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Year at a glance 2016- Delhi University

 

Amidst various ups and downs, 2016 was another year of significant happenings in Delhi University. Let us take a chronological glance at the events that shaped the year for all.

January

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Ram Janmabhoomi Seminar

The much talked about Ram Janmabhoomi Seminar which was kicked off by Subramanian Swamy in the arts faculty of Delhi University led to heavy opposition and protests by parties like NSUI and AISA, who opposed the seminar as an attempt by NDA govt. to saffronize the campus.

Ramjas College starts yearlong centennial celebrations

Ramjas College which completes 100 years this year, kicked off its yearlong centennial celebrations with Tonga Rides and the releasing of  balloons in the air.

February

Photo Credit: CMI Education World

Photo Credit: CMI Education World

St. Stephens College gets a new principal

Prof. John Varghese joined as the new principal of St. Stephens College after the end of the controversial term of  Valson Thampu.

March

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DU gets a new Vice-Chancellor

After a month of his appointment and bureaucratic hassles, Prof. Yogesh K. Tyagi joined as the new Vice Chancellor of Delhi University.

April

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Photo Credit : NDTV.com

 

Priyadarshini Chatterjee wins Femina Miss India 2016

Priyadarshini Chatterjee, a student of Sociology at Hindu College won the Femina Miss. India 2016. The beauty pageant veteran had won the Femina Miss. Delhi too, which gave her an entry to Miss. India.

Bhaskar Sen wins Karate US Open  World Championship 

Bhaskar Sen, a student from Sri Venkateswara College won the Karate US Open World Championship. Having won many more championships earlier, this one was just adding another feather to his hat.

May

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Hindu College cancels girls’ hostel admission

After heavy protest and strikes by students and teachers of the college and later by DUSU led to the intervention of Delhi Commission of Women (DSW) in the issue of exorbitant fees of Hindu College girls’ hostel, the college cancelled the girls’ hostel admissions for this year.

Tina Dabi tops the UPSC Civil Service Exams

Tina Dabi, an alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College topped the much sought after UPSC civil services exam. She cleared the exam in her very first attempt.

June

 

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Photo Credit: Exam Watch

 

Delhi University admissions goes entirely online

In a first attempt, admissions of Delhi University was made entirely online. But the glitches in the online mode like the web server crashing on the first day of admissions made the process draw some criticism.

July

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DUTA protest delays results of students

Teachers of Delhi University protested against an UGC notification that increased the working hours of teachers and this led to Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) boycotting the admission and evaluation process of University. Only after the notification was withdrawn, teachers joined the evaluation process.

August

 

Photo Credit- NDTV.com

Photo Credit- NDTV.com

 

DUSU Elections goes paperless

Worried over excess paper wastage, National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered Delhi University to conduct paperless elections this year. Although the authorities tried their level best by damaging hoardings and tearing posters of candidates, many candidates were still seen wasting paper.

Ceiling collapses in Daulat Ram College

Owing to its sad history of maintenance, a ceiling collapsed in Daulat Ram College injuring a couple of students and blew up the lid of pathetic condition of infrastructure in the University.

October

 

Photo Credit - Arindam Goswami for DU Beat

Photo Credit – Arindam Goswami for DU Beat

 

Law faculty students go on hunger strike

The students of law faculty went on a hunger strike demanding supplementary exams and rechecking of their papers. The strike also found the dean of the faculty going on a parallel hunger strike. The strike was called off after discussions and assurance of the Vice Chancellor.

AISA’s meeting disrupted by ABVP

AISA’s seminar on ‘Idea of University’ was disrupted by ABVP members who latter even roughed up several members of AISA including its president. Both sides got into a scuffle, after which the event was cancelled. The surprising fact was, all of this happened even after heavy police presence.

November

 

Photo Credit: DU website

Photo Credit: DU website

 

DU holds its 93rd annual convocation

Delhi University held its 93rd annual convocation in the University Stadium, which awarded PhDs and gold medals to successful passing out students.

Prof. Nandini Sundar arrested

Prof. Nandini Sundar, a sociologist from Dept. of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics who authored the popular book “The Burning Forest- India’s war in Bastar” was arrested by the Chattisgarh police. The arrest which drew lot of criticisms from academic circles was dropped after the high court pulled up the police for its malicious attempt to frame the teacher.

December

 

President visits St. Stephens College

Shri Pranab Mukherjee-Hon. President of India visited St. Stephens College on account of its founder’s day.

There are some happenings that drew everyone’s attention across the year.

Pinjra Tod Movement

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The Pinjra Tod Movement which began as a facebook page turned into a great call for revolution within academic institutions to relook on its hostel policies which cage students with curfew times. The movement not just grew largely in Delhi University but also spread to other parts of the country.

 

Amidst all these happenings that marked our calendars of 2016, we grew a year older. We at DU Beat kept you updated with happenings around the campus in 2016 and promise to do better this year. With hopes of good days ahead and cash filled ATMs, we wish you a happy new year ahead.

 

Srivedant Kar

srivedantk@gmail.com




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