated from west Punjab. Hansraj College was started in 1948 by the managing committee of DAV College, Lahore.
In 1948, Miranda House — named after Gwyers favourite Shakespearean character — was started. In 1954, Kirori Mal College came into being. In 1973, DUs South Campus was started for the residents of South Delhi, which was growing fast. In 1984, the campus moved to its present location on Benito Juarez Road, near Dhaula Kuan, in 1984.
Today, DU boasts of 16 faculties, 86 academic departments, 77 colleges and five other recognised institutes, with 1,32,435 regular students.

DU does not recognise LLB as a professional course

Students who are aspiring to study at the coveted Faculty of Law at Delhi University (DU) may stand at a disadvantage. The university does not consider the LLB course as a professional one, besides, the students do not have the option of having their papers re-examined in case of a

In an RTI application filed by law student, Ajay Goel, which enquired about the system of rechecking and revaluation of papers, it was found that the university does not permit students pursuing law, to apply for revaluation. However, the response to the RTI application from the university claimed that rechecking is allowed but revaluation is not. The applicant is requesting for clarification- explanation, which is a matter of interpretation.

However, the authorities didnt have a definite answer on the issue. DU does not recognise it as a professional course because it is not in our schedule. So it is a post graduate course and not a professional course. A professional course in law is offered as a five-year course in other colleges. It is true that a student pursuing the course from Faculty of Law cannot apply for rechecking but can apply for revaluation, which means that the marks will be re-totalled. But this is the domain of the dean of exams and only he can comment on this, said Gurdip Bahri, Dean, Faculty of Law, Delhi University.

The dean of exams too, remained evasive in his response on the matter, claiming that he had little knowledge on the RTI application. I cannot comment on this as of now because I dont know the position of the Faculty of Law. If the dean of the Faculty of Law has taken a stand and permits rechecking then we should not have a problem. But we dont know their position on this matter yet, said RC Sharma, dean of exams, DU.

The Bar Council claimed that students graduating from professional colleges and DU would not be at an equal footing at the beginning of the career.

LLB is a professional course everywhere but there are two types of law degrees that are offered in India. One is a five-year course and the other is a three-year course, which a student can pursue only after he-she has done a basic graduation, said DK Sharma, secretary of the Bar Council of Delhi High Court, Bar Association.

Students who pursue the five-year programme, study law from scratch. On the other hand if a student opts for the course offered by DU, they lose one year because they start practising one year later than a regular law student, Sharma added. Students who are aspiring to study at the coveted Faculty of Law at Delhi University (DU) may stand at a disadvantage. The university does not consider the LLB course as a professional one, besides, the students do not have the option of having their papers re-examined in case of a
In an RTI application filed by law student, Ajay Goel, which enquired about the system of rechecking and revaluation of papers, it was found that the university does not permit students pursuing law, to apply for revaluation. However, the response to the RTI application from the university claimed that rechecking is allowed but revaluation is not. The applicant is requesting for clarification- explanation, which is a matter of interpretation.
However, the authorities didnt have a definite answer on the issue. DU does not recognise it as a professional course because it is not in our schedule. So it is a post graduate course and not a professional course. A professional course in law is offered as a five-year course in other colleges. It is true that a student pursuing the course from Faculty of Law cannot apply for rechecking but can apply for revaluation, which means that the marks will be re-totalled. But this is the domain of the dean of exams and only he can comment on this, said Gurdip Bahri, Dean, Faculty of Law, Delhi University.
The dean of exams too, remained evasive in his response on the matter, claiming that he had little knowledge on the RTI application. I cannot comment on this as of now because I dont know the position of the Faculty of Law. If the dean of the Faculty of Law has taken a stand and permits rechecking then we should not have a problem. But we dont know their position on this matter yet, said RC Sharma, dean of exams, DU.
The Bar Council claimed that students graduating from professional colleges and DU would not be at an equal footing at the beginning of the career.
LLB is a professional course everywhere but there are two types of law degrees that are offered in India. One is a five-year course and the other is a three-year course, which a student can pursue only after he-she has done a basic graduation, said DK Sharma, secretary of the Bar Council of Delhi High Court, Bar Association.
Students who pursue the five-year programme, study law from scratch. On the other hand if a student opts for the course offered by DU, they lose one year because they start practising one year later than a regular law student, Sharma added.

DU unable to fill reserved seats, student moves HC

A student has filed a writ petition against the Delhi University (DU) for failing to convert vacant seats, reserved for OBC candidates, into general category at the law faculty.

In a reply to the Right to Information (RTI) query filed by Gaurav Tanwar, the university said it still had 50 vacant seats in the category.

According to a Supreme Court decision that came on August 17, in a rare event that no OBC candidate is found to qualify, the seat must be converted to general category. While the RTI application was filed on August 20, after the open session for OBC seats, Tanwar and his friend, Saarthi Bhatia, sent complaints to the vice-chancellor, demanding that the seats be converted to general category.They tried hard to fill all seats, but it was not possible. Since there were not enough candidates, they should have converted all the seats, said Bhatia.

The reply to the RTI came on September 1, a day after the admissions closed. We had no choice but to go to court. We hope that a decision is taken in the matter soon, Bhatia said. Vice-chancellor of DU, Dinesh Singh did not answer the phone calls. Even the dean of the Law Faculty could not be reached despite repeated attempts.

Low turnout on rain-hit DU student election day

Rain played spoilsport in Delhi University student polls on Friday as a large number of voters preferred to stay at home leading to a dismal turnout of slightly over 30%. Fate of 41 candidates lay sealed as morning colleges where voting ended at 12.30pm recorded a vote of 29 to 30% while evening colleges registered a slightly better turnout of 34 to 36 per cent, officials said.

As the voting opened at 8.30am, only die-hard supporters could be seen at the polling stations braving the heavy rain. However, voting picked up slightly as the day progressed and rains relented.The election in the campus has been billed as a decisive mandate against corruption by groups like BJPs student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the All India Students Association (AISA).

However, Congress student group NSUI has been at pains to make campus issues an agenda, highlighting what they call the non-performance of the past ABVP led unions.Election observers said the poll had been largely peaceful with no major complaints being received throughout the day.

No serious complaints were received, neither from the police nor from the students. The smaller allegations, meanwhile, are a matter to be checked, said Dr Satish Kumar, one of the observers for the polls.While Ramjas college polled a little over 1,500 votes, Hansraj saw around 1,461, Hindu college 1,330 while Sri Ram College of Commerce and Khalsa college polled around 730 and 630 votes respectively.

Earlier in the day as rain drenched the capital hampering traffic, party activists were seen exhorting students in hostels to turn up at polling centres.Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta and other state leaders like Arvind Garg and Ajay Chauhan were seen on the campus.

At DU, examiners set their own marking scheme

Each year, students are found agonising over the marks given to them by the Delhi University (DU) in final examinations. Some students, who have held a consistently bright academic record in school are in for a rude shock when the DU results are out. This is attributed to the absence of any model answer scheme for examiners while evaluating the answer scripts, which creates ample room for them to assign marks as per their discretion.

In an RTI filed by Ajay Goel, a student of Law Faculty, which sought a copy of instructions or guidelines given to examiners for awarding marks along with the copy of suggested answers to act as benchmark for awarding marks in papers.
The reply from Examination-1 branch to the RTI stated, Available records do not suggest that there is any model answer for the examiner while evaluating the answer scripts. There are no guidelines available for awarding marks in the semester-1 paper as requested by the applicant.Students, however, have reacted very strongly to the absence of any marking scheme. Examiners give marks according to their own free will. Even a board as big as CBSE has a fixed marking scheme for all their subjects, said Goel.

DU, however, has claimed that the university has never felt the need to use a prescribed answer scheme while correcting answer papers. There is a centralised evaluation system and there is no set model answer. You cannot have a model answer scheme for all the streams. The head examiner randomly checks what the other examiners are correcting and then coordinates among the other examiners, said RC Sharma, Dean of Exams, Delhi University.

Other professors from DU have also opposed strongly the idea of a model marking scheme being instituted. The concept of an answer scheme discourages thinking. We broadly decide on what we look for in a certain answer and how many marks are to be assigned. When students join, we ask them to unlearn whatever CBSE has taught them. The CBSE expects four lakh students to give the same answer, which blanks out thinking and analysis, said Ujjaini Ray, professor, LSR.

HC asks DU to convert 50 vacant OBC seats into General

The Delhi high court has directed Delhi University (DU) to convert the 50 vacant OBC seats in the LLB course in to General category in the current academic year and give admission to students in the waiting list. Pulling up the university for not complying with the apex courts direction, Justice Kailash Gambhir said, Courts have consistently held that every endeavour by the university and all other institutions should be made to fill all the seats as wastage of seats is not only at the cost of the public exchequer but at the cost of depriving a number of aspiring students struggling to get admission in coveted institutions and universities such as DU which is a dream of many.
Justice Gambhir directed DU to hold a special counselling session for the students after notifying the candidates belonging to General category through notice board and also on the website. At least, seven days time shall be given to the candidates through such a notice, inviting them to participate in the special counselling, the court said while asking the faculty to give wide publicity to make the students aware of the development.

Rejecting the universitys argument that the session has already begun and that students will suffer if given admission at this stage, the Court said, The Faculty of Law shall conduct special classes for such students so that they can cover their curriculum. It went on to add that the attendance of such students shall also be reckoned from the date of their admission and not from the date when the current academic session begun.The courts direction came on a plea of group of students seeking direction to DU to convert the vacant OBC seats into General category as many students have been waiting to get admission in the LLB course.

DU faces shortage of teachers

In a reply to an RTI filed by a student of Law Faculty, Ajay Goel, who sought a record of the number of posts under different categories of teaching staff in all the law centres under the faculty, it was found that out of a total sanctioned strength of 287, there were 236 posts lying vacant. However, the problem is not just limited to the Law Faculty, but extends to all of DU.

This problem is prevalent in the entire University because there is a shortfall of teaching staff everywhere. Because of this, there is heavy burden on the teachers who are already there, said Dinesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor, DU.Due to acute shortfall, colleges are now resorting to employ the ad-hoc teaching staff. As of today, we have a sanctioned teaching staff of more than 200 teachers but only 147 vacancies have been filled till now. So, we have to make do with ad-hoc teaching staff. Also, because of the introduction of the semester system, well have to wait and watch for three years before it stabilises, said IS Bakshi, principal, Dyal Singh College.

Students, however, do not approve of the solution to employ ad-hoc teachers. Even if the college employs ad-hoc teachers, their quality isnt up to the mark. They are not familiar with the exam pattern of the new semester system.In addition to that, they dont have a strong command over a class, which makes students lose interest in the subject, said Rahul Sharma (name changed), a student of Dyal Singh College.

While few colleges have managed to fill up some of the vacant positions, there is also an acute shortage of non-teaching staff.There is an acute shortage of non-teaching staff. So, I have requested the current non-teaching staff to cooperate and shoulder the additional burden and they have agreed, said Vinay Srivastava, principal, Hindu College.

New committee to make DU admissions transparent

From next academic session, admissions in DU may see a turnaround, with the university ready to make the process more transparent and fair. To facilitate this, a high-powered committee of 12 principals from different colleges has been formed to review the overall admission process from the next academic session.The committee will be chaired by Deepak Malhotra, principal of Dyal Singh College (evening), while SK Garg, principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, has been appointed the convener.

A high-powered committee has been set up for the first time in DU which will oversee the admission process for all categories of students, including those under the reserved categories, sports and ECA, said Dinesh Singh, vice-chancellor, DU.University officials said that student-teachers ratio and fee structure are some other grey areas that the new committee may look into.

The committee has appointed principals from other colleges such as Kamla Nehru, LSR, Maitreyi, SRCC, Miranda House, Kalindi College , Shivaji College , Bhagini Nivedita and Indraprastha College.The committee will have full powers to device ways and means of conducting admissions in DU. They will examine the current admission process and if they feel, then necessary changes will be introduced to make the process more transparent, added Singh.

Teachers in DU have welcomed the move, claiming that a review in the admission procedure was imperative. The most important change that needs to be brought into effect is some sort of an application form so that we get an idea of how many students are applying for a particular course, said Ujjaini Ray, professor, LSR College.

Placements take off at DU

The race to grab the most coveted job has begun at Delhi University (DU). While companies have already started making an appearance in some of DUs colleges, the universitys Central Placement Cell (CPC) is also leaving no stone unturned in seeking lucrative opportunities for students.

The CPC will begin the first round of placements on November 8, the second round on November 29 and it will go on throughout the year, said Gulshan Sawhney, deputy dean of students welfare.The companies are looking at recruiting from across all the streams and profiles, including all post-graduate and undergraduate courses. Some companies are giving strong preference to the physically challenged, OBC and SC-ST candidates, Sawhney added.

However, despite an impending recession in the global market, a foreign organisation is coming to campus to recruit, raising the competition bar much higher among students.This year, the main attraction has come from a Japanese organisation called Uniqlo, which will recruit students and send them for training in after which they will be placed globally. The package that they are offering is R1.25 lakh per month along with benefits. This company wants managers and supervisors and they will be looking out for the best in DU, added Sawhney.

Colleges too, have much to be proud of with some popular organisations recruiting from within these campuses.
This year, the placements have begun even before the B-Schools. So far about 100 students have been placed, with the highest package so far touching R10 lakh. American Express has come to campus for the first time this year and other regular recruiters like Ernst and Young, KPMG and Deloitte have already recruited quite a few students, said PC Jain, principal, Shri Ram College of Commerce.

A week left for exams, DU students await admit cards

The semester-end exams may be less than a week away, but students at Delhi University (DU) are yet to get their admit cards. This is for the first time that students of all undergraduate courses will appear for exams under the semester system and many are yet to register the fact that they will need admit cards. We never needed any admit card for mid-year exams. Why will we need them now, said Ayushi Saxena, a student of BCom at Gargi College.
The exam branch of DU on Wednesday said the admit cards, which have roll numbers of the students, had been sent to colleges on Wednesday but the CD that has to be sent along with the cards will be sent only by tomorrow. The preparatory leave starts on Saturday.

We will send all the material by Thursday. After that the colleges will distribute the cards to students, said RC Sharma, dean, Examinations. Admit cards, however, are not the only problem being faced by the students. Though the exams start on Wednesday, most are complaining that the syllabus is still incomplete. We have to blindly mug up some chapters. The teachers have not been able to complete the course. I dont feel confident at all, said Chandan Saha, a first year student at Ramjas College. The preparatory leave is also shorter this time around, with students getting only three days leave before the exams start.

Delhi Universitys fourth cut-off list is out

The undergraduate admission process is almost over at most Delhi University colleges. The fourth cut-off list declares the marks of admission for only a handful of courses and colleges for arts and commerce stream aspirants, while there are more options for those keen on a science course Most colleges have kept admissions open for science courses fearing withdrawals in favour of engineering and medical courses. Engineering admission counselling is on and medical counselling has started. At least 50 students are withdrawing their documents for cancellation of admission every day, said B.N. Ray, admission convener at Ramjas College. For science courses, cut-off marks have plummeted by 1 to 5 per cent marks.

Admissions are open in courses like Botany, Zoology, BSc Honours in Math, Physical Sciences and Applied Physical Sciences in Hindu, while Hans Raj has kept its admissions open for Botany, Zoology, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences. Seats are not full in science courses. Most science students are going for Commerce and Economics as they think their job prospects are better there, said S.R. Arora, Principal Hans Raj College.He said even courses like Maths were more in demand than science courses. We have admitted 80 students against 20 seats in Maths, added Arora. Ramjas has kept admissions open for Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Math, Applied Physical Sciences and Applied Life Sciences.

Sri Venkateswara in South Campus has also kept admissions open in five science courses — Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Life Sciences. We are trying to fill as many seats as possible before college reopens. We fear some cancellations as Hindu and Hans Raj have lowered their cut-off marks. Naturally, science students would like to go there. Fourth list is a contingent measure, said Ray.

Admissions are still open in the BA programme course in Kirori Mal and Hans Raj (for those with Sanskrit options). Seats are also available in colleges like Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam (ARSD), Bhagini Nivedita, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Deshbandhu, Dyal Singh (evening), Maitreyi, Shivaji and Sri Aurobindo.

Seats in Bcom Honours are also available in Kirori Mal, College of Vocational Studies, Deshbandhu, Dyal Singh and PGDAV. Hindu College has kept admissions open for English, Math and Sanskrit.

OBC quota in Symbiosis, DU stayed

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the implementation of 27 per cent quota for OBCs in Delhi University and the Pune-based Symbiosis International University. Symbiosis, a deemed university, had voluntarily decided to implement the OBC reservation from this academic year while Delhi University had
instructed students applying for admission to its bachelor courses to indicate if they belonged to OBC category.

A bench headed by Justice BN Agrawal also issued notices to the two universities, Centre, All India Council for Technical Education and University Grants Commission. It asked them to respond to the petition filed by Ankit Kumar and Shashank Shekhar of the Youth for Equality.

The petitioners said the two universities move to implement the OBC quota was illegal in view of the courts March 29 order staying the implementation of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006 envisaging 27 per cent OBC quota.

Hours before the order on Monday, the Centre moved an application requesting the court to vacate the March 29 stay on the Acts implementation. A bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan -- which will on Tuesday hear a batch of petitions challenging the 93rd Amendment and the law providing the OBC quota -- agreed to Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniums request to take up the Centres plea with the main case.

DU overhauls key BSc courses

The first signs of the introduction of the semester system and restructuring of the courses are visible with the overhaul of the present BSc programme. The university has completely restructured two streams, BSc Applied Physical Science and BSc Applied Life Science. Some courses from each of the streams have been regrouped in the existing BSc Physical Science and BSc Life Science.

A new stream, BSc Chemical Science, been introduced with some courses from BSc Applied Physical Science and BSc Applied Life Science. BSc (General) Mathematical has been renamed BSc Mathematical Sciences. Somehow the Applied Sciences courses sounded secondary or inferior to the honours courses. So we decided to rename and revamp them to make it equally important as the honours courses, said S.K. Garg, principal of Deen Dayal Upadhaya College and member of the Empowered Committee for the introduction of the semester system.

Students seeking admission to BSc Physical Science course will have Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects and they can opt for one out of the three papers — Chemistry, Computer Science or Electronics. Botany and Zoology have been merged to create the curriculum for BSc Life Sciences.Students interested in the BSc Mathematical Science course will have Mathematics as compulsory subject.The entire BSc Applied Life Sciences course has been merged with some papers from BSc Applied Physical Science. Students can also opt for subjects such as gems and gemology, cosmetology, food technology and forensic chemistry.

Teachers have expressed apprehensions about the restructured courses. The decision to merge the applied science courses will dilute the discipline. They formed one-third of the total curriculum. So, if a child was doing 20 papers under the BSc programme, they would have done four papers in applied sciences, which has been reduced to two now, said Savithri Singh, principal of Acharya Narendra Dev College. Pradyuman Kumar who teaches Applied Physical Sciences in Hindu College felt though the changes in the courses are welcome, the students should not be deprived of the specialized choices that the applied sciences offer.


Most Aurobindo College students drink coffee before using the washroom. The price they pay for not having a useable toilet on campus is Rs. 70 (a café frappe at the nearby Café Coffee Day ). Do we have a choice? Most of the time there isnt any water in the college toilets, said Satyaman Kumar, a first year B.A. (Pass) student.

The toilets are not cleaned regularly and, worse, there are no dustbins. We have to risk our health to use the washrooms, said Kashish Gupta (name changed), a second year English (Honours) student of the college. Lack of clean toilets leaves the boys staring at boundary walls relieving themselves. And Aurobindo isnt the only institution under DU that fails to offer its students clean toilets and potable drinking water.In Deshbandhu College, the toilets are dirty. The doors do not lock properly. And just in case they do, its a struggle to open them from inside.At Ram Lal Anand College, the water purifier serves a ceremonial purpose. We dont drink water available in college. The quality is doubtful, said a third year student of Statistics (Honours).Even as some colleges struggle to maintain basic infrastructure, a few have taken the lead and outsourced the work. Lady Shri Ram College, for instance, pays Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000 every month to a private firm to keep the toilets and a few other areas of the college clean. Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) does the same. It spends Rs. 21,000.

Though effective, the example isnt possible for all to follow. We can afford it because we have a generous alumni. It would have been impossible with the UGCs annual maintenance grant of Rs. 4 lakh, said SRCC principal P.C. Jain.
Basic cleanliness is the responsibility of colleges. If principals are unhappy with the grant, they should raise the issue with UGC, said DU Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental.

Pental also said Rs. 2 crore has already been sent to most colleges to renovate infrastructure.
Some principals said they were looking for solutions, others said there are no problems. It is completely untrue. The college provides safe drinking water, said Ramlal Anand College principal Vijay Sharma.Admitting the deficiencies, Deshbandhu College (evening) principal S.P. Agarwal said, The blame doesnt lie with the authorities alone. Its also the responsibility of students to help us in maintenance.

Sports quotas less sweaty

With Delhi University (DU) working on a proposal to centralise the process of admission to various Delhi University (DU) colleges under sports quota, the procedure is set to become more transparent. A committee instituted by the Vice-Chancellor — after the varsity received many complaints over admissions being done arbitrarily by colleges — has proposed that the sports trials should be conducted by the university and not by the colleges.

Apart from making recommendations to introduce transparency in the sports quota admissions, the committee is also coming up with a set of rules and guidelines for colleges.This serves two purposes. Earlier, the sports trials of different colleges used to clash. Now, there will be a common schedule, said a committee member who did not wish to be quoted.
Admissions under sports quota to different colleges affiliated to DU are based on certificates of recognition and trial rounds. If the committees recommendations are approved by the Academic Council then the colleges role will be reduced to scanning of certificates.

Colleges can accord points based on the awards and participation of students at state and national level. The shortlisted candidates will under go trials conducted by the university, the committee member said. Currently, the colleges dont follow any guidelines.

Sports quota in Post-grad courses This year, post-graduate courses will also admit students under sports quota.
As per an old Academic Council resolution, the varsity took in students through this category only for PG courses, which did not have an entrance test. Now that almost all courses have entrance tests, none of them were admitting students under this quota. But from this year this will change. The trials and admissions will be done centrally by the university, said the committee member.

Delhi University: dos and donts

Next week lakhs of students will scurry to get one of the 54,000 seats on offer at the University of Delhi. It was, therefore, not surprising to see anxious parents and their wards line up to attend the universitys open house session. Dr Deepak Pental, vice chancellor, addressed the second day of th e open house session on Sunday where he extolled the virtues of an all-round development. I suggest all of you read books beyond your curriculum. That will make you smarter than others. Its important to read (on a range of subjects like) politics, business, commerce and develop a general awareness of the world, said Dr Pental.

As expected, the maximum queries were for the English honours Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE), which has become one of the most popular programmes in the university. (especially among female students).

Delhi Universitys first cut-off list out

Delhi Universitys first cut-off list this year saw marginal changes. As more students got merit certificates in CBSE exams, a sharp increase in the DU cut-offs was being anticipated.

Except for science courses, commerce and humanities saw a marginal increase. In some cases, the
cut-off for these courses in fact, dipped. The dissociation of teachers from the admission process this year due to differences over the semester system seems to have been the reason for low cut-offs. Many colleges were forced to go with last years cut-offs.

While colleges like Ramjas stuck to last years cut-offs, Hindu had only declared cut-offs for four courses. DUs most popular college for Economics (hons) and BCom (hons), Shri Ram College of Commerce, saw only a marginal increase of 0.5 per cent in both its courses.

We have only marginally increased the percentage since we got a lot of applications this year and inflating the cut-offs would not have helped get good candidates, said PC Jain, principal SRCC, indicating that the college may close admissions with the first cut-off.

Among the Humanities courses, there has been only a marginal increase. This is due to the experience of the last year. Declaring high cut-offs means that we have to wait till the second list or in some cases third lists to fill up the seats, said Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator, Lady Shri Ram College.

BA (programme), the most popular course in Humanities, that received second highest number of applications this year, has seen an average rise of one per cent, while the cut-off for English (Hons) in colleges that do not have a joint entrance exam (CATE), rose by up to two per cent.

Delhi College Profiles

Bhagini Nivedita College Add: Kair, Near Najafgarh, New Delhi-110043
Courses-Seats BA (Programme): 408, BA (H) Hindi: 46, BCom (Pass): 92, BSc (Applied Science) with Computer Science: 31 Fee Structure
For BA (H) Hindi: Rs 3,050
For BCom (Pass): Rs 2,950
For BA Programme: Rs 2,950
Quota: SC-ST: 22.5%, OBC: 27%,
Sports-ECA: 5%, PH: 3%
Hostel Facility: Not available
Campus Life An inter-college cultural festival Navrang is organised each year during November- December. Different student societies organise seminars, quiz, general knowledge and poetry competitions, etc throughout the year.
Website: www.bhagininiveditacollege.in
Bharati College
Add: Lal Sain Mandir Marg, Janakpuri, New Delhi-58
Courses-Seats B Com (H): 108; BA (H) English: 54; BA (H) Political Science: 54; BA (H) History: 54; BA (H) Hindi: 54; BA (H) Sanskrit 54; BCom (Pass): 127; BA Programme: 160
entrance exam. Admission to BA (H) English will be on the basis of the Common Admission Test for English (CATE) conducted by the Delhi University.
Fee Structure
For BA (H) and BA Programme: Rs 5,400
For BA Programme with Music: Rs 6,000
For BCom (H) and Pass: Rs 5,700
Faculty Strength: 85
Quota: SC-ST 22.5%, OBC 27%, Sports- ECA 5%
Hostel Facility: Not available
Placement Cell The placement cell got 60 students placed last year.
Campus Life The college organises an annual inter-college festival called Abhivyakti in December. The dramatics society, called Chilman, and the Eco Club are the popular bodies.
Website: www.bharaticollege.com
Bhaskaracharya College
Add: Sector 2, Phase 1, Dwarka, New Delhi-110075
Courses-Seats BSc (H) Computer Science: 46; BSc (H) Food Technology: 46; BSc (H) Bio Medical Sciences: 46; BSc (H) Microbiology: 31; BSc (H) Physics: 31; BSc (H) Polymer Science: 46; BSc (H) Electronics: 46; BSc (H) Instrumentation: 46 entrance exam.
A common entrance test is being conducted by the Delhi University for admission to the BSc (H) Biomedical Sciences course.
Fee Structure
For BSc (H) Computer Science: Rs 20,530
For BSc (H) Polymer Science: Rs 15,530
For Other courses: Rs 5,530
Faculty Strength: 50
Quota: SC-ST 22.5%, OBC 27%, Sports- ECA 5%
Hostel Facility: Not available
Placement Cell The placement cell acts as a bridge between students, employers and central placement cell of the University. Students have been well placed in various esteemed institutions and industries.
Campus Life An inter-college cultural festival called Shrijan is organised by the college around February. Dance, debate and dramatics societies are among the most active bodies of the institution.
Website: http:--bcas.du.ac.in-

Fashion in Delhi University

Nowadays in Delhi University, it is not about being fashionable, but more about being comfortable, says Nikita Tandon, a fashion designer. The new trend with boys is that they go for T-shirts that have one liners on them and reflects their attitude. Freshers bring a lot of new trends and fashion on the campus, says Sumedha Mishra, IP College student. Charu Prashar, a fashion designer says, During my days we were trendy, but not as brand conscious as todays generation. Now a designer hand-bag has become an important accessories. Boys too have become very stylish. They are very choosy of what kinds of belts, wallets and watches to pick.

Kurta culture in DU remains the most prominent style statement, says Coral Jain, an ex president of Lady Sri Ram College.

Your guide to great courses

A huge rush was witnessed at Delhi University in the past two weeks for limited seats available in popular programmes such as BA English honours, which saw 9,240 students appearing in CATE (Common Aptitude Test for English) for 500-odd seats. More than 1.43 lakh forms were submitted for 54,000 seats

Many students, in the madness to join the over-hyped courses, might have overlooked a number of interesting, job-oriented programmes.

DU distance learning students in the lurch

Many aspirants for government jobs have been left in the lurch after the Delhi University distance learning course they undertook was not recognised by the recruitment body Staff Selection Commission (SSC). SSC, a government recruitment body constituted by the government, has cancelled the candidature of all the students who graduated from School of Open Learning (SOL), University of Delhi, claiming their degrees were not recognised by the Distance Education Council (DEC).

I have received a memorandum from SSC instructing me to get a certificate from DEC failing which my candidature will be cancelled, Subhash Chandra Tiwari, a graduate from SOL selected for the post of tax assistant, told IANS. The memorandum sent by SSC says: If the universities offering Distance Learning Mode of Education are not recognised by the Distance Education Council (DEC), the degrees issued by it are not valid. Graduation is essential qualification for the above noted examination.

After completing the SSC examination that consists of a written exam as well as an interview, the candidates are appointed for posts such as excise, income tax inspectors and section officers. When this IANS correspondent approached the DEC, he was told that they had no problem in recognising SOL, but they had not been approached.

DEC director Manjulika Srivastava said: We dont have any problem in giving them recognition but till now nobody form SOL has tried to contact us in this regard. Delhi University SOL deputy registrar M.A. Shikandar argued: We do not require any recognition from DEC as SOL, Delhi University is Indias oldest institution providing distance education. Moreover DEC is governed by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and one university cannot give any kind of recognition to another.

We are also challenging the issue in Delhi High Court Friday and we will soon get it sorted out, Shikandar said.
Delhi University has been providing higher education through distance learning since 1962 while IGNOU which came into being much later.

In this fight of ego between the two organisations we are suffering. DEC is ready to give their recognition to Delhi University SOL but DU authorities think they will not seek affiliation from DEC as it is matter of prestige, Deepak Sharma, a SOL student who qualified for the post of excise inspector told IANS.
Around three hundred thousand students from across the country are enrolled in SOL in courses offered by the Delhi University, H.C. Pokhriyal, executive director, SOL told IANS.

The selection panel has even started cancelling candidature of students who have failed to submit required certificates from the university regarding recognition of SOL by DEC.

Hope and jobs for students at DUs job fair

At a time jobs are becoming scarce and pink slips the order of the day with the global meltdown, there is reason to cheer. Delhi Universitys newly-launched Central Placement Cell has provided jobs to at least 200 undergraduate students with major companies, including IT major Wipro, pharma giant Ranbaxy and BPO major Genpact.
The first phase of recruitment took place between Dec 8 and 10 in which around 154 students got employment. The second phase, which began Jan 21 and ended Tuesday, ensured jobs to 45 applicants, while 440 short-listed students are awaiting results of their applications.

Around 4,564 students from 48 colleges participated in this job fair in which around 200 students have been ensured good position in top companies. The response of the students was good, Seema M. Parihar, chairperson of the universitys Central Placement Cell (CPC), told IANS.Eight reputed companies like Wipro, Ranbaxy, Genpact, Dell, ITC, Barclays, ATS and pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly participated.

The CPC was launched in September last year with a view to provide opportunity to students of less known and off-campus colleges. The university authorities were delighted with the new initiative. There has been overwhelming response from the students, who also felt encouraged after getting a good job. It has equally benefited the companies that came for the recruitment, said S.K. Vij, Dean students welfare.Students were happy with the job fair and the opportunities.
After the global crisis we did not think we would be able to find employment so easily. Till now we have been getting news of retrenchments from everywhere, but the CPC of the university has come as a great help, said Vinod Mehra, a student of Aurobindo College.Company officials also felt satisfied that they were able to find the right candidates easily.

Getting a suitable candidate is not easy, but in such events we get an opportunity to interact with a large number of applicants, who can be scanned in a proper and convenient manner. The applicants were also cooperative, said an official of IT giant Wipro.We expect the number of students and recruiters to increase manifold the next time. We will approach more companies to join this recruitment process, Parihar said.

She said the eligibility criteria for students to enrol in the CPC was any final year student from any course with at least 60 percent marks in Class 12.Every company held its own scanning process through written tests, interviews and group discussions at the job fair.

Earlier, the companies would visit only the well-known colleges for campus recruitments but the CPC has ensured recruitment of students from any college, Parihar said.It was our effort to ensure that placements are purely on the basis of merit and not on the brand value of a college, said Vij.We could never think of joining such placements earlier, as companies would not visit our college. But now its nice to see that we too have an opportunity to at least participate in the process of recruitment, said Aditya Sharma, student of Ram Lal Anand College.

DU launches online exam for BSc students

Delhi University is all set to revolutionise its overburdened examination system by introducing online exams for the first time since its inception. The university will conduct a pilot online exam for 2,400 BSc programme students this year. The undergraduate annual exam in Environmental Science, a qualifying paper, will be an hour long. It will cover students across 27 colleges in three exam centres.

We have sent CDs with the online format to all students who will be giving the Environmental Science paper. The test will contain 50 multiple choice questions of one mark each, said AK Bakshi, Director of DU and Institute of Life Long Learning.
Once we have successfully conducted the pilot online exam, we will extend the system to encompass other papers and subjects, Bakshi said. Some engineering colleges are holding entrance exams online. But DU is perhaps the first university to attempt online exam for undergraduate students, he said.Teachers have welcomed the move.

It saves us a lot of time and paper work since the papers get checked instantly and automatically, said Anita Nair, Assistant Professor, Zoology at Sri Venkateswara College.Nair added that the universitys internal assessment exams could also be conducted online.

If we can come up with objective questions that test the understanding and application of students, it would streamline the process, Nair said. The online exam, scheduled tentatively for mid-May, is part of a bigger e-learning project undertaken by the university.

More firms seek DU interns

The economic downturn has not only hit the industry but has also affected placements in Delhi University. Fewer companies are coming to DU campuses to hire this year, and also offering lower pay packages. However, the silver lining, if any, is that the number of internships being offered has risen.
More and more companies are looking to hire students as interns and trainees, either on a honorary basis or on nominal stipends.

This year many companies which are visiting our college are looking for interns or trainees. Compared to previous years, the number of internships being offered to students is surprisingly high, said Arvind Kumar, chair of Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) placement cell. The companies which have come to LSR offering internships include Max New York Insurance, Radio Today, Hindustan Times Syndicate and Gandhi Fellowship, added Kumar.

While Radio Today plans to offer internship to around ten students, Max New York is planning to take around 15. (The result for Hindustan Times Syndicate is still awaited, Metro Now is planning to recruit around six to seven part-time students). Though most of these internships are honorary, some students are being offered a stipend of around Rs. 5,000.
The highest pay package that has been offered this time is Rs. 8.5 lakhs, a drop from the Rs. 12 lakhs offered last year. Also many companies who have come this year have recruited students and asked them to join the company in 2010, said Kumar.

The story repeats itself in Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) and St Stephens. On the one hand, companies are offering an all time low pay package but at the same time are not shying away from offering internships. Kumar feels on account of the economic slowdown, more companies offering internships is but natural. Companies are cutting costs and they have realised it is beneficial for them to hire students as interns or trainees. This is not just because of the low stipends but also because as interns, students do not get job benefits such as medical care, leaves and special allowances, he said.Students, however, are not complaining. In a scenario where there are hardly any jobs available, an internship is the next best thing, said Jonathan Syiemlieh, a student of SRCC.

Slipper thrown at Roy fetches Rs. 1 lakh

When Arundhati Roy visited the Delhi University campus on February 13, she was greeted with a slipper thrown by student group Youth Unity for Vibrant Action (YUVA). The slipper was auctioned for Rs. 101, 000 at Jantar Mantar on Thursday. When Arundhati Roy came to our campus, a member named Asif Kumar threw his slipper at her to protest her statement that Kashmir should be given to Pakistan. Her statement is against our national interest, said Jairam Pandey, national convenor, YUVA. The slipper was bought by businessman Amitabh Kumar. I was in Connaught Place for a meeting, when I went for a walk to Jantar Mantar after lunch. There I saw a demonstration by YUVA activists, who were auctioning the slipper, he said.

I feel she is a traitor to our nation, so despite the steep price, I bought the slipper thrown at her. I am now going to go on eBay and auction it off. Even if I do not recover the money, I do not care, as it was done for the pride of my nation, he added.

Put on your boots. Its time to DU it

If you are a general category student, then your chances of getting admission in Delhi University has just gone up.

From this academic year, vacant OBC seats in DU colleges will go to candidates from general category. This is in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling of September 2008.
Since the SC ruling came after admissions were over last year, we could not implement it. But it will be implemented this year, said S.K. Vij, Dean (Students Welfare) on Friday.
He was announcing the admission policy for 2009-2010 academic session.
Last year, the university had failed to score with OBC candidates, with almost 50 per cent seats reserved for OBCs going vacant.
7,000 more seats
Last year 92,758 students had applied for 42,000 seats at the university.
This year DU will offer 7,000 more seats for its undergraduate programmes, taking the total number of seats to 49,000.
The university will have 7,000 more seats this year after implementing 18 per cent OBC quota. The cut-off for OBC candidates can be decreased to a maximum of 10 per cent from the cut-off for general category students, said Vij.
The number of OBC seats available will be approximately 10,500. General category seats will be around 27,500.
Student friendly
Students can apply to 63 colleges and 43 courses without having to go to each college individually, said S.K. Vij, Dean (Students Welfare).
The Dean said they have also made the information bulletin student-friendly by introducing a distance chart and giving more information on bus routes and metro feeder routes.
Restructuring the SC-ST admission process
The university has tried to provide more opportunities for students taking admission under the SC-ST category.
Earlier, a SC-ST student couldnt change the college and the course once allocated. But this year a student would be able to do so, said Vij.
Total number of seats available to SC-ST students is approximately 11,000.
Interpreter for some
Last year we introduced information in Braille for visually challenged students. This year there will be a sign language interpreter for hearing and speech impaired, Vij said.
Information Centres

North Campus
Office of Dean Students Welfare, North Campus
Kirorimal College
Faculty of Arts
Swami Shradhanand College, Alipur
South Campus
Office of Deputy dean students welfare (Benito Juarez Marg)
Deshbandhu College (Kalkaji)
ARSD College
(Dhaula Kuan)
Gargi College
(Siri Fort Road)
PGDAV College
(Nehru Nagar)
College of Vocational Studies (Sheikh Sarai)
West Delhi
Rajdhani College
(Raja Garden)
Bharati College (Janakpuri)
East Delhi
Shyam Lal College (Shahdara)
Vivekananda College
(Vivek Vihar)
Maharaja Agrasen College (Mayur Vihar Phase-1)
Central Delhi
Zakir Husain College
(Ajmeri Gate)
For SC-ST candidates
North campus
South Campus
Rajdhani College
Shyam Lal College
For physically challenged candidates
Office of Dean Students Welfare, North Campus
Open Day Sessions
May 24 and 25 SGTB Khalsa College, North Campus
May 26 Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Karampura
May 27 Shyam Lal College, Shahadara
May 28 and 29 SP Jain Centre,
South Campus,
Benito Juarez Marg
May 30 Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Pitampura
May 31 Vivekananda College, Vivek Vihar

DU work-ed up about gap year students

Delhi University (DU) on Tuesday asked gap year students, applying for Masters in Political Science course, to sign an undertaking with the concerned department stating they had not been employed during the gap in their studies. Explaining the need for the undertaking, Bidyut Chakravarty, faculty member of department of Political Science, said, The students are supposed to prove the gap in their studies was due to unavoidable circumstances, as we want only academically-inclined students to take up our course.

Several students, who had graduated in 2008 or earlier, were left confused and did not know whether signing the undertaking would be the right thing to do. I finished my graduation in 2008, but was unable to get admission in the post-graduation course of my choice, said Radhika Sharma, a student.
So, I took up a job. Now I want to take admission in political science. Just because I have been employed for a year, how does that make me ineligible to apply? she asked.

Sharma reportedly admitted in front of the administrative staff that she had been employed, but was still asked to sign the undertaking. I dont know whether it would be right to lie. But unless I signed the form, they refused to take my application, she said.Another student, Pramod Kumar, who graduated in 2007, found the undertaking to be unreasonable. I find it ridiculous that my work experience disqualifies me from pursuing my masters, especially at a time when
the university has intro- duced so many professional courses, which require you to work, he said.
Bidyut Chakravarty said the undertaking was based on university rules.

The initial rules at Delhi University say that students are not supposed to have a gap year. However, after the Mandal Commission protests, the university decided to give gap-year students a chance, he said.
When asked whether students who are employed would be disqualified, Chakravarty said exceptions could be made to the rule

The rule was originally put in place to dissuade students who take up a seat for non-academic purposes, such as availing the universitys hostel facilities or scholarships. But if we find students who are serious about pursuing academics, we do not reject them, he said.
The Head of Department, Political Science, Achin Vinaik, confirmed that exceptions would be made.
Meanwhile, dean of students welfare, S.K. Vij, said the university does not bar gap-year students from applying for PG courses.

According to university rules, a gap year student only needs to explain what they were doing during the gap period in their studies, Vij said. There is no rule disallowing students with work experience from taking up a course.

DU wanna meet Hillary?!

As hundreds of freshers and seniors descend on Delhi University, they can now get ready to kick-start the new session with the biggest extravaganza ever. Come Monday morning and DU students will get a chance to interact with US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The former first lady related stories

of the US will be taking time out of her India tour to visit students at North Campus as she reportedly wants to discuss youth issues with them. Says Swati Jha, a first year student of Philosophy (Hons) at Gargi College: I am super excited to meet her; she is such a woman of strength. Even if it means going to North Campus, I definitely will go attend the seminar.

Akanksha Khanna, a first year student at the Sri Ram College of Commerce says, I would like to discuss the difference in the educational system of the two countries, while Umang Aggarwal, a first year student of English Literature would simply like to talk about issues common to the youth in both India and America. According to Debraj Mookerjee, Reader at Ramjas College, the reason for the excitement has less to do with politics and more to do Hillarys celebrity status. In more ways than one, she is like a celebrity politician. She is Clintons wife and could have become the President. More importantly, she has a very India-friendly image.

Mookerjee says her presence in DU will symbolise a huge goodwill gesture. DUSU President Nupur Sharma, is excited about the visit, however, she says the event hasnt been publicised enough. The entire visit has been kept very hush-hush by the university. There have been no formal invitations; no posters displayed. Since I think it happens at the Vice Regal Lodge, am hoping that the administration is not intending to hand pick 1000 students to attend the seminar, she adds.

DU have aptitude for English?

Twelve Delhi University (DU) colleges offering English (Honours) are keen on separating the wheat from the chaff. Scheduled on June 17, the Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE) is the single channel to secure a seat in English (Honours) at some of the best DU colleges (See Box).
Heres how you can gear up.
Application process

The university will start selling CATE forms from June 1 and they will be available at Room number 52 of Arts Faculty (North Campus).Just one CATE form is good enough for all the 12 institutions that will be admitting students on the basis of this test, said Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean, students welfare, DU. For the non-participating colleges, candidates need to apply through the common pre-admission form.

For the CATE, youll have to submit two passport size photos, a copy of Class XII mark sheet, and demand draft of Rs. 100 in favour of The Registrar along with the completed form.Last date for submission is June 15.
SC, ST and physically handicapped candidates need not appear for CATE as their admission is done directly by the varsity, said Tuteja.Eligibility

Any candidate scoring at least 60 per cent in English and 60 per cent aggregate (best of four subjects) in the Class XII Board examinations is eligible to appear for the test. Theres no discrimination between Core, Elective and Functional English. So, any student with 60 per cent in any of the three is eligible, he added.
Preparation. The one-and-a-half-hours long exam will carry 100 marks. Questions will assess a students language skills as well as basic knowledge of literature (such as authors and genres).

Its not preparation but aptitude that we will be testing. The question paper will carry multiple-choice questions, a bit of comprehension and also essay writing, said Tapan Basu, associate professor of English at Hindu College, one of 12 colleges participating in the CATE.Examination centres

The examination will be held across four centers—Arts Faculty, DU (North Campus), Arts Faculty, DU (South Campus), Zakir Hussain College, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and Maharaja Agrasen College, Mayur Vihar Phase I.
Results and admission

Results will be declared at the time of the first cut-off list, that is, June 25. But admission will not be done solely on the basis of test scores.

Colleges will give 70 per cent weightage to CATE score and 30 per cent to Boards performance.
The 12 colleges will declare separate cut-offs. Students need to factor in 70 per cent of test score and 30 per cent board score to see if theyve made it of the 12 colleges,said Basu.
Cut-off relaxation for OBC candidates will be up to 10 per cent.

Rajasthan High Court issues notices to JNVU, MGSU and MDS universities

The entrance examination for admission to Bachelors of Business Economics (BBE) at Delhi University (DU) evoked mixed reactions from 5,400 candidates vying for the 490 seats. The examination on Sunday left many students stumped by the questions on mathematics. The entrance examination will account for only 50% of a students eligibility for admission to the course. Students performance in board examinations will make up for the rest. Ten colleges affiliated to DU offer a course in BBE.

This is the only entrance examination which tests mathematical concepts taught in class XI and XII. This makes it more difficult to crack, said Rishabh Sabharwal (17), a BBE aspirant. However, some felt that the problem wasnt with the difficulty of questions but with the time given to solve them. The questions werent that hard but the calculations consumed a lot of time, Paarizad Sehgal (17), a student.

Students of Business Economics are required to have a knack of calculus and concepts of limits, which is why about half of the quantitative ability section is made up of these, said Urvashi Bajaj, a teacher at Shivaji College, one of the 10 colleges offering BBE. The great rush for the course could be attributed to the phenomenon of BBE graduates now increasingly being recruited by companies right after college.

My daughter, though a science student, wants to study Business economics instead of pursuing engineering as she has learnt that this course has bright professional prospects, said K.K. Diwakar, a parent.
This year at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce the highest salary package offered to a BBE student was Rs. 2.4 lakh p.a.

The salaries offered to students this year were a little lower because of the economic slowdown. The year before the highest salary offered was above Rs. 3.5 lakh p.a., Subodh Pandit, placement in charge at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce.

No back-door entry under ECA quota: DU

Delhi University has promised that the selection process for Extra Curricular Activity quota, perceived to be a way for back-door entry into the colleges under it, would be an open, fair and transparent affair. Under the ECA quota, the prestigious colleges of DU have some seats reserved for those talented in areas, including drama, dance, debating, music, photography and fine arts.

The admission for ECA seats will be done through an open and fair trial or audition by the colleges. We will ensure that only eligible students are selected in this category, Dean of Students Welfare (DSW) SK Vij told PTI.Vij said as almost all the colleges have certain seats reserved under ECA, it gives a golden opportunity to students to get admission capitalising on their talents.

The selection process under this category is very simple and fair. An expert panel will select the eligible candidates according to their on-the-spot performance, he said.The DSW said though there has been a perception that admissions in ECA quota is a mode of back-door entry, the university would make every efforts to ensure that only deserving candidates get through.

Vij said the varsity will also take strong action if it is found that some kind of irregularity in the admission process has been resorted to.

FIR against Magadh University Vice Chancellor for corruption

Magadh University Vice Chancellor BN Pandey is in serious trouble. Acting on the directives of the Human Resource Development Department, the Regional Deputy Director, Magadh Division, on Saturday, lodged an FIR against Pandey and others under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, SC-ST Act and IPC with the MU police station. This is a rare instance when an FIR has been lodged against any VC.

Highly placed sources told, the decision to lodge an FIR was taken soon after the Secretary, Human Resource Development Department, KK Pathaks meeting with MU principals on Friday. Magadh Division RDD Prakash Ranjan Kumar was asked to lodge the FIR against VC and others, which was complied with on Saturday.

The SHO of MU police station, Arjun Prasad, said the FIR had been lodged under Sections 420, 467, 471, 472, 504, 506, 353, 13-1B (Prevention of Corruption Act) and 31-10 (SC-ST Act). Investigations have begun. We are, however, yet to meet the VC, he said, adding the VC could be arrested in view of documentary evidence produced against him.

The case relates to alleged irregularities in the appointment of Class III and IV employees in various colleges of MU. The matter was also raised in the House. Later, an inquiry was ordered under the then Divisional Commissioner, Magadh, KP Ramaiah, who also detected serious irregularities in his report. The report had been submitted to the HRD Department.
The VC has been charged with appointing employees on prescribed pay-scale though there was no prior approval of the government. The investigation also detected violation of reservation rules in the appointments. Besides, the VC has been charged with non-cooperation with the team of auditors, which has been entrusted with the task of scrutinizing the accounts and also threatening them.

I had submitted the report almost nine months ago. Now that KK Pathak has joined, he decided to take action on the basis of the report. I had done detailed investigations in the matter, said Ramaiah, who is presently the chairman of the Bihar Mahadalit Commission.

If the VC is arrested, it will bring his tenure to a premature end. Any detention beyond a period of 48 hours would lead to his removal, said sources in the Raj Bhawan. How police go about the case, however, remains to be seen. We did not have any information regarding this development. If the matter is brought here, we will look into it, sources said. Principal Secretary, Raj Bhawan, SK Negi was not available for comments.

Sources said that trouble could mount for Pandey in the days to come. An inquiry into the appointment of principals by a committee of the legislative Council is already on. Soon after the appointment, former MLC and now Pro-VC Padmasha Jha has leveled allegations of foul play in appointment, though the VC refuted the allegations all along and sought Raj Bhawan permission to file defamation case against Jha.

DU elections: Guns out, battlelines drawn

With Thursday being the last day for withdrawal of nominations, battle lines for the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections have now been drawn. The election office released the final list of candidates contesting for the posts of president, vice president, general secretary and joint secretary of the students union.
But the poll drama at DU began with a twist.

The election office issued a show-cause notice to six candidates from of the total 37 for violating the code of conduct.
These candidates showed no regard for the code of conduct and held rallies, used cars and print

Internal assessment may shock you at DU

When Delhi University (DU) undergraduate student Aditya N. Prasad looked at his BA (Honours) History results, he was in for a surprise. He had failed to make the minimum 50 per cent aggregate marks that were required for admission into the Campus Law Centre. I was quite sure that I would clear the minimum marks, but I later found that my internal assessment marks were not included in the final assessment, he said.

After running around DU offices, Prasad filed a writ petition in court demanding the cancellation of his admission to Campus Law Centre be stayed and his internal assessment marks be looked into. The matter is pending in court with the next hearing on November 24.

Prasad, however, wasnt the only one complaining.

An application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by Josh, an NGO, has revealed that no less than 751 complaints were received by the university from individual students and leading colleges like Miranda House, IP College, KMC, JMC and Sri Venkateswara College. The principals of these colleges had complained that internal assessment marks of their brightest students had been reduced arbitrarily. Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental could not be reached for comments.

Internal assessments allow a certain number of marks for regular attendance, assignments turned in and for attending extra-curricular activities.
The Delhi University, however, moderates these marks to apparently ensure that no college gives its students inflated marks.

The university calculates the average marks scored by students on account of internal assessment across its 85 colleges and then uses it as a marker to reduce or increase a students marks.

DU may give up moderation

In what could come as a relief for students, Delhi University may soon scrap the controversial system of moderating the internal assessment marks of its students. The system was introduced to bring parity among colleges. Speaking to Hindustan Times, Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental said, We are mulling to scrap the moderation of marks after the feedback from students, who feel its unfair. Though we have not fixed a time frame, we will replace it as soon as we decide on an alternative to replace it.
Unjust system

Students of some colleges, such as Jesus and Mary, Kamla Nehru, Lady Shriram and SRCC, who lost marks due to moderation, feel its an unjust system. Subhashree Sarkar, a third-year Economics (Honours) student of Lady Shriram College, lost six marks due to moderation.In the first year, the whole class lost four marks in the Principles of Economics paper and two in Statistics. Whats the point of working hard when you know your marks are going to be scaled down?

The loss of six marks meant Sarkar scored 70 instead of 72 per cent.
In such a highly competitive academic atmosphere, the loss of 2 per cent is a big setback for students like me who are planning to pursue higher studies. It will be a great relief for students if its scrapped.
Teachers agree

Teachers across colleges, too, have questioned the wisdom of moderating marks in internal assessment.
Sanam Khanna, who teaches English Literature in Kamla Nehru College, feels the blanket moderation of marks defeats the purpose of internal assessment, which was to alleviate pressure.

Its unfair for a student who has done very well. Also, for students who may have missed out on questions in the final exams, the internal assessment marks are crucial, so if they are scaled down, it affects their percentage. It should be scrapped.
The university has been trying to arrive at an acceptable formula since the introduction of the moderation system in internal assessments.
First, it was linked to the performance of the student in the theory exam. Last year, the university decided to follow a band system instead.
It takes the average score for a particular paper in a college and then compares it to the average of the university in that paper.
For instance, if the top score for a paper is 25-25 and the lowest score is 5-25, the university can subtract from the highest score or add from the lowest score to ensure all marks lie within a common band of, say, 10 to 20.

DU teachers flunk semester system

Delhi Universitys (DU) semester plans have been pruned. Drastically. From a grand announcement of implementing it across all courses at the undergraduate level to now introducing it in phases, a lot has changed since the Academic Council meeting (dated June 5, 2009) in which the VC, teachers battle threatens DU result
semester proposal was passed by DU.

In all probability, the new system will be seen only in science courses. Almost all departments of social sciences — including English, History, Economics and Sociology — have shot down the proposal.
In the pitched battle between the university and the teachers, the latter obviously seem to be winning at present.
Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental tacitly acknowledges the inability to bring in semester system in all courses. It will not be possible to have it (semester) everywhere. Were hoping that it can be completed in the next few phases.
The tug-of-war between the university and the teachers over the semester system has its roots in certain logistical impracticalities.

Under the annual system, the university takes two months to tabulate results. How can we expect the same department to do this work twice a year in just 15 days time. The Vice Chancellor has no answer to this question, said a professor of the Economics department.None of the teachers are against the semester system. But why doesnt the VC follow the set procedures and norms in introducing it. Why is he in such a hurry? said Rajiv Verma, a teacher at Satyawati College.
As the row turns uglier, the confrontation between the administration and the faculty is set to affect students. With teachers having held back their internal assessment marks for the final exam for all three years, DU is expecting a months delay in results.The University has filed a petition against the DUTA with the HC in response to this.
Some teachers have derailed discussions Delhi Universitys embattled Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental Pental fields teachers allegations about his forcing the semester system.Teachers: The semester system is being introduced without deliberation and discussion.Pental: We have made several attempts to discuss and deliberate but some self-appointed guardians of the university among the teachers have always disrupted such meetings.Teachers: Courses have been restructured by bypassing all the set procedures and rules.
Pental: That has happened because some people are more interested in opposing the semester system than working constructively towards its implementation.
Teachers: After semester system, students from School of Open Learning will not be able to migrate to regular colleges.
Pental: Yes, thats true. But students study through correspondence either because they have poor marks or because they dont want to attend college. Its a choice they make and should stick by it. We would have introduced some great changes for SOL too, like online lectures. But most of our energies are now devoted to convincing teachers to let us introduce semesters in regular colleges.
Teachers: The current infrastructure and student-teacher ration is not good enough to sustain semester system.
Pental: Both infrastructure facilities and student-teacher ratio are fine. In fact, they are best in comparison to most universities in the country. And now we have more posts allocated to us by the University Grants Commission. Well be hiring many more teachers.

Form sale dips on Day-II at DU, submissions up

After a fervent response to form sales on day one at Delhi University, sales dipped by almost 50 per cent on Saturday. The university authorities managed to sell just 22,413 forms as opposed to Fridays 40,559. This sudden dip was seen as day two was a Saturday. Most people did not know that the sale of forms would continue today as well, said Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean, Students Welfare, DU. However, the number of submissions saw a rise.

As many as 2,862 students submitted their forms as compared to Fridays 1461. I was busy the whole day on Friday, ferrying passengers to and from colleges. Today is much slower. There arent as many people today, said Rambir, a rickshaw puller at North Campus.

The sale of forms goes down after day one while the submissions increase. This is keeping in trend with the past years, Tuteja said.Last year, 22,380 forms were sold on the second day of sale.
Despite the relative slowdown, the sale continued till late afternoon at the office of the Dean, Students Welfare.
We want to accommodate as many students as possible. We dont want them to be inconvenienced, hence the counters are open beyond 1 pm, said Tuteja.

While most students came to the form selling centres to buy the centralised admission forms, many were going from college to college to buy Extra Curricular Activities forms.I have already been to Hindu College, Kirori Mal College and Miranda House to buy ECA forms. I will cover the rest of the colleges on Monday, said Kanika Khanna, who is interested in photography. Many students are unhappy about having to run around to buy the ECA forms.The ECA form should also be centralised to make the application process easier for students. We have to go to each college, in north campus and south campus, to apply under the ECA quota, said Charu Gupta, who is trained in classical music.

Q and A on B.Sc courses under semester system at DU

Delhi Universitys effort to give applicants an early start on the admission process began with its first Open Day at SGTB Khalsa College on Saturday. The counselling session, which witnessed a footfall of close to 500, had students approaching counsellors with a ton of queries. Here are some of the doubts that were cleared. Is there any age bar for candidates applying to undergraduate courses?DU does not refuse admission to any candidate on the basis of age. All applicants (irrespective of their age) are considered equal and are admitted on the basis of merit criteria of the current year.
Is the common admission form good enough for all courses and colleges?Yes, the common form is sufficient for almost all colleges and courses except St Stephens College and Jesus and Mary College, which follow a slightly different admission procedure. Candidates will also have to apply separately for courses with entrance tests and if they wish to get admission through sports-ECA quota.

Will DU implement semester system this year?
So far the university has approved the semester system for B.Sc (hons) courses and B.Sc programme only. For the science courses, the three years will be divided into six semesters and students will have 24 major papers, six minor papers and two inter-disciplinary papers. Any further changes will be notified on the website.
What happens to the OBC seats that fall vacant?As per a Supreme Court order, all vacant OBC seats will open for admission to the general category students. But this will happen only after August 16.Are there any scholarships available for students applying for science programmes?The department of science and technology offers scholarship of about Rs. 5,000 per month to those candidates who are among the top one percent of either Class 10 or 12 Board results and also to those whose name has appeared in the IIT-JEE extended list. But this is exclusively for candidates who are applying to the pure science courses namely, B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany.

DU to offer MSc Earth Science course

The Delhi University will offer a five-year integrated MSc Earth Science programme from this year. The course will be conducted by the Department of Geology and will be supported by other departments under the Faculty of Science. The duration of the course is 10 semesters spread over five academic sessions. The number of seats for the course is 25.
Candidates who have passed the 10+2 exams in Science will be considered eligible for admission to the course. The admission will be open in two categories for students. Category-1 will include those who have taken the IIT-JEE. These aspirants will have to submit their score with their application.

Category-2 will be those who dont have their IIT-JEE score but have passed their 10+ 2 exam with Mathematics.
Initially, the admission will be on the basis of IIT-JEE merit list. However, depending on the vacancies available, students of Category-2 will be also considered for admission.Application forms can be downloaded from the university website, (http:--www.du.ac.in). Complete application forms, along with a demand draft of Rs. 250 in favour of the Registrar, University of Delhi, payable at Delhi, and the necessary documents must be submitted by June, 25, 2010.

DUs English language course in 25 centres

Getting through to colleges of Delhi University is a dream for most students. But for some, it soon turns to a bitter reality when they are unable to follow the classes, which are in English. A course in English Language proficiency, designed by the Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL) could help these students overcome this problem.
The course, which is already available in 17 colleges of the varsity, will be expanded to 25 colleges this year.
A lot of students, who are very otherwise bright, have problems in comprehending and writing English. It has been quite popular and so, we have decided to increase the number of centres from this academic year, said AK Bakshi, director, ILLL. Some of the colleges which will offer the course from this year are Acharya Narendra Dev, Deen Dayal Upadhayay, Kalindi, Maitreyi and Shahid Sukhdev College of Business Studies. The fee structure for this 100-hour course has also been revised. Others such as Hansraj, Dyal Singh, Ram Lal Anand (Evening), Satyawati (Evening) and Campus of Open Learning already offer the course. A candidate opting for this course has to pay Rs. 3,000 this year as compared to Rs. 2,500 till last year.

This year, the course will also have an additional level. Till last year, we offered the basic and intermediate level but this year we have upgraded to the advanced level, added Bakshi. The basic level focuses on developing day-to-day social communication, which includes grammar and vocabulary. The intermediate level teaches students to conceptualise. For example, they are asked to comment on a short piece.

The advanced level, which is the latest addition, will help improve the writing skills of students.
All the three levels will train the student to think, formulate and write sentences in English, said Payal Nagpal, Academic Secretary, ILLL.

Time to relax and wait for cut-off list

With the full implementation of 27 per cent OBC quota pushing the number of seats to 54,000 this year, 5,000 more than last year, the Delhi University (DU) registered the highest ever sale and submission of forms this time. Another reason for the high sale could be the loss of the deemed university status for some varsities, said some DU officials.
A total of 1,86,676 forms were sold and 1,43,224 forms were submitted since the process began on May 28. Last year, the number of forms sold stood at 1,48,000 lakh while those submitted were 1,13,471.

This is the highest number of applications that the university has ever received, said S.K. Vij, dean, Students Welfare. Considering such remarkable sales, the varsity officials were apprehensive about running out of forms. We
just about managed and still have a few forms left, added Vij.As many as 19,231 forms were submitted on Friday, the last day of form submission. The number of physically-challenged students also rose this year. Around 443 candidates have registered till date as compared to 397 last year.

Students who went to submit their forms on the final day didnt have to wait at the submission counters. I submitted the form in 10 minutes. There was hardly any queue, said Nisha Singh, an applicant who submitted her form at the Arts Faculty, North Campus.

Some outstation students rushed in at the last-minute. I finished my schooling from the Manipur board and got my results on June 8. I reached Delhi today to fill the form, said Chupalemba Chang.

SC-ST category students from Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh boards were registered on provisional basis because their results CDs did not reach till the last day. We did not want to turn anyone away so we registered the students provisionally, said G.S. Tuteja, deputy dean, Students Welfare, DU.

At St. Stephens College, around 2,500 forms were submitted on Friday. It was the highest submission in a day so far, said Nandita Narain, admission in-charge, St. Stephens College. A total of 22,000 forms were submitted for 450 seats on offer this year.

CATE results out, 1st cut off could go up to 83%

Delhi Universitys Department of English declared the results of the Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE) on Saturday. Around 9,000 students had appeared for the entrance test on June 9, for admissions to the English (Honours) course in 17 colleges of the varsity. While 6,338 students from the general category cleared the test, 465 candidates from the Other Backward Classes (OBC) made it to the list of those who qualified in the test.

This, however, does not mean that students are guaranteed a seat in these colleges. The results of the entrance test this year have been impressive as compared to last year. The highest marks scored this year were 93.60 per cent as compared to 84 per cent last year.

Nine students scored above 90 per cent and around 200 students scored above 80 per cent.
This year, because of the inclusion of some colleges like Miranda House and Lady Shri Ram College, we had very high scoring candidates who sat for the entrance, said Sumanyu Sathpathy, head of the department (HoD) of English, Delhi University.

So, there was remarkable improvement in the quality of candidates, he added.
Some of the answers in part B (the subjective part) were outstanding, said Sathpathy.
But the high scores may not necessarily translate into high cut-offs.

Only a few have scored above 90 per cent. Hence, we cannot raise the cut-off drastically, said Sathpathy.
The cut-off may go up to 83 per cent at most, which will be one per cent higher than what it was last, he added.

DU sports council ready to declare trials results

After completing the centralised sports trials last week, the Delhi University Sports Council (DUSC) is ready to send a list of the short-listed students to all colleges under the Delhi University on Wednesday. The names will also be available on the Delhi University website (href=http:--www.du.ac.in>www.du.ac.in.) and will be displayed on the college notice boards as well.

Few colleges such as Daulat Ram, Aditi Mahavidayala and Kirori Mal College did not send the list of the students seeking admission through sports quota. The DUSC will not conduct any more trials for the students who had applied to these colleges. There will be no more trials for any student, said Sudarshan Pathak, coordinating director of DUSC.
The list of short-listed students, however, will be sent to every college. The list of the short-listed students, who participated in the centralised sports trials, will be sent to all the colleges, even if they (colleges) failed to send their list, said S.K. Vij, dean of Students Welfare at DU.

Colleges such as St. Stephens, Jesus and Mary and Kamala Nehru, that conducted their individual sports trials, are now sending the names of the short-listed students to DUSC.We have received the names of the short-listed student from St. Stephens and Kamala Nehru College. Jesus and Mary will be sending us the list on Wednesday, Pathak said.
Despite the introduction of the centralised sports trials, these colleges did not follow the university rules and held their individual sports trials.

University officials are now confused over the status of admissions of the students who cleared individual sports trials and are giving contradictory statements regarding the issue.The admissions of students through individual sports trials will be considered invalid, Vij said.

DUSC officials, on the other hand, said that the students who participated in the individual trials would get admission.
The students will be given admission to the colleges as their names have been received by the council, said Pathak.

DU website will provide cut-offs for all colleges

Day two of the open day organised by Delhi University which was held at the SP Jain Auditorium in South Campus was attended by around 1,000 students and parents. Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental addressed the queries of the students seeking admission to the varsity. Some of the questions that were asked during the sessions were:
What is the criteria for best of four subjects?

The best of four subjects has to include one language and three best relevant subjects. For example, a student applying for Economics (H) has to have maths and accounts as his subjects in class XII. If he-she has fine arts it will not be counted as a relevant subject for this stream. How can we know about the cut-offs for various colleges? Should we wait for the second list to come out?

The university website will provide cut-offs for various colleges and courses. It is advisable to take admission to the courses one has applied too in the first list, even if it is not in a college of ones choice.
How does one prepare for the Common Aptitude Test for English?There are two parts to the test, objective and subjective. The class XII marks are given 30 per cent weightage while the test carries 70 per cent weightage.

Counselling sessions held at Gurgaon, Noida

Anmol Wahi, a student of Delhi Public School, RK Puram who has cleared the Class 12 (commerce) with 94 per cent marks, wanted to join the London School of Economics to pursue his further studies but he did not know where exactly to go and dig the information from. However, his queries were answered on Sunday at the Hindustan Times special Campus Calling programme held at DPS, Sushant Lok, Gurgaon.

Hundreds of career-conscious students from schools across the National Capital Region including Gurgaon hurled their questions at the panel of experts and counsellors such as Jyoti Dhawan from Kamla Nehru College, V Ravi from Lady Shri Ram College and Kavita Singh CEO of private consulting firm Futureworks.

I had been planning to join London School of Economics but did not know that the aspirants required at least 13 years of study. The counsellors here advised me to wait for one more year and pursue some studies here only. Now I would go for some good Delhi University college for Economics (H) or MBA in finance later on, said Wahi, a resident of Gurgaon.
At another session that was held at Amity International School, Noida, students came mostly from nearby areas.

However, Nishant Khurana, a student of Birla Vidya Niketan, Delhi and who has scored 84.2 per cent in commerce stream and wants to be a Chartered Accountant were disappointed as by the time they reached the venue the session was over.We got information through the FM radio and rushed to Noida. It took us over an hour to locate Amity School, said Khurana.
The two counsellors from Delhi University who answered all queries at the Noida session were Sheuli Choudhary from Kamla Nehru College and Prof Ramesh Sharma from Moti Lal Nehru College. Three other counsellors who also facilitated the students were Jitender Nagpal, Pooja Yadav and Geeta Mehrotra.

Seats for disabled students go vacant

While most students vie for a seat in the Delhi University (DU), the seats for students with disabilities lie vacant for want of applicants. The university offers more 1,620 undergraduate seats for students with disabilities. Last year only 394 of these seats were filled. We have never been able to fill more than 400 seats through the disability quota. We have all the facilities but there is no one to avail them, said Seema M Parihar, Deputy Dean, Students Welfare, DU.
Only four students registered themselves on the first day of the sale of forms. Sparsh Gupta, the topper from the disabled section, was also among them.

The university has listed four categories under which a student can register. These are orthopedic disability, visually impaired, hearing impaired and dyslexic students. This year, the universitys Equal Opportunity Cell has a separate registration centre at the Dean, Students Welfare Office in North Campus. Registrations are open from 10 am to 1 pm. Students with more than 40 per cent disability can register themselves.

The university has three per cent seats for students with disabilities but we dont even manage to fill 30 per cent of these seats. Even the most sought after colleges have this quota, said Parihar.•1,620: Number of seats in DU for students with disability

You require: Class 10 pass certificate; Class 12 pass certificate-provisional certificate; Certificates that ascertain the date of birth; Disability certificate • Dates for medical tests: For orthopedic disability, visually impaired and hearing impaired applicants: June 2, June 9, June 14, June 15, June 22 and June 29 For dyslexic students: June 14 and June 22

Jobs aplenty after BSc Polymer Science

BSc (Honours) Polymer Science, started in 2004 by the Delhi University, offers great job opportunities to students. A three-year interdisciplinary degree course, it admits only those aspirants who have passed their 10+2 with Physcis, Chemistry and Mathematics and minimum 60 per cent marks. Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences is the only college that offers this course.

Students get a complete theoretical and practical knowledge in polymer chemistry, rheology, morphology, synthesis, processing and various types of physical and chemical testing of polymers. Apart from theoretical knowledge, the students are sent to various industries and research laboratories for a two-month training programme in their second and third year. The Polymer Science Department has state-of-the-art laboratories to train students with the help of instruments such as the universal testing machine, extruder, two-roll mill, impact tester, MFI tester, viscometres, and hardness tester, among others.

Close interactions with teachers, regular assignments, assessments, presentations, seminars and field studies are mandatory. The department has also started a society of polymer science students known as Pearls with an objective to nurture the young talents. Students have various options for higher studies such as MSc in Polymer Science, Environmental Science, Material Science, MTech in Nanotechnology, postgraduate diplomas and MBA.(Dr. Susmita Dey Sadhu, Teacher-In-Charge, Dept. of Polymer Science, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences)

Students happy with drop in BA cut-off

A significant drop in the cut-offs for Humanities courses in the second list declared by Delhi University colleges seems to have worked. Admissions across most courses in the stream picked up on Monday after the second list was declared. In the first cut-off list, Hansraj College had declared the cut-off for BA (programme) between 80 and 88 per cent, which dropped to 75-87.25. The BA (programme) is already full. After todays rush I feel we should have decreased the percentage only marginally, said V.K. Kawatra, principal, Hansraj College. At Miranda House, Honours courses in political science, history, philosophy and sociology witnessed a huge rush. Off-campus colleges such as Gargi and Kamla Nehru, too, reported a high number of admissions in the arts courses. If the trend continues, we may end up admitting a lot more than the allotted number of seats, said Meera Ramchandran, principal of Gargi College.

While BCom (H), too, picked up, a good number of seats for BCom (programme) are yet to be taken which is witnessing withdrawals. After a drop in the percentages a lot of students have upgraded to the BCom (H) programme, said Ramchandran.
The science courses made a come back this year with most colleges closing the admissions for courses such as Physics (H) and Chemistry (H) in the first list itself. However, some of them — BSc Physical Science, BSc Life Science and BSc Botany (H) — failed to woo students despite a drop in the cut-offs in the second list.

Though BSc Physical Science picked up a bit, the overall response in the BSc (programme) is not very encouraging as compared to other science courses even after cut-offs were lowered, said I.S. Bakshi, principal, Dyal Singh College.
Teachers said preference of honours courses could be one of the reasons. Also the fact that students have not been familiarised with the new content of the BSc (programme) may have prevented them from opting for the courses. These courses have been restructured in the semester system but havent been well publicised, so students are not aware of the content, Bakshi said. He said the third list, with a further drop of three-four per cent, might attract students.

Physically challenged students keen to take admission in Delhi University

The number of physically challenged students reporting for admissions at the Delhi University has steadily gone up to 300 in the first week of the process after an initially poor turnout. Only 20 special students had reported on the first two days at the admission centre catering for them, leaving the University administration concerned over the abysmally low number. However, the number picked up in the later days with as many as 72 students turning up on one of the admission days.

In the last seven years, this was the first time when such a large number of students reported on one single day, Seema Parihar, Deputy Dean Students Welfare (DSW), and in-charge of the centre for special children told PTI. Over 1600 seats are reserved for specially-abled students in the Delhi University, but hundreds of seats are left vacant every year.
For special students, the University has a dedicated centre at the office of DSW, equipped with trained experts and counsellors as well as well sign language experts. Three per cent of the 54,000 seats in the universitys colleges are reserved for the differently-abled students, but every year not more than 400-500 of them report for admissions.
The initial turnout had left many a teacher manning the centre disappointed, but things changed for good in the last five days of the first week of admissions. The number has reached 300 so far. Now I am really hopeful that we would be getting more students this time and I believe the reach of the mass media has helped take our message to the candidates, Parihar said.

Last year, a total of 397 physically challenged students had reported for admissions in the DU, even when nearly 1200 seats were reserved for them. The administration, however, believes more students need to be encouraged to avail the facility of higher education. It is not that DU is not friendly to such students. We have forms in braille and for those who do not understand it we have other options as well. They have to report with only four certificates and we guarantee them seats in good colleges, said Parihar. The process of admissions for the 54,000 seats in the universitys colleges began on May 28 and the last date of sale of forms and the deadline for submission of completed application forms is June 11.

High demand for English hons in DU, but many lack aptitude

It is one of the most sought after courses in Delhi University, but teachers and experts counselling students for admissions say not all have the aptitude to study English and it is a difficult task to convince them that they are not meant for it. The University holds a Common Aptitude Test for Entrance (CATE) to English (hons) course through which 17 colleges pick up students. Other colleges hold their own tests for the course.

The counsellors at the Universitys admission centres say they have a tough time convincing students that English is about literature and one should not go for it unless he or she has a knack for reading fiction.When we are counselling, we meet so many students who are hell-bent on taking English (hons), but ask them which was the last book they read, they name some light novel which cannot be called literature, says Seema Parihar, the Deputy Dean, Students Welfare.
If you do not go beyond light reading, you do not have the aptitude for studying literature, you should opt for some other subjects, she adds.

Admission season began last week in the Delhi University and thousands of students have thronged the institution seeking forms and admissions.English (hons) has been among one of the most popular courses at the campus and most colleges undertake a test for selecting students for the course.The forms are available for the course till May 31 while CATE is scheduled for June 9.

The CATE, to be held on June 9 this year, will be structured in two parts to test the grammatical knowledge of students as well as their writing and analytical abilities. While the first section is objective-type, the second section is explanatory.Some counsellors blame the misguided priorities of students on CBSEs marking system. They say English CBSE marks does not give the right criteria to judge students for admission to the subjects.
The CBSE can give 100 out of 100 to students in English, which we do not think in the right way. There are many students who do not have an aptitude for English but they have scored high in CBSE exam for the subject, said a counsellor.Agrees Parihar, who says CATE is the right way to judge and it gives students who are really deserving a hope for admission.

English is about studying fiction, and being able to analyse and write it, which the system of CBSE evaluation does not ensure is judged properly. CATE is therefore the right way to select the deserving candidates, she said.

Physical Science, a befitting choice

BSc in Physical Science is a three-year degree course of the Delhi University (DU). This restructured course was introduced in 2005. The course structure has been designed to educate students not only on the fundamentals of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics but also in related contemporary fields such as Biology, Electronics, and Computers.
The teaching in this BSc course is through highly interactive lectures, which gives students ample opportunity for self-expression.

Besides close interactions with teachers, regular assignments, presentations, seminars and laboratory work are also mandatory.The varsity also aims to give international-standard facilities to students. In the process, it keeps restructuring and updating the curriculum for various courses as per the needs.
After graduation, students can either pursue higher studies for a career in academics or directly enter the job market. BSc Physical Science students are also eligible for competitive examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

They are also eligible for postgraduate courses including MSc in Physics, Chemistry or Maths or MCA- MBA.
Students interested in teaching can get admission in BEd through an entrance examination. Many corporates visit colleges for campus placements of students. The selection is based on their performance in test-interview conducted by the company and performance in graduation.

The candidates who have passed the (10+2) examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as subjects in the senior secondary school examination conducted by CBSE, or other Boards considered equivalent by the Delhi University, are eligible to apply.

5,000 more seats on offer at DU this year

Delhi University (DU) will have a massive 5,000 additional seats on offer this year. The capacity of DU has been increasing following the decision to provide for a 27 per cent quota for Other Backward Class (OBC) students, without reducing the general category seats. The increase was to be effected in stages over three years, this year being the last.

OBCs will get the first choice of a large number of these seats. But they may not be able to take full advantage.
Last year, a conservative estimate showed as many as 1,000 OBC quota seats were converted to general category across 60 colleges. The conversion was according to Supreme Court orders.
This year seats have increased by 54 per cent, to 54,000.
With OBC seats increased to almost 14,500 (out of total 54,000), general category students are hoping for a repeat of what happened in 2009.

Colleges like Kirori Mal College, Hansraj and even Hindu had a second round of admissions for the vacant OBC seats last time, said Kavita Khanna, a student.Supreme Courts orders say the gap between general category and OBC cut-off marks cannot be more than 10 per cent. Last year, most colleges still couldnt find enough OBC candidates despite the gap.
The 10 per cent rider does not let all OBC hopefuls find admission in popular courses and colleges, said Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean, students Welfare, DU.

BSc (H) Electronics: A boon for young techies in the making

BSc (H) Electronics is a three-year course designed to offer in-depth knowledge of electronics, including the basic concepts and the state-of-art techniques used today. The course is designed to cater to the present-day requirements of industries such as electronics, computers and organisations committed to research and development. It is also suited for those who want to pursue higher studies in the subject. The course aims to provide a solid theoretical understanding of the core areas of electronics and extensive laboratory training on the course content.

While MSc in electronics is a prerequisite for many opportunities of employment, self-employment and higher studies, what matters most is the students ability to integrate the knowledge of electronics with computers and IT. The BSc (H) Electronics degree trains the students to take up projects relevant to the industrial needs in electronics by providing exposure to the technology in-vogue.

The University of Delhi is in the process of revising the syllabus which may be implemented from the new academic session. In its current form, the course is a fine blend of papers such as Physics, Mathematics and Electronics. The curriculum is so designed that it covers all the three subject areas from fundamental to advanced level with special emphasis on electronics. Apart from theoretical learning, students are provided laboratory training in areas such as general Physics, optics, analog electronics, digital electronics, communication systems and microprocessor.
Electronics graduates have careers with major photonics, semiconductor and telecommunications companies. They are employed by a diverse range of industries and government organisations.

Students who have a strong background in Physics and an interest in studying advanced topics in this area should choose this course. Those good at problem solving and critical reasoning are likely to excel in this field.

Radiation trackers say DU campus clean so far

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) officials visited Delhi University once again on Saturday looking for more sources of radiation in the campus. The scientist leading the party told reporters that there was no radioactivity recorded there. The AERB said that the hunt for the related stories

• Indias wastelands endanger 5m poor missing Cobalt 60 pencils was on, but without much success.
Meanwhile, DU Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental rubbished the claims made by Professor Ramesh Chandra, which appeared in a section of the media, that 20 kgs of radioactive waste has been buried near the chemistry department.
We are definitely looking for some Cobalt 60 pencils out there. But we do not believe their number to be high, said Om Pal Singh, Member Secretary of AERB.

We are trying to ascertain how many Cobalt 60 pencils the machine could have had. The academic purpose for which this machine was procured does not require a lot of radio isotopes, said Singh.
The AERB officials are doing a detailed survey and all the departments using radioactive substances will be thoroughly checked, said Pental.

Till now they have not found any leakage in sources and no abnormal level of radiation has been detected in the campus. Pental also said the three-member committee that has been constituted for an internal enquiry of the matter will start working from Monday. He cleared the air about the 50 cylinders that the varsity had sold off. We sold 38 cylinders in 2007 and 12 in 2010. They were empty and did not contain any harmful substance.
Reacting to media reports about negligence on his part for having signed the papers for auctioning of the radioactive waste he said, It is not possible for me to check each and every paper that I sign. The departments and their heads and responsible. Inspite of that I accept it is my moral responsibility and I have apologized to the families of the victims. He also mentioned that the compensation which the varsity has announced to the families of the victims have been contributed by the teachers.

Dr D.S. Kulshrestha, head of the Physics department said that it is not fair to label the varsity as a whole as callous. He said that the Physics department had written to the AERB in February for decommissioning of the radioactive waste from their department. The AERB responded on March 8 and we wrote back to them on March 9 but after that we did not really hear from them. They should have been proactive about the issue.
The department of atomic energy, meanwhile, has devised a programme for scrap dealers so that radioactive material is handled with caution and care.

This programme is aimed at scrap workers. We have designed it in such a way that the information and the training is not cluttered with scientific jargon, said SK Malhotra, spokesman, Department of Atomic Energy. The National Disaster Management Authority , meanwhile, has suggested that everyone working and visiting Mayapuri scrap yard on a regular basis be screened for radiation exposure.A Delhi police team constituited to probe the presence of radioactive components at DU has also not found any radioactive substances on campus.

Join DUs open learning courses

DUs open learning extension at the Campus of Open Learning, successfully concluded the training of its first batch of students, who enrolled in Theatre Acting and Radio Jockeying courses, at its Keshavpuram centre.

Most of the graduating students found work opportunities with different broa dcasting stations like All India Radio and theatre groups while some of them also interned at DUs community radio station in north campus, said Dr Mamta Bhatia, OSD, Campus of Open Learning at Keshavpuram. The classroom sessions were delivered by DUs continuing industry training partner, R K Films and Media Academy, New Delhi.

Admissions are now open for the new session for courses in radio jockeying and TV news reading, theatre acting and presentation, 2D and 3D animation at the Campus of Open Learning, Delhi University. The last date to submit the application form is July 31, 2010. The classes are scheduled to begin from August 8, 2010.

The admission forms for the courses may be obtained from the Campus of Open Learning located at C-2, near Keshavpuram Metro Station or may also be downloaded from http:--col.du.ac.in-PDF-MetLifeApplicationForm.pdf

All the students of the colleges and departments of University of Delhi are eligible to apply for these courses. Students of School of Open Learning (SOL) and Non-Collegiate Womens Education Board (NCWEB), University of Delhi, will be given preference. Ex-students of DU and students joining DU from 2009 session may also apply.

Further details may be obtained from 9312237583 or 011-27181469.

Two held for Delhi University students murder

Two people were arrested in south Delhi Thursday in connection with the murder of a 20 year old student of Delhi Universitys Khalsa College earlier this week, police said. Bacchan Singh Nagar, 23, and Umesh, 22, were apprehended from south Delhi when they were trying to escape from the capital, a police official said. Both the accused have been booked for murder and abduction, police said.

Kamal Singh Rawat, a third year B Com student of Khalsa College, was abducted July 12 in east Delhis Sonia Vihar. According to police, the accused stabbed Kamal several times before he collapsed. On Thursday, police acted on a information that both Nagar and Umesh were trying to escape from Delhi after a violent public reaction to their crime in Sonia Vihar.

They approached one of their relatives in Mehrauli to arrange money. They were arrested when they were waiting for somebody to deliver money at Andheria More in Mehrauli to escape from Delhi, said the police official. Nagar is engaged in the travel business and Umesh is pursuing a computers course from Sikkim Manipal University. Umesh is attached to the Kamla Nagar study centre of the university in north Delhi.

Delhi University gets swanky new stadium

The swanky Delhi University Stadium, a Commonwealth Games venue for rugby, was inaugurated on Thursday by Sports Minister MS Gill, who said maintaining the infrastructure coming up for the mega-event after the Games was a big challenge before the organisers. This stadium is a gift to the Delhi University. The games will be held in it, but this gift will remain with you forever. The work here started only in 2008 and I am happy that a sprawling complex has come up in just two years, Gill said at the function.

Later talking to reporters, he said maintaining stadiums after the sporting events is a challenge that every host country faces. I went to Athens, Melbourne and even China for either Olympics or Commonwealth Games. The authorities there too said it remained a challenge, he added.To a query that Games venues may be handed over to the private players, Gill said: A proper strategy is going to come very soon. But, what we can assure is that public and the players will not face any problem.

Speaking at the function, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said it was an important day in the history of Delhi University and such a facility will inspire students to sports. Its a great legacy for the Varsity, said Dikshit, a DU alumni.
The stadium has been built up in 10,000 sq metres with a seating capacity of 2,500 permanent seats and 7,500 temporary ones.

DU struggling to fill OBC seats

The Delhi University may have reserved 27 per cent seats for Other Backward Caste (OBC) students but colleges are having a tough time filling the allotted seats. Many OBC seats remained vacant even after admissions for the fourth list closed on Friday. While Hansraj College has managed to fill up 65 per cent of OBC seats, Kamla Nehru College filled up 40 per cent of the seats and Lady Shri Ram College has filled up 55 per cent.

Admissions to the OBC seats have to be filled by August 6, failing which the reserved seats will be converted into general category seats. Colleges can have a percentage differential of up to 10 per cent between the cut-offs for the OBC category and that for general category students. We have put up notices all around the college indicating the vacancy in OBC category. Hopefully we will get more students, said Meera Ramchandran, principal, Gargi College.
Meanwhile, students applying under the OBC category for BA (Programme) at Hansraj College are disgruntled. Even though the college is not able to fill seats in the category, the college authorities have increased the cut off rather than decreasing it, said Sunil Kumar, an applicant.

The second cut off for the course was 74 per cent but went up to 75 per cent in the third list and was 74.5 per cent in the fourth list.If they keep increasing the cut off how will they be able to fill the seats? said Kumar.
College authorities, meanwhile, have not decided whether to lower the cut off or not.This is a decision that the staff council will have to make. We will look into the matter, said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.

DU, DUTA fail to resolve row over semester system: HC told

The attempt by Delhi University (DU) and its faculty members, who have been agitating over implementation of semester system for undergraduate students, to resolve the issue through mediation failed yesterday, the Delhi High Court was told on . The counsel for the University and the Delhi University Teachers Association(DUTA) appeared before Justice Sunil Gaur and informed about the development.

The court sought an affidavit from them by tomorrow so as to pass a detailed order.On July 15, the court had suggested both the parties go for mediation for a permanent solution and appointed a lawyer as the mediator with the consent of both the parties.The courts suggestion had come on a petition filed by the University seeking a direction restraining the agitating teachers from going on a strike and holding demonstrations repeatedly.

According to the University, the teachers, as a protest, had withheld the internal assessment marks of the students and later released it following intervention of this court.In the petition, the University alleged that due to strike, gherao and demonstration, the smooth functioning of the administration, educational and examination system has been affected.
Following a letter from the University Grant Commission (UGC) on March 21, DU has implemented the semester system for undergraduate students.

DUTA has been opposing the semester system for a long time but matters came to a head when Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental approved the new curricula for 12 science courses at the Academic Council meeting in May.According to council members, he had passed the curriculum without discussion and walked out of the meeting.

Chunk of OBC seats still vacant

While most seats in Delhi University are already full, candidates from the OBC category still have a chance to make it to their dream college and course. The fourth cut-off list announced by the university on Tuesday shows that most colleges have seats open in all humanities and commerce courses, including coveted courses such as B Com (Honours) and Psychology (Honours), in the OBC category. Science courses, on the other hand, are mostly full.

Most colleges are having trouble filling the seats under this category even after reducing the cut-off percentage by the maximum permissible limit of 10 per cent. Even after reducing the percentage by the maximum limit, the admissions under the OBC category are few. We still have 179 seats to fill out of the almost 250 seats on offer. It is proving to be very difficult, said Asha Kohli, admission in-charge, Kamla Nehru College .

Even at Shri Ram College for Commerce, eight seats are still vacant in B Com (Honours).
Teachers feel if the admissions do not pick up, they may not be able to fill the seats. If seats are vacant till August, they will have to be filled by general category students. If we look at the trend currently, I doubt the seats in the OBC category will be filled. There are not too many applicants, said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College .
Colleges say the 10 per cent differential between the general category and the OBC category students is proving to be quite high.

While the number of seats on offer for OBC candidates has gone up substantially, the candidates who scored well are less. That is why there is a problem in filling seats, said VK Kwatra, principal, Hansraj College . The college has managed to fill up 60 per cent OBC seats to date.

Nasscom inks agreement with DU for BPO course

Software representative body Nasscom on Monday inked an agreement with Delhi University to launch a skills development programme for students seeking employment in the BPO industry. IT companies are viewing the labour markets more through a global lens and have begun to realise that outsourcing decisions are not only being driven by cost cutting but also by talent, Nasscom President Som Mittal said in a statement.

The skills acquired through this course will help students prepare themselves for the industry, he added.The Global Business Foundation Skills course has been designed by Nasscom with contributions from BPO member companies such as Genpact, Accenture, Convergys, Deloitte, Dell and IBM.The course will be deployed as an add on programme for final year undergraduate students across various streams.

The course will help students acquire basic foundation skills covering industry awareness, business communication and customer management.After the training module, students would have to take the final test NAC (Nasscom Assessment of Competence).

Availability of skilled talent is one of the challenges that India faces as only about 25 per cent of the engineering graduates and 10 15 per cent of other graduates are directly employable by the industry.This can also be seen as a huge opportunity for students to enhance their skills and become industry ready to be directly employed by the industry, Mittal said.

300 ad hoc DU teachers may lose their jobs

The new University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines for appointment of ad hoc lecturers in universities may jeopardise the career prospects of about 300 ad hoc teachers in Delhi University, said All India Researchers Coordination Committee (AIRCC) on Wednesday. As per UGCs (Minimum Standards And Procedure for Awards of M.Phil-Ph.D degree) Regulation 2009, on appointment of ad hoc lecturers in universities (which will come into effect from July 16, 2010), a candidate must have cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET)-State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) and-or has been awarded Ph.D degree.
In compliance with the UGC regulations, the Delhi University, on April 20, 2010, sent a letter to principals of various colleges, asking them to abide by the above guidelines.

The AIRCC has said that this order of DU is in violation of the letter issued by the UGC on August 29, 2009.
A letter issued by the UGC to vice-chancellors of universities on August 29, 2009 mentions that, …those presently working as teachers in ad hoc capacity but not NET qualified shall be given a time period of two years to qualify in the NET-SLET and during this period, colleges and universities may not fill teaching posts presently held by them on ad hoc basis or regular basis.

Anuj Kumar Tarun, secretary of AIRCC said, We wrote to the UGC and the vice-chancellor, pointing out that the universitys letter supersedes the UGC regulation. The UGC, in a letter dated July 6, 2010, has asked the university to look into the matter.All we are asking is that these ad hoc teachers be granted time till August 2011, added Tarun. The AIRCC had approached the Dean of Colleges, Delhi University on the matter, but with no results.
We were told by the Dean of Colleges that she had spoken to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and that no UGC circular would be considered after the new regulations come into effect, said Tarun.

Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental said, I have sought clarity on the issue from the Dean of Colleges and would try to resolve the issue within two to three days.

DU announces third cut-off list

With most seats in colleges of the Delhi University already being filled, a depleted third cut-off list was announced on Thursday, though the minimum marks required for admission to the popular B Com (Hons) course remained above 90 per cent in the few colleges that still have seats. While most of the colleges have already filled in their general category seats, the third cut-off list showed that admission to Economic (Hons) was closed in most of the colleges but some seats remained to be filled in B Com (Hons) in few colleges.

The cut-off for B Com (Hons) in Hansraj college is 94.75 to 96.75 per cent, in Hindu was 94.5 to 98 per cent and in Ramjas college it is 93.5 to 96.5 per cent.The same colleges have, however, closed admissions for Economic (Hons) so have Miranda House and Venkateshwar college.

Meanwhile, in Lady Sri Ram college the cut off for B Com (Hons) stood at 94.5 per cent, it was 89 per cent in Deen Dayal Upadhyay college.Some seats, however, remained vacant in the OBC category as most colleges have not announced closing admissions in that category.

In Science courses as well, admission to the most popular course BSc Computer Science, was closed in almost all colleges.
Many colleges are still open for subjects like Hindi, History and Political Science.
The remaining admissions will be conducted between July 2 and 5 for filling the still vacant seats, the University said in a statement.

Thousands of students have thronged the Delhi University in the last few days since the admissions started. The first cut off list was announced on June 22 while the second followed on June 26.

DU classes begin tomorrow

Giving tradition a break, Delhi University will begin its session this year from Wednesday, July 21, rather than July 16, as has been the norm in the past. This year, the university will adopt the semester system in 12 science courses, which necessitated the change in schedule. Students, though, cant wait to begin the first-year of their college life.
After the usual euphoria of the orientation and freshers party settles in, it is time to buy books and going by their price, they can burn a hole in your pocket.

But worry not; help is at hand at the Kamala Nagar Market bookshops. Another godsend is the row of bookshops on Bungalow Road not only give concession to students but also sell second hand books.These books are really affordable for students who dont get heaps of pocket money or those who live in paying guest (PG) accomodation and hostels.

You can get earlier editions of books with different essays and share them with your friends. It also looks nice when you have a cover different and better looking than others, said Tanvi Jain, a student from Indraprastha College.If you thought this was the best part, theres more. Some second hand books already have a lot of useful notes inscribed on them.
So for all the lazy students who hate taking notes, this is a real treasure trove. And at all this at half the price.
I got Modern Indian Literature for Rs. 60 bucks when its original cost is Rs. 120, said, Aditi Malhotra, a second-year English (honours) student of Jesus and Mary College.

Also, these shops are open to buying your books at the end of the year. We sell second hand books at half the original price and if a student wants to resell books, we price them according to the state the books are in, said a book seller at Book Land.

Teachers strike leaves DU deserted

Classrooms across Delhi University remained empty as teachers went on a strike on Monday. The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) had called for a two-day strike from August 23 to 24 to oppose the implementation of semester system. The success of the strike shows that the academic community is completely opposed to the attempt by Prof. Deepak Pental to impose changes in undergraduate science programmes which gravely undermine quality and equal access, a DUTA press release said. Some teachers have said the strike on August 24 could adversely affect Delhi University Students Unions election process since Tuesday is the last day for scrutiny of the candidates.

Dinesh singh takes charge as VC of Delhi University

After months of speculation, the Delhi University (DU) got its new vice chancellor (VC) on Friday. Dinesh Singh assumed charge as VC of the varsity. The President of India, in her capacity as Visitor of the university, has been pleased to appoint Professor Dinesh Singh as the Vice-Chancellor of the University, read a press release issued by the registrar of the University.

Singh succeeds Deepak Pental, whose term has expired on August 31 this year, but was given an extension till the appointment of the new VC. Pental has been facing stiff opposition from the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA), following the introduction of the semester system, in 13 undergraduate science courses this year.
Teachers have been striking work frequently to register their protest, which has, in turn, disrupted the academic schedule of students.

Commenting on protests by DUTA against the semester system and how he seeks to resolve the impasse, Singh said the solution to the present crisis lies in cooperation. I am extending my hand to members of every segment of the university community, so that we can all work together for the betterment of the university at large and of students in particular.
The DUTA, meanwhile, is adamant about teaching only in the annual mode, until there is a proper debate on the semester system.

DUs first semester exams to be delayed

The first semester examinations for 13 undergraduate science courses in Delhi University are likely to be postponed. The examinations were scheduled to be held from November 20. Though no official communication to this effect has been made by the university, most college principals have said a lot of syllabus is yet to be covered with just over a month left for the examination.

Frequent strikes and demonstrations opposing the implementation of the semester system by the Delhi University Teachers Association have resulted in loss of valuable teaching hours. Some colleges, however, have said their teachers are trying their best not to let the protests mar the teaching schedule.

We want our students to be prepared for the examination, so despite the protests, our teachers have been taking classes, said a college principal, who did not wished to be named. Apart from the strikes, the content of the syllabus is also of major concern.

Some principals said the syllabus of the science courses, which have been revised under the semester system, is too vast to be covered in such a short period of time. Others said some of the contents is too specialised. Some of the papers in Zoology and Botany are too specialised and our teachers do not have the required training to teach them.
So we are calling experts from outside to supplement the teaching of the teachers, said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.

Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental had earlier suggested that due to the loss of 16 teaching days in the first semester, the exams should be postponed by at least 10 days. On Monday he said, We have asked for feedback from the colleges on how much of the syllabus in the science courses has been covered so that we can take a call on when to hold theexaminations.

Kapil Sibal appeals to DU teachers to restart classes

Human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal today appealed to protesting Delhi University (DU) teachers to get back to taking classes, assuring them that their concerns over a controversial semester system will be addressed.
Outgoing Vice Chancellor (VC) Deepak Pentals successor will take up the concerns that have brought teachers to the streets, Sibal told reporters today, adding that the ministry would facilitate a dialogue.

It is the students at DU who are suffering eventually. I appeal to the teachers to get back to taking classes. The new VC will look into all their concerns, which will be amicably addressed, the HRD minister said. We must think of the children.DU south campus director Dinesh Singh is likely to become the new VC of Indias largest university, with the HRD ministry recommending his name to the President for her stamp of approval.

We appreciate the intervention of the minister in the matter and welcome the decision to go back to debate and dialogue for implementation of the semester system, said Aditya Narayan Misra, president, DU Teachers Association (DUTA). The semester system was passed in violation of all acts and ordinances, Misra added.

DUTA will discuss Sibals appeal at a meeting of its executive council on Thursday and the governing body meeting on Friday, Misra said. An HRD ministry selection panel had picked Dinesh Singh, Lady Sriram College Principal Meenakshi Gopinath, VC of Hyderabad University Syed Hasnain and Jawaharlal Nehru University professor BS Chimni as final candidates for the post.

Gopinath and Singh were viewed as the two strongest contenders and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is understood to have agreed to Singhs appointment.

DU colleges postpone festivity to next year

Delhi University colleges are witnessing an uncharacteristic calm this term. The usual buzz that is present after October for the upcoming fests is missing. With confusion over semester examinations prevailing on the campus, the college fests have taken a backseat this year. The college used to be happy place in October as the fests used to be just round the corner. This time the only buzz is about the semester end examinations, said Rahul Raghunath, 20, a second year student at Kirori Mal College.

The declaration of semester end examinations have sapped the universitys fest season which has now been overtaken by the exam fever.The biggest concern as of now is the semester exams as there is no clarity on the issue. The fest, which was held in December for the last 30 years, will most probably be held sometime in January. A date has not been fixed so far, said Shrey Gupta, student union president, Shri Ram College of Commerce.Most other colleges have also postponed their fests to January and February.

Lady Shri Ram College for Women, whose fest in November used to be among one of the first fests, will hold its fest in February this time.The rescheduling is because of the semester exams. While colleges outside of Delhi University, such as IIT Delhi and AIIMS, did not change their schedule, we had to change ours according to the new system, said Pragya Mukherjee, student union president, Lady Shri Ram College.Various societies are also having trouble with the new schedule as the IIT, Delhi and IIT, Kanpur fests were held in October.

Dinesh Singh takes over as new VC of DU

Dinesh Singh, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, on Friday took over as its new VC at a time when the institution has been witnessing a prolonged agitation by teachers over the issue of semester system. Singh, who is the 20th Vice Chancellor of DU, took the charge this afternoon from Deepak Pental, whose term had expired on August 31, an official statement said.

A mathematician, Prof Singh has also been the director of the Universitys South Campus, and was the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the institution during Pentals tenure. Singh was picked up from among four shortlisted candidates including the principal of Lady Shriram College Meenakshi Gopinath.

The new VC assumes office at a critical time, and his foremost challenge will be to engage the agitating teachers and reach an understanding with them. The University has lost several academic days due to strikes and agitations of the Delhi University Teachers Association, which has persistently been at loggerheads with Pental. The biggest bone of contention had been the introduction of the semester system in 13 undergraduate science courses this year, which DUTA says has come without the approval of the Academic Council and the Executive Council.

As Singh assumed charge, DUTA also called off its five-day strike today following a High Court order on a PIL filed on the issue. DUTA President Aditya Narayan Mishra welcomed the new appointment, saying he hoped it would spell an end to the era of corruption and arrogance in the administration. We have called off the strike as we honour the High Court judgement. As for the new Vice Chancellor assuming office, we hope he puts an end to the era of corruption and arrogance, he said.

Another issue of contention between the teachers and the administration has been the continuation of Pental in his post after the expiry of his term. The DUTA has maintained that he was not authorised to do so under the Universitys statutes and that he required an authorisation from the Visitor of the University -- the President.

DUTA decided to withdraw its ongoing strike against implementation of semester system after the HC asked it not to hold the students careers to ransom and follow university rules. The counsel appearing for the DUTA assured a division Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan that the strike will be withdrawn.

The HC bench also asked the DUTA counsel to file a detailed affidavit along with the Supreme Court rulings on the teachers strike on November 11, the next date of hearing. A General Body meeting of DUTA met today and decided to call off the strike. However, they insisted that they would continue to teach in the annual mode and not the semester mode.

UGC breather for DU teachers

Around 300 ad hoc teachers of Delhi University (DU) have got a breather. The teachers were on the verge of losing their jobs, for not having met the minimum qualifications set by the University Grants Commission (UGC). In a letter addressed to the Deputy Registrar (Colleges) of DU, dated August 31, 2010, the UGC has allowed colleges to re-appoint lecturers who worked in the last academic year, even if they do not meet the minimum required qualification.

The letter mentions, …those presently working as teachers in ad-hoc capacity but not National Eligibility Test (NET) qualified, shall be given a time period of two years (i.e. four attempts at NET) to qualify in the NET-SLET (State Level Eligibility Test) and during this period of time of two years, colleges and universities may not fill teaching posts presently held by them on ad hoc or regular basis ….

This letter upholds the earlier time period granted to the ad hoc teachers to meet the minimum qualifications.
A letter issued by the UGC to the vice chancellors of universities on August 29, 2009 had mentioned, in a similar manner as narrated earlier that, …those presently working as teachers in ad hoc capacity, but not NET-qualified, shall be given a time period of two years to qualify in the NET-SLET and during this period of time of two years, colleges, and universities may not fill teaching posts presently held by them on ad hoc basis or regular basis.

This means the ad hoc teachers have time till August 2011 to clear the NET-SLET, which, as per the UGCs (Minimum Standards And Procedure for Awards of M Phil-Ph D degree) Regulation 2009, has been made mandatory for appointment of ad hoc lecturers in universities. The new regulation came into effect from July 16, 2010.

In compliance with the UGC regulations, Delhi University on April 20, 2010 had sent a letter to principals of colleges, asking them to abide by the above guidelines. The All India Researchers Coordination Committee had pointed out that this order of DU was in violation of the earlier letter issued by UGC on August 29, 2009.

The varsity authorities had written to the UGC on June 28, 2010 about shortage of candidates who meet the UGC norms for the post of ad hoc teachers. In reports published on July 15 and 25, ad hoc teachers may lose their jobs since they had not cleared the NET-SLET.

Theft: Mother says DU student a minor, cries conspiracy

Two days after a Delhi University student was arrested for running a gang of thieves, the girls mother on Sunday accused the police of falsely implicating her daughter. My daughter had lodged a rape case against a councillors son who is presently out on bail. The police are trying to falsely implicate my daughter in the theft case and trying to pressurise us, Bimla Bhatt said.

The mother also claimed that Mansi Bhatt is still a minor and has completed her Class XII from a government school in Vinod Nagar recently, Bhatt said, showing her daughters school certificates. Bhatt said that her daughter is not a student of Delhi University and had just filled up the forms for a correspondence course. She has not submitted her fees and not a student of Delhi University, she added.

The Ghaziabad Police, however, said the accused is in her 20s and not a minor.Meanwhile, the police ruled out any major involvement of the girl. Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Raghubir Lal on Sunday ruled out her involvement as a gang leader. We have never reflected her role as a mastermind or a gang leader. She is just one of the accused. She, along with others, was arrested with the valuables and we have booked her as per her statements, Lal said.

Lal added that Vikram Singh, Mukesh Singh and Shailender Kumar, three of the seven accused, were the masterminds behind the thefts in Ghaziabad, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Mumbai. Bhatt also claimed that her daughter was just a friend of Vikram Singh, who had called her to Mumbai, from where they were apprehended.

Talking to Hindustan Times outside the Ghaziabad Court on Saturday, the accused also denied her involvement.
I was called by Vikram Singh to Mumbai and had gone to meet him. There we were nabbed by a police team,she said.
The girl, along with the other accused, is presently lodged at the Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad.
The accused, along with six others, was held with valuables worth R 2.25 crore.

DU Ist semester exams for science courses from Jan 4-13

The first semester examination for the 13 undergraduate science courses in Delhi University will be held from January 4 to 13, 2011. Earlier, the examinations were to be held from December 6. The revised schedule comes after the High Courts decision on November 15, upholding the semester system in the science courses.

Most colleges were struggling to finish the syllabus in the said courses due to frequent strikes by the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA), opposing the implementation of the semester system. Hence, the court had also given the university a free hand to revise the academic schedule for the semester courses if need be.

As per the new schedule, the the practical examinations for the science courses under semester will begin from December 14, and will end on December 24, which will also be the last teaching day for first semester. The preparation leave and the winter vacation start from December 25, and ends on January 2.

The colleges will reopen on January 3, and the first semester examination as well as examination for all the courses in the annual mode will be held from January 4 to 13.Classes for both the second semester and annual mode resume from January 14, and the last working day will be April 27. Practical examination for the second semester as well as the annual mode will be held from April 14 to 27. The study leave will begin from April 27 to May 2, and the examinations for both semester and annual mode start from May 3 to 28. The summer vacations will begin from June 8 and end on July 20.
In the letter with the new schedule issued by the registrar to the principals of colleges, the university has asked the colleges to organise teaching on Saturdays and Sundays, and said no classes should be conducted on the days of practical examinations.

Most colleges, including Kirorimal and Daulat Ram, which had been teaching the science courses only in the semester system before the HC order, said the revised schedule has given them ample time to finish the syllabus. The schedule is very reasonable and we have also started taking extra classes. We are positive that the students will be well-prepared to take the first semester examinations, said Bhim Sen Singh, principal, Kirorimal College.

HC directs DU teachers to take classes under new system

The Delhi High Court today directed all Delhi University teachers to start taking classes from tomorrow by following the new semester system in view of the first examination under it being scheduled for December six. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan, in an order, said if any teacher deviated from doing so, the colleges could treat the deviation period as absenteeism and take action as per the law.

Education cannot be thrown away into Pacific ocean by these teachers who are taking law into their hands by going on strike. The rule of law has to prevail and teachers are bound to follow the instructions of the University administration, said the bench.

The bench directed all 31 colleges, in which semester system was to be implemented, to inform the University in case of any difficulty so that alternative arrangements keeping the examination in mind could be made.The court also allowed the University to consider the deferment of the examination date in consultation with the colleges and the University Grant Commission(UGC). Asking the DU to constitute a core committee to monitor the situation, the judges asked the UGC to nominate a reputed educationist as member of the committee.

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Prof M R Gupta, a retired DU teacher, seeking a direction for action against teachers who have not been taking classes.On October 29, the agitating teachers had called off their strike on a direction of the High Court. The teachers have been protesting against implementation of the semester system by the University at the undergraduate level in science courses from the current academic year.

E-learning to reach more DU colleges

Delhi Universitys Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL), an initiative to take the processes of teaching and learning beyond classrooms, might have a presence at several more colleges. Speaking to Hindustan Times, vice chancellor Dinesh Singh said, We need to have smaller ILLLs to reach out to more students and increase the level of interaction between teachers and students.

He said increasing use of technology could help overcome problems of infrastructure such as lack of classrooms.
ILLL, which was started in 2007, has been involved in developing e-content for students. An e-portal launched in June this year hosts e-quizzes, e-lectures, e-labs and e-lessons, e-classes and more recently e-helper and e-paper.
All the content is designed to help students understand classes better, interact with teachers and help students prepare for examinations.

Gender studies courses in Delhi Universityq

If you plan to take up development studies or work with an NGO, it makes sense to go for gender studies, as without it there cant be any development studies, says Dr Manjeet Bhatia, co-ordinator, Womens Studies and Development Centre, Delhi University, North Campus.

WSDC runs three-month certificate programmes in gender studies at graduate, postgraduate and advanced levels. The advanced programme begins in January and the last date for applications is January 7. The other two courses start in July, when the DU session begins.
Who should apply?

Youngsters from science as well as humanities opt for the programmes, say WSDC officials. One may or may not take up gender studies for a specialised career but it certainly broadens the outlook, says Bhatia. A students personality develops after completing this course.

Suranjana Barua, a PhD student, found gender studies an important part of her own subject — linguistics. I am doing research on how boys and girls use language as a tool to dominate each other. Studying gender would give new dimension to my research, she says. My peers came from disciplines like English, history, law, sociology and even commerce.

There are others who study gender only for skill development, not keeping any academic or professional goals in mind. Bashobi Banerjee, a sub-editor in a publishing house, studied gender because its the buzzword these days. Having been to a girls college, my vision couldnt go beyond womens studies. I took up gender studies as it talks about both women and men.

Whats it about?
The advanced course is research-oriented. The main subjects include womens studies, concept of gender, feminism and varieties, Indian perspective on gender, radicalism and women and law.

Bhatia says, Preference is given to those doing or planning to do research on the subject, but admission is open to anyone with a PG degree with 50 per cent.

Other gender courses (at UG and PG levels) are interactive, in which workshops, field visits and assignments with NGOs comprise 50 per cent of the course content. After the course, students can join research projects with WSDC or other bodies. For more details, call 011-27666669.

DU students get RTI helpline

There is help at hand for Delhi University (DU) students keen on unearthing facts through Right to Information (RTI) Act. And its just a phone call away. Any queries about the Act and its use can now be addressed by a helpline launched last month for DU students. RTI is a popular tool to seek information on marksheets, examination and the moderation system. However, many dont know that the key to get facts lies in asking the right questions, Saurav Sharma, convenor of Youth Task Force, said. It was the YTF that launched the helpline.

The RTI Act, passed in 2005, mandates timely response to anyone seeking information from a government agency or government-funded institution. At DU, students have quite often used it to get information that the administration does not otherwise provide.

Through the helpline, the YTF aims to make the process of filing an RTI query simpler.Apart from providing the names of the concerned Public Information Officers (PIOs) in different DU colleges and information on how to file a query, the helpline will also help students draft questions.

The YTF has done a lot of RTI work in the university over the last two-and-half years. We are in constant touch with the PIOs and know what kind of questions will get the right answers. So, we are the best to help students, added Sharma.
Currently there is just one helpline number (9990112334) on which DU students can call.

Biggest radiation crisis in 4 years may shut DU labs

A day after it emerged that the radioactive scrap that killed one and poisoned seven came from Delhi University, the central varsity got a showcause notice from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. The Board directed DU to stop nuclear radiation-related operations for two weeks — the time it has to reply to the notice.
If we arent satisfied, we will take action that could include cancellation of license for practical research in radiation, said Board chairman SS Bajaj.

The incident at a scrapyard in Mayapuri even got the attention of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which called it the most serious global instance of radiation exposure since 2006. Its N-waste specialist, Didier Louvat, was quoted in the New York Times as saying: Nuclear safety review in 2009 found 196 nuclear… events, including those involving scrap, compared with 140 in 2007.

The radiation exposure could be a blow to Indian science too, if DU loses its licence. The university runs two nuclear physics courses — MSc physics with specialisation in nuclear science and M Tech in nuclear science and technology — that produce the largest number of specialists in the field in India.

The course is nothing without practical experiments, said one MSc physics student.
DU vice-chancellor Deepak Pental offered an apology and assumed moral responsibility while also launching an inquiry.
Negligence is obvious but I cant penalise people unless the (auction) committee tells me how this happened, he said.
Experts, however, said DU deserved punishment now.

It actions caused a death and changed the lives of a few irrevocably, said Ravi Agarwal, director of the NGO Toxics Link.

Delhi University reserves seats for dyslexic students

Students with dyslexia who have harboured the dream of studying in Delhi University can rejoice. The university has submitted before the Delhi High Court that it will reserve seats for dyslexic students from now for admissions to various academic courses. The number of seats has, however, not been quantified yet.

The assurance came following a courts direction in a six-year-old PIL filed by Disabled Rights Group that has been actively canvassing for this cause.They argued that dyslexia was a distinct form of disability and sought direction to the authorities concerned to extend all benefits, relaxation and concessions under the Disability Act to those suffering from the neurological disorder.

In 2004 when the PIL was filed, the university had refused to provide reservation contending that the Chief Commissioner of Persons with Disability was of the view that dyslexia was not a disability under the Act.But last year the commissioners office and the Directorate General of Health Services changed its stand and said through an affidavit: Dyslexia can be considered under the mental retardation category. Dyslexic persons with 40% or more disability should be eligible to claim the benefit of reservation of seats under Section 39 of the Disability Act.

Impairment of skills relating to language development on account of arrested or incomplete development of mind falls within the definition of mental retardation and is a disability, the authorities had added Following this, a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta said: In the light of the opinion of the DGHS as well as the revised view of the Chief Commissioner of Persons with Disabilities, the university can certainly include dyslexic with 40% or more disability for the grant of benefits under Section 39 of the Act.
Accordingly, DU was directed through the V-C to take a decision in the matter again.
The court took note of the fact that the CBSE has already recognised dyslexia as impairment and provides for certain concession to candidates.

Photocopying for free, yet raking it in

It started with a handful of IIT students — now it caters to as many as 60,000 students across 30 Delhi University colleges. An IIT students initiative, Phokatcopy provides free photocopy services to college-goers, subsiding it with advertisements on the back of each photocopied page.

Students are reimbursed with points equivalent to the bill theyd run up at any other photocopy shop, which they can redeem in various ways. Personally, I get a lot of notes photocopied and its quite expensive. Phokatcopy was born out of that dilemma, said founder Harsh Narang (22), a final year student of Masters in Mathematics and Computing.
Though just six months old, the venture gets ads from sponsors such as Café Coffee Day, Vodaphone, Care-er Launcher and Nirulas.

Buoyed by its initial success (close to 4 lakh sheets supplied across colleges), the venture is now ready to move outside the Capital. By July, we hope to launch in Ahmedabad, Manipal, Pune and Mumbai, Narang said.Shri Ram College of Commerce, Lady Shri Ram College, Hindu College and IIT-Delhi are among the institutions Phokatcopy currently operates in.
What students earn in return depends on the sponsors. With Vodaphone, they earn free prepaid talktime while Nirulas treats them to hot chocolate fudge.

Piyush Taneja, a third-year IIT student, got talktime worth Rs 120 in six months. For IITians this is a boon, he said.

N-waste came from DU lab

The source of the radioactive Cobalt-60 at Mayapuri scrapyard that killed one person and left seven seriously ill from exposure has been traced to a laboratory in Delhi University. As a result, DU stands to lose its license to conduct practical research involving nuclear radiation. The toxic material, the police said, came from an imported gamma irradiator machine DUs chemistry department stopped using in 1985. It plunked the machine in a room with other scrap and forgot about it for 25 years. On February 26 this year, DU auctioned off the machine and other scrap to dealers in Mayapuri for Rs 1.5 lakh.

The scrap dealers dismantled the equipment and in the process peeled off the lead covering, exposing themselves to radiation, the police added.We showed the victims pictures of the radioactive material, said Sharad Aggarwal, deputy commissioner of police (west). One of them recognized it and told us he had bought it in an auction from DU.
We will first cancel DUs licence and then decide on other penal action, Dr S S Bajaj, chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, told.

The chemistry department head had switched off his phone and was unavailable for comment but top Delhi Uinversity (DU) authorities claimed to be as shocked as everyone else. I dont know if the cobalt-60 source was procured from the chemistry department auction, said vice-chancellor Deepak Pental.

I will institute an inquiry to see if there was any negligence on their part.University sources told that the department had auctioned a lot of old lab material in the last two-three years. The department sought special permission from the V-C as a lot of equipment was lying unused for as many as 30 years. We sold off mainly old instruments, said a faculty member who did not want to be identified.

Cobalt-60 is a radioactive isotope of cobalt, a hard, grey metal. It is used in cancer therapy machines and other medical equipment.

DU launching helplines for admission queries

Delhi University is launching helplines on Monday to provide information regarding admissions at the undergraduate level. According to university officials, the helplines will be separate for the north and south campuses. The helplines will be functional Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm. Anyone can call and get their queries answered by either the faculty or trained senior students of the university, an official said.

The helpline numbers for north campus are 011-27662507 and 27662508 and for the south are 011-24119832 and 24114634.
The university will also conduct nine Open Days, beginning May 15, for interactive sessions between aspiring students and their parents with teachers and students of the university, the official said.

The Open Days will help aspiring students get an idea of the courses offered in different colleges, the expected cut off percentages for different courses and colleges, entrance tests and other issues.
The admission process in Delhi University begins in June.

Reference material at Delhi University to go online soon

While librarians in most Delhi University (DU) colleges unanimously agree that the system of issuing books is smooth, students have a different story to tell — claiming that popular reference material is always in short supply.

The situation, however, is likely to change soon, with plans to make the reference material for all courses available online. We have received several complaints from students regarding the poor condition of books in libraries. We are trying our level best to make reference material available to students online or through other sources, said Dinesh Singh, vice chancellor, DU.We, however, dont know how long it will take for the change to come about as this is a big problem, which colleges too have neglected, he added.

Having faced regular roadblocks in finding reference material, students have welcomed this piece of information.
Our library has 10 copies of a particular book which is shared between us and students of physics (hons). Of this, teachers issue a few copies and around 90 of us have to share the remaining copies, said Rahul Ranjan, a final year student of BSc (physical sciences) from Kirori Mal College.

Teachers have told us to make groups and study, but that is impossible. It becomes very difficult for us to keep chasing that one book for days together, he added. Till the time the plan is accomplished, students have offered immediate alternatives to the problem.

If these books are made available online, itll be great. But for starters, the colleges must at least try to give us the essential readings in a booklet form at the beginning of every semester. This is also done at the the Indian Institutes of Management, said, Raghu Chittari, an MBA student from DUs Faculty of Management Studies (FMS).
The situation is diametrically opposite abroad.

In most universities abroad, students put in a requisition for a book even if it is out of stock and the librarians inform the students once the book has been sourced from elsewhere. In DU, however, not only is the wait for a book endless, but the lackadaisical attitude of librarians has left students in a quandary.

Librarians are extremely unhelpful when it comes to issuing books. They dont care about the condition of the books or their placement in the library. It is really not our responsibility to hunt for them. It is their job to give it to us when we need material, said Ira Jain (name changed), a first year Economics (hons) student of Hansraj College.

DU teachers defy norms, protest outside V-C office

The teachers of Delhi University (DU) have defied the administrative warnings to hold a dharna outside the office of the vice-chancellor, Dinesh Singh, to protest against his refusal to talk with the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) on the issue of one-sided decisions and announcements.

The V-C had earlier written to the principals of all colleges and had asked them not to grant casual leave to any teacher and take strict action against teachers who miss work. This is like the imposition of emergency. The court did not stop us from protesting. It only said that teachers cannot miss work to protests against the semester system, said Sanam Khanna, who teaches at Kamla Nehru College.

Teachers, meanwhile, stated that they did not miss any classes to attend the dharna and participated either before or after their classes.Placards with fascist V-C, dictator V-C written on them were clearly visible as teachers gathered to demand their rights.

The protest was attending by former Rajya Sabha MP and former president of DUTA, OP Kohli and sitting Rajya Sabha MP and leader of CPI, Gurudas Dasgupta. Kohli criticised the university administration for refusing to enter into a dialogue with the teachers and said that the continued obstinacy of the administration reflected poorly on the universitys image. Dasgupta bemoaned higher education in India that had been commercialised, which was the reason for the downfall of the level of education in the country.

Teachers are very angry and hurt with the attitude of the V-C. He refuses to meet the teachers collective, which represents the cause of teachers. Teachers role in policy making needs to be restored, said Abha Dev Habib, member, DUTA.

The total number of classes held on thursday were more than what is normally seen in the university and the classes were held smoothly, said Singh.

St. Stephens teachers condemn principals actions, will sit on dharna

A day after DUTA held a protest against the V-C, the teachers of St. Stephens College are ready with their own protest against the college principal. The staff association of the college passed a resolution on Thursday condemning the unjust and malafide actions of the principal against teaching and non-teaching staff of the college.

Another important catalyst for the dharna is the derogatory and threatening remarks in the minutes of the governing body meeting against a woman employee of the college who had taken up her complaint of sexual harassment. The college faculty has condemned any attempt by Valson Thampu to pressurise the complainant to withdraw her complaint or to take action against her, the resolution signed by 44 teacher states.

Thampu could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. According to teachers, the victim has approached the apex committee to look into her case after the college complaint committee did not find evidence of sexual harassment. The teachers had, in December, written to the chairperson of the governing body to protest the manner in which MS Frank, a teacher, was allegedly being targeted by Thampu. The teachers will hold a dharna during lunch hours and will wear black bands throughout the day in protest.

DU grants students 520 marks out of 500 in exams

The impossible seems to have happened at the University of Delhi. More than 30 students of Chemistry (honours) across all colleges of the university have got more than the maximum marks that were scored on. A look at the result shows that a student has earned 520 marks out of 500. In what is turning out to be a big failure of the software being used by the university, the total maximum marks are indicated as 500 instead of 550. Manually adding up the marks clears all confusion as it becomes clear that the marks should have been out of 550.

The computer should have pointed out this problem. Usually a computer will point out any errors in the tabulation of individual marks, but if this did not happen then the university should question the quality and efficiency of the software, said Naveen Gaur, who teaches physics at Dyal Singh College.

According to Gaur, teachers filled out OMR sheets to indicate the marks of each student this year. The university has failed at two levels. First, it did not spot that the maximum marks were wrong and second it did not notice that students were getting more marks than the maximum marks, added Gaur.

University officials dismissed the faux pas as a minor error. This is a small error that will be rectified soon. It is not a big deal, said a university official, who did not want to be named. Meanwhile, the semester results declared this year have come under fire from teachers.

While the results have proved to be much better than usual, teachers have alleged that marks were given out freely to even those who did not deserve them, to enhance the acceptability of the semester system. It is noteworthy that three students scored 99% in the Economics (honours) first semester results that were declared at the end of December.

Duta to launch strike against V-C today

The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) has decided to go ahead with its proposed strike on Thursday. While the strike is primarily a protest against the unilateral functioning of the vice-chancellor, it is also aimed at demanding an inquiry against the principals of Dyal Singh and Ram Lal Anand colleges, along with filling of teaching and non-teaching posts. The body is also seeking conversion from Central Provident Fund (CPF) to General Provident Fund (GPF) system.
The university has reacted sharply to the protest, claiming that teachers who abstain from taking classes during this period will be marked absent.

Besides, it has appealed to its staff to ensure smooth functioning of activities. Regarding the conversion from CPF to GPF, in spite of the issue being sub-judice, the university is trying its best to provide adequate benefit to the faculty through several means and by engaging the best legal minds available, said a senior DU official.

After VCs visit, DU colleges get their act together

A week ago, Delhi University (DU) vice chancellor Dinesh Singh walked into some colleges to be greeted by students loitering around the campus. Not only had teachers refrained from taking class, timetables of most courses had not been put up on the notice boards as well. However, within hours a notice was issued to some of the defaulting principals and other colleges had been asked to send in copies of the timetables for the rest of the semester.
It was then that the colleges decided to up their ante.

We have received the timetables from a majority of the colleges. We are glad that colleges have taken cognisance of the matter because it is an extremely serious issue if the principals themselves are lax about conducting classes in a regular fashion. This is the semester system and it is time that colleges get serious about things such as timetables and regular classes, said a senior DU official.

While principals of some of the colleges that the vice chancellor visited refrained from commenting but they lashed out at him for the surprise inspection on January 2. However, some of them have been quick to respond to the notice.
We have uploaded the timetables of all courses on our website and the hard copies of the same had been sent to the deans office three days after we got the notice.

The same was also announced in all the classes and all the students have been told about the timetable, said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.SRCC principal PC Jain said, We sent a copy of the timetable to the dean of colleges as soon as we received the notice. The government in essence employs us and we must perform as we are expected to. If we dont we are being unfair to the students. Even if the vice chancellor had not paid a visit, classes should have been going on smoothly and on time.

DUs innovative courses to get multi-faceted faculty

The unparalleled engineering institutes in the country are in for some stiff competition. Students may soon start opting for the more eclectic and cross-disciplined technical programme run by Delhi University (DU) as against the regular engineering courses available in India. With DU having rolled out its cluster innovation centre (CIC) in October 2011, students with a keen interest in both science and humanities can now get a BTech (Bachelor of Technology) or a BS (Bachelor of Science) degree from the centre.

Even though the centre is at its nascent stages, it is soon to gather momentum with the university all set to expand this facility and bring it on a par with the better engineering colleges in the country.According to sources, when the centre started its operations last year, students were trickling in gradually due to a crunch in infrastructure.

To iron this out, DU will hire more faculty members with a multi-faceted academic background. It is hoping to recruit some of the best minds that will constitute its student base.The course will involve the all round development of an individual, including communication and leadership skills. It will also connect one discipline to another so these children will be able to engineer anything from biotechnology to economics to mathematics, Dinesh Singh, vice chancellor, DU, said, adding, We are trying to bring in faculty well versed with every discipline.

While the centre accommodates 40 students per batch and is spread out across four years (eight semesters), its curriculum is structured such that only 40% is theoretical, while the rest includes practical, hands-on training.At the centre, students are taught to think out-of-the-box. The course combines high-end knowledge with innovative thinking and real world applications, added Singh.

In addition to this, its engineering kitchen will also have an array of equipment and technological know-how, which will provide a strong scope for students to put their ideas into practise through increased experimentation.This is good news for students who had been looking out for a mix of technical and humanities-oriented courses.

Among other papers such as calculus, digital architecture, biology and physics, students will also be taught economic behaviour, communication skills and environment management.

DUs medical entrance test in May 11 was rigged: CBI

A CBI probe has revealed that the annual entrance exam for admission to bachelor medical and dental courses, conducted by Delhi University (DU) in May last year, was rigged to benefit many undeserving candidates for a hefty price. The probe has shown that the question papers for the DUMET exam, conducted on May 22 last year, were leaked before hand by a network, comprising the main accused and the middlemen, said a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) source.
The source added, Besides, the accused had simultaneously provided the answer keys to the questions to candidates who had paid them.

CBI has registered a case to probe the manipulation of DUMET. After cracking DUMET, candidates get admitted to MBBS (bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery) and BDS (bachelor of dental surgery) courses in DUs Lady Hardinge Medical College, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences and Maulana Azad Medical College.

Investigations revealed that the accused persons, including the middlemen, had rigged the exam for candidates who had paid them a handsome amount, said the source. Each candidate enlisted by the racketeers had paid around Rs. 20 lakh to get the question papers and answer keys, said the source.

The role of middlemen and candidates, who benefited from rigging the examination, is being examined by the CBI, said the source. In the agencys scanner are a few private medical coaching institutes, individuals associated with the conduct of the test and manufacturing and scanning of the OMR sheets.

DU journalism entrance test to be held on May 27

For students hoping to pursue a course in journalism from Delhi University this year, the race will start early.
The Common Journalism Entrance Test, to be coordinated by the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC) this year, will be held on May 27, about a week after the CBSE senior secondary results are declared. The test was held in June last year.

The mode of application for the test has also changed. The five colleges that offer journalism courses will have a mixed application system that will allow students to apply online or fill the form physically.

We wanted to make the application process accessible and equitable. We are starting early this year so that the admissions are made in time and no time is wasted in coming out with multiple lists after the session starts, said MS Rawat, principal, DCAC.

The eligibility criteria have also been revised. The best of four percentages required to take the test has been lowered from 70% last year to 60% this year. But a student will need a minimum of 60% in English to be eligible.
It was for the first time last year that Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Kamla Nehru College, Maharaja Agrasen College, DCAC and Kalindi College decided to hold a common entrance test.

While physical forms will be made available at all the five colleges, they can be submitted only at the DCAC. The decisions regarding application fee have not been taken so far but the registration is expected to open by April 5, said Rawat.

DU sets up panel for disabled students

Delhi University has set up a committee to look into problems being faced by its 1,000-odd disabled students while writing exams. The committee has had a couple of meetings so far. It has become clear that each case must evaluated individually. There is no point framing a rigid guideline that will leave out more people than it can help, said a senior university official on condition of anonymity.

The university has more than 1,000 disabled students enrolled in regular colleges across courses. Several visually disabled students fail to get writers for exams, while others who can neither speak nor write clearly face several more problems.

We have spoken to a lot of people about the issues and have consulted experts as well. The WHO website has listed some software that can help these students. We have decided to make use of these resources and help out every student who has a problem, said the official.

The committee is expected to come out with broad guidelines by April, before the semester examinations begin.
Students with special requirements will be asked to write to the universitys equal opportunity cell so that arrangements can be made.

The university has already done away with the requirement for writers for visually challenged students to be less educated than them. Special seating arrangements have also been requested for students with locomotor disabilities.

150kmph crash kills three DU students

Three Delhi University students returning from a birthday party were killed and two of their friends critically injured when their speeding car crashed into a bus parked on a Malviya Nagar road in south Delhi at around 3.30am Tuesday.

The impact of the collision, on Press Enclave Road, was
so severe that the head of one of the victims, Vikas Sharma, who was sitting in the front, was found a few feet away from the mangled heap the maroon Lancer was reduced to.

Police said there were no tyre marks on the spot, indicating that the car was being driven at such a high speed — possibly at around 150kmph — that the driver didnt even get the time to brake. The roof of the car was ripped off.
One of the five men was drunk, said the police without naming anyone. A hookah (water pipe) was also recovered from the car.

Sharma, 23, was a third-year student at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. His 19-year-old cousin, Mayank Pratap Chauhan, a first-year student of PGDAV College, and Akash Sharma, 21, a student of School of Open Learning, too, were killed. The three were from Chhattisgarh.

The left side of the car bore the brunt of the collision and the faces of the two men sitting on the side were crushed beyond recognition.

They were identified from their clothes.
The police said the driver was trying to overtake a Xylo from the left when the car ran into a bus parked barely 100metres from the local Metro station.

A car suddenly emerged from the left, swerved and crashed into the bus within no time, said one of the occupants of the
Xylo, which was dropping the staff from a BPO. The man didnt wish to be identified.
We are lucky to have survived. The car could have hit our vehicle, too, he said.
Though it wasnt clear who was driving, the police said one of the injured -- Vikas Berewa, 20, a student of PGDAV College, or and Vipul Garg, 20, who is studying to be a chartered accountant- were at the wheel as they were sitting on the right.
The group had borrowed the car from a friend, the police said.

Colleges ignore DU directive on attendance, may face music

Delhi University colleges that have failed to upload their students monthly attendance records on their respective websites may soon face strict action.

Many colleges have uploaded their records but many still remain. A very strong-worded letter will be issued very soon by the administration to all those colleges who have failed to comply, said Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, Delhi University.
The university in early February had sent notifications to all colleges to upload students monthly attendance online. Letters were sent to colleges detailing the format in which the attendance sheets were to be prepared. While many colleges have the attendance page on their websites, very few of them have records of all courses and years.
The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) has opposed the order.

We are not against putting up the attendance records online. What we are opposing is the manner in which the orders are passed, said Abha Dev Habib, member, DUTA. Also, since the university shifted from the annual to the semester mode, we need to discuss attendance rules separately as annual system rules cannot be applied there the children will suffer, she added.

While Lady Shri Ram College for Women has uploaded attendance details teacher-wise, Hindu College has uploaded it for a few courses.The records for many courses in the Miranda House website, however, cannot be accessed. The college attributes it to a software glitch.

We have not uploaded attendance so far as all teachers have not submitted their records. More than half of the teachers are opposing the demand and we will wait till all of them submit, said the principal of a west Delhi college who did not want to be named.

University officials maintained that all colleges would have to comply with the order. We are going to be very strict about this, said an official.

DU exams clash with many entrance tests

Delhi Universitys (DU) exam datesheet has left a number of final-year undergraduate students in a fix. Many of their exam dates are clashing with entrance tests of institutions for higher studies. Hundreds of students across courses such as philosophy, political science, history,

economics and sociology will end up missing the entrance test for the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). Moreover, the dates also threaten their performance in the entrance tests for the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) too.

I have to appear for the IIMC entrance test on May 21 and it clashes with the exam of my main paper. I will end up missing the test because of this datesheet, said Hina Chandna, a final-year student of philosophy at Hindu College.
Chartered Accountancy papers, scheduled for May 14 and 16, clash with the B.Com (hons) papers. Also, the UPSC entrance test will be held just a day before the university exams, leaving students in a quandary.

Our first exam is on May 21 and the other entrances start on May 22 and go on till May 25. Our next exam is on May 26. Managing both the tests is going to be tough. I dont know how Ill be able to pull this off, said Muskaan Grover, a final year student of political science at Ramjas College.

The Delhi University Students Union has now approached the office of the Dean of Exams and sought a revision of exam dates. However, officials say that while the process of altering dates is next to impossible, the university will take cognisance of the request forwarded by students.

There are so many entrance exams all over India that it becomes hard for us to keep track of all of them. The process of finalising the datesheet is extremely complicated. We need to keep in mind the combination of papers across different streams too. If there is some student representation, then we will definitely look into the matter, said a senior DU official.

Delhi University teachers tear into vice-chancellors plans

NEW DELHI: Days after Delhi University vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh announced a series of proposals like introduction of four-year degree courses and BTech in humanities through Meta College, the DU teachers body termed the plans policy assaults.

While Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) is alleging that the university administration has announced them before the media without consulting teachers and students, another section of teachers is waiting to see the blueprint before taking a stand. DUTA said, A change can become a reform for a system only if it is first identified as an organic need and then brought in through debate. We wish to highlight that till date there has been no discussion on the four-year undergraduate programme, the concept of Meta University or BTech in humanities in any statutory body - be it staff council, committee of courses, or faculties. The results of a mindless and hurriedly imposed semester system are before us.

DUTA member Abha D Habib said by stating that BTech in humanities would be launched from 2012 and the four-year degree from 2013, the administration has already made it clear that all the academic and executive councils need to do is to approve them. How can initiatives that will redefine the academic structure of the university be taken so arbitrarily?

Habib added that at a time when the university was reeling under 4,000 permanent teacher vacancies, non-implementation of OBC infrastructure expansion and other semester-related issues, the university should have tried to consolidate rather than announce new plans. The teachers are not against innovation, but bypassing statutory bodies and blatant use of emergency powers. While announcing the proposals, Singh had said none of the proposals had been ratified in a statutory body and the university administration was consulting the teachers.

Not all teachers are, however, coming out openly against the announcements. We are yet to know if the four-year degree will replace the existing ones. We will be able to form an opinion only after the proposals are debated in AC and EC, which, the VC said, will be done, said J Khuntia, an economics teacher.

DU revises results, then calls it a snag

About 55,000 students who appeared for the first semester exams from different Delhi University colleges and got their results in December suddenly found their marks revised lower by 10 to 20% on Wednesday night. The universitys examination branch, however, admitted later the results were erroneously revised and put up on the official website. The authorities called it a technical glitch, saying the results declared initially were the correct ones.

The updated result was just a technical error. We have taken it off the website and issued a corrigendum. The results students got in December are the correct ones, said DS Jaggi, OSD, examination branch.
But the students arent amused. The move came days before the second semester exams and hours before some students were to appear for their practical examinations.

This is preposterous! What is the university trying to do? I scored 78% which was overnight scaled down to 68%. I almost had a heart attack, and that too right before the exams, said Dhruv Khurana, a B Com student at Sri Venkateswara College.
The students wondered what the purpose of the act was. When the results were already declared in December, what was the need to tinker with them and post a new link on the official website? asked Kamya Sinha, a student of a North Campus college.

Pitroda calls for rejig of obsolete education

A complete restructuring of the education sector and inclusive growth for the country is what Sam Pitroda, adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Infrastructure, Information and Innovations, said the country needed at Delhi Universitys 89th Annual Convocation on Saturday. More than 400 students were conferred PhD degrees at the convocation along with 12 Doctor of Medicine Degrees and 11 Master of Surgery degrees. Pitroda also gave away 194 university medals and prizes to students of the year 2011-12.

Education institutions, not only in India, but all over the world are obsolete. We need to restructure the system. In India, researchers dont teach and teachers dont do research. This needs to change, Pitroda said. Pitroda also recounted his journey from a small village in Odisha to Chicago. I was young, energetic and an idiot but I followed my dream. During my college days I was not able to call my family as they did not have a phone. Bringing phones to every Indian household became my passion, said Pitroda.

No migration, 2 admission days per list: du panel suggests

I n the coming academic session, students may get just two days to take admission under every cut-off list issued by the Delhi University.If the recommendations of the Delhi University High Powered Committee are approved, the validity of each list may come down from four to two days to tackle the problem of excess admissions and withdrawals.
Colleges may instead be allowed to come out with eight to 10 cut-off lists in case some of their seats remain vacant.
The committees report, which was handed over to the vice chancellor on Monday, says that students who were detained last year because of short attendance should not be automatically re-admitted and instead asked to seek fresh admission.

No migration The committee has also recommended that inter-college migration be done away with. Students who perform well in the first and second semesters will not be able to migrate from one college to another if the recommendation is approved.

Many colleges end up losing their best students to a handful of colleges. This is a practice that the committee didnt deem fair, said Deepak Malhotra, chairperson of the committee and principal, Dyal Singh College (evening).

Advisory Colleges are also planning to put up last years cut-off lists on their website and ask students to apply to colleges accordingly. There is no point in a student with 85% marks applying to Shri Ram College for Commerce. We will advise students against it, Malhotra added.

Eligibility criteria
We have had the same
criteria for the last four
decades. It needs to be revised, Malhotra said.

Students protesting tardy probe into friends death threatened

The death of Sumit, an M Phil student at Delhi Universitys Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, still remains shrouded in mystery even as students protesting the manner in which the case is being investigated on Friday alleged that unidentified people had been threatening them.

Utsav Kumar, a student who was leading the hunger strike, went into hiding for two days after armed people allegedly threatened him on the Arts Faculty premises on Wednesday.He was alone in the college on Wednesday afternoon when two people came and threatened to kill him if he continued with the strike and agitation. He called his mother and told her about the threats before switching off his phone. Other protesters have also been complaining of getting threatening phone calls, said Rajan Sandeep, a student at the Department of Buddhist Studies who has been part of the agitation since the beginning.

While Utsav came out of hiding late Friday evening, he did not speak to the media.His parents, however, will reach the city from Bhagalpur on Saturday and are mulling a police complaint. Many other protestors have also started to distance themselves from the issue, students say.

We called a meeting on Thursday and out of the 10 regular participants only two attended. The threats have affected everyone, said Dwi Sung Han, a student at the Department of Buddhist Studies. Sumit first disappeared from PG Mens hostel in DU in October. His body was reportedly found hanging from a tree in December in the Bonta Park, DU. While police initially expected it to be a case of suicide, Sumits friends and family suspect foul play since the first post-mortem report said he had been gagged and bound before he was hung. Despite the familys claims, the police were yet to file a FIR and are awaiting Sumits second autopsy report to ascertain the cause of death.

The university authorities, meanwhile, maintained that it was a matter to be handled by the police.While the whole matter is very unfortunate, we cannot do anything. The police are investigating and if they ask us for any help we are ready to cooperate fully, said a senior university official on condition of anonymity.

Students want answers from Amity over suicide

More than 400 students from various Delhi University colleges staged a demonstration outside Amity University on Tuesday after a student committed suicide on April 24 at the Gurgaon campus.

The deceased, Dana Sangma, the niece of Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma, was allegedly caught cheating during an exam. The authorities then took her aside to a separate room for 15 minutes, students said. Protesters questioned the college management about what happened during that interrogation that Dana took the extreme step of killing herself.
Mukul Sangma's daughter Miani Shiera also took part in the protest.

Students have held the college management responsible for Dana's suicide. For three hours, protestors raised slogans outside the Amity University campus accusing the authorities of discrimination against student from the North-east states. They asked college officials to come forward and answer their questions. How can she use the internet if her mobile phone was in her pocket? The university is cooking up stories. Dana was sitting in the first row near the door and no one can dare to cheat in front of an invigilator. Her answer sheet was taken away and she was taken to the examination controller's room. There six committee members questioned her, humiliated her and ultimately forced her to take the extreme step, one of her classmates said.

However, Amity University officials have raised concerns over this version.Dana had reached the examination centre 10-15 minutes late. She had commented on a post on Facebook at 10.39am while the exam had started at 10.30am. This means she was accessing internet on her phone and was probably disturbed over something. She had answered just one question in one hour before being caught cheating at 11.45am, said a university official.

On the other hand, students told the media that the university management had asked them to tender an apology letter for posting comments on Facebook. And, if they continued doing so, their internal marks would not be released, officials have allegedly threatened.

I don't use Facebook so I am not aware of any comments posted on it. We had kept a condolence meeting on Friday at 1:45pm and candles were placed under a tree in prayer. We are waiting for the investigation report by the police. If anyone is found guilty, strict action will be taken, said Major General (retired) BS Suhag of Amity University.

DU exam dept to digitise students’ databank

The examination department of Delhi University seems to be taking lessons from all the goof-ups in the marksheets in the last semester. From the next session, the examination department plans to digitise the entire examination databank. The university has also decided not to put up the entire table of marks on the website. Like the CBSE results, the students will now have to fill in their roll numbers and dates of birth to view the marksheets.

The under-graduate students in the Delhi University are offered over a hundred combinations. Often while filling up the examination forms, the student fills in the wrong subject and then sits for other papers. The forms are then submitted to the university. The clerical staff of the examination department uploads the information into the system. “At times there can be manual errors on part of the

staff that uploads the information on the computer,” said an officer of the examination department.

To avoid such errors on part of the students or its own staff, the department is to write to all colleges to collect the examination data and give it to the university in a digitised form. “From the next term, we will not receive any hard copy of the forms from the colleges. The colleges will be asked to upload their student data and give it to the university in a digitised format. This will ease the burden of the university and will avoid errors. The colleges will be able to verify the forms with their own records and ensure that there is no mistake in the form,” added the officer.
The department also plans to now revamp the system of displaying marks on the university website. Instead of putting up the whole table of marks which allows everybody to view all the results, the university plans to go the CBSE way. “Like the CBSE, the students will put their roll number and additional information like date of birth to view their marksheets online,” says the official. This move has come after the university had uploaded an unofficial mark list on the website which brought loud criticism from different quarters. Once the system is put to place, the university hopes to put up the admit cards and other student records on the website in times to come.

Founders Day celebrated in DU for the first time in 90 years

There was nothing special about May 2 at Delhi University all these years. The day has almost always been dry and hot, usually defined by the scorching sun and students complaining about exams. This May 2, however, was very special with the University celebrating its Founders Day for the first time in its 90-year history by hoisting the University flag, singing the National Anthem and listening to inspiring words by a chief guest followed by tea and conversation with faculty and students.

However, why was it that the University never had a Founders Day before? I always knew that it was founded in the year 1922, but nobody knew the exact date. We dug into many of the archives preserved in the Viceregal Lodge and finally found the date in some Gazette notification, said Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh, the source behind the celebration.
DU flag, another first Another first was the hoisting of the University flag, made more special by the fact that the University never had a flag before. The University crest, in colours of green, red and yellow which form the image of an elephant with a book on top flanked by lotuses, formed the centre-piece of the flag which was a rich dark blue, he said, quickly adding that there was no designer for the flag and that it was the joint effort of some people.
Another highlight of the day was the speech by the chief guest of the morning, Rajya Sabha member Dr. Karan Singh, an ex-student of the University. He spoke with such feeling, words of wisdom about the four pillars of knowledge, added Prof. Singh.

His sentiments were echoed by almost all the attendees, some of whom took notes and made mental promises to read the books that he recommended. His speech was the best part, he spoke about how to become a better person and contribute to society, said Deputy Dean of Students Welfare Bipin Tiwary.

He spoke about the Upanishads and recommended several books that I will definitely read, said another teacher.
We specifically chose Dr. Karan Singh because he did his M.A. and Ph.D. here in Delhi University, with such high scores in his M.A. that it became the University record and remained unbroken for several years, decades almost, said Prof. Singh.

Many things have changed in the University, agreed a lot of people present at the gathering, this event was definitely a good thing said some college principals who vowed to celebrate their college founders day in a similar fashion. For now, Prof. Singh has declared the event a hit and plans to celebrate Founders Day next year on another hot and dry May 2 on a grander scale.

Governing body members of 28 colleges appointed

Delhi Universitys Executive Council appointed governing body members of 28 colleges on Thursday. All these colleges have been functioning without a governing body for the past two years.

The meeting, which went on for several hours, was not without some drama. There were heated arguments. A few principals had written complaints opposing the nomination of certain members and there were allegations that one member was not even a graduate. Also two members were serving on two different governing bodies already so their names were sent for reconsideration, said Executive Council member Rajib Ray.Many felt that the appointments were long coming.

Several of these colleges without a governing body were functioning like mini-fiefdoms with the principals at the helm and issues like employers contribution to the Provident Fund were being ignored, said former Executive Council member Saikat Ghosh.

Prof. Ray explained that there were a total of 12 members in the governing body of a college having day and night classes and a total of 10 members for other ordinary colleges. Five members usually represent the university and the other five represent the Delhi Government. Among the university representatives, there are heads of departments or the principals, the Vice-Chancellors nominees and the visitors nominee.

The Delhi University Teachers Association, which has long been demanding the appointments, welcomed the changes. It had even staged a dharna on Wednesday which, it said, had hastened the process of taking up the issue in the meeting.
This decision breathes a fresh lease of life into these colleges which had been suffering from administrative vacuum for over one-and-a-half year, said DUTA president Amar Deo Sharma.

He cautioned that there were several negative connotations for a college to be functioning without a governing body. The absence of governing bodies results in administrative paralysis and disproportionate power for the principals, thereby causing needless suffering to teachers and students, he said.

Among other decisions of the Executive Council were international collaborations for the benefit of faculty and students and distance learning programmes.

Delhi University accused of ignoring needs of visually challenged students

Delhi University (DU) has been caught in a classic blind man s bluff over its acutely poor infrastructural support for visually challenged students.

The university s reservation policy has increased the number of such students on the campus, but it has failed to provide adequate logistics, infrastructure and institutional support to these enthusiastic pupils.

It has been learnt that at least 100 students were shuttling from one DU office to another with various complaints over the past four months. But there s none so blind as those who will not see as their pleas have failed to raise even an eyebrow. This forced them to adopt desperate measures such as demonstrations. Still nothing has been done.

Their main grouse was not finding a hostel seat. Earlier, many seats used to go vacant in the visually challenged category. But the trend changed over the past few years. Now the seats get instantly filled up during admission time. This year, 400 students were admitted, but only 15 got hostel seats. The rest were living in rented accommodations near the campus, Ritesh Singh Tomar, a blind student doing his Med, said.

The problem is bound to increase every year. The university reserves three per cent of its total seats for physically challenged students. Of this, one per cent is reserved for the visually impaired. Priority should be given to the disabled students during allocation of hostel seats. DU must build a new hostel, specifically for the disabled, Tomar said.

The students felt that the quota system came to naught if their basic needs were not addressed. Apart from poor accommodation, the students alleged that the university libraries were technically out of bounds for them.

The libraries don t have devices for the blind. Forget Braille, we would be glad if soft copies of books, articles, journals, dissertations and thesis were made available. We can always load these into a computer and listen through a text-to-voice software, student Kapil Sapra said.

If Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) can do it (online thesis and dissertations), why can t DU? he added.
Vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh acknowledged that the administration was not equipped to meet the needs of these students. He recently removed the head of the equal opportunities cell, the department that was supposed to look after the grievances of the visually impaired students.

We have to go a long way. Firstly, we have to meet the basic needs of these students. Then the other demands can be looked into. There are no toilets for them and no safe roads. Their demands are genuine and we are seriously looking into them, Singh said.

Students have raised issues of safety on the campus. The administration should do something about the menace of stray dogs on the campus. Several blind students have been bitten, Sapra said.

Moreover, the roads must be made safe and secure. Haphazard parking of cars on pavements should be banned. Trees in the middle of pavements should be cut and removed. Likewise, drains and manholes should be properly covered, he added.
The students have asked the administration to increase the frequency of buses because the transport system was appaling. It was shocking to find that the students don t have proper conveyance facilities to and from their respective colleges. We are trying to sort out the problems one by one V-C Singh said.

Delhi University student gang-raped in Ghaziabad mall basement

A 21-year-old student of Delhi University was allegedly raped by two men in the basement of a Ghaziabad mall on Thursday night. The police have arrested Nabboo Bhatti (22), while his friend Sandeep (21) is still absconding.

The victim, who studies B. Com and is a resident of Lajpat Nagar in Sahibabad, lodged a complaint against the two - both residents of Ghaziabad - alleging that they gang-raped her. She claimed that the two took her to Mahagun Metro Mall in a SUV owned by one of them, before raping her inside the car and dumping her in the mall s basement parking.

The victim told the police that she had reached EDM Mall, Ghaziabad, with one of her friends to party in a discotheque at around 12 midnight. There, her friend introduced her to the accused. All four partied in the mall till four in the morning. At around 4: 30 am, the victim was taken to Mahagun Mall, where she was violated inside the car.

After 12 hours, the police got information that one of the accused, Nabboo Bhatti, was in Indirapuram. They conducted a raid and nabbed him. We are interrogating him. The SUV which was used at the time of the crime is yet to be recovered, a policeman said.

The police are investigating the role of the victim s friend, who introduced her to the accused duo. The victim was sent for medical examination. The police are yet to find whether the two accused and the victim were under the influence of alcohol.

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Delhi University (DU) has been caught in a classic blind man s bluff over its acutely poor infrastructural support for visually challenged students.

The university s reservation policy has increased the number of such students on the campus, but it has failed to provide adequate logistics, infrastructure and institutional support to these enthusiastic pupils.

It has been learnt that at least 100 students were shuttling from one DU office to another with various complaints over the past four months. But there s none so blind as those who will not see as their pleas have failed to raise even an eyebrow. This forced them to adopt desperate measures such as demonstrations. Still nothing has been done.

Their main grouse was not finding a hostel seat. Earlier, many seats used to go vacant in the visually challenged category. But the trend changed over the past few years. Now the seats get instantly filled up during admission time. This year, 400 students were admitted, but only 15 got hostel seats. The rest were living in rented accommodations near the campus, Ritesh Singh Tomar, a blind student doing his Med, said.
The problem is bound to increase every year. The university reserves three per cent of its total seats for physically challenged students. Of this, one per cent is reserved for the visually impaired.

Priority should be given to the disabled students during allocation of hostel seats. DU must build a new hostel, specifically for the disabled, Tomar said.

The students felt that the quota system came to naught if their basic needs were not addressed. Apart from poor accommodation, the students alleged that the university libraries were technically out of bounds for them.

The libraries don t have devices for the blind. Forget Braille, we would be glad if soft copies of books, articles, journals, dissertations and thesis were made available. We can always load these into a computer and listen through a text-to-voice software, student Kapil Sapra said. If Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) can do it (online thesis and dissertations), why can t DU? he added.

Vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh acknowledged that the administration was not equipped to meet the needs of these students. He recently removed the head of the equal opportunities cell, the department that was supposed to look after the grievances of the visually impaired students.

We have to go a long way. Firstly, we have to meet the basic needs of these students. Then the other demands can be looked into. There are no toilets for them and no safe roads. Their demands are genuine and we are seriously looking into them, Singh said.

Students have raised issues of safety on the campus. The administration should do something about the menace of stray dogs on the campus. Several blind students have been bitten, Sapra said.

Moreover, the roads must be made safe and secure. Haphazard parking of cars on pavements should be banned. Trees in the middle of pavements should be cut and removed. Likewise, drains and manholes should be properly covered, he added.

The students have asked the administration to increase the frequency of buses because the transport system was appaling. It was shocking to find that the students don t have proper conveyance facilities to and from their respective colleges. We are trying to sort out the problems one by one V-C Singh said.

Eligibility for OBC students relaxed in Delhi University

Students of the other backward classes (OBC) category, seeking admission in Delhi University (DU) this year, have reason to cheer. The university is all set to slash eligibility criteria across all courses for candidates applying under the OBC category. The eligibility criteria for SC-ST candidates, however, will stay at 33%.

For all those OBC candidates who are opting for journalism, we have relaxed the eligibility criteria for them. While the eligibility criteria for general category students will be 60%, the criteria for OBC students will be 54% and those for SC- ST students will be 33% — which is the basic passing marks for Class 12 exams said Tarjeet Sabharwal, convener of the Common Journalism Entrance Test (CJET) admissions committee.

Colleges also claim that this is being done to give a fillip to OBC admissions, since several seats across numerous courses remained vacant last year. This is being done across the university in order to boost the student intake for the reserved category. A lower eligibility criteria will motivate many such students to actively come and apply for admissions, added Sabharwal. Last year, there had been a flat 10% reduction in the OBC criteria.

This year it is going to be 10% less of the general category criteria. This means that if the cut off for general category is 60%, for OBC students it will be 10% of 60%, that is 60 minus 6, which is 54%, said SK Garg, chairperson, DUs high-powered committee.

Some professors, however, did not think that the relaxation in eligibility criteria would fill up the vacant seats in some of the humanities courses.

This is not likely to boost OBC intake in some courses such as political science, history, mathematics or statistics, said a professor at Lady Sri Ram College.

For a girls college, there are fewer OBC women applicants. Those who do apply want to study economics or b.com because they translate into jobs more easily. So seats in the other courses will anyway be left vacant despite the relaxation in the eligibility criteria, the professor added.

DU papers stump students

As many as 15,000 students of Delhi University (DU) appearing for the second semester exam were in for a rude shock when scholars from all honours courses, except English, were supplied incorrect question paper. Question papers for both the English language credit course as well as the Sanskrit concurrent course were based on textbooks that the students had not been taught.

This was an English language credit course paper and the question paper was from some other textbook called Individual and Society. The title of the paper was the same, but the content was completely different, said Mitali Misra, professor of English at LSR College.

Professors claimed that close to 15,000 students were affected by the glitch in the English paper, while 40 students were affected by the glitch in the Sanskrit paper.

Sources said students waited for two hours before they were given the correct, handwritten question paper at 11am.

This is a very serious issue and close to 15,000 students have been affected by this fiasco. We kept calling the University the moment we realised the error but they did not respond. Finally, we got handwritten, scribbled papers at 11am - two hours after the exam was supposed to begin, said Abha Dev Habib, a DUTA member.

However, university officials blamed it on the respective departments, saying they should have been more careful in finalising and choosing the right paper.

People must exercise restraint before casting aspersions. Students claimed that they had been supplied the wrong question paper in both Sanskrit and English. But these papers are set by the respective departments, said Dinesh Singh, vice-chancellor, DU.

The error, authorities claimed, crept up because an incorrect code was assigned to the question papers, as a result of which the wrong bundle had been dispatched to colleges.

We had to look for the original paper and then sent it. The exam branch officials worked very hard to rectify the error, the vice-chancellor added.

But it was not just the matter of wrong question papers. The paper for Hindi language was set for 38-mark and two hours, which would have been 75-mark and three-hour

We rectified the paper soon and the students got three hours to write the paper. The marks will be moderated according to a 75-mark paper, said a DU

DU exam mess: students get wrong papers

There was chaos at the examination centres of Delhi University on Monday where a bulk of students of BA (Honours) were left panic-stricken after being given a wrong question paper.In a major goof-up, the students who were to appear for the contemporary English examination got a question paper that was completely out of syllabus.

After a hue and cry was raised at all the centres, the examiners were contacted. Teachers and students said after much delay, the examination office finally sent the correct question paper to all centres, which was embarrassingly not even a printed version.

Similar problems were reported from examination centres where Sanskrit students were appearing for their paper as they too had received an out-of-syllabus paper.

The students of BA (Honours) have to study a language paper and are free to chose between different languages at the beginning of the year.

A major chunk of students usually pick up contemporary English paper, while some go for Hindi, Sanskrit and other languages.

It appeared that instead of the English paper, the students were given Individual and Society paper.

When students complained that the paper was not according to course, the examiners first refused to admit their mistake. They later accepted that they had sent the wrong paper and the correct paper subsequently sent was not even printed, it was photocopied from a handwritten submission and sent to all centres, said Prof Saumajit, who teaches Economic at Ramjas college.

By the time the correct papers reached, it was already past 11am at many centres where the paper was to end at 11am, said another teacher.

This was the first day of semester exams and students hope the rest of the semester exam will be smoother.

We have been saying time and again that the examination office is incapable of conducting such a scale of semesters. The episode attests our concerns, said Saumajit.

Delhi University shocker: Question paper goof-up in English, Hindi and Sanskrit affects 15000 students

Delhi Universitys second semester examination was reduced to a joke on Monday. And students as well as teachers across most of its 72 colleges were not the least bit amused.

In what is believed to be an unprecedented goof-up, thousands of first-year BA students were left panic-stricken after being given the wrong question papers. While they had to wait for up to three hours before the mistake was corrected, several others were notified about last-minute changes in the total marks and duration of another paper only seconds before the exam started.

Around 15,000 boys and girls, sitting for tests in three different subjects, were reportedly subjected to this nerve-jangling experience on the first day of their second semester examination.

DU vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh, who has all along been a strong votary of the semester format, was on the back foot: As the vice-chancellor of the university, I cannot evade my responsibility; I am solely to blame. But despite the initial hiccup, we made sure that no student went home without appearing for the paper. Of course, we will take appropriate action against those responsible after our investigations conclude.

The chaos kicked off at precisely 9 am on Monday, when Womkar Jyoti Pandit - a first-year Sociology Honours student of Ramjas College - sat for his exam and broke into a sweat upon glancing through the question paper. The entire text was Greek to him.

Across 72 colleges, several thousand other boys and girls also had their hearts in their mouths for the same reason. These BA students from the non-English programme, were taking the Contemporary English exam which is a part of their Language Credit Course.

Instead, they were handed a question paper on the Individual and Society - a topic that hasnt yet been taught to the students and is slated to come up only in the following semester. The exam was meant to be taken by BA Honours students pursuing courses in economics, history, geography, sociology, political science, mathematics, philosophy and psychology. Shocked students raised the matter with invigilators at all the centres and it was only then that the examiners were contacted.

Chaos reigns

The correct question papers arrived at the venues two to three hours later. Appallingly, even these were handwritten and faxed out. Invigilators at the colleges had to get them photocopied before the papers were handed out to the students.

The text on the papers received by some colleges was so smudged that it was illegible. In such cases, the invigilators had to write the questions on blackboards.

While the examination finally began around 10.30 am in colleges such as Miranda House and DCAC (Delhi College of Arts and Commerce), it started as late as 12.15 pm in some rooms at Ramjas College.

We did not know how and why the delays took place. No information was being given to us. Our entire syllabus would have been turned upside down had the papers not come today, a still shaky Pandit said shortly after the harrowing experience he had had.

Such a goof-up has never happened in DU before. When the mistake was identified in the colleges as early as 9 am, not a single university official was at hand either to give a clarification or for course correction. As a last resort, teachers from colleges such as Hans Raj and KMC rushed to the exam branches and had to force their way into the exam office so that the correct question papers could be procured, Democratic Teachers Front president Shaswati Mazumdar said.

Both students and teachers have suffered great distress because of the situation. We have been distributing refreshments to the examinees to keep up their energy and concentration levels. What else can we do at our end? Debraj Mookerjee, associate professor, English literature, Ramjas College, said.

The students, some of whom have to take another exam on Wednesday, were clearly the worst-hit. We have a major paper - Introduction to Macro-Economics - lined up for the day after. The DU authorities need to get their act right. They took up much of our time today and caused us a lot of distress, Mallika Sobti, a first-year BA Economics (Hons) student of SRCC said.

A Hindu College faculty member said DU was going to the dogs. I have come across instances when a question or two seemed out of the syllabus and marks had to be moderated. But it is atrocious that photocopies of a handwritten question paper have been distributed in a centralised and prestigious university, she said.

A similar problem was reported with the Contemporary Sanskrit paper. But students sitting for this exam were not even supplied the correct paper. They were told to attempt whatever they could and given an assurance that corrections would be made later. Singh said the Sanskrit department head sent a written apology to him and admitted that it was his fault.

In the case of the Contemporary Hindi paper, the examination board discovered at the eleventh hour that the marks assigned to each question added up to more than double the total marks of the paper. Examinees were then given extra time to complete their stipulated number of questions. What was meant to be a two-hour-long paper, stretched to three hours.

According to Mazumdar, an exam of the diploma course in forensic sciences offered by Khalsa College also had to be cancelled as the question papers did not reach the venue at all.

The teachers, many of whom had to put in twice the number of hours for their invigilation shift, alleged that this was an administrative lapse compounded by the decision to hold the examination in any circumstances.

Blame game

But the DU officials said the blame lay solely with the respective departments. In case of the English exam, the officials contended that the department incorrectly mentioned the wrong code in the paper sent to the centre. Two sets of English papers that reached the examination centre had the same code. The set picked up by the officials turned out to be the wrong one. The correct set was somehow sent to the exam venues after a last-minute scramble by officials to their offices, a DU officer revealed.

This was not the first time that first-semester students got a bolt from the blue. On April 20, they discovered that their marks, as displayed on the university website, had been reduced overnight.

DU exam mess: VC orders probe

New Delhi: Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh ordered an inquiry into Mondays goof up at the varsitys examination centres where a bulk of students of BA (Honours) were left panic-stricken after being given a wrong question paper.

There was much chaos at the examination centres of the university as students who were to appear for the contemporary English examination got a question paper of another subject.

After a hue and cry was raised at all the centres, the examiners were contacted, following which the correct paper was retrieved and sent to the centres.

DU exam mess: VC orders probe
Similar problems were reported from examination centres where Sanskrit and Tamil students were appearing for their papers.

By the time the correct papers reached, it was already past 11 am at many centres where the paper was to end at 11 am, said a teacher, who was present at the centre.

While a section of teachers at the University termed it an administrative lapse and blamed the examination office for the goof up, the University administration shot back and said the responsibility of setting the question papers and providing them to the examination office with correct code numbers lies with the departments concerned.

In a hurriedly called press conference, the Vice Chancellor did take moral responsibility for the incident but told the media that he was surprised at the teachers blaming the examination office when the responsibility for the goof up lies with the department.

DU exam mess: VC orders probe
We will conduct an inquiry. We will not let those responsible get away with this, he said.

He said the Head of the Sanskrit department had already acknowledged that it was their fault and the matter was being pursued with the English department.

University officials said the exam papers are received by the examination office in sealed envelops with codes and problem occurred due to an error in codes printed on the papers.

The primary responsibility in the preparation of the question paper resides with the concerned departments as the matter deals with their disciplines and all technical aspects with respect to the question papers such as the paper number that designates the category of students for whom the paper is being set, its nomenclature, the actual quality of the questions the marks allotted and the duration, said a clarification issued by the varsity.

The students of BA (Honours) have to study a language paper and are free to chose between different languages at the beginning of the year.

A major chunk of students usually pick up contemporary English paper, while some go for Hindi, Sanskrit and other languages.

Instead of the English paper, the students today were given Individual and Society paper.

Delhi University must answer for fiasco

Mondays episode in which Delhi University students appearing for their second semester examination got the wrong papers is difficult to believe. While the DU authorities come out as bumbling villains, the students deserve praise for showing patience in extremely trying circumstances. We can think of many universities where this would have been enough to provoke a protest march, if not a riot.

This was not an inadvertent single error. In one case the original Contemporary English paper had to be retrieved from the examination branch and faxed post haste to the various examination halls. The Sanskrit and Forensic Sciences papers never reached examinees at two places, and the marks assigned to each question in the Contemporary Hindi paper added up to more than double the marks of the total paper.

DU has an examination branch which has conducted examinations for generations of students. There is a standard operating procedure for the setting of papers, printing and proof-reading them and finally dispatching them to the exam centres. There is need to find out why things failed here and who is behind the fiasco.

Delhi University exam mess VC orders probe

The Delhi University Vice-Chancellor, Mr Dinesh Singh, has ordered an inquiry into the goof-up at the varsitys examination centres on Monday, where a bulk of students of BA (Honours) were left panic-stricken after being given a wrong question paper.

There was much chaos at the examination centres of the university as students who were to appear for the contemporary English examination got a question paper of another subject.

After a hue and cry was raised at all the centres, the examiners were contacted, following which the correct paper was retrieved and sent to the centres.

Similar problems were reported from examination centres where Sanskrit and Tamil students were appearing for their papers.

By the time the correct papers reached, it was already past 11 a.m. at many centres where the paper was to end at 11 a.m., said a teacher, who was present at the centre.

Administrative lapse
While a section of teachers at the University termed it an administrative lapse and blamed the examination office for the goof-up, the University administration shot back and said the responsibility of setting the question papers and providing them to the examination office with correct code numbers lies with the departments concerned.

In a hurriedly called press conference, the Vice-Chancellor did take moral responsibility for the incident but told the media that he was surprised at the teachers blaming the examination office, when the responsibility for the goof-up lies with the department.

We will conduct an inquiry. We will not let those responsible get away with this, he said.

He said the Head of the Sanskrit department had already acknowledged that it was their fault and the matter was being pursued with the English department.

University officials said the exam papers are received by the examination office in sealed envelops with codes and the problem occurred due to an error in codes printed on the papers.

The primary responsibility in the preparation of the question paper resides with the concerned departments as the matter deals with their disciplines and all technical aspects with respect to the question papers such as the paper number that designates the category of students for whom the paper is being set, its nomenclature, the actual quality of the questions the marks allotted and the duration, said a clarification issued by the varsity.

The students of BA (Honours) have to study a language paper and are free to choose between different languages at the beginning of the year.

A major chunk of students usually pick up contemporary English paper, while some go for Hindi, Sanskrit and other languages.

Instead of the English paper, the students were given Individual and Society paper.

DU teachers fret as VC blames them for wrong Q-paper

Delhi Universitys teachers are fuming for being blamed by the VC for distributing incorrect English question papers for all the non-English (hons) courses on Tuesday.

A statement from the DU registrars office stated: As per the preliminary investigation conducted by the university, it appears that the Department of English committed a lapse by setting wrong paper.

The VC tried to tone down the magnitude of the blunder by blaming teachers. His ignorance of examination protocol is revealed by the fact that he blamed the teachers on invigilation duty for not identifying the error before the examinations had begun.
Question papers are sent to colleges in sealed envelopes and are supposed to be opened only five minutes prior to the start, said Amar Deo Sharma, president, Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA).

Teachers of the Department of English are also coming out with loopholes in the clarification given by the DU officials. The VC is claiming that the papers had the same codes. Then why did not the exam branch clarified it? Exam branch is not just a facilitator as the VC puts it but looks after everything from sending reminders, providing codes, titles and other instructions, said an English professor of Hindu College.

Not at fault

DUTA members informed that the Department of English have all the evidence to show that they were not at fault. The VC said an inquiry will take place, however, he indicated that it is the mistake of the department. This shows that the university is incapable of unbiased inquiry. He has already passed the judgment, said Abha Dev Habib, member, DUTA.

According to S D Siddiqui, secretary, DUTA, and an English professor, the question paper for Tuesdays English exam was not set in advance. It was a four-page paper, where one page was faxed after writing the questions, then after sometime the next page was sent and so on. Apart from over 2-hour wait, the students did not even get an opportunity to read the whole paper, added Siddiqui.

The teachers said instead of acknowledging and addressing the fact that the university systems are ill-equipped to handle the pressures generated by the semester system, the VC has tried to sweep issues like severe under-staffing and contractual employment in university offices under the carpet by ordering a summary probe.

Many non-teaching staff are on contractual basis. One needs a continuity to run such processes, said Habib.

High drama at Delhi University

High drama dominated Delhi Universitys examinations on Monday which were defined by goof-ups, revisions, clarifications and hour-long delays, finally ending with the university promising an inquiry and shifting the blame from its examination department to individual departments.

The day began with under-graduate students of the humanities courses being given the wrong question paper. After two hours of panic, during which angry and impatient students threatened to walk out and frantic phone calls were made to the examinations department by teachers, one right question paper was finally given -- handwritten and faxed to each college, which then had to be photocopied as hundreds of students waited.

The B.A. (Honours) stude-nts were given the wrong English papers and a similar incident happened with the San- skrit paper where students were too supplied with the wrong version of the paper.

The exam was to be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. After the initial panic and frantic phone calls we made to the examinations department, one handwritten paper was faxed to us at 11-45 a.m. By then, the boys were getting angry and planning to protest and some girls had left the examinations hall. We dont let anyone enter or leave the exam hall, even for a restroom break for at least half--our into the exam to prevent any foul play. But, how can we keep impatient teenagers confined and waiting for several hours?, asked Ramjas College English teacher Vineeta Chandra.

The university, however, stood up for its examination department. Pamphlets detailing exactly what went wrong and who was responsible for which error were distributed at a press conference in the evening. Every one should exercise restraint before hurl accusations, cast aspersions and point fingers. Some errors have occurred, but you will see that these were not the examination departments work. The onus is on the English and Sanskrit departments to set the papers. The examination department just facilitates the printing and distribution of papers, said Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh, before adding: I commend the examination department which defied all parameters and sent the right papers, they worked with alacrity… no student went home without writing the exam.

Dean of Examinations S.P. Singh said: I am willing to spare no one, if the accusations are true.

He added that he was willing to accept moral responsibility, but that sometimes thi- ngs that happened in the varsity were inexplicable. There was this B.Com student who showed up for a Tamil langu-age exam. There was no question paper for her in the college. When we looked into out records, her exam form said her language subject was Hindi. We do not even know whe-ther she has been taking these classes. There is a faculty member for that subject, but we dont know of any other student taking that subject.

DU to detain 100 students for not meeting attendance norm

Students of Delhi University (DU) are now facing the heat from their respective colleges for not meeting the minimum attendance criteria. Sources said that more than 100 students, whose attendance was below 66.67 per cent, have been detained across all colleges in the

While some colleges such as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) College have detained 48 students, Dyal Singh College has detained 55 students across 15 courses.

We have detained 48 students this semester across all courses. Their continuation in the college is subject to two conditions — if they have cleared their first semester papers, then they will come back next year when the incumbent batch reaches the second semester. But if the student has not cleared his first semester papers, but has been detained in the second semester too, he will lose his seat in the college, said SK Garg, principal, DDU College.

While the figure was much higher in the previous semester (close to 350 students were detained across the university), the teachers said that students had understood the enormity of the situation, as a result of which, the figure was lower this time.

Some other colleges such as Lady Sri Ram (LSR) claimed that students would be detained as per university guidelines even though the number remained undisclosed.

There are a few cases where students have not met the criteria wherein the attendance has to be above 66.67 per cent. We will be detaining them, said Kanika Khandelwal, professor, LSR College.

The university officials said that fate of the 100-odd students who faced detention, was now dependent on whether or not they had cleared their first semester exams. Across the board, there may be close to 100 students who have been detained for shortage of attendance. Now, colleges will have to see the cases where students have or have not cleared their first semester papers and then these students will have to re-apply for admission with the new batch, said a DU official.

Post offices to sell DU forms

NEW DELHI: Aspirants can start applying for admission to Delhi University from June 4 to 18. For the first time, DU has decided to give out the centralized application forms online as well as over-the-counter. Though the university had discontinued the registration process last year as an experiment, the forms will make a comeback this year. While the online forms can be accessed on DU website, the physical forms will be available at post offices across the city instead of colleges this year. DU officials say there are likely to be 15-16 post offices where forms can be purchased and submitted. The cost of the form has also been doubled to Rs 100 this time.

Besides the online forms, offline forms will be available at post offices this year. We thought it would be more comfortable for candidates as post offices exist in all zones. Candidates will be spared the trouble of commuting to colleges to get the forms. We also expect 30,000 to 40,000 aspirants outside the city to apply online, said dean of students welfare, J M Khurana. He further said that admission-seekers will get more time to buy and submit the forms at post offices as compared to colleges. Post offices will sell and receive forms from 10am to 4pm. Forms at colleges were available only from 10am to 1pm. Doubling the time is almost like doubling the number of days, Khurana said. Also, no college will be allowed to give out its own application forms from this year. Admissions for SC-ST candidates as well as disabled candidates will be conducted by the university with no provision for applying online.

Class XII results are likely to be declared in the last week of May following which DU will start organizing open days for guiding aspirants through the admission process. However, there is no special assistance likely to be available at the post offices to counsel candidates at the time of filling up or submitting the forms. People do not usually have much problem in filling up forms. In any case, we have our information centre where candidates can call with their queries. We will also conduct the open days though its schedule has not been worked out yet. One of the open days will also be recorded and uploaded on the website, said a DU official. At these open days, faculty and DU students give a presentation on courses and colleges while the faculty takes direct questions from the candidates.

DU was considering three different proposals for reforms in undergraduate admissions this year. The decision to introduce online as well as offline forms at post offices was taken at a meeting of the standing committee on Thursday. DU had formed a hi-powered committee of college principals to chalk out a reform plan for admissions. There is no word yet on sports and extra-curricular admissions either though sports admissions are likely to be centralized this year.

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New Delhi: Centralised registration forms for admission to under-graduate courses in Delhi University will be available, online included, from June 4. Disclosing this on Friday, the Dean of Student Welfare at Delhi University, Dr J M Khurana, said the sale of forms will close on June 18.

The university is in the process of identifying 15-16 post offices within Delhi where forms will be made available in addition to colleges, Khurana said.

We are in talks to identify post offices across the city through which forms can be sold. Students will be able to buy and submit the forms there, Khurana said.

Centralised registration will make a comeback this year in Delhi University. The process was discontinued last admission session in favour of walk-in admission at colleges for candidates who met cutoffs prescribed by the university.

There were several demands to bring back centralised admission in view of the fact...
that there was over-admission last year. So even though we did not find any problem with the process of walk-in admission, we have re-introduced the centralised admission process in light of the demand, Khurana said.

The high-powered committee of principals of Delhi University colleges, who had earlier this year made recommendations on admission procedures for under-graduate courses, had in its report suggested that the centralised registration be brought back. Online registration was also part of the committees recommendations.

The process for online registration will be finalised soon. The schedule for open days will be announced some time next week, Khurana said. ...

DU exam chaos continues on Day 5

For the fifth day in a row, the examination process of Delhi University (DU) failed to remain glitch-free. On Friday, several question papers, such as Principles of Economics and Applied Zoology, arrived 45 minutes late at a few exam centres. Professors say that this breakdown in the examination process can be attributed to several factors.

Increased number of students When the semester system was rolled out in July 2011, the university conducted the first round of semester exams for first year students and science students of the previous batches in December. This meant that close to 65,000 students appeared for those exams.

For the second semester exams, the total number of students who took the exams went up to 1.6 lakh as all the students — across all three years and all courses — appeared for the exams. Now that exams are held twice a year, teachers say the university is buckling under pressure.

Admin-academic disconnect Many say the chasm between administrative members, such as the vice-chancellor and the deans, and the academic departments is growing.

There is a disconnect between academics and the administration. This wasnt the case in the past. It is the job of the exam branch to assist the teachers. A lot of deans in the exam branch have been changed over the last one-and-a-half years. Till this is sorted, problems will persist, said Sanam Khanna, professor, Kamla Nehru College.

While the V-C had blamed the departments for the fiasco, teachers say it was the responsibility of the exam branch to not just reschedule the paper, but also ensure that the paper was as per the prescribed text.
Students would have suffered less had Mondays exam been rescheduled for a later date. But instead, we were blamed for incorrectly setting the paper, said Khanna.

Professors say continued delay in the conduct of exams every day is also because the exam branch is unaware of the exact number of papers that need to be supplied to colleges as it is not in touch with the respective departments.


A large number of teaching and non-teaching positions lying vacant is also to blame for the fiasco, most teachers believe. They say fewer number of non-teaching staff has put increased pressure on the exam branch and hence the malfunctioning.

There are 4,000 vacant positions and very few permanent faculty members. For a
system as large as this, the large number of students has put added pressure, said Abha Dev Habib, professor at
Miranda House.

DU should go slow and steady on reform path

In less than a month, the Class XII board results will be out, triggering the annual rat race for college admission. In Delhis marks-market dynamics, there are too few good options and too many students applying. Delhi University (DU) is the preferred choice because it is better placed than
other central varsities offering undergraduate courses.

To be fair to DU, it has worked hard to earn that reputation. Recently though, it seems to have become a laboratory for higher educational reforms. The semester system was rolled out in 2010. Next year, four-year trans-disciplinary BTech courses — under the Meta university plan — will allow students to pick and choose any subject in any DU college.

These are some revolutionary ideas that could change the face of higher education in India. But introducing such reforms without building adequate infrastructure is, to quote some teachers, nothing short of a policy assault.

The semester system was not exactly rolled out with fanfare. Surviving stiff resistance from teachers, strikes and court cases, the teaching pattern of DU undergraduate course was changed from annual exam mode to two shorter terms.

Introduced hastily, the system degenerated into chaos. In the first semester, students scored exceptionally high amid allegations that authorities inflated marks to prove that the new system was a success. Teething troubles have just got bigger since. The whole of last week, question papers for the second semester exams arrived late at centres. Some students did not get the right papers while others had to make do with photocopies of hurriedly scribbled ones.

While DU is in an obvious hurry, it cannot hope to turn into a world-class university without fixing the basics. With at least 400,000 students studying in 62 colleges and the School of Open Learning, there is no single remedy that may work for all.

There are key concerns of staff shortage, outdated courses, poor regulatory system and the lack of basic infrastructure that need to be addressed first. The scenario may look better in a few top colleges, but the majority of them still reflect mediocrity.

With at least 4,000 positions vacant, teaching is pretty much an ad-hoc arrangement. There is the sourcing problem in streams such as economics and sciences where corporate jobs are more alluring. But many ad-hoc teachers have waited endlessly to be regularised before opting out of DU.

The semester system was a big opportunity for course revision. But rather than restructuring, annual courses were slashed into half for each semester. Perhaps the thought applied to a Meta university could have gone into integrating the existing courses better. It is surprising that despite two revisions since 2004, contemporary history that is taught in schools is still not part of the history (honours) syllabus. Neither are economic history and modern political thought.

In 2003, DU made it mandatory for colleges to mark students on writing assignments. It is a fine practice followed internationally. But most students, and even teachers, found a way around it. There is rarely any original writing. Methodology and referencing, taught in schools abroad, is still not part of our curriculum.

The issues of crowded classrooms, poorly stocked libraries and laboratories have been overlooked for years. Many colleges operate from portable cabins. In spite of fund allocations for expansion and implementation of the OBC quota, colleges have not got their building plans cleared from the MCD.

Perhaps, the authorities should take small but sure steps on the reform path and ensure stability of one system before trying out another. For that, the authorities and the teachers must talk and walk together. Closed minds help neither education nor reforms.

How a DU lecturer Nidhi Verma managed to save a lending library by launching its online version

Libraries have long lost the battle to the commuting constraints of a metro city, with people having little time or inclination to visit great distances to borrow and return books. The ease of online shopping hasnt helped either, subsuming even the endearing neighbourhood bookshops. When one such bookshop-cum-lending library in Delhi found itself trapped in this flux, it proved to be the trigger for an online lending library-Book me a Book-in 2007.

For Nidhi Verma, a lecturer at Delhi University, the idea took root as early as 2004. After teaching English for three years at DU, Verma got married and shifted to Bangalore. Here, again, she took up a teaching assignment at the Bangalore University for a year. As a student of English, I had always been interested in reading. Then, in 2004, I took a sabbatical after the birth of my baby. It was around this time that I decided on starting an online lending library, which would be the best way to continue my love for books and keep myself occupied, says the 35-year-old.

However, it wasnt till the end of 2007 that the website was launched. This delay was primarily due to the time and effort it took to select and categorise the books. I had the basic infrastructure in terms of books, but categorising them for an online library was an arduous task. This, along with the work on the website, ensured that it was almost three years before the project was launched, she says.

Instead of setting up a completely new facility in Bangalore, I thought it would be easier to launch the online version of the shop that my mother-in-law owned at Shankar Market, Connaught Place, in Delhi. This way, I could save a lot on the infrastructure cost as well, says Verma. Finally, in October 2007, Book me a Book was launched from Bangalore for readers in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida.

Verma shovelled up Rs 1.5 lakh from her savings for seed capital, of which almost 90% was spent on the website. For the first two years, Verma handled the company from Bangalore, and then returned to Delhi in 2010. She broke even by the end of 2010 and, since then, has had a steady flow of members.

How does the library work? Readers need to register at the website, bookmeabook.com. They can then select from nearly 20,000 booksand three plans-regular, casual reader and super reader-with the charges varying from Rs 300-500 per month. Finally, they can select the books of their choice, which are dropped and picked up by the company at the readers address. The payment can be made via credit or debit card, cheque or cash on delivery, and previously issued books need to be returned in order to place a fresh order. The number of books vary, from two books at a time per month for the casual reader to unlimited number of books per month for the super reader plan.

Verma employs nearly 10 people and makes Rs 20,000-25,000 per month from the venture. Since last year, she has also started teaching at a college in DU, but her passion continues to be her books.

Delhi University students flay semester system

NEW DELHI: Literature may be considered a reflection of life but for students of Delhi University there is hardly time to reflect on the beauty and relevance of literature. Students said literature was being crammed into their brains to meet exam deadlines due to the semester system.

At the English department for instance, first-year students wrote exams on Elizabethan works of Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe but they will be studying the background to Elizabethan works the following semester. A group of students and faculty, majority of them from the English department, on Monday held an interaction on their experience during the first year of the semester system.

The students, who wrote the last exam of their second semester tests, complained that the system was not giving them time to comprehend literature. It cannot be mugged up. But we are getting less time to revise or read textbooks properly. We are writing our semester exams based on one or two chapters of a book. But how can we analyse literary work without reading a substantial part of the text, said Tapasya Narang, a first-year student of Ramjas College.

The system, which involves writing two semester exams a year, leads to breaking up of the annual syllabus into parts and wrapping it up fast. Students need space and time to assimilate what they are taught. We are giving them brief information instead of conceptually inculcating an appreciation of literature. There is little space for creativity or free play, said Sanam Khanna, a faculty member of English department at Kamala Nehru College.

The worst hit are the students involved in extracurricular activities (ECA). They give classes a miss while rehearsing for their performance. We miss studies for almost for a month. The semester system brings enormous pressure on us. I am a theatre society member and we take great pride in performing for DU but the semester system has taken a toll both on our ECA activities as well as studies, said Vedabrata Rao, a first-year student of Ramjas College.

Making 68% attendance a minimum criterion for students to write the semester exams has become a hurdle for them to take part in extra-curricular activities.

A number of goof-ups while conducting the exams during the semesters also fuelled discontent among students. Students of BA (honours) courses were prepared to write the contemporary English paper in the second semester but were instead given question papers for another credit course -individual and society.

Those who opted for Sanskrit credit course alleged they did not get the correct question paper. The semesters are not benefitting anyone. It may lead to serious lacunae in students comprehending the subject, said Vinita Chandra , a faculty member of English department, Ramjas College.

Delhi University decides to sell forms at 10 colleges

NEW DELHI: Delhi University has decided to give out application forms at 10 designated colleges for admission to undergraduate courses besides various post offices in the city.

For the first time, DU will carry out the admission process online as well as offline. While earlier the university was planning to provide the facility of buying and submitting forms at 15 post offices only, it has added the colleges to its list of venues to make the process more accessible. The forms will be out on June 4 and registration will continue till June 18.

Though we were considering giving forms over the counter only at post offices, there were requests to rope in colleges too. We then decided to increase the number of centres where forms can be bought and submitted by adding 10 colleges to the list, said professor J M Khurana, dean, students' welfare. He said the first cutoff will be declared by colleges on June 26, and five cutoffs are likely to be prepared this time.

The last cutoff is scheduled for July 10 with the new session beginning on July 23.

Colleges will conduct admissions over three days after each cutoff. In a break from the earlier trend, admissions this year will begin the day the cutoffs are declared and not the following day, he said, adding that this will help colleges save time. Till last year, candidates got an entire day to go through the cutoffs and decide which college to study in and the courses to pursue, depending on their eligibility.

There shouldn't be any confusion. There is anyway not much rush on the third day of admissions. So candidates will have ample time to decide and confirm their admissions, Khurana said. The admission will not be confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis. Any aspirant who meets the cutoff and other eligibility criteria of individual colleges can lay claim to a seat over three days.

DU has also decided to keep admissions through sports quota decentralized. Colleges will conduct their own trials for different sports.

These will be organized under the supervision of a committee convened by the head of the sports department in every college. The committee, headed by the principal, will comprise experts and a university observer.

The university has asked colleges to give equal weightage to a candidate's certificates and performance in the trial. The weightage this time will be 50%-50% instead of 75% to certificates and 25% to trials as was the case last year.

Delhi University payment gateway

Delhi University, after four days since the sale of application forms began has put the payment gateway in place for online registration on Thursday evening. The university has tied up with the State Bank of India, to make the payment gateway.

Now, students applying online will have two options for making the payment — debit-credit card payment through the SBI gateway as well as posting a demand draft to the university, dean students welfare office, which was in use till the time the SBI gateway was being worked upon.

Though the online mode was a hit among applicants, in particular for the outstation candidates, with 18,000 applications received on the first day, the mode for payment was not ready initially. Hence, only a limited number of forms could be submitted of applicants who were making payment by posting the Rs 100 demand draft. Most of the candidates applying online were apprehensive of making payment through post fearing it may get lost.

According to Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean, students welfare, the payment gateway made through SBI is a comfortable option. Besides, for candidates who do not possess a debit -credit card and are applying online , payment via posting a demand draft is open.

We have tied up with SBI to make the payment gateway for online applications. It is a smooth option and credit-debit cards of all the banks are accepted. The payment gateway is open 24 hours online and applicants have many days in hand now till June 18 to make the payment and, thereby, submit their application form, says Tuteja.

Also, a number of online applicants have been complaining about glitches on the website and that many could not access the registration form.

Clarifying the problem, DU officials say, There are no glitches on the website. Problems can occur if applicants do not go stepby-step and go back to a page that is already saved. They can lock their choices carefully and close the page. Even after that if they feel they need to change their choices of course or college or rectify anything they can create another account and fill in the registration form and make the payment again. In this case, both the applications will be considered . We are not rejecting any form, provided it is complete in information, even if applicants submit it twice.

Beware! Touts on the prowl to cheat you

Suspected touts, posing as Delhi University agents, are lurking on the varsitys North Campus and near other opportune spots, waiting to ensnare susceptible hopefuls who are not sure of making the cut into some of the courses and colleges for want of better marks. Several aspirants

claimed that they were approached by people offering help with the admission process. People in swanky cars came to the North Campus and told us that they could expedite the admission process, irrespective of whether our names were on the cut-off list. They asked for our certificates and copies of the OMR form and a security deposit, aspirant Mohita Khurana said.

Varsity officials said the modus operandi of the touts hinged on forging the original certificates and OMR forms of the hopefuls.

The touts first ask for certificates, which they photocopy. They also forge the certificates and submit them. Many a time, they forge the OMR form which students fill in and promise parents and aspirants that they will ensure admission. But mostly, these touts do nothing and just take the money and disappear, a senior DU official said, requesting anonymity.

The varsity officials maintained that the agents were not part of the DU circuit and sounded a warning to students, cautioning them against carrying their original certificates while on trips to fill pre-admission forms.

After a scam at Ramjas College involving fake marksheets, it is clear that the touts are outsiders who have no link whatsoever to DU. Though there is no mechanism to keep a check on this as a precautionary measure, students must not carry their original certificates unless they are registering under a special category or taking admissions, added the DU official.

Admissions under the extra-curricular activities category were foolproof, the official argued, because DU had laid down guidelines this year.

Some of the students who had sought admission last year claimed they had been promised seats in prized courses in exchange for money.

Someone posing to be from DUSU contacted me and told me that I could get a seat in BCom (Hons) in Khalsa College, for which I would be charged Rs. 2 lakh. I arranged the money but the deal ultimately fell through, said Gagandeep Puri, who had applied to DU last year.

College cutoff hysteria keeps helplines busy

NEW DELHI: Delhi Universitys helplines have been buzzing with calls from aspirants enquiring which college is better than the other. They are also concerned if they should let go of a popular college to study a better course elsewhere.

DU officials say the aspirants need to make an informed choice. While the old campus colleges have brand value, the newer colleges have got better courses and infrastructure. A right choice at this stage, made without any peer or parental pressure, can go a log way in establishing a good career, they said.

All DU colleges teach the same syllabus and have equally qualified teachers. They all provide good exposure to students in various fields, said Dinesh Varshney, deputy dean, students welfare, South Campus. He insisted that colleges now focus on an all-round development of students irrespective of their location.

Often aspirants take up any course just to be in a popular college when they could have been studying a course of their choice in an upcoming college. Prateek Kalra, an aspiring commerce student, is worried that he would not get a seat in Shri Ram College of Commerce. At 93% however, he can take up BCom (H) in an off-campus college. I feel a little heart-broken. I wanted to be in SRCC but its not going to happen now. I am wondering whether to take up a humanities course in another North Campus college, he said.

In such a case, Sunil Sondhi, principal of Maharaja Agrasen College, advises that aspirants should spend a day exploring colleges in east and west Delhi too. We have one of the biggest campuses, a new building, big and well-equipped laboratories and cultural facilities. While the off-campus colleges have better courses and administration, older colleges are facing many internal problems, Sondhi said.

SRCC principal P C Jain said, College is important as it provides students with a natural advantage. But even if aspirants cant get into SRCC, thats not the end of life. Wherever they go, they should work hard enough to beat even the best.

Delhi University admission: Online fee payment gets going

NEW DELHI: Much to the relief of outstation aspirants, the payment gateway for online registration is finally ready. Thursday onwards, aspirants can complete their application process completely online and pay using credit or debit card on the DU website.

Delhi University had earlier asked applicants to post a demand draft after filling up the form online or wait for the payment gateway to be ready. The payment gateway is active and aspirants can now make their payments and complete the application process by submitting the online forms, said the dean of students welfare, J M Khurana. The DU administration says that since the activation of the payment gateway, 220 aspirants have submitted their forms after making the payments.

Alls fair in love and DU!

Love blossoms in a lot of places in the city, and Delhi University (DU) is one of them. Giving the busy streets a miss, students find time for romance in some lonely and quiet corners of the different campuses in DU.

We call them the lovers addas! While some have a celebrated traditional
past, others were proudly discovered by curious romantics. Have a look at some famous ones.

Bonta Park, Kamla Nehru Ridge
Does a lush green and remote park comes to your mind when you think of a lovers den? If yes, then this is the place to be. Situated near the North Campus, the park is frequented by lovers quite often to spend some quality time.

Couples often carry some tit-bits to munch, as well as beverages that act as perfect conversation starters. While you are here, you will spot couples cosying up in almost every nook and corner of the park!

Damdami Mai, Hindu College
It is believed that single men can get a girlfriend if they worship the Damdami mai goddess! Though no one knows when it all begun, the tradition is being followed from many years. The ritual, which is conducted on Valentines Day, involves worshipping of a chosen Goddess of the year, usually a Bollywood actor. Her picture is hung on the Virgin Tree on the campus, which is decorated with buntings.

Earlier, even inflated condoms were used as decoration. A pandit is specially nominated for the occasion who is usually the winner of the Mr Fresher contest. Though there was no Damdami Mai this year, images of actors such as Sonakshi Sinha, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, among others, have adorned the tree.

Lovers Point, Hansraj College
Popularly known as LP, this hang out zone is not only popular with love addicts, but also with other students. The point has been discovered by students. But if you are imagining that it may be a secluded corner of the college, youll be surprised to know that its not.

Buildings loom on all sides of this tiny triangular space that is lined by a row of eateries at one end. Being bang in the centre, the place is almost always over-crowded. So, despite the name of the place, dont think couples can get any privacy here!

Lovers Point, Deshbandhu College
Situated in the south campus of the varsity, this college has its own lovers point. As soon as you enter, theres a word of caution — Attention, singles: Dont you dare step in here! In fact, on their first day of college, freshers are told that entering this point, situated in the backyard of the college, is not allowed without a mate!

Most of the teachers of the college think that its just a smoking zone, but lovers know better! The USP of the zone remains that it is rich in tradition with cheap snacks to munch on as conversation starters.

Romeo Lane, Sri Venkateswara College
This lane is not that popular, as it doesnt have a long history to speak of. Situated behind the sports field, the Romeo Lane is more for those couples in the college who prefer to romance within the premises of the campus.

With no place to sit, the lane is ideal to go on a long walk with your partner. There is a far-fetched legend that long standing bonds are rooted here.

Give city students first claim on Delhi University seats: Vijay Goel

NEW DELHI: SRCC alumnus and BJP leader Vijay Goel demanded that Delhi University should reserve seats for students completing their schooling in the capital. Pitching this demand again this year, Goel insisted that any student appearing in Class XII from Delhi should be given priority in DU irrespective of the state they belong to. Students from Delhi are forced to study outside the city because DU accommodates students from across the globe.

Therefore, 5% weightage should be given to Delhi CBSE students, Goel said.

He also demanded that 28 DU colleges, which are affiliated with the Delhi government and get 100% grants from it, should reserve as much as 85% seats for Delhi school students on the lines of IP University, Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology and Delhi Technological University. This year, 2,28,000 students appeared from CBSE Delhi and 85.4% were successful but Delhi University has a capacity to accommodate only 54,000 students, he said.

DU ensures differently abled are not left behind

Delhi University (DU) is pulling out all stops to ensure that the admission procedure and the upcoming academic session is hurdle-free for students applying under the Persons with Disability (PWD) quota.

Student volunteers assisting them in filling out the forms, to buses ferrying students
to and from the metro station — the university has left no stone unturned in making the application process smooth for disabled persons.

We have provided two students each at the four helpdesks. We also have sign language interpreters and an information bulletin in Braille. Buses have been plying from the metro station to the colleges for PWD students, who are assisted into the buses by student volunteers, said Vipin Tiwari, deputy dean of Students Welfare (PWD).

While some colleges, such as Lady Sri Ram (LSR), have ramps for the differently-abled, at others the admission procedure is being done at a place, which requires students to put in least amount of physical effort.

We are conducting the admissions at the Dean of Students Welfare office, which is very convenient for students. The amenities set up for these students ensure that they dont encounter any difficulty in filling up the form, added Tiwari.

All these facilities, however, are not limited to the admission season. DU has ensured that students with different abilities are not left behind, when they are attending college either.

For students with visual impairment, Braille books are published as per the demands of students. We source the books from the different libraries so students are not inconvenienced. Books, which are not printed in Braille, are converted into audiobooks on a blank CD by special volunteers, said Rajni Mathur, professional assistant, Braille Library.

Delhi University: Number of disabled applicants up this year

NEW DELHI: Delhi University seems to be getting a better response from differently-abled aspirants this year. At least 71 students with special needs have already registered for admission in DU colleges over last two days. A DU official said they were excited about the increasing number of such applicants. They assured that all possible facilities were being provided to them.

The initial response of students is definitely better than last year. We registered 31 students on Monday and 40 on the day after. Many of them have performed really well in the class XII exams. A candidate — Alka — has notched up 95% aggregate. She has a locomotor disability but topped in the special category in the city, said Bipin Tiwari, deputy dean, differently-abled students.

Bugs plague Delhi University website on second day

NEW DELHI: Delhi University is struggling to get its online act right while St Stephens College has received tremendous response to its online registration process. Of a total 13,100 registrations, 10,900 came from online mode for the college. Meanwhile, problems continued with DUs online applications with many aspirants from outside Delhi calling up helplines saying they could not access the form.

Though DU is working on setting up a payment gateway, teething troubles in the online registration process continued on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, many aspirants complained they could not access the registration page on the DU website despite repeated attempts. When I clicked on the link flashing on the home page of the DU website, it did not open. Initially, I thought the connection was slow but then I realized there was problem with the site, said Shivani Garg, an aspirant from Ramesh Nagar. Even DU helplines were buzzing with calls from anxious aspirants outside Delhi for whom online registration had come as a boon. South Campus helplines must have received more than 30 calls from different cities in the north. There were calls from Meerut, Solan, Mandi, Bijnor and even Pune. The aspirants said the required page was not opening. It seems there was some technical problem at our end because of which people at different locations could not access the form, said a counsellor, who did not wish to be named.

Delhi University: The mecca of students

Delhi University, or DU as it is usually referred to, is the undisputed number one university in the country. Estabslished in 1922, Delhi University attracts 220,000 students and Delhi University is the dream destination for a few hundred thousand more.

Delhi University pretty much deserves much of the hype it generates in the country with 14 faculties, 86 academic departments and 79 colleges spread all over the city.

Delhi Universitys annual admission process is not just the beginning of an academic session, it is also the stage for some high voltage drama, aspirations, life altering moments and of course controversies which have always dogged Delhi University.

Delhi Universitys 2012 academic session has been no different with the mad scramble for Delhi Univerisitys prestigious colleges already picking up pace.

The admisssion process for Delhi Universitys 2012 session began on 4th June with the 1st cut-off list to be declared on June 26. The second cut-off list of various Delhi University colleges is expected on June 29, the third on July 4 and the fourth list on July 10. Close to 3 lakh applications are expected for all colleges across Delhi Univeristys two sprawling campuses. Delhi Universitys attempt to go tech-savvy and spread the centres selling forms beyond the campus seems to have hit the right note with aspirants.

The university, for the first time, has introduced admission forms on the Internet and counters at 12 post offices across Delhi. On Monday, Day I of the sale of forms, over two-third of the total forms at the campus were unsold, but were taken up through the Internet or at the counters in post offices. Compared to the number of forms - 15,500 - sold over counters in the two campuses on Monday, the number of registrations of admission forms over the Internet was 18,000, while 14,500 forms were sold at post offices.

The number of forms submitted through the Internet was 7,500, compared to the 600 OMR forms submitted by students on the campuses. The scorching weather, combined with an easy format of online forms, seems to have worked on the first day of sales. Delhi University officials expect the number of those visiting the campuses for collecting or submitting the forms to drop further in the days ahead.

The response that weve received for our endeavour to provide forms online and at post offices has been heartening. The number of form submissions on the Internet versus the same at the counters in campuses alone tells the tale, student welfare dean J.M. Khurana said. He added that after the system of online payment by the State Bank of India (SBI) for the Internet formfilling starts, the process will become more convenient and for Delhi University aspirants.

Compared to the time when we sought admission to the university, the queues for admission forms today [Monday] were very small. And overall, the crowd were seeing is far less than the previous years, Monika Gupta, who is pursuing an M.A. in Hindi from Ram Lal Anand College, said.

While many students preferred to stay away from the heat and file their admission forms from the comfort of their homes, others still opted to come out and brave the 42°C temperature to personally fill up their forms. The reasons that many such students cited were discomfort with the online methodology and the need to interact with college seniors.

Some students whove come from other states said since theyve travelled all the way to Delhi for the admissions, they decided to turn up at the campus and personally fill up the form. There are many things that can go wrong in the online form-filling process which makes me apprehensive.

Since this is a crucial academic decision of my life, Ive come here personally to make sure that everything goes right, Zubar Ahmad, filling her admission form at Delhi Universitys Miranda House, said.

Apart from the introduction of online filling of forms and the availability of forms at post offices, a 100 per cent increase in the cost of the admission form was also a first in this years admissions. The admission forms that cost `50 in 2011 are now available for `100. This caused several student groups to stage protest marches during the day.

While a 100 per cent hike in the cost of admission forms may not affect the rich, it definitely has an impact on those whore not so privileged. There are some who make some unintentional mistakes in filling up the forms the first time, because of which they will have to buy new forms.

University authorities should keep all this in mind before taking such a rash decision, said Rohit Chahal, state secretary of ABVP, who took part in the protest.

Reserved category students dont get free prospectus this time

Students from the reserved category applying for admission in Delhi University complained of not getting a free prospectus with their forms, unlike in previous years.
They said they had to buy a prospectus in some cases.

We did not even know that there is a provision to buy the prospectus. It is hot and crowded, and only four to five volunteers are at the help desk trying to address the problems of 400 to 500 students at a time, said Rahul Kumar, a student. There has been no notification about buying prospectus separately. Most of us are outstation students and such things just add to the confusion, said Kumar. Students are struggling to find out the basic details of colleges, such as their contact numbers, addresses, and maps of South and North Campus.

With the form, we get an attached brochure of college codes. But it is difficult to find out about hostel rules and facilities at various colleges for reserved category students without a prospectus, said Vinay, another student. Till last year, forms and prospectus were given free to reserved category students.
The University Grants Commission gives separate funds to the varsity to hand out forms and prospectus for free. While forms are being given free, prospectuses have to be bought for Rs 100 if needed, said Sujit Kumar, union member of Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, which is looking into issues related to reserved category students.

Union members are demanding an equal number of seats to reserved category students compared to general category, if the reserved category students meet the cut-off. Usually, what happens in a few courses such as Sciences is that there are more admissions in general category seats due to a larger number of students meeting the cut-off criteria, said Sujit. The rule is that if students meet the cut-off, they have to be admitted even if it means admitting more than the optimum capacity. But if reserved category students of the total strength have nine seats allotted to them, they do not get increased even if more than nine students meet the cut-off, said Sujit.

According to a senior DU official, the issue of free prospectus not being sold with forms has come to their notice. We are working on it. We will need some time to change the current admission format, said the official.

Delhi University graduate and 3 henchmen held for attack on Najafgarh MLA

The Delhi Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested four men, including a Delhi University graduate, in connection with the attack on Bharat Singh, INLD MLA from Najafgarh.

All four were nabbed on Saturday evening, the police claimed, citing personal enmity as the motive for the attack. The Najafgarh MLA and one of his relatives was shot at outside Bharats office in south west Delhi on Saturday. The police identified the main accused as Vikas Dagar, who graduated from DUs Ram Lal Anand College. He also holds a post-graduate degree and was set to pursue a course in Dublin soon, the police said.

The other accused were identified as Kuldeep Mittal, a school drop-out, businessman Sumeet Singh and DTC employee Virender Sehrawat. The attack was a result of enmity over an unsuccessful village fund scheme floated by Sehrawats relatives, the police said.

Sehrawats aunt and uncle floated a village fund scheme in 2011, in which each member had to pay Rs.50 lakh. After some members part of the scheme decamped with all the money, one of those affected approached area MLA Bharat Singh, requesting his intervention, Delhi Police commissioner B.K. Gupta said on Sunday.

The MLA summoned Sehrawats relatives to his office and humiliated them for not paying up the lost sum. Sehrawat had a heated altercation with the MLA, Gupta added. Later, he slapped the MLA.

Fearing strong retaliation, Sehrawat planned a pre-emptive attack with his accomplices from their Jharoda Kalan village. In June, they conducted a week-long recce on the orders of Dagar. After finding out that the MLA visited his office at Nangloi from 8 am to 10 am, the four decided to strike.

They had decided to assemble in a mall at Vasant Vihar in the evening and flee to Rajasthan. Based on intelligence, we nabbed them from Vasant Vihar, Gupta said.

Case can wait, paper cant: Court helps DU student minutes before exam start

In a dramatic turn of events, a Delhi University student dashed out of a courtroom on Wednesday, armed with the High Courts permission to sit for the annual examination minutes before the start.

A second-year student of BA Pass at Dyal Singh College, 19-year-old Shivam moved court after his college, citing attendance shortage, denied him permission to take the examination.

A letter on the college notice board said he was short of the attendance needed to appear in the examination. This, he claimed, was arbitrary since he had already appeared for one of the papers. Despite his pleas, the college authorities did not relent.

On Tuesday evening, Shivam approached the High Court and sought to get his case listed for an early hearing on Wednesday morning.

But the Delhi University counsel failed to turn up due to engagements in other courts and time ticked away. The judge rose for the lunch break and Shivam, who had come to the court with his parents, began pacing the corridor, unsure of his fate since the exam was to start at 3 pm.

At 2.30 pm, court proceedings resumed but the university counsel still hadnt turned up. Justice Hima Kohli observed that Shivams chances of taking the Wednesday exam looked bleak. She took up another matter for hearing.

Fifteen minutes later, M J S Rupal appeared for the university and apologised for not being able to show up earlier in the day.

Justice Kohli told the university counsel that the college could respond to Shivams petition later and immediate directions were required to be passed to enable him to sit for the remaining exams and, if possible, even the one held on Wednesday.
Prompted by his lawyer and litigants in the other case that got interrupted, Shivam headed to the door of the courtroom. As soon as the judge granted him permission, he dashed to his college.

Delhi University forms at Metro station?

NEW DELHI: Besides 12 post offices and eight colleges, DU is planning to sell forms at New Delhi Metro Station on the Airport Express line as well. DU officials are hoping that the coming admission process will be a smooth ride for aspirants.

The forms will be available from June 4 at 12 head post offices and eight colleges - Miranda House in north campus, Atma Ram Sanatam Dharam College near Dhaula Kuan, PGDAV College and Gargi College in south Delhi, Bhagini Nivedita College near Najafgarh, Rajdhani College at Raja Garden, Swami Shradhanand College in Alipur and Shyam Lal College in east Delhi.

We are also planning to arrange for the sale of forms at the New Delhi Railway Station on the Airport Line as it will be convenient for aspirants. They can simply use the Metro to fetch and submit the forms without really having to visit a college, said J M Khurana, dean, students welfare. He added that the university was still working out the payment mode for online registration. We want that candidates can apply to their choice of courses and colleges from the comfort of their homes. We are trying to make sure they can pay by using debit or credit cards, Khurana assured.

Aspirants applying online will have to log onto the DU website following which a password will be generated. Candidates can then access the online form using this unique password. The online form will be an exact copy of the printed OMR form, Khurana said. On the second Open Day held on Sunday, many candidates sought clarifications on online registration. Nearly 300 aspirants and their parents visited the second Open Day held at North Campus. Filling up the online form will be quick and easy. Though my mother insists that I should submit a printed form also just to be sure, said Ketan Dewan, an admission-seeker from Janakpuri.

A day before the Class XII results, aspirants were keen to know about new courses and colleges. Maharaja Agrasen College Principal Sunil Sondhi, Manaswini M Yogi, coordinator of bachelor of mass media and mass communication at IP College for Women and Mamta Bhatia, OSD, Campus of Open Learning gave presentations and interacted with aspirants on the second Open Day.

Many candidates also inquired about the four-year BTech in innovation in maths and IT that was introduced last year by DUs cluster innovation centre. Only those students who have already taken admission in the first year will be eligible for the course. They will have to sit for an entrance test, Khurana said.

Open days in Delhi University from tomorrow

NEW DELHI: Fresh school passouts aspiring to join the Delhi University can attend the forthcoming Open Days to understand the admission process. DU has decided to start the Open Days from May 26 till June 2.

The aspirants and their parents can know more about courses and colleges and seek guidance from faculty and trained student counsellors.

DU admissions: Open days: at a glance

How can we apply for BTech in innovation in maths and IT offered by DUs Cluster Innovation Centre?
Only those students who have taken admission in the first year in DU will be considered for this BTech course. There will be an entrance test and the schedule may be out after the third cutoff list

Can a candidate fill both online and offline forms for admission?
Submitting either online or printed form is enough. There is no need to go for both. But forms will not be rejected if submitted through both modes

Do we need to fill individual forms of colleges?
No college is allowed to come out with its own form. Only centralized forms will be accepted

Will the centralized form include sports and ECA quota?
Candidates will have to apply individually to colleges to avail quota for sports and extracurricular activities. Every college reserves 3% seats for sports and ECA in every course

When can we get the form to apply for a hostel seat?
Hostel forms will be available in colleges after the admissions start. Hostel seats are allotted strictly on merit

Will admissions begin on the day cutoffs are released?
Yes. This year, eligible candidates can start confirming admissions on the same day. Admissions will be done over three days after every cutoff list. The admissions will not be on first come-first-serve basis

How do we calculate best of four marks to see if we meet the cutoff?
Best of four includes a language and three academic subjects. For science courses, best of three marks - physics, chemistry and maths-biology - are considered

Will admissions for BTech in humanities also start in June?
DU is still planning to start this course from this year. However, it is yet to be approved by the academic and executive councils

What is the difference between BBE and BA (honours) economics?
BBE is an applied course which prepares students to take up corporate jobs after graduation. BA (honours) economics also attracts lucrative job offers but the course is more exhaustive and research-oriented. Admission to BBE is through an entrance test scheduled on June 3

How is bachelor of mass media and mass communication different from BA (honours) journalism?
BMMMC covers different branches of media like PR and advertising, new media. It is offered only in IP College for Women. BA (honours) journalism focuses primarily on news media and is available in five DU colleges

Is meeting the cutoff enough for gaining admission in a college?
All colleges have their own eligibility criteria for different courses which are usually available in DU prospectus. Besides meeting cutoffs, candidates should also meet additional criteria like deduction of marks of science and commerce for admission to BA (honours) economics

Delhi University to start sale of Common Aptitude Test for English forms from today

NEW DELHI: Delhi University is starting the sale of application forms for Common Aptitude Test for English (CATE) from Friday.

Candidates aspiring to pursue BA (honours) English will have to clear CATE for admission to any of the 21 participating colleges in DU. The form will be available till June 4 at these colleges which include Bharati, DCAC, Hindu, IP, Janaki Dev, Kamala Nehru, Kirori Mal, Lady Shri Ram, Miranda House, Maharaja Agrasen Rajdhani, Shivaji, , Satyawati (morning), Satyawati (evening), Shyam Lal, Swami Shraddhanand, SPM, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Zakir Husain (morning) and Zakir Husain (evening).

Eager queries on DUs first Open Day

Delhi Universitys first Open Day saw around 300 students and parents waiting eagerly to get their questions regarding admission to the varsity answered.
With the CBSE Class 12 results expected on Monday and the DU application process starting the following week, students were
anxious to know about the colleges and the courses.

Questions about this years admission process and centralised forms were also asked.
The questions were answered by Hansraj College principal VK Kwatra and SGBT Khalsa College principal Jaswinder Singh.

Most questions were about migration from one college to another and changing your college in subsequent cut-off lists.

I am very nervous about my marks and DUs cut-offs. I was wondering if I could change my college after the second cut-off list is announced, said Samina Hoon, a DU aspirant.

Students are allowed to change the college after subsequent cut-off lists are declared.

Those who had come from out of town were happy with the process.

I was very worried about how and where my daughter would study but the professors and principals have cleared all my doubts. We got to know everything about the application process and the courses and colleges too, said Meena Khanna, who had come to Delhi from Chandigarh with her daughter.

The Open Day also had a presentation prepared by trained student counsellors on the university, application and admission process.

The spread of Red

Way back in 1978, a Manipuri student of IIT-Bombay, Bedamani Singh, left his studies mid-way to participate in what he called the Maoist revolution in eastern India. He met students from the North-east in Delhi, Guwahati and Imphal to spread the ideology. The same year, recall old-timers, about 10 Delhi University students from Manipur dropped out to join the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA).

This was the beginning of the spread of Maoist ideology in the North-east. In 1976, N Bisheswar Singh along with other Manipuri youths crossed over to China to obtain ideological training from the Chinese communists. They returned to form the PLA, a militant group that was crushed by the army in the 1980s but managed to regroup by the early 1990s.

Maoism now appears to have returned to the northeast. On the morning of May 9, Assam policemen killed four

senior armed Maoist cadres, including a local commander Siddhartha Borgohain, in an encounter at Sadiya in Tinsukia district. The other three killed were identified as Rajib Gogoi, Arup Chetia and Kamala Burhagohain. Three AK-47s, two grenades and a large quantity of ammunition were recovered from them.

Union home minister P Chidambaram, who visited Arunachal Pradesh recently, had expressed concern about Maoist presence in the area. He said the state governments in the region had been instructed to deal with the Reds with a firm hand. There will be no compromise with Maoists trying to destabilise peace in the region and police have been instructed to take stern action, Chidambaram said. The home minister, however, added that there was small presence of Maoists here, and commended the Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments for dealing with them firmly.

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi had asked PM Manmohan Singh during his visit to the state last month for additional central paramilitary forces to deal with the growing Maoist menace. Assam police have so far arrested 20 cadres, but several of them, including top leader Aditya Bora, have jumped bail.

Intelligence agencies have also got inputs about CPI(Maoist)s links with Ulfa, UNLF, NSCN(IM) and the PLA. UNLF chairman Rajkumar Meghen was even charged by the National Investigation Agency of planning a broad tie-up between Manipuri rebel outfits and the Maoists. The Maoist-Ulfa link, however, has more to do with arms dealing than ideology.

In Manipur too, some rebel outfits are inclined towards the Red ideology. A faction of the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) has rechristened itself as the Maoist Communist Party of Manipur. But the bigger headache for the security agencies is the spread of Maoists in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

In Assam, at least 300 youths, who have been found to be missing from their homes for the last two years, are suspected to have joined the Maoists. The cops carried out a survey over the last two months to track Maoist recruits in all districts. There are 100 listed Maoists cadres in the state.

These youngster left home on the pretext of taking up jobs elsewhere. But they have yet to communicate with their families. They are untraceable and we believe they might have gone underground as Maoist recruits, says a security source.

Unlike other states, the initial recruits in Assam have mostly been from communities other than Adivasis.

The pattern in other states is that the recruits are mainly from the marginalised groups, but that has not been reflected yet in Assam. There is only a sprinkling of Adivasi youths among the listed cadres, the source says. The Adivasis here live under relatively better conditions than those in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand or Odisha. The pattern seen so far is that wherever governance has failed and Ulfa is on the wane, the Maoists have moved in. They also keep a watch on mass protests to pick up potential cadres.

Security forces are now on the lookout for top Maoist leader Moina Dohotiya even as the CPI(Maoist) has entrusted its key members with the responsibility of using the North-east as a staging post primarily for two things - creating a base and strengthening its link with Manipurs PLA for arms supply.

The Centre is worried over the development as the region borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. Maoists are bringing in arms through Myanmar with the help of the PLA. Two top PLA leaders, who were arrested in New Delhi last year, had revealed that the Manipuri outfit was imparting arms training to the Maoist cadres and supplying arms.

Admission queries keep DUs helplines ringing

The Delhi University admission season has the varsitys helplines buzzing all day long.
Students from across the country who want to pursue their higher education at DU have started to ring up the University Information Centre to get their queries answered. The most common
questions are about the admission process. As the university had not issued any application forms last year, the application procedure this time around is the most common question, said Satish Kumar, who is in charge of the centre.

Last year, the university had done away with application forms, asking students to apply directly after the cut-off lists were announced. The centralised application forms have made a comeback this year, apparently confusing aspirants.

Questions about entrance examinations such as CATE, CJET and LLB are also pouring in.

Students and parents from outside Delhi have also been making use of the helpline.

We get a number of calls from people who want to know about the routes to be taken to reach the university offices or to pay a visit to the prospective colleges, a volunteer added.

The centre was set up last year to cater to the queries of students, parents, guardians or aspirants about the university.

Currently, there are five information executives and six interns at the centre who have undergone a three-day training to answer the queries.

Connecting Delhi University

In Delhi when someone asks you where you study, you automatically respond with the name of your university. However, most college students admit to knowing little beyond their own college and for them the university exists only in name. But it does not always have to be this way, assured a Delhi University official on Thursday.

A student has two identities, one connected to his college and one to the university, said Deputy Dean of Cultural and Youth Affairs Suchitra Gupta, adding that the students had completely wrong notions about their association with the university.

She was proved correct by a former student. I tell people I studied in DU, but my whole life was centred round my college. I was on the dance team and we competed with other colleges, but there was no such thing as a university level competition or anything. It is just a tag, and the university is important only at the time of admission because of common application forms, said Nitya, who had come to help her sister with extra-curricular activity forms in Miranda House.

What she does not know is that every student getting admitted to the university pays a nominal fee that automatically entitles them to membership of the university cultural council. We have several competitions and shows that every student in the university can participate in, we never screen people based on colleges or departments. Our events are usually funded by the fee that the student pays at the time of admissions, said Ms. Gupta

Stage productions, street plays, music competitions, essay competitions and several other competitions are part of the cultural councils responsibilities throughout the year. We had special musical productions this past year that were a hit with students, there was Jis Lahore Nahin Dekhiya based on Partition and Rabindranath Tagores Chitrangada also had a stunning response among others, she said.

Each college is contacted by the council asking for participation and the event is usually held at some college auditorium or premises.

Theatre, dance and painting workshops are also regular features and the university is particularly proud of its debate competition. Fun mushairas, qawalis, gazals, and the medieval art form char bait, which is neither a qawali nor a ghazal, were new events that we want to keep repeating.

She said that inter-college competitions were few but individual participation was encouraged. Even students pursuing correspondence courses and other non-conventional courses are entitled to participate.

Keywords: inter-college competitions, Delhi University

Delhi University student, schoolboy in robbery net

NEW DELHI: Three people, including a Class XII boy and a DU student, have been held for allegedly carrying out robberies and snatchings in south Delhi, said police. The accused have been identified as Ved Prakash (19), Alok (20) and Anoop (20) who has a criminal record. Another accused Pawan has absconded.

Investigation into a case of robbery and stabbing in Pushp Vihar led to their arrest, said police. Cops said on the night of June 6, the accused waylaid two brothers near NBCC Plaza in the area. They snatched their bike and dragged Rahul to a distance and thrashed him. When his brother tried to intervene, the accused stripped him of all valuables, stabbed him with a knife and fled.

1.4 lakh apply for Delhi University admissions

NEW DELHI: The number of applications received by the Delhi University this year has crossed 1.4 lakh, of which 43,000 came online, an officials said on Monday, on the last day for receiving applications for the 2012-13 session.

In all, we received 1,03,500 offline applications and 43,300 came online, the dean for student welfare, JM Khurana told. The admission counters closed at 4pm Monday.

The last day rush meant that the counters for receiving forms at the universitys north and south campuses, which had opened half an hour earlier at 9.30am and were scheduled to close by 1pm stayed open till 4pm.

Originally, we had planned to keep them open till 1pm while the application forms could be submitted at 12 designated post offices around the city till 4pm, so anyone running late would still be able to submit forms, deputy dean for student welfare, Gurpreet Singh Tuteja said.

The online submission of forms stopped one hour later at 5pm on Monday.

However, these alternative methods hold no charm for the applicants who stood in long queues at the university counters. Compared to the applicants in the campus, there were hardly any aspirants at head post office Lodhi road, one of the designated post offices where forms could be submitted.

Incredibly, some of the applicants didnt even know that Monday was the last day for submission of application forms. Others recounted various reasons for turning up at the last moment.

I was busy with various coaching classes and tests earlier, so I kept on pushing the submission till now, claimed Roshan, an admission seeker from south Delhis Saket area.

Nearly 54,000 seats are up for grabs in around 70 colleges affiliated to Delhi University. An estimated 125,000 students had applied for various courses in the university last year.

Student volunteers face volley of questions

Delhi University with its several colleges arranged like the snakes and ladders of a board-game has a tough admission process. Add the heat and the confused students, who seem to get more clueless with every passing day and you might as well give up before you can even start – or should you?

The admission process is very simple. Not perplexing or confusing, no need to give up at all says Bilal, a law student who volunteers to help with admission queries every year. He and his group of friends spend the entire morning during admission time answering every question, however perplexing, confusing or just plain idiotic.

Some students come here with their marks-sheet and ask us to predict which college they might get into, some ask us for the cut-off list and dont believe us if we tell them that the cut-offs appear in each college only after all the forms are collected and each college has had time to analyse it, says Charchika, a second year student from Zakir Husain College.

Another common question is from students who might have lost out a year, mostly because of failed attempts at a professional course. We call them the gap students because they have a gap of one or more years. These students will have to submit their Class XII results like everyone else but will also have to submit proof of what they have been up to during their gap. Like, if they attempted an entrance exam, the admit card will do, says Pragya, another second year student volunteer.

What if the gap student had no reason to take the gap? What if he or she just wanted time to think?

This is a new question; we have not thought of this, we will have to find out from Students Welfare, says Charchika. Students Welfare has not thought of it either. The tough world of university education has no place for dreamers.

Did you know that there are lots of colleges that offer vocational courses as proper subjects with grades? asks Deputy Dean Students Welfare Gulshan Sawhney.

Another frequently asked question is whether a student doing a regular course at the School of Open Learning can migrate to another course in another college and vice-versa. No, this is impossible, we tell this to at least 30 students every day, adds Charchika.

Most students also want to know the difference between a normal Programme and an Honours Course. An Honours course has more subjects in it, if you are interested in research then it is perfect for you, informs Bilal, adding that children placed in the compartment for one subject in their Central Board of Secondary Education exams were allowed to apply only for Programme courses. That too, only for Commerce and Humanities Departments.

Student volunteers can be seen milling around campus and also sit permanently at the conference centre opposite the Arts Faculty on the North Campus from the time the sale and submission of forms start at 10 a.m. till they close at 1 p.m.

Listlessness pervades over DU on Day Two of admissions

An air of general bafflement and listlessness pervaded over Delhi University on Day Two of admissions on Tuesday as seemingly lost students fumbled around buying and submitting application forms – despite several student volunteers, student organisations and teachers milling around the campus, ready to help.

Nobody at the counter told me how to fill out the form properly; I have bought three application forms because my forms were rejected the first two times. The watchman standing nearby was the only one to give me the information, even showing me exactly how to do it, said a harassed-looking Aditya, wiping beads of sweat from his forehead with a handkerchief.

He was among the last students to finally submit his form before the counter closed at 1p.m. I should have been a girl, I could have left by 12 noon, he said, looking enviously at the much-shorter girls line.

We hardly took five minutes to get our forms, another 10 to fill and then another five to submit, said Swaranjeet who had landed along with her friends at the university just half an hour before from Ghaziabad.

The SC-ST forms were also being given free at the crowded Arts Faculty. We were told to come again tomorrow; we thought the caste certificate was needed only at the time of submission so we did not bring it. But they are verifying each certificate even before giving us application forms, said a group of forlorn-looking girls.

Several groups of students, having lost a year in the university who had come for re-admissions were turned away.

We did not know that the pre-admission forms were only for freshers and first –year repeaters, said a girl. Her group looked confused and said they were all from Rajdhani College.

The dry, hot day had suddenly turned humid by noon, with winds blowing frequently and carrying the promise of rain, however, this did not dispel the varying moods of panic and lethargy that had gripped many.

Like Day One, nobody was ready to believe in the online application process yet. I did fill out the university application form online. But I thought to myself, why take chances? So I came here, said Malini, waiting patiently for a form at St. Stephens College, which has its own admission procedure.

I did not even try finding St. Stephens form online; this college is my first heart-choice so how can I risk it? she asked, in all seriousness.

The university information centre, which operates a day-long helpline, reported the most number of complaints from those who used the online applications.

They end up paying more because they have to send the payment by post through a demand draft, since the payment gateway to make online applications is not ready, said Dr. Satish, who heads the centre.

I was alarmed at the way the application would suddenly close down, and the slowness of it all was even more annoying so I just gave up and decided that it was better to just wait in line and physically hand in my form, said a student who had travelled from Himachal Pradesh.

Equal weightage for trials and certificates in DU sports quota

The Delhi University (DU) aspirants hoping to take admission under the sports quota will have to rely more on performance this year. The university has decided to give equal weightage to trials as well as certificates from this year.
We are going in for a 50-50 distribution of

marks. The trials will be conducted by colleges themselves as they need to select students on the basis of the team they require, said a university official. DU had changed its policy for sports quota admission in 2010 and decided to give 75% weightage to certificates and only 25% to trials.

The norms for admission under the extra-curricular activities, however, are still not concrete. While the trails will be conducted individually by colleges, there are no set requirements to apply under the quota. Most teachers also feel that setting requirements will put unnecessary restrictions on students.

Since this category is based purely on talent in spheres that are at times not taken too seriously, it is unfair to ask for national or district-level certificates. We have found the best of actors in students who never participated in competitions, said a teacher at south Delhi college.


The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committees confirmation on Monday that four of the Delhi University colleges managed by it would reserve 50 per cent of seats for Sikh students means that more than 1,800 under-graduate seats will move from the general category to reserved category starting next admission season.

These include nearly 550 seats at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College, a prominent college in North Campus.

SGTB Khalsa, Mata Sundri College for Women, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College are run by the gurudwara committee.

The colleges were granted the status of minority educational institutions in 2011. At present, only St Stephens College and Jesus and Mary College are the minority institutions in DU. They offer 50 per cent reservation for Christian students.

At the SGTB Khalsa College, the move will mean that around 550 of a total of nearly 1,180
under-graduate seats will be be reserved for Sikh students. The college offers all major science and arts courses. It has 185 seats in B Com (Hons) and 62 seats in BA Economics (Hons), as per DUs bulletin of information on under-graduate courses.

Mata Sundri College offers arts and commerce courses. Here, out of a total of a little more than 1,100 first-year seats, nearly 550 will be for Sikh students. At Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, nearly 300 seats will be reserved. For Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, the number of seats reserved will be more than 400.

The reservation, however, is not expected to have any effect on physically handicapped students and on seats under the extra curricular activities and sports quota.

Officials from DUs legal department said while there is no stay on the colleges reserving seats for Sikh students, they cannot claim minority status as
a petition challenging the status awarded by National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions is pending in court.

The university challenged the minority status immediately after it was awarded, and the case is in Delhi High Court, said Amit Bansal, DUs additional standing counsel.

Delhi University: Number of disabled applicants up this year

NEW DELHI: Delhi University seems to be getting a better response from differently-abled aspirants this year. At least 71 students with special needs have already registered for admission in DU colleges over last two days. A DU official said they were excited about the increasing number of such applicants. They assured that all possible facilities were being provided to them.

The initial response of students is definitely better than last year. We registered 31 students on Monday and 40 on the day after. Many of them have performed really well in the class XII exams. A candidate — Alka — has notched up 95% aggregate. She has a locomotor disability but topped in the special category in the city, said Bipin Tiwari, deputy dean, differently-abled students.

DU reserves 3% seats over and above a total 54,000 seats for the differently-abled. However, only less than half of the total reserved seats get filled every year. We had finally admitted about 600 students against 1620 seats, Tiwari said.

Among those, who have registered so far, 46 are visually-impaired. We have trained our volunteers to help them fill up their choices for courses and colleges. Though BA was the most sought-after till a few years back, these students are now going for sociology and geography with political science being one of their favourites, he said.

Most of them, however, wanted North Campus colleges, he added. We advised them that they should opt for a college, which is closer to their residence as commuting can be a problem, he said. DU is also running two special buses on the North Campus for such students.

No migration for distance learning students in DU

Migration of students from Delhi Universitys School of Open Learning (SOL) to its regular college has been hampered as the colleges have switched to semester system while SOL is still running on the annual mode.

Semester system in all undergraduate (UG) courses was introduced last year making it difficult for the SOL students seeking migration in second and third year to regular colleges.

The migration process has been temporarily stopped as the regular colleges have introduced semester system in their first year while we still have the annual mode, a senior SOL official said.

There are discussions about implementing semester system. However, with the vice chancellor announcing four year graduation course that is still under process, there is no clarity if first the semester system will be implemented here or it will be directly put in the four year graduation format, the official said.

Migration process helps bright students, who could not score well during their Class 12 boards, to get admission in a regular college after the first year. University rules states that students scoring exceptionally well in the first or second year can seek migration to a regular college.

The syllabus of SOL and regular college courses is 90 per cent similar, but there is no structure worked out for migration between these two systems, stated the official.

With regular colleges touching even 100 per cent cut-offs, migration for SOL students scoring less in Class 12 used to be a ray of hope.

I have scored 60 per cent and I want BCom (H). I know with these marks I will not be able to get through the first or second list in most of the colleges. I had jaundice before my board exams, so could not do well. I was hoping to get a migration, which is not clear yet, said Anirudh Channa.

Students also say there is no notification in the SOL prospectus about halting migrations for the time being.

It still says students can migrate to second and third year of several programme and honours courses, a second year SOL student said.

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