Arushi Srivastava


The Supreme Court recently struck down the controversial section 66A of the Information Technology Act on grounds of “vagueness and chilling effect on free speech”. The infamous section had been the centre of debate in many cases where the government and police authorities misused it to punish innocent advocates of free speech putting them through strenuous times.

The latest verdict in the Shreya Singhal vs Union of India case promises to pump new life into the nation’s legal system which entails that every individual shall have the “liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship” in the Preamble to the Constitution. The instances of an Uttar Pradesh teenager getting booked for posting “objectionable” comments on Azam Khan and two Mumbai girls being arrested for expressing disapproval over the bandh after the death of Bal Thackeray have proved in the past how the ambiguous and ill-drafted law invaded the right to free speech.

Freedom of speech and expression is one of the basic pillars of any democracy which imparts the citizenry the right to critique but with some reasonable restrictions in the interests of sovereignty, integrity and security of the country, besides justified morality like the respect of all genders. These restrictions empower the state to book citizens for their statements or impose censorship citing Article 19(2) of the Constitution which allows certain restrictions on the freedom of speech and expression. These restrictions can be imposed under various Acts and Sections of the IPC. The ban on screening of the much hyped erotic drama- Fifty Shades of Grey, the AIB roast video that had to be taken down from the internet and the censorship over the screening of BBC’s documentary- India’s Daughter, are all instances of violation of the freedom of speech and expression.

Section 66A failed to pass the test of Article 19(2) and hence, came the Supreme Court’s judgement, at a very crucial time in India when censorship laws have become an instrument of abuse. The verdict is a wake-up call for all political elites in India and secures the atmosphere for freedom of discussion and debate on the internet.


Arushi Srivastava

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“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both…


I hardly ever read these lines more deferentially before I found myself in a similar situation to Frost’s that made him compose this verse. Some wise man once said that life is all about the choices we make. But how do we make the choices when you’ve got so many? Choices that are all equally tempting but you don’t know which one to embrace!

Job or Higher Studies? Passion or Profession? If you’ve been caught off guard by any of these questions, coming either from family or a friend when you’re nearing the graduation day, you’re not alone. There are many of us sailing in the same boat with different compasses, each pointing towards different directions.

Looking back at the past 3 years, at the phenomenal journey, I wonder about the impending destination. Is the goal which I strived for three years ago what I really want or do I need to rotate the wheel of the ship to pursue what I want to achieve now? The reality is, I never accounted for the changes and evolution that I underwent through graduation and how college has carved out a different personality from the person I was in school.

The chaos creeps into my mind whenever I hear somebody applying for some entrance exam or grooming themselves for job interviews. I still wonder if getting a job that pays well is more important than an unpaid internship that helps me pursue my passion.  This is where the picture of ‘life after graduation’ becomes messier, with the expectations of what society expects from you and what you expect from yourself fighting against each other justifying their own rationale in shaping your future.

I know the plethora of questions cannot be escaped easily since after graduation we’re under the scanner of society waiting to make you realise that you need to be responsible and decisive to lead a respectable adult life. Graduating is a part of growing up and so is the task of making a choice. Sacrificing some things to gain something else has always been the bitter truth.

I know I need to choose the road soon for my future, but standing where I am right now is something I’ll cherish forever. This is where I take a decision that may or may not have some impact on my life after 20-30 years.  Whether it’s going to be the road less travelled by or the beaten path will be decided by each of us. The thing is, just some want to enjoy the destination while some want to enjoy the journey!

While ‘public policy’ is one of the favourite topics to debate upon in our country, most people are rarely acquainted with the intricacies involved in the framing of public policy. Due to the acute dearth of academic opportunities available in India to study policy making, we neglect its social relevance and shun it by regarding it as just another social science degree. A career prospect in public policy may seem to be at a very nascent stage today, but holds a very important aspect for key tasks revolving around the government machinery.

Here are some important questions answered about studying public policy!

What is the structure of a course on public policy?

Most of the courses offered in India on public policy are usually two year postgraduate programmes. The programmes are generally multi disciplinary in nature covering myriad academic fields like economics, sociology, politics, law, history, philosophy, science etc. Many colleges also require students to work on a dissertation after the completion of the course to have a field experience also.

What are the basic eligibility criteria for studying public policy?

Though the criteria differ from one institute to another but some of the basic criterion required by most of the college is a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, CAT/GMAT/GRE scores followed by an entrance examination and interviews. Some colleges also enlist work experience as an eligibility criterion.

Where can one study public policy in India?

Some of the popular colleges which offer an academic degree in the discipline are St Xaviers Mumbai, IIM-Bangalore, TERI University, National Law School, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy where one can enrol into the programmes offered.

What are the career prospects after studying public policy?

After obtaining a degree in public policy, one can explore a plethora of options to choose as a career. One can work at corporate organisations that deal with the government on various issues like corporate social responsibility, PR and communication, consultancy and audit tasks etc. To work with the government agencies, United Nations agencies as think tank specialists are a bright career option. A career in journalism can also be nice choice after studying public policy.

Why should one go for studying public policy?

If you wish to be bring out a change in the systemic level of bureaucratic machinery in our country and explore the multiple opportunities to participate for achieving sustainable development. For individuals who want to explore the multitude learning, reasoning opportunities in a single academic degree, public policy is a must go then. Those who are inquisitive and want to make a career in a field that promises new challenges and excitement everyday with a purpose to serve the society could make good candidates for a career in public policy.


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2 weeks from now, every Delhi University student will get caught in the trauma that strikes twice every year. After bunking the classes the entire semester and doing everything in college except studying, we sit down one week before the deadly dates on the calendar with newly brought books that smell as fresh as a daisy and Solved Ten Year Question Papers that work as a Bible for each of us the night before the exam.

While the third year and second year students are very familiar with the mantra ‘to pass Delhi University exams by studying for a week’, the freshers are both confused and nervous about the first semester exams.

Well the mantra to pass still remains the same for freshers too- get your books, go offline, drink up on caffeine, pull up all-nighters(only if you’re comfortable, otherwise you may screw up the paper) and have faith in some invisible power that only whatever you’re studying will be asked in the exam.

The two weeks of penance are coupled with anxiety, crazy strategies which we all develop suiting our own convenience, the constant urge not to watch the latest movie or complete the TV series that you can’t stop thinking of and sacrificing the dear sleep. While there are always people who go all competitive, scare you with Kitna padha?” every hour on Whatsapp and jolt you the day of exam by bombarding terms and phrases which you are totally oblivious of, even after reading the entire book, it’s advisable to stay away from them and give the exam without any negative thoughts.

Since the quantity and quality of studies is an entirely subjective notion differing from each other, one should never try ideas put into their head by others especially during exams. We all have our own reasons, plans and approaches for studying at the last minute for the exams. But each semester exam of Delhi University reminds you the purpose of being at the most prestigious university of India-academics!

Even before we have completely prepared our minds to renounce the worldly things and follow the path of studies (for a few weeks and then back to be the social butterfly), the plans for post-exam parties are always ready.

 If you’re still struggling to sit down surrounded by books for some weeks and abandon the outside world, think of all great things that post-exam break has got you to offer to make you cut some slack on yourself of exam pressure!

I would like to leave you all with my mantra for exam season to chant after you’ve studied by none other than the great Shakespeare-“This Too Shall Pass”! Believe me! It has been working for the past four semesters! Here’s wishing all DU-ites an amazing exam season with books and notes!

A proud moment for the nation arrived today when the world knew about the success of ISRO’s Mangalyaan successfully entering the orbit of Mars today. Our Prime Minister rightly remarked, “History has been created today” applauding the successful Mars Orbiter Mission to put India on the world map for triumphant interplanetary space mission.

While it’s a cause for celebration for all, there are certain things that make this endeavour by Indian scientists more special because of the following facts about Mangalyaan:

1: Cheaper than Hollywood Movies

Considering the high spending on space programmes, Mars Orbiter Mission of ISRO beats the world in economic terms to be most budget-friendly. It has a mere cost of Rs 4 per citizen of India and even happens to be at lower cost than Hollywood movies like ‘Gravity’. It is also only 1/10th the cost of its contemporary ‘MAVEN’ (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) launched by NASA.

2: Successful in First Attempt

Before Mangalyaan no other country has been successful to insert a spacecraft in the Martian orbit in the first attempt, but the Mars Orbiter Mission enters the history books with its successful launch in the first trial itself after US, European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union.

3: First Asian Nation to Reach Mars

ISRO proved that China or Japan maybe emerging superpowers from Asia, but the intellectual and technological superiority surpasses all which is very well demonstrated by Mars Orbiter Mission. India becomes the first Asian country to join the league of countries studying the Red Planet.

4: Will Investigate the Martian Surface

Apart from the technological objectives of developing technologies of launching and testing inter-planetary space programmes by ISRO, one of the critical aims of Mangalyaan is to explore the plausibility of myriad hypothesis of Martian climate like presence of methane, water, texture of soil etc. which may help in finding out the possibility of life on Mars.

5: Totally Indigenous

All the scientific instruments, manpower, technology etc. involved in launching Mangalyaan are all totally ‘desi’. By using indigenous technology and cutting red tape, Mars Orbiter Mission proved to be friendly for wallet and also demonstrated India’s intellectual and technological advancements in recent times.

Reaching beyond the realms of television and becoming a part and parcel of anybody’s cultural and social life is something that every television producer hopes from their series but often fails to achieve. To call ‘FRIENDS’  the greatest sitcom ever made hardly provokes any criticism (considering its mass following obviously) since this series has permeated into the souls of its fans beyond expectations that we can still see its fandom in varying demographics and cultures across the world even today. What was conceived as ‘six people in their 20s who hang out together’ became one of the ‘social life revolutions for the youngsters’.

As every beginning has an end, the end of the series came out in the form of Series Finale after 10 seasons on 6th May 2004. The last episode left everybody teary eyed on bidding farewell to their favourite characters on television. This year we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the day of first airing of a ‘FRIENDS’ epidose on NBC. To commemorate the twentieth anniversary, fans were hoping to see a much awaited ‘FRIENDS Reunion’ movie, after there were incessant rumours when Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) talked to Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) for the same but Courtney Cox (Monica) expressed the meek possibility of its happening-A bland pill for every fan of ‘FRIENDS’ who desperately wants to know how the lives of their favourite characters have progressed after 10 years.

There was a short reunion which everyone saw on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ recently where Courtney, Aniston and Kudrow made guest appearances and enacted a hypothetical scene in an exact replica set of Monica’s kitchen. The small appearance surely made the audience go back to memories of watching ‘FRIENDS’ and waiting anxiously for the next episodes.

To provide a unique experience to ‘FRIENDS’ fans on this special day, the production house teamed up with Eight O’Clock Coffee to make an exact replica of Central Perk in Manhattan, the place which was frequented by the show’s characters. This pop up shop will serve free coffee to the guests beginning from 17th September. The show’s Central Perk barista Gunther-James Michael Tyler will be appearing there for photo ops and the shop will feature many contests, giveaways and musical performances reminding Phoebe’s music. So any true ‘FRIENDS’ fanatics out there-you can still book your flight to New York and enjoy the festivities over there!

Yet, all the festivities and reunions leave some striking reminiscences of our lives associated with ‘FRIENDS’. Like how after we started watching the series we associated our real life friends with the characters on the show based on their characteristics, found an ‘adda’ like ‘Central Perk’ to hang out at and share the daily stories, started clicking immediately with people who watched ‘FRIENDS’ through  endless conversations about the series, the continuous stalking of actors on social media, how we hoped to find our ‘lobsters’ some day or used some sarcastic line by Chandler in our conversations! The list goes on.

Well ‘FRIENDS’ always taught us to love and laugh and celebrate life with friends and that’s something to be cherished for a lifetime. So if you want to commemorate your favourite T.V series, grab your laptops, go to the quietest corner of your house and sink in the jubilation of watching ‘FRIENDS’ all over again! (Pssst, don’t forget to join our Central Perk Quiz at 7pm tonight!)


A journey of any outstation student at Delhi University is quite similar to the metamorphosis of a butterfly from a caterpillar, developing wings and getting all set to fly high in this big and often bad world. My journey into this ‘Walled City’ began two years ago with a dream to study in the most prestigious university of the country and thus I set on the trajectory to climb the walls of my ambitions by getting admission here. My initial days in Delhi taught me how to fly and explore the multitude opportunities that were yet to unfold upon me and here I am now, a proud and seasoned butterfly studying at Delhi University!

Living away from family, fending for daily provisions and adapting into a totally new atmosphere ,entwined with several hitches, encountered time to time at your college, PG or a hostel makes life of an outstation student here a one-of-a kind story to narrate. Whether it’s an awful meal that you have to force down your throat or a terrible remembrance of mom when you’re sick, life offers a new lesson at every stage when you’re living away from home.

The welcoming conduct of many Delhiites often takes you by surprise while you still go back to memories of school and home but by the time we understand that to live away from home is one sacrifice that we have to endure for a better future, we inculcate the signature ‘Delhiwalla’ traits in our souls. After all, being in DU, studying with people from different background and cultures is an experience in itself.

Though there is no substitute for the place where your roots are which you proudly call ‘home’, living away from parents is a chance to choose your own family, the ones you hope will keep you company on a sick day or a home sick night. To be an outstation student at Delhi University might make you jealous of Delhiites comfortably living with parents and family at first, but you never know how they might be missing the independence and the multitude learnings that you derive by living away from home.

So my message for all outstation students who are embarking on a journey at DU this year-It’s time to break the cocoon, flutter your wings and fly away towards your dreams like a butterfly!


For many of us, watching our desi television is an archaic idea and we find our comfort in watching American & English TV series. Most of us get to know about a good TV series which we download and get on our laptops through friends only after their 2-3 seasons have elapsed. But here is a solution for all of us to be get in tune with some new shows due to be telecasted this fall.

So before you get to know about these promising shows from your friends a year later on how good they are, here is a list for all shows  to catch up with these shows before they are on screen.

1- State of Affairs:

With Katherine Heigl returning to television after a long break from her well known series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, State of Affairs is a departure for Katherine from her Barbie image by directly landing her into a role of a C.I.A analyst. Heigl plays the role of top security advisor to the American President in this high octane thriller which is definitely an untried field for Heigl.

Premiere Date: November 17



This new T.V series based on characters of D.C Comics and Batman series is a thing to look out for by fans of superhero series. The show will depict the early days of Gordon on the Gotham Police Force and the situations that will culminate in eventually making him the Dark Knight.

Premiere Date: September 22


3-How to Get Away With Murder:

Another T.V series conceptualised by Shonda Rhimes of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Scandal’, ‘How to get away with murder’ is a legal drama with Viola Davis as the lead who plays a law professor at Philadelphia University. The story is about a murder plot which entangles the lives of the professor and a few ambitious students in this mysterious and thriller drama.

Premiere Date: September 25


4- Marry Me:

This upcoming sitcom is a story of a long time couple Annie and Jake who experience a series of proposals gone amiss only to realise that it is harder than what it looks like. Created by the producer of ‘Happy Endings’ this show seems to be an amusing romantic narrative to be premiered on NBC this fall season.

Premiere Date: October 14


5- Scorpion:

Having nuances of geeky humour from what it appears from the trailer clips, ‘Scorpion’ is a show about a team of eccentric geniuses coming together to solve some high-tech crimes for the government. It’s a dramatised version of real life IT genius Walter O’Brien and who had his network of nerdy prodigies to tackle national issues of cyber crime.

Premiere Date: September 22



Followed by the release of modified syllabus for the FYUP batch of last year’s Delhi University batch, the officials have also released the new structure for Semester 5 and 6 for them.

The syllabi for B. Tech papers comprised of 3 main subjects for semester 5, 6, 7 & 8 while Basic/Allied Engineering Science papers’ course is yet to be designed and approved by Delhi University. For B.Tech courses of Computer Science, Electronics, Food Technology, Instrumentation and Polymer Science, the main subject papers are decided but allied courses to be notified later by the Academic Council of Delhi University. “Delhi University has put its B.Tech students in a total mess. Though the colleges began their session from 21st July but the teachers for subjects havent’t been allotted yet. Also, where on one side AICTE has claimed that Delhi University also requires their approval for the B.Tech courses, the institution has not spoken anything about this matter”, said Shaurya Sahai of Hansraj College enrolled in B.Tech (Computer Science) For most arts courses like History, Journalism, English there are four main subjects declared that are to be studied in semester 5 and 6. “The system and course structure has been changing since long. Now the students will have to bear the double burden of the number of DC1 subjects they have been studying. This equals to more pressure amalgamated with unrevised syllabus”, said Himanshi pursuing English Honours at Miranda College.

The modified course structure for students of Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) comprises of 2 main subject papers each semester while the students will be required to make a choice of one area from Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Management of Global Business, Management of Services or Tourism Management and continue the same area in Semester 6. The syllabi for Bcom Honours and Economics Honours also contains 4 subjects to be studied in Semester 5 & 6 while students pursuing Honours degree in language courses will also be reading 4 main subject papers for both semesters.

The complete syllabus for B. Tech. courses can be found here and others here.

PG, the fancy abbreviation for the word paying guest, rather I’d say it isn’t merely a word for a large segment of the Delhi University crowd. Being a paying guest in this mega city for job, college or CA/ IAS/ PMT coaching, it has become more of a fashion now, a lifestyle.  The lifestyle which is a perfect blend of self reliance, great independence, little adventure and loads of fun however, not to forget the risks of being at your own in times like today in the city that is famous for more than few bad reasons.

For tons of youngsters who come to Delhi each year with a dream in their eyes to study at the most prestigious university of the nation, a real challenge is to find a good accommodation. Those students who are not very lucky to get a hostel or do not have any other place to stay, the option of living as a paying guest comes handy.

With the boom of career and educational opportunities in Delhi there is also an emergence of paying guest facilities in almost every street and locality of the city. These places serve as a new home to many dreamers who flock across the city. Living as a paying guest under a good landlord and with some good roommates helps all the newbies in to swim along with the tides in Delhi. Initial adjustments on living as a paying guest away from home and family is a new experience for many as it’s totally a new phase of life where we enter. It’s a place where new friends and their silly tantrums replace fights and tussles with siblings, where you realise the true value of mom’s incessant screaming over to have a cup of milk or persistent calling by her to clean our wardrobes.

It’s a place where we learn to cater for our needs in our own way. Obviously the care and comfort of home is irreplaceable but we definitely learn how to make ourselves home in the new surroundings with new people. To be on our own is a hard task in the beginning especially when you need your mom to iron your clothes or your dad to give a ride to college every day. Residing as a P.G is a fun filled task when you find pleasure to wake up late without the elders coming to check up upon you at midnight or to watch your favourite television show with nobody to fight for the TV remote.

Staying as a paying guest has many pros when you compare life in a hostel or private rentals. It provides you freedom and independence from the cruel eyes and strictness of hostel wardens and gives the advantage of many basic facilities like food, laundry, refrigerator, television etc. by landlords and maids which one finds hard to cater on our own. Another advantage is that you get much needed social security in a new city when your parents are always worried about your well-being back home and get an opportunity to share your expenses with others which often isn’t available when we stay alone. Though there are pleasures of it, there are often times when we face struggles with roommates who are always not your type or to face an irresponsible landlord who doesn’t care much for its so called ‘guests’. However to live as a paying guest in Delhi when you’re studying or working is a great option for many people who come here. It’s a place where we learn to cross the rivers on our own.

Although mom’s lovely handmade ‘dal-chawal’ is missed yet there is a delight to share the Dominos pizza with your friends to celebrate an occasion. Sharing the stories of college with your brother or sister is truly missed but we always get to find one true pal to narrate all the crazy things that happen in college. Dad is missed when you need some advice in some serious matters or need some more pocket money to buy a new watch which you just checked out on the store but the blessing in disguise is we learn how to deal with the important things and save money to buy the next thing on our bucket-list.

Of course, with the perks offered, there are endless problems such as the inflated charges, bad quality food and accommodation, non co-operative roommates,safety concerns and what not. However, PGs continue to be the most preferred way out by the youth as it provides the right exposure at the right age to make you self dependent. It teaches you prioritizing, concentrating despite of distractions, understanding people, managing routine activities. It gives the learning curve a new direction.

So to all the new and old students living as PGs in Delhi, here’s wishing you all the very best, keep in line with your goal, work for it, keep safe and enjoy the wonderful three years to come!