DU in 2007: A Recap

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The good-
· LSR, Kamala Nehru College, Stephens – Built disabled- friendly campuses with ramps, disabled-friendly toilets, recording studio for visually impaired et al.

· The Delhi High Court put breaks on all fresh faculty appointments in colleges in Delhi University unless they filled up the 3 per cent quota that that the government reserves for the physically disabled people.

· Infrastructural development in DU meets its inception as Ramjas, LSR replaced blackboards with LCD projectors.

· DU saw a glorious year of successful college fests. The winter sun and the flair for fun added to the delight. Best Fests- ‘Tarang’ and ‘Mecca’.

· The Delhi Metro saw a 25 per cent rise of its users during 2007. From Rs 189 crore, the total earnings shot up to Rs 236 crore in the period.

· For the first time ever, Delhi University has been ranked among the top 500 universities of the world by the prestigious Times Higher Education Supplement, QS World University Ratings 2007.

The bad-
· This years DUSU elections were a melange of confusion, rage and defiance. DU witnessed a poor turn out of 30% voters across Campus while the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations added to the confusion, and received flak from the major candidates of the elections.

· Dr. Aruna Sitesh, the Principal of Indraprastha College passed away after prolonged illness. The College and the University deeply grieved the loss.

· St Stephens’ students were suspended after they allegedly sprayed a first year student with cologne and threw a matchstick on him.

· Bangladeshi writer, Tasleema Nasreen was ousted from Kolkata and placed under house arrest in Delhi. Voltaire must have turned in his grave. DUB regrets such intolerance towards free speech.

· Students of DU duped in a case of fraud hysteria created over a disappointing O8 New Year Party at Chhatarpur.

· As part of the sealing drive in Delhi, some of the most popular lounge bars, cafés, and markets have been shut. The sealing of Turquoise Cottage and Café Mocha has left many, deprived and homeless.

The ugly-
· Disgraceful lapse of security in campus and harassment of DU girls sparked off a protest march led by the students of IP College.

· Students alleged sexual molestation in Ramjas College by the Vice Principal, BN Ray, leading to his suspension.

· An American national, studying Ancient India in addition to Sanskrit, at St. Stephens was molested by a professor.

· Violence in schools assumed dramatic proportions as a student of class 8 was shot dead by his class mates, following a fight.

· The ‘High’ Capacity Bus Service in South Delhi slowly caught up with traffic and slowed it to such a pace, that everyone’s hoping this is the gag before the surprise.

· Over the past year, there has been an increased influx of drugs in Delhi University. Despite their apparent absence on campus, the number of circles that consume drugs is on the rise.

Journalism has been called the “first rough draft of history”. D.U.B may be termed as the first rough draft of DU history. Freedom to Express.

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