Avnika Chhikara


Find out how the harsh realities of what students face often remains unspoken.

One in every four women in Delhi University has been the victim of sexual harassment. In the same study what was also revealed was how, not even half of the students were aware of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) in their colleges.

A student of Kamala Nehru College faced a gruesome incident while travelling in route 544 of the DTC buses. On one of her daily commutes to college, a male passenger started rubbing his private parts against her from behind and this went on till she reached her stop. When she asked him to stop, he responded with, “I’ll do what I want.”

Another student from DU shared her experience of humiliation when a fellow student publicly pointed at her breasts and making a comment, leaving her shaking. The rise of such activities is seen during fests, when people try to take advantage of the large crowds and chaos to grope and inappropriately touch students. Students come to see their favourite artists perform but return with a dreadful experience.

The instances of harassment extend to emotional and mental harassment as well. What is shocking is how at a point in time the people who claim to be more aware are the same individuals who turn out to be guilty of what they spoke against while fluently articulating their ‘liberal’ and ‘woke’ views. The recent calling out of comedians is an example of how such garb is created. Societies and circuits in DU have become toxic for several students due to these instances.

Social media has become a platform for people to share their horrors. A student of DU shared her grim story of being in a relationship with a senior who had considerable social capital. She talked about the ghastly emotional impact on her by virtue of the inherent power dynamics in a heterosexual relationship which was furthered by his visibility in his college society.

On asking an out-station student about whether she shared her horror of being groped she responded, “My parents will get worried and call me back home if I tell them. I can’t take a chance like this.” Several negative aspects of Indian society contribute to people not being able to share their stories. Women are either asked not to travel at night or to travel with a friend.

On speaking to an official from Maurice Nagar Police Station, located in the North Campus, it was revealed that such complaints are handled by lady officers, attempts are made to create a safe and comfortable environment for the complainant. Colleges also have ICC and Women’s Development Cell (WDC) to approach for such instances. While many women came forward to share their stories, no responses were received from any male students, the reasons for which remain ambiguous.

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Read on to find out about problems like curfew timings, degrading remarks on clothing, character questioning by wardens and so on in DU hostels.

Currently, the fight against hostel administrations is on its peak. From Lady Shri Ram College in the South Campus to Daulat Ram College in the North, many colleges in the prestigious University of Delhi (DU) are witnessing protests.

The on-going protest by the students of Daulat Ram College is against the harsh treatment and derogatory language by the hostel administration. On several instances of seeing students wear clothes or make up which the administration does not approve of, comments like, “Dhanda karne ja rahi hai kya?” or “boyfriend se milne jaa hai hai kya? have been made. A student on reaching five minutes after the curfew timings was made to stand outside the gate for hours. Insensitive comments have been passed at a visually impaired resident of the DRC hostel on simply leaving her hair open.

Presently, no heed was paid when the students protesting outside from 7:30 PM to 5 AM were puking and fainting and were even refused water. Furthermore, the students left inside the hostel were ordered to be locked in their rooms by male security guards at 2 AM. What happens to the slogan of safety that the administration chants?.

In another college in DU the curfew timings are only enforced for the girls and simply forgiven for the boys. Even the security guards taunt the female residents by saying, “Late nahi ho gaya?” despite them taking permissions and following due process to stay out.

In Lady Shri Ram College, the passing of judgement on character continues but beyond that, extension of the unacceptable curfew timing of 7:30 pm is not acceptable under the grounds of safety and logistical limitations. As a result of the Pinjra Tod protests, certain changes and improvements have been made such as removing a cap on the number of monthly late nights, other goals of the protests still need to be met.

The pattern in all these cases and many more is how under the garb of ‘safety’ hostel administrations are perpetuating sexist mindset. Slut shaming for wearing skin-showing clothes, character questioning for returning at a time considered late, insensitive remarks have created a toxic environment.

This issue is not restricted to DU colleges only, but also to colleges outside Delhi. In the case of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), the curfew for girls is thirty minutes prior to that of boys’ and in case of leaving the college an Akka ‘checks’ every girl’s clothing to be modest.

The same rules are not applied in the case of boys’ hostels. Moral policing of girls is not a solution to the problem of the unsafe environment but rather a means of instilling fear. The students of the University are giving a powerful response to break this cage.

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A derivative of what the 21st century’s social media holds, let us figure out what truly is this FOMO.

As we swung in a fast forward motion to the world of social media and the smartphone, making our life buzzing (pun-intended) and also distanced in a way. It was a strange discovery after going through a workmate’s personal text to me, that while I declare myself as a millennial child, the bearing of FOMO in the lingo intrigued me, and here is how it goes.

FOMO stands for the Fear Of Missing Out. What really captivates me is its uncanny rhyme to my favourite street food ‘momo’ and the tenacity of the mind to control the urge to have some. Keeping this digression aside, let us focus on the coinage of this slang. The surge of this term grew somewhat in the phase when Instagram rocked the entire globe. Not even one celebrity post or any major event has the comments section missing out on this “FOMO”.

We all come across some of these things, “I didn’t read this tweet that was posted by xyz celebrity”, “I haven’t posted a story of this breaking news on my Instagram!”, “I can’t believe two of my workmates are dating, their pictures say otherwise”, “I wish I could’ve gone to this party”, “I wish I had a dressing sense like her, it’s amazing” and much more.

The FOMO is a feeling of being left out or having a tendency to feel insecure upon realization that one misses out on a particular event or a story or any other happening which influences their life. In the words of Annie Rana, a literature student from Maitreyi College, “FOMO for me arises definitely upon scrolling through my Instagram feed, that too when my weekends are spent in my house, as opposed to going for a night-out with my friends or missing out on something in my social circle’s calendar.”

Studies conducted by different research groups suggest a binary approach to understanding FOMO. While one research group asserts it is a general anxiety over the idea that others are having a more content and fulfilling time without you, whereas the other research groups states it to be a social anxiety which revolves around a continuous urge to be connected with the activities of one’s friends or other people.

We all can admit that we have all felt this fear of being left out once or twice (or more for some), especially if we are to believe in the delusions of conventionality. Taking the case of the youth, FOMO arises especially if we witness someone, who we are connected to socially having a great time around, probably a fancy lunch, or a weekend party, as opposed to our plans, which might be to laze around in the company of our bed and duvet, making us feel that we are ‘boring’ or have no ‘social life’.  It is also believed that the people, who experience FOMO, are in fact very active on social media, accrediting to the constant exposure to others’ lives and being up to date about it, creating an unnecessary feeling of being bothered and having bouts of self-doubt in you.

Heena Garg, a second year student of Maitreyi College comments, “I have witnessed the feeling of FOMO quite a lot. My friends who are outstation students have more access to partying or ‘chilling’ around frequently, due to the state of their accommodation like PGs or apartments, as opposed to me, who usually prefers weekends as time to spend with the family. It bothered me a little at first, but I think I have accepted this fact and in fact it makes me more joyous. It is about knowing what makes you really happy and to really stop doubting yourself as a person, because everyone has different interests when it comes to spending their time.”

Due to its widespread use, the word is now a part of the Oxford Dictionary, ever since 2013, making it as valid a term, as any other word from the language.

The feeling of FOMO also hints at a hidden desperation or a need to be validated by the others. Most online shopping sites also use this tactic to a fine advantage. Social media handles which portray the quirkiest and eclectic collections become online favourites among users quick due to their different approach and also because the FOMO factor which is targeted in the users, making one believe what they are buying is definitely the next big thing or definitely something which will make them look much more cool.

The question which we should ask ourselves is, how do we get rid of this online disease? The answer is simple. Opting for a social media detox. While others may chide it as useless, or something which comes off as very ‘first world-ish problem’, a social media break, in fact helps you to focus better and to stop consuming much of your time lingering around others’ feeds or stalking them and then feeling worse about yourself. Taking this break will help you to find time for yourself and most certainly give you time for the much needed introspection. Why a lot of people have now started opting and recommending for a social media break is because we all need it at some point ot the other. It is exhaustive and it is impressionable. It makes us want to blend in better, making us thus feel detached from our true identities’, resulting in this feeling of being as lost and clueless as ever.

Hence, FOMO, as hideous as this acronym may sound, is in fact much more a grave thought. I suggest, we all take a step back from this incessant need to be involved into other people’s lives and invest our time to better causes.


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On one hand the inquiry on financial inconsistencies has been dropped off the teacher representatives, demand action from cop alleging harassment. Read on to find out more.

On 5th March the governing body of Kalindi College, decided to call off its inquiry against Principal Anula Maurya. This action has been taken as not a single response has been made to their reminders by the Delhi University (DU) Vice Chancellor, Mr. Yogesh Tyagi.

This inquiry had been set up as a result of the report by Comptroller and Audit General of India (CAG), in which it had found financial irregularities in Kalindi College’s audit. The governing body’s Chairman Mr. Deepak Marwah has said that despite having sent five reminders over twenty days, regarding the inquiry, the Vice Chancellor has not reacted. And due to political pressure, this matter cannot be figured out.

Mr. Saikat Ghosh, a member of Academic Council, Delhi University commented, “The Kalindi College GB’s abrupt decision to withdraw the inquiry against the Principal is puzzling and shows that the DU administration is unwilling to follow a transparent and due process of examining financial misdemeanour. The teaching community insists on due process and the Principal should not fear an impartial inquiry to establish facts. If she is not guilty, she will come up clean. But to abandon procedures and politicise a routine matter of inquiry when the GFR rules are flouted, is setting a very dangerous precedent for a public institution.”

Rajesh Jha, Executive Council Member of DU Teachers’ Association on commenting on DUTA protesting the inquiry said, “At the time we got to know the GB acted in arbitrary manner, we opposed it. We stand for transparency and accountability, no one should be subjected to such arbitrary decisions. We are not in banana democracy, due procedure in such situations such be followed, and we will have no objection.”

While the members of DUTA protested, the GB members alleged that they were harassed which ended with the Chairman filing a complaint. The teacher representatives wrote a strong worded letter to the top cop stating how a humiliating and an abusive environment was created making them feel harassed and threatened. They further stated that while the police have not seized the CCTV footage, this important piece of evidence could easily be tampered with. Principal Anula Maurya could not be contacted to comment on the developments of this incident.

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The Delhi University Students Union has publicly declared that the Vice Chancellor has repeatedly avoided meeting them and that they demand an immediate audience to discuss student’s welfare.

On the 5th of March, the ABVP led Delhi University Students Union organized a protest outside the Vice Chancellor’s office to bring to light the apparent absence of the Vice Chancellor and his unwillingness to discuss pertinent concerns of the students. The protest was led by Mr Shakti Singh( DUSU president) along with Ms. Jyoti Choudhary ( Joint Secretary, DUSU). It began outside the VC’s office and a group of close to 100 members of the ABVP marched towards Vishwavidyalaya metro station in an attempt to make their demands heard.

Majority of the protesters including the DUSU president Mr. Shakti Singh were arrested by the police to deescalate the tension and to prevent the crowd from turning violent. They were released shortly after. This protest comes directly after a protest held on the 18th of February expressing similar concerns.

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Image credits:  ABVP media cell


The DUSU has accused the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Yogesh Tyagi of ignoring student’s issues and refusing to meet the elected members of the Union. This protest comes after repeated attempts made by the union to meet him so the issues could be discussed. Ms. Jyoti Chaudhary informed that she and the President had sent numerous applications in their personal capacity and on behalf of the union over the span of six months requesting to meet the VC. There has allegedly been no response from the VC’s office which has significantly hindered the DUSU’s ability to solve matters of heightened importance for the student community.  

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Image credits: ABVP media cell

Four primary issues were presented during the protest which demanded the immediate attention of the VC. These were-

  • The introduction of supplementary exams so that graduating students who have failed can reappear for the exam without a period of two months without having to wait for another year.
  • New hostels should be constructed to satisfy the demand and the process of admission into the hostels should be centralized.
  • The fees for any post graduate course should be uniform across all colleges. For example- Hindu College and Shaheed Sukhdev College should charge the same fees for common courses.
  • Initiation of the Vice Chancellor’s scholarship for specially disabled students of Delhi University.

Mr. Shakti Singh said, “The Vice Chancellor should immediately end his dictatorial attitude and the fact that our attempts to discuss these important issues have been handled so carelessly by him is extremely unfortunate. We will continue the fight until and unless we receive an audience of the VC himself.”

Last year, a similar concern was raised by the former president of the DUSU Mr. Rocky Tuseed who towards the end of his term said that the Vice Chancellor actively ignored the DUSU and had taken out no time to discuss the concerns of the students with them.

On the other hand, the Vice President of the DUSU, Mr. Akash Chaudhary (NSUI) did not participate in the protest and claimed that “it is a publicity stunt where the same issues are raised year after year.” He also mentioned that he had met the Vice Chancellor on the 1st of November and had a discussion with him on issues such as “ICC elections in every college, provision of buses for female students, construction of sports facilities and proper grounds in all colleges.”

The President, Mr Singh also mentioned that “Owing to his health conditions, we have given him (VC) a period of 15 days to respond to our concerns. If we receive a negative response, we will be forced to hold a protest on a larger scale as the welfare of students is at stake.”

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Is Monica Geller’s habits of excessive cleaning simply cute or are they problematic in the bigger picture? Read more to find out.

(TW: self-harm, depression, anxiety, and other illnesses.)

Mental illnesses no longer receive the same degree of scandalous responses as they did a few years ago. This is owed to the growing discourse around them and even due to films like Dear Zindagi, boldly representing the ideas perceived in society as a taboo. While this growing discourse aims to destigmatise it, a trend of ‘romanticising’ mental illnesses is now on a rise.

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Image credits: Twitter

This wrongful act involves beautification of mental disorders often seen in posts describing self-harm as ‘tragically beautiful’ or art. Another example would be, the parallels drawn between Monica Geller’s “cute” passion for cleaning and organising and the behaviour of someone suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a mental disorder. Memes on social anxiety carry the tag of being ‘cool’. Ideas like “social awkwardness is cute” are highly popularised. Depression is reduced to being “emo” and wearing black outfits. Responses like “I relate” to memes with underlying tones of mental illnesses have become immediate reactions by people.

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Image credits: Odyssey

Devyani Mahajan, a 2nd year Psychology student comments, “It (mental illness) is romanticised today in pop-culture which ends up making anxiety, depression and many more into badly executed graphic t-shirts, posters, and commercial art. Hustle (read: drowning yourself in stress) is the new cool.”

There exists a fine line between normalising this issue and falsely representing it. Savannah Brown, spoken word poet, identifies the source of this as Tumblr in a Youtube video. Although the influence has spread to other social media platforms as well. She further says, “People were tagging things like proana which is proanorexia… which is obscene because it is not just romanticising an illness but also making it out to be a good thing. It’s literally saying that this is something you should strive to be.” while referring to tags on social media platforms campaigning for eating disorders.

These connotations and misrepresentations of mental illnesses have led to several problematic consequences. Firstly, it trivialises the gravity of mental illnesses and the sufferings of the people who have them. The pain and agony are depicted in pop-culture as quirky or ‘relatable’ and thus reducing it to mere traits or habits every individual has. This creates a single and incorrect narrative of what comprises of that illness. This is sickening and reflects an extreme lack of sensitivity towards those who have gone or are going through it. Secondly, it creates this hierarchy where some illnesses hold aspirational value subsequently relegating others like Bipolar Disorder to the background.

Sanjula Gupta, a first year student of Psychology at Kamala Nehru College remarks, “The very fact that artists’ work is attributed to their mental illness and how Van Gogh’s Starry Night is romanticised, is a clear example of how we lack sensitivity when it comes to portrayal of mental illness and the narrative surrounding it”.

A post on Tumblr reads, “pretty girls don’t eat”, keeping in mind that the growing use of these platforms is by teenagers and young-adults, such posts can have devastating effects. This becomes the third problem accruing. What is necessary is a true representation and an end to it being glamourised. Using creative freedom comes with sets of responsibility to be met. Mental health is no joke and requires the utmost level of carefulness. With today’s culture of trends and easy access to the internet and all its content, it becomes each individual’s prerogative to make careful judgements of what they see and what they spread.

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22nd February 2019.

New Delhi: Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College held its annual Sports Day, and a special event “Ankur”—an inter-college athletic meet for visually challenged students at Tyagraj Stadium on Friday. The inter-college NCC festival, “Vijayant”, was also held alongside. “Ankur” is a welcome initiative taken by the college to bring the visually challenged students into the mainstream.

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Image credits: Suraj Ban Singh


More than 100 students from across colleges of Delhi University participated in events such as long jump, shot put, discus throw and the 100 mt race.

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Image credits: Suraj Ban Singh


After a soulful rendition of the college prayer, the sports day was declared opened by the chief guest, Lt Col Vikram Kashyap, in the presence of S Gurbir Singh Alag, member, Governing body, and the principal Dr. Manmohan Kaur.

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Image credits: Suraj Ban Singh

The audience was spellbound by a splendid yoga demonstration and a Gatka performance by the students. Various college societies participated enthusiastically in the march past. Badminton, table tennis, athletics, basketball, volleyball and tug-of-war were some of the events which saw the students winning medals.  It was a special event which saw a wonderful athletic competition for visually impaired students as well. 

DU Beat photographers mistreated at the hands of faculty at Shivaji College. Read on to find out more.

The cultural event of Shivaji College, Vibrations, was held on the 20th and 21st of February, 2019. While it hosted several programmes, what also unfolded were unfortunate experiences that became horrifying for the photographers here at DU Beat.

DU Beat, as the official ‘Media Partner’, went to cover the Star Night featuring Benny Dayal. Despite being given the official access pass and barricade entry inclusive of the stage, the faculty turned out to be unwilling to let them stand and perform their task. The barricades placed were at a very close proximity to the stage allotted to the photographers. The teachers and faculty were also accommodated within this restricted region.

The photography team was present to deliver on a string of tasks, this process was hampered by the faculty who felt they were “blocking their view”. This agitation intensified. Surabhi, a photographer at DU Beat, was pulled by her arm and dragged away by a male teacher. Two other photographers, Simran Sawhney, and Adithya Khanna suffered the same ill treatment of being pushed by teachers.

The horrors of the event extended further when Mahi, a member of the team, was approached by a security guard from Shivaji College who came “dangerously close” to her and said, “Peeche hatt yaha se” (‘Move away from here’ in a derogatory manner). Despite standing at a reasonable distance from the stage she showed him her id-card to make him realise that she was with the press. He replied with the same cold response.

Janesh Sahni, a videographer from DU Beat said, “I suffered a major loss when this teacher overstepped her bounds and pushed my camera away. The lens which costs Rs 43,000 was damaged in this chaos.” The photography team who were simply present to do their duty were man-handled and mistreated. This turned out to be a horrible experience for the entire team.

The authorities at Shivaji College responded to this with justifications. An absence of evidence of the camera lens being damaged by a professor meant there was no proof for the institution to bear its cost. While the possibilities of such proof existing are impossible. The infrastructural limitations were justified on grounds of bad weather conditions and thus the event had to be moved to a smaller venue. The representatives agreed to provide a formal apology from the institution and the professors responsible, once identified. No comments were made on the man-handling of the two female photographers but what was discussed were suggestions to ensure such incidents did not emerge in the future.

DU Beat is a student-run magazine, such behaviour from faculty members of the same university is unacceptable. This association was built on an agreement with the Cultural Committee of the college and demands certain standards of respect be upheld and decorum to be maintained. Under this, it becomes the prerogative of the college to take responsibility for such actions, something that remains ambiguous.

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The three-day fest of Miranda House, Tempest 2019 presented different events and an amazing line-up of the performance nights.

Tempest 2019- the Annual Cultural Fest of Miranda House- University of Delhi kick-started on 14th February 2019.There were a plethora of events scheduled by the college but most of them got delayed due to unfavourable weather conditions. Nevertheless, the events ran smoothly and the first day of Tempest turned out to be a fulfilling and vibrant experience for the attendees.

The Duet Singing Competition organized by Geetanjali, the Indian Music Society of Miranda House saw various performances that had the audiences captivated. It concluded with Sukriti and Saksham from SGTB Khalsa College in second position, with the winner’s title being claimed by Pranava and Ram of Hansraj College.

Adwitiya, the Fine Arts’ Society, in a stunning display of powerful art, transformed SAC to an exquisite art gallery. From portraits to abstract brushstrokes, all the artwork presented had a story to tell. An art-piece labeled ‘Nirvana’ captured the modern world in a representative manner. A symbolic display promised and delivered aesthetic pleasure.   The day concluded with the performance by PARASHARA- a popular Delhi-based progressive band, with an idea conceived and brought to action in the mountains. The audiences swiveled to the beats as they played their melodies, revolving around the realities of life, with an interesting modern touch to it. This wraps up the Day 1 of the fest and all the festivities stuck true to the theme of the fest: “Future of Fun”.  

Day 2 of Tempest 2019, the annual cultural fest of Miranda House witnessed a refreshing hustle-bustle as the day started with a perfect weather, as opposed to the weather conditions prevailing the first day. The day witnessed different societies conducting their competitions.

Anukriti, the Hindi Dramatics Society of Miranda House organised ‘Izhaar’, a stage play event after four years. Amongst preliminary rounds between 27 competing team, 6 teams made it to the finals. The event kicked off with ‘Three Tall Women’ the annual production of The Ariels, the English Dramatics Society, followed by SRCC’s annual production ‘Anidra’ and Anubhuti, the Hindi Dramatics Society of Sri Venkateswara College’s annual production ‘Kolahal’. After the break, ‘Fourth Wall Productions’, the dramatics society of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies presented their annual production ‘Bhunde’. The event ended with Leher, the dramatics society of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce’s production ‘Mahua’ and Hansraj dramatics society’s play ‘Word of Mouth’.

The Day 2 of Tempest 2019 came to an end with an exhilarating performance by DJ Mojojojo. He performed some of his famous mixes like ‘Sapne’ and also played the famous track ‘Udd Gaye’ by Ritviz. The audience grooved to the tunes of his enthralling showcase. The crowd then peacefully dispersed.  

Day 3 witnessed four events taking place. Orpheus, the Western music society of Miranda House organized their annual event Euphony 2019. The event had two competitions: Accapella, the group singing competition and the solo singing competition.Echo the western music society of Jesus and Mary College won the first position in group singing.

Mridang, the Indian dance society of Miranda House presented their annual fest Tarangini’19. The solo classical event witnessed a number of participants portraying classical dance performances followed by a montage of peppy group performances by participants ranging from different colleges.

On the last day of Tempest 2019, renowned singer, Jubin Nautiyal, created an enchanting musical aura at Miranda House. He began the night by interacting with the audience, and telling the enthusiastic crowd that he had been excited to meet them and perform for them since the past few weeks. Soft romance was the vibe in the air as he sang popular numbers like Meherbaani, Kaabil, Gazab ka hai din, and Baawra Mann among many others. In a medley that had the audience captivated, Nautiyal sang covers of old favourites such as Gulaabi aankhein, Dheere dheere se, and Roop tera mastana. The singer then moved to songs like Aaj ki raat, Tamma tamma, Ilahi et al, as the audience grooved in delight. On the same climatic note, Nautiyal bid adieu to Miranda House with the joy and rhythm of The Humma Song.

Tempest 2019 was a success with an amazing line-up of performance nights and multiple events organised by the college societies.


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The governing body of Kalindi College, sent its Principal on a forced leave last Wednesday after discrepancies were found in the audit by CAG which was followed by a protest from DUTA.

The Comptroller and Audit General of India (CAG) found financial irregularities in the audit of Kalindi College and the governing body forced the Principal to go on a leave to conduct a proper uninfluenced investigation. The governing body said that they just wanted to conduct a deeper investigation in the matter and wanted the investigation to proceed uninfluenced and that was the reason for sending the principal on a forced leave.  As soon as the incident took place the Delhi Union Teachers Association (DUTA) reached the college and protested against the action and demanded immediate solution regarding the forced leave. The teachers argued that there was no such financial irregularity.

Rajib Ray, President of DUTA, speaking to DU Beat said “I reached the college at around 8 in the evening and we impressed upon the governing body that in such matters they can’t remove any teacher (Principal included) as it did not fall under their domain. They could set an investigation for facts finding and then if facts support the decision they have to report to the university and then only can such an action can be taken. The governing body realised their mistake and the decision was reversed. Ordinance 18 is to be followed in matters like these where a prima facie committee is formed and only if the committee finds any discrepancies after initial investigation the governing body can request the University to take actions like sending a teacher on a forced leave.”

The teachers’ deny of any irregularity in the financial audit and stand firm that whatever happened was wrong. The Principal Ms. Anula Maurya could not be reached for a comment on the incident.


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