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An event that first took place last year, the SRCC Youth conference is an initiative of the students of Shri Ram College of Commerce. With the second edition of the conference slated for August 17, 2013, the theme of this year’s event is CHANGE.

This year, the conference has been structured to include more than just the speaker sessions. Concurrent with the first Youth Conference, there will be three speaker sessions wherein people from different fields will share the same dais, articulating their experience and thoughts in regards to the theme.

Two speakers having a political background then present the two sides of the same coin, giving the audience both a view and a counter view on an apolitical subject. Finally a panel discussion comprising of speakers hailing from the social and arts field to end the conference.

Anmol Verma, a Core Committee member of the Youth Conference team, commented “We have changed our structure itself. We have brought a panel discussion and have also tried to make it more interactive with students present.  We have also brought speakers who have come from various fields so that students have a variety of thoughts to listen to. Our main aim is to take this year’s youth conference to a higher level altogether. ”

The speakers for Youth Conference are well known in various spheres of the society. The speakers include Mr. Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director of The New Indian Express Group, Mrs. Sonia Singh, Editorial Director of NDTV, Dr.Kiran Bedi, Retired IPS officer and Social Activist, Mr. Praveen Swami, National Security Analyst, Firstpost and CNN-IBN, Mr. Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-chief of India TV and Rashmi Bansal, author.

The event will be a full day conference scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will take place in the SRCC auditorium.

Women’s Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi is offering a PG level certificate course in “Gender and Society”. This course has a three month duration starting from August 2013 to October 2013.

The Eligibility criteria set up by them is having at least 50% marks in B.A., B.Sc. or B.Com but the admission will be taken on the basis of Interviews of candidates registering for the course.

The registration fee is an amount of Rs.1500. While the last date for submitting of applications is 9th August, 2013, the tentative date decided for interviewing the candidates is 13th August, 2013. The candidates will have a last chance to get admission in the course by 16th August, 2013.

The Course consists of broadly 5 units. The first unit is named “Theoretical Challenges” and consists of challenges faced in the Indian Society in a theoretical manner. The second unit is named “Women in Indian Society” and as the name suggest, it consists of a detailed explanation of the condition of women in the Indian Society. The third unit is “Women in Cultural and Literary Paradigms” and this unit deals with Models of women who have been known in Cultural and Literary aspects of the Society. The fourth unit is “Gender and Social Change” and talks about the various changes in various aspects of the society as well as the changes in respect to gender. The fifth and last unit consists of Project work.

All interested candidates are required to fill in the application form, but only in the hard copy along with duly attested Mark Sheets of graduation and other testimonials. The application forms are available at the Delhi University website as well as the Women’s Studies and Development Centre, Academic Research Centre, Opposite Khalsa College. Any queries can be mailed at [email protected].

“The youth is the power of India. When the whole world will have its population concentrated in the old age, India will rise with its youth.” These were a few of the inspiring words said by Mr.Shashi Tharoor, Hon’ble Union minister of State of Human Resource Development at the Vidyarthi Panchayat organised for Delhi University students on the 29th July at the North Campus Conference Centre.

The Vidyarthi Panchayat is an initiative by DUSU and NSUI. It is a platform to raise our voices & get grievances redressed. The main aim is to give students a proper channel to address the various issues in the college campuses.

The initiative was started under the programme “Lead Your Campus” which aims to empower students to fight for their rights. They have not just introduced the concept of such panchayats to Delhi University, but to other universities as well. They believe that Vidyarthi Panchayat is a platform to bring students and college administration together.


The issues and concern raised in the Vidyarthi Panchayat would be published on the university website and they would be acted upon by the required authorities. The hearing was honoured by Dr.Shashi Tharoor, along with Prof. Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor of Delhi University.

Many questions were raised at the Panchayat regarding the lack of proper communication between the administration and students regarding several provisions of examinations because of which the students have to often re-appear. The Vice Chancellor assured that everything is being put on the websites so that students don’t have to just rely on information counters for the same. Questions were also asked regarding the ruckus created during the election campaign. Other concerns such as students not being granted admission despite clearing the cut off lists of colleges were cleared by assuring that an Enquiry Committee had been formed for the same.

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A parent also managed to get in and took out all his frustration on the authorities present for not letting his child get a chance to apply for the desired course she wanted. However, at the same time, many voices were left unheard and the NSUI members seemed to be passing on the mike selectively to certain people, as if it was pre-planned.

The initial small turn out delayed the event and overall it failed to gather the level of audience it should have attracted. Though Dr. Tharoor honoured the students by his presence simply for half an hour, he made sure all the grievances presented before him were properly taken care of. As a whole, it was a good initiative taken by DUSU and NSUI but an equal opportunity should have been given to all in order voice their concerns.