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Saniya Khan from ARSD titled 'Student of the Year' at NSUI's Priyadarshini awards; girls from Gargi, Hindu shine in co-curricular category

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National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) organized ‘Priyadarshini Excellence Awards ’15 – Celebrating Women Power’ on 9th March 2015 to mark International Women’s Day. The event was conducted to applaud the remarkable feat of female achievers of Delhi University.

Senior Congress leader, Sharmisth Mukherjee and Shushmita Dev, Member of Parliament addressed the gathering at Shankar Lal Auditorium here at North Campus. Commonwealth and  Asian Games handball player Varuni Negi was also present as the guest. To celebrate the spirit of womanhood, event commenced with Sonia Chaudhary, an acid attack survivor being facilitated for her bravery and courage.

[caption id="attachment_30994" align="aligncenter" width="820"]Priyadarshini 1 Sonia Chaudhary being felicitated at Priyadarshini Excellence Awards 2015[/caption]

There were six categories of awards that included areas of academics, sports, leadership, co-curricular activities, NCC and NSS. Mr Roji M John, National President, NSUI said, “The women students have brought laurels in various fields in representation of the college, university, state and even the country, at large. We believe in recognizing their valuable contribution towards the society. They all are an inspiration for each one of us.”

Amrish Rajan Pandey, Spokesperson, NSUI said, “Our committee took recommendations from Principals of all colleges around Delhi University. Out of the list prepared, our jury shortlisted the best performers in respective categories.”

Categories wise list of awards winning candidates:


Saniya Khan from ARSD College won ‘Student of the Year’ award, She has been winning this consecutively for three years being the college topper of Hindi Honors 1st year onwards. Her poems have been published in national newspapers and Saniya has also been a bronze medalist in state level judo and wrestling.

[caption id="attachment_30995" align="aligncenter" width="820"]Priyadarshini 2 Sharmisth Mukherjee, senior Congress leader giving out the awards to winners of Priyadarshini Excellence Awards.[/caption]

Co-curricular Activities

Anindya Tripathi won the award in this category and she is a third year B.Sc Botany student of Gargi College. She is part of the college’s street play society and has been associated with a theatre group called Samarth for the visually impaired students. Tripathi is an Odissi danseuse and has also conceptualized, scripted and directed an unexplored form of lyrical theatre for the Om Foundation. Second awardee, Banashree Thapa is currently a B.Sc Botany first year student at Hindu College and is part of various college societies like the Fine Arts Society, Classical Dance Society,  NSS, environmental society etc. Banashree holds a B.Muse certificate in Kathak from Lucknow Gharana and also the title of All Assam Swimming Championship.


Three awards were given out in this category. Sonam, a student of Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sciences has won gold medal five times in the National Level Throwball Championship and has been a gold medalist in B.Sc and also in M.P.Ed. Annu, has also won Gold Medal in Senior National Level Handball Championship, Junior National Level Championship and also at the Federation Cup. With her degree in yoga, Annu was also awarded the Priyadarshini award. Puja, also a student of Indira Gandhi Institute has won gold medal in Throwball Senior National Level,  Junior National Level Championship and also in Federation Cup. She has also participated in All India University Fencing Championship and was hence awarded the sports’ category award.

Iresh Gupta [email protected]


([email protected]); IInd year commerce student at Hans Raj College, Delhi University, Iresh inherited writing from nobody. Not equipped well with mind of a business maestro, he just likes to sit back with a cup of tea trying to balance journalism and poetry. One can generally find him chit-chatting with people (strangers and known, both) or struggling in the overcrowded city of Delhi looking for a seat to watch a play or some Bollywood film, at a cheap price ofcourse. (He hates people who hate Bollywood). An anchor, compère and interviewer, he also enjoys event management and cooking. Known well for his sense of humour, Iresh aspires to integrate his three interests of Movies, Marketing and Writing to make something out of his unproductive life as his elder generation terms it to be.

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