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Do you accept and love yourself or are you the King of the world? Let you be the better judge by reading down below, the difference between self-love and narcissism.

Mein apni favourite hoon”, a phrase you would have heard a million times over, and with assurity said it out loud yourself. Irregardless of the fact that this dialogue is iconic or not, what really brings the matter to light here is the difference which has never been understood- the parallels of self-love and narcissism. Why are they considered one and the same thing by many and how and why there is a major difference between the two. Let us figure it out, through the course of this article.

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Let us focus on the primary word- love. Films and novellas have bruised and ruptured the core ideal of love. It was always a metatheatre for the viewers, love was described as objective, through someone else’s gaze, through shimmery red lipsticks and an elegant pearl choker or through a well-suited tuxedo and a steady walk or ballrooms. This is not all love entails. Love has always been described as a feeling of mutuality between two individuals. But what about loving yourself? Where does that fit in this frame?

This is where the concept of self-love emerges. I feel it is a subjective term, to each individual, his or her own. For myself, it is a feeling of accepting yourself for who you are, flaws and strengths alike. And it is tough, it is not a measure to see how perfect you are, but being true to yourself and making peace with yourself. Self-love is correlated with self-esteem as well, it determines your outlook towards things, your acceptance for what goes on in life and a strive to become better. This is the purest form of self-love. Now let us talk about how it gets marketed in our lives. Having scars, not being the perfect figure, being too tall or too short, too pale or too dark, to shy or too strong, all of these are among the innumerable categories under which we can bring self-love to.

I also feel, it is safe to say that it is the 21st century when the core ideals of self-love began, when all of us got knit into the internet and when the personal got broadcast to a global audience. The reason this concept or philosophy got such a big response is because how vernacular it felt to each and every one. a sense of being able to relate arose and with that arose the feeling that you are not the only one who lives with insecurities, you outgrow them or you accept them and move on to become better. If self-love is such a simple concept, tough to follow, I agree, then why is it misinterpreted as narcissism?

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Narcissism on the other hand is this obsessive and excessive admiration one holds towards themselves, such as idealizing their physical appearance, outlook and developing a sense of entitlement. If you see Miranda Priestly storming out of her office with an excessively entitled opinion and a mood to shred you to pieces on how you dress yourself, you know you are facing a narcissist. A narcissist develops a ‘mental hierarchy’ giving him or her, a sense of complacency, and this undying need to seek validation for everything.

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Heena Garg, a literature student from Maitreyi College says, “as entertaining as it is to watch a portrayal of such a self-absorbed person in films, in reality, it is really difficult to deal with such a person. Having had such a friendship with someone before, it sometimes feels like a one-sided effort, as the other person just sees themselves, everywhere”. Taking a cue from Bollywood films, the iconic Poo from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum or Anil Kapoor in Dil Dhadakne Do present a deeper insight, which we wishfully ignore in attempts to enjoy the film, rather than decode the characters. Sometimes, portrayals of such characters are impressionable on the minds of the youth. The line, “kaun hai yeh, jisne dubara mudke mujhe nahi dekha”, by Kareena Kapoor, may provide a sense of hilariousness, but deep down, it also reflects the dire need to be seen and attract the attention of others, especially the one from the opposite sex. While self-love is about cleansing yourself of the negative, narcissism becomes the engulfment of so many negative thoughts. The insecurity with which one lives in soon turns into spite, competition with others, even your loved and cherished ones and a constant need for approval.

Studies showcase how it is people with narcissism who face a really low self-esteem and in order to compensate for the same, accept and create a virtual atmosphere around them where they are the only perfect or best people around. Gargi Singh, a psychology student in Delhi University says, “narcissism tends to arise in cases where the parent-child relationships is either filled with excessive adoration or excessive criticism leading to this inflated sense of the self”. The childhood and the adolescent shape how the future for us goes and as in a lot of philosophical arguments, the childhood is the most important stage in anyone’s life as it lays the psychological groundwork for us for the future as well.

Hence, sit down and relax. When you say “I love myself”, do you really mean it as a sense of accepting who you truly are or as a way to establish a sense of superiority to settle a trigger? Think more, breathe mire and introspect. I’ll take off now.

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The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) decided to remove three History chapters from class IX syllabus. Some of them include sections on caste and class struggles.

As per the Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar’s curriculum rationalisation exercise aimed at relieving students from “curriculum overload”, the NCERT decided to delete three chapters from the class IX History textbook, ‘India and the Contemporary World – I’. The decision, taken on 18 March, and has been brought into effect from the 2019-20 academic session onwards.

This is the second textbook review undertaken by the incumbent government, as reported by The Indian Express, which also mentioned that even though Javadekar’s recommendation to the NCERT was to cut curriculum by half across all subjects (by 2021), up to 20 per cent reduction was made in social science textbooks while cuts were kept to a minimum in mathematics and sciences. “The changes, they (sources) said, had been made based on over one lakh comments received from parents, students and teachers”, the report said.

The syllabus cuts have been brought about as per HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar’s curriculum rationalisation exercise.
The syllabus cuts have been brought about as per HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar’s curriculum rationalisation exercise.

The decision was covered widely by the media and invited criticism for the nature of the deletion, for it omitted chapters covering caste-based and other social conflicts.

One of the chapters, ‘Clothing: A Social History’, described various clothing norms to which different sections of the society were subjected and the responses that followed. One section from the chapter that especially stood out, both in media reports as well as in the critiques by academicians was ‘Caste Conflict and Dress Change’. The section described the clothing rules imposed on the Shanars in Travancore, wherein, women could not cover their upper bodies; the conflict over the dress rules that ensued; and the following reformation.

“The Shanars (later known as Nadars), many of whom were considered a ‘subordinate caste’ and so were generally prohibited from using umbrellas and wearing shoes or golden ornaments. Men and women were also expected to follow the local custom of never covering their upper bodies before the dominant castes”, the chapter read while adding, “Under the influence of Christian missionaries, Shanar women converts began in the 1820s to wear tailored blouses and cloths to cover themselves like the dominant castes. Hindu reformers such as Ayya Vaikunder also participated in the dress reform. Soon Nairs, one of the dominant castes of the region, attacked these women in public places and tore off their upper cloths.”

Cartoonist Orijit Sen’s ‘A Travancore Tale’ is the story of Nangeli, an Ezhava woman, who cut off her breasts to resist the ‘breast tax’ imposed on her for covering her upper body. Image credits:  scroll
Cartoonist Orijit Sen’s ‘A Travancore Tale’ is the story of Nangeli, an Ezhava woman, who cut off her breasts to resist the ‘breast tax’ imposed on her for covering her upper body.
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As per the report by The Indian Express, the CBSE had issued a circular in 2016 to its affiliated schools announcing the omission of said section. However, the section remained part of the NCERT textbooks until the curriculum rationalisation exercise.

The 2016 circular came in light of the direction given to the CBSE and the NCERT by the Madras High Court to examine a complaint on the “incorrect information” concerning the Shanar community, as per a public interest petition filed by the Advocates Forum for Social Justice, The Hindu had reported.

Talking about the critique of the decision, wrote, “The Renaissance Protection Committee, a platform of various community organisations under the aegis of Kerala government, said the Union government was attempting to erase the historic struggle of lower-caste women from the record.”

The chapter also described how “women in Victorian England were groomed from childhood to be docile and dutiful, submissive and obedient” and the manner in which “norms of clothing reflected these ideals”.

“From childhood, girls were tightly laced up and dressed in stays”, the chapter on clothing mentioned about dress norms in Victorian England.  Image credits: NCERT
“From childhood, girls were tightly laced up and dressed in stays”, the chapter on clothing mentioned about dress norms in Victorian England.
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The other two chapters deleted from the syllabus were named ‘History and Sport: The Story of Cricket’ and ‘Peasants and Farmers’.

The former didn’t really touch upon caste per se except for an excerpt from historian Ramachandra Guha’s ‘A Corner of a Foreign Field’, which mentions how Palwankar Baloo, a Dalit bowler, was not elected to play in the Quadrangular tournament for the Hindus because of his caste identity and how the captainship of his younger brother, Vithal, a few years later and the team’s victory against the Europeans under him was equated to Mahatama Gandhi’s “war on untouchability”. Apart from that, the chapter primarily focused on the English roots of cricket; the organisation of cricket in colonial India on “the principle of race and religion” and its changing character; and the sport’s association with decolonisation.

‘Peasants and Farmers’ on the other hand described the situation of farmers in the capitalist economy and with the coming of modern forms of production. “For the poorer farmers, machines brought misery. Many of them bought these machines imagining that wheat prices would remain high and profits would flow in. If they had no money, the banks offered loans. Those who borrowed found it difficult to pay back their debts. Many of them deserted their farms and looked for jobs elsewhere. But jobs were difficult to find. Mechanisation had reduced the need for labour”, the textbook mentioned regarding the nineteenth and twentieth-century American farmers. It further described the conditions of the opium farmers of Bengal under the colonial dispensation.

Conversely, the new directives of the NCERT also made some modifications: earlier, out of the three chapters – ‘The French Revolution’, ‘Socialism in Europe and the Russian Revolution’ and ‘Nazism and the Rise of Hitler’ – from the first section of the book, only two had to be taught; now teaching all three has been mandated.

Even though much of the media coverage focussed on the explicit section regarding the Shanar clothing revolt, the other deleted chapters also contained social histories of people across class, gender and racial identities. This realisation becomes more pronounced if contemporary situations are considered – farmers are still distressed; morality through clothing is still imposed; casteism is still an ugly reality. Naturally, a class IX textbook couldn’t have gone into considerable depth. However, by completely getting rid of chapters, which can have a bearing on how students learn to understand the realities around them, a major goal of education suffers a setback.

Yet, complications arise when we consider what chapters could have even been deleted. A case can be made that other chapters, ranging from the ones on European revolutions and Nazism to  those on forest society under colonialism and pastoralists in the contemporary world, are also equally important and that removal of any chapter would have taken a little away from the academic experience of the students.

Hence, perhaps the “curriculum rationalisation” exercise could itself be reimagined. Yes, the content of the books can be simplified as much as possible without compromising on its quality or scope. But more significant changes might be brought about by altering teaching methods and assessment systems. Chapters don’t become burdensome in and of themselves; they become so when the examinations, for which students are required to prepare these chapters, are structured such that they end up curbing creativity, imposing uniformity and encouraging memorisation over conceptual understanding. Unfortunately, that is yet to change.

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Extraness is a prized practice, and nothing gives you wings, not even Red Bull, as does a finsta account.

All tales that make sense will tell you this: nothing is as sweet as liberty. Simply because it allows you to be yourself. Social media is highly glitzy and glamorous, and the epitome of all elitism  seemingly reflects on Instagram. And in all that is glitter, the most promising gold is a finsta account. In the aesthetics and outfit of the day posts, a finsta account is really a wild, wild country of your own. The ‘close friends’ list was definitely helpful, but it is another thing to have a close friends list on your finsta.

A screenshot depicting a finsta user. Image credits: Kartik Chauhan for DU Beat
A screenshot depicting a finsta user.
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Nowadays, connectivity is supplemented by the exchange of Instagram handles. As a result, in a sea of ‘followers’ and an ocean of ‘following’, the users are left to fend for personal glory, presenting the most refined moments of their life. It makes no matter to most, but as many of us shying sheep will agree, self-consciousness and number of followers are directly related. Quality of the followers, factors in secondarily. For instance, if you have a lot of followers from a serious organisation you once interned with, you are likely to be more hesitant before you post a picture of yourself in your truer, and crazier element.

Image credits: Instagram screenshot by Kartik Chauhan for DU Beat.
Image credits: Instagram screenshot by Kartik Chauhan for DU Beat.

“Analysing my Instagram feed made me realise that despite its aesthetic, it did not suffice to please me. It felt strangely mechanical. It was then that I opened my new account. And although I initially started posting (or spamming) my crazy pictures, 15 posts later, it felt truly liberating. That I could share my crazy days with my own select few crazy people, and not be judged about having fun, that truly felt just the opposite of mechanical.” said a third year student of literature from Hansraj College.

Many people would argue that our need to create a finsta account is really derived from an unhealthy habit of self-criticism and consciousness. Consciousness is really derived from the deeply internalised sense of insecurity that we have been made to feel, by the regression of our surroundings. After a while, it just becomes a part of you, this insecurity and uncertainty about your self. You do not wish to seem too eager, or too enthusiastic, or too pretentious. All our social insecurities are put to test in a space that allegedly aims to ‘connect’.

Image credits: Instagram screenshot by Kartik Chauhan for DU Beat.
Image credits: Instagram screenshot by Kartik Chauhan for DU Beat.

Undeniably, every post on social media is subjected to discussions. But the consciousness that hogs our decision-making, that shadows our identities, it becomes a challenge. And though this problematic obligation to present the best on social media is worth our concern, it is irrefutable that finsta accounts have offered a wondrous respite.

It is as Avnika Chhikara, a student of literature from Maitreyi College says, “The way I see it, your finsta is a state of mind. It’s your own aesthetic. There are good, bad, terrible photos and videos. Where would they go, if not for others to get ‘spammed’?” Having said this, and being a pro at suggesting the best hacks, Avnika owns the idea of finsta when she says, “I say replace finsta with the first letter of your name and there you go, personalized to your taste.”

So get on with it. Embrace that wild side. Channelise your inner wild/philosophical/ditzy self, and rule the spam, because being extra is not everyone’s cup of tea.

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Ad-hoc teachers continue to face barbaric rules of the university, even the ones denying them of maternity leave.

The Delhi High Court has sought response from the Delhi University on a petition alleging that it was not granting leave to its female ad-hoc teachers.

The petition, which was filed by a female professor of Sri Aurobindo College, contended that under the Maternity Benefit Act she was entitled to six months leave, the varsity refused to grant her the relief as she was not a permanent employee and was employed on an ad-hoc basis.

The petitioner also contested that the Supreme Court had held that maternity benefits are available to all irrespective of the type of employment — permanent or contractual.

Taking note of the submissions made by the petitioner, Justice Suresh Kait observed that according to the apex court judgement and the act, she was entitled to maternity leave and asked the lawyer on behalf of DU to take instructions on the issue.
In her plea, the woman has claimed that she had sent several representations to the University since January 4 seeking grant of maternity leave as her expected date of delivery was February 22.However, DU failed to respond and she gave birth on February 3.

According to her lawyer, the professor has been on leave without pay as the varsity did not sanction her request for maternity leave.
DU’s lawyer told the court that her contract was renewed every four months and at present it stands expired on March 18.The lawyer also said it was a policy decision of the varsity to provide the benefit to only its permanent employees.

The High Court has now scheduled another hearing on the 10th of April,2019.

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Fortunately, the breach was minor and no student information was leaked. However, this does raise concerns about how secure our information really is.

On the 24th of March, students of the Zakir Husain Day College, Delhi University received Whatsapp forwards informing them that their official student portal had been hacked. This student portal can be accessed through the college website and provides the students with information regarding any notices, fee submission guidelines, attendance, paper details and internal assessment scores.

A screenshot displaying how the site appeared to the users, post the hacking.
A screenshot displaying how the site appeared to the users, post the hacking.

The only visible evidence of the breach was that the words at the bottom of the website had been changed. The hackers had chosen to replace the welcome message with abusive and inappropriate language. This was subsequently taken down and the website was fixed later in the evening on the same day.

Since there was no leak of any student information, the hack was minor and seemed to be more about mindless foolery and less about an organized information breach. However, it does point to a security problem. The portal contains important information about all the students of the college and hence demands a higher standard of security so that an event such as this is not a regular occurrence.

When the representatives of the college administration were contacted a day after the breach, they were unaware of its happening. The Information and Technology cell on the other hand, avoided the question about the measures taken to increase security on the platform.

Acknowledging the breach would be the first step towards taking corrective measures. In an age where all our information is stored online, hacking does become a significant threat. An acceptable standard of security is expected from all the establishments who are responsible for the safekeeping of our information.

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Manish Sisodia, Delhi Education Minister has written a letter to the Vice- Chancellor of DU, Yogesh Tyagi seeking the extension of the tenure of the governing bodies of all 28 government- funded colleges for a period of three months.

This move came after the tenure of the governing bodies of these Delhi Government funded colleges got over on March 8.

Terming the University’s refusal to give extension as a “politically targeted move”, Sisodia further said in his another letter written on March 20 to the VC, “The political overtone in this whole process is quite palpable and is not expected from your high academic office.” 

Of the twenty-eight State Government funded colleges, twelve are fully funded while the remaining sixteen receive 5% funding from the Delhi Government. Colleges like Deen Dayal Upadhyay College, Bhagini Nivedita College, Acharya Narayan Dev College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya and others are fully funded by the state government while the rest sixteen include colleges like Gargi College and Kamala Nehru among others.

It is to note that these governing bodies are fully responsible to take all decisions for the smooth functioning of a college, including the admission and appointment process. Earlier too, the Delhi government had stopped funding in these colleges without the consensus on the GB nominees, which resulted in the teachers not receiving their salaries.

“It would not be desirable that the colleges are run without properly constituted governing bodies. It is therefore suggested that the term of the existing nominees be extended,” Sisodia’s letter further read.

Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi is yet to comment upon the matter. However, an official in the administration said that the university might take some decision on the extension by the next week.

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A proposal was put forward by the Delhi University Administration in order to ask for funds for the construction of new infrastructure but it has been struck down by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The Delhi University administration asked the Ministry of Human Resource Development for Rs 5000 crore for the construction of a few buildings for the use by the University, but this proposal has been struck down by the MHRD. The MHRD termed the proposal as ‘unjustifiable’ and ‘over-hyped’.

According to sources, the DU administration submitted a quotation for the construction of buildings and had sought Rs 7,000 per square meter on an average, which was objected by the finance committee members who termed the quotation “unjustifiable”.

However, the issue of funds crunch has been raised by the Delhi University administration at various platforms, but the money that it had already hasn’t been spent by it and was returned to the University Grants Commission.

An elected member of DU’s finance committee said, “The DU administration has failed to spend Rs 300 crore it had received for the construction of buildings and other development work. The unspent money has already been returned to the University Grants Commission. Due to the short-sightedness and lethargic approach of the DU administration, the funds had lapsed”, as quoted in Sunday Guardian.

A proposal for a fund to the tune of Rs 5000 crore for the construction of buildings in DU was submitted by the DU administration in March during the finance committee meeting where MHRD officials were present. But the quotation that it had put up was considered to be too high. The DU proposal had sought Rs 7,000 per square meter as construction charges, which, compared to current market rates available for the construction of any building in Delhi, is more than thrice. Thus, MHRD officials openly criticized the DU administration and struck down the proposal, terming it unjustifiable and overhyped.

According to sources, the DU administration also sought for clearance of old bills of contractors but the validity of this demand was questioned by the finance committee on the basis that some of these bills are pending for over three decades. A similar demand was raised by DU to sought Rs 40 crore to clear a bill, but the original tender was of Rs 6 crore.

Abha Dev Habib, former member, Executive Council, DU told DU Beat, “While the UGC/MHRD has the right to scrutinize any proposal seeking a grant, increasingly the fear is that refusal to give grants will become a way to push universities to take loans for infrastructural requirements through Higher Education Funding Agency. These loans will have to be repaid primarily through student’s fees. We also want to add that right now the focus of the Government and universities should be infrastructure and manpower expansion required to cater to the EWS expansion. Unless this is done on a priority basis, universities will fail to cater to the increased number of students to intake on the count of EWS quota starting from this academic session.”

Thus it can be said that if the grants aren’t approved by the MHRD, then a hike in the fees of the students can be expected.

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Priya Chauhan

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Often parents end up dictating our present in attempts to create a safe future, making us question what choice should you, as a child, make then?

Board exams are not just an examination for the students but also for their parents. Children and parents both feel the stress and anxiety. After crossing that phase, you realise how hyped these exams were but how real they felt when writing them. I remember looking back how my mother had become my one true support system and my dad took responsibility to get me whatever it was that I needed. This is how invested parents get at such a stage in our lives.

Education is important and a backbone of our futures. The strong emotions felt by our parents over this can often translate into over-protectiveness where they begin to dictate certain aspects of our course or subjects. I have heard of several instances of parents asking their children to leave Humanities for Science, to compromise on their course for a better college, to follow the mainstream than to do something risky.

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Image credits: Times of India

The last part of that sentence becomes important, on speaking to my mother about the same she said, “Parents speak from their experiences. We are comfortable with what we know, unchartered waters arise fear and we begin to hold on too hard to our loved ones.” While times have changed parents often speak from an outdated perspective, where Engineering, MBBS or MBAs were seen as better courses by the society and created more successful individuals. There were ideas of a ‘set’ life and we can sense our folks often trying to mould us into it. Bournvita, in its initiative #lookbeyondmarks, touches upon this idea how not everyone fits in the same large sized, black t-shirt, yet parents attach the same expectations from every child.

On telling my friends or cousins how I’m pursuing an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology, did I realise how lucky I was, to be able to study a subject of my choice. While my grandfather’s reaction was, “Beta, koi professional course lele. Haye, Law kyu nahi karti?” (why not study a professional course, such as Law), endless number of people have mentioned how they were not allowed to study subjects like Psychology, Bachelor of Management Studies, International Relations, or at a younger level Arts, because of their parents.

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Prakhar Rathi, a student of Computer Science comments, “While ideas like ‘go pursue your passion’ sound great, my decision of which course to study was not just mine but an amalgamation of what I liked, what my parents liked, what was expected out of me and the pressure of not disappointing them. All this led to me selecting a course I somewhat liked but mainly checked all the boxes.”

Newer courses have now come up, with the aim to allow students to study what inspires them, subjects like BMS, Anthropology, Forensic Sciences, Ecopsychology and many more that can cater to such unique interests. But for some parents this desire often leads to them guiding their children down a path which they feel is best or which allows them to live their dreams through their children.

But making this a more realistic perspective, while the horizon of opportunities has broadened, and specialised courses are on a rise, not every course guarantees a job with a big package and a good life. This is where a parent’s perspective stems from. But the debate is about who defines what a “good life” is. A typical Indian parent’s response will be that these ideas only exist in films. But what is the value of that degree when it feels like suffocating, what is the value of the job it gives when you are only going to hate it or leave it, what is the value of those years when you will only regret them.

However, there can be a flip side to this where the outcomes might not be as harsh as they seem in those moments. Deepen Gondolay, a student of B.Com remarks, “It started out when I wanted to take Humanities and they made me take Commerce. Later, when I wanted to pursue BBA, I was pushed into staying here and doing B.Com, even when it wasn’t an ideal course. I don’t regret it too much because what I want to pursue as a career aligns with commerce itself.”

Not everyone meets the same fate, some slave studying subjects they do not have the aptitude or interest for. Not all of us have the liberty to negotiate and to those I can only say we cannot predict or control how our future will turnout, even after an IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad one could turn out to be a writer, while what kind of a writer is debateable. Either way life resulting in happiness will not indicate how parents are always right and unhappiness will only lead to resentment.

It is a tug of war between generations, opinions and risks between your parents’ choice and your choice.

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A fire broke out on Friday night in the building in University Stadium. The cause of the fire has been reported to be a short circuit. No casualties have been reported as the situation was brought under control soon.

The building near the sports ground of University Stadium caught fire last night. The incident occurred in the building which has various offices. The alleged cause of the fire has been reported to be a short circuit. However, the situation was soon brought under control as the fire brigades reached in time and thus the fire could be stopped from spreading to nearby places. No casualties have been reported so far. The University Stadium is situated in the North Campus, just next to the Delhi School of Journalism. The fire was under control and thus Delhi School of Journalism, housed in the University Stadium is safe.

The walls of the gallery in the building were noticed to have turned black with pungent fumes all around. A video of the same has been circulated by a student of Delhi School of Journalism in which a few firefighters can be seen on the site. Police were also present on the location but no statements could be taken from them.

Fire is also one of the most common safety hazards, the reason behind which in most cases is found out to be short circuits caused by faulty or loose wires. Fire incidents in the university campus have become more common as a few months back, a fire broke out in the chemistry block of Hansraj College which was also allegedly caused by a short circuit. Thus, this is the second fire incident in three months in the university campus. Luckily both the incidents were not very major and thus were controlled on time because of the presence of mind of the people present on the accident location. The fact that the fire brigades did not cause any delay in reaching the accident spot was also the main reason that the situation could be brought under control and the fire could be stopped from spreading to nearby locations.

However, not many people have any information about the incident as colleges are shut because of mid-semester break and others who are aware of the happenings have declined to give any details.

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Priya Chauhan

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We weren’t yet done with the fest season when we realized that it’s already time for the mid-semester break. All of us have our bags packed but are we really ready to go on a break yet?

Even semesters are shorter and comprise more extracurricular activities than academics. They are busier than the odd semesters because of college, society and department fests and somewhere because of the fest season, students lose track of everything else going on, which includes classes, internals, assignments, presentations, and everything else. But when the fests finally got over and students tried to get hold of their academic lives it was already time for the mid-semester break. Mid-semester break is the time when students plan to do everything that they kept on postponing till now and is the best time to catch up with friends. But the bigger question is, “does the assessment system of the University leave us with a mid-semester break?”

The assessment system of Delhi University is a continuous process that goes on throughout the semester as it includes assessments of all the core as well as elective papers which starts at the beginning of the semester and goes on till some days before the study break. While some people have most of their assessments lined up for the latter part of the semester; whereas some others had back to back assessments in the early part of the semester which makes them comparatively free towards the end of the semester. However, one common thing for almost everyone is the lineup of assessments after the mid-semester break as till this time most of the professors want to get done with their assessments and thus this leads to a very hectic schedule for the students and a need for them to balance between all their papers and the vacations that they might have planned.

Anamika Khanduri, an Economics Honors student of Kamala Nehru College says “we have a lineup of internals scheduled after the break as we did not have many assignments till now because of the fests. However, amidst the study schedule that we have planned for the break, we have a separate schedule for chilling and thus utilizing the much-needed mid-semester break.”

However, a student of Miranda House tells DU Beat, “we had most of our core assessments before the mid-semester break so we are comparatively free during the break.”

For the outstation students, the only time to go back home, visit family and catch up with old friends is this break. The main issue faced by them is that because of the assessments lined up they really need to pack more books in the luggage and spend more time with the books than with their friends and family.

“Home doesn’t really feel like home because all I do is study throughout the day for the four internals that follows the break”, said a History Honors student of Miranda House.

Akansha Priya, a second-year student of Sociology Honors, Miranda House said, “we had only one internal till now and have all our other assessments after the semester break.” About the assessment system, she says, “It would be better if we have assignments managed in a better way because it becomes very hectic to have so many assessments in a single week.”

Everyone has different views about the assessment system but almost everyone agrees that the assessment system of Delhi University is a very hectic process. But being a continuous process it also helps in the preparation for the semester end exams and it brings the students in a habit of studying continuously. Thus it can be said that the system is effective in some ways but it needs to be managed in a better way so that it leaves students with time to relax because college life is not all about studying and giving tests but is more about taking the unexpected adventures.

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Priya Chauhan

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