Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is all set to embark into the management and corporate world, offering admissions into it’s MBA program based on CAT results.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Delhi has announced that the scores of Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 will be accepted by the varsity for admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme offered at JNU. The news came on Monday, 30th July 2018, with a tweet from the Vice Chancellor of JNU, Dr. M. Jagadesh Kumar.

Established in 1969, JNU is one of India’s best institutions known for its multidisciplinary approach to education and commitment to social justice.
The MBA programme, one of the 34 Post Graduate Programmes available at JNU, will be offered through JNU’s newly announced School of Management and Entrepreneurship. 2019 will be the flagship year for the MBA programme, and the session is scheduled to commence in July 2019. School of Management and Entrepreneurship at JNU aims to benefit the society in general and aspirants from underprivileged background in particular, as they get access to education and skills on international standards.  CAT scores are accepted by many business schools in India, and this decision on behalf of the management is expected to increase the transparency of the admission procedure.

The Common Entrance Exam 2018 is scheduled to be held on Sunday, 25 November 2018. Here are the Important dates:

  • Registration process: August 8
  • Registration ends: September 19
  • Admit cards download begins: October 25
  • Test day: November 25
  • Declaration of results: Second week of January, 2019


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DU Beat wishes all CAT Aspirants the very best!


Nikita Bhatia

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Make it more commercial, Chetan!

So, it wasn’t a myth. There does exist among us a human being blessed enough to find Chetan Bhagat’s literary efforts intellectually stimulating. In fact, Mr Salman Khan is so concerned with the subtlety of Chetan’s script for his new movie that he wants it redone. Not commercial enough, grumbles the superstar. Perhaps Bhagat, being the engineer that he is, put too much physics into Salman’s shirtless scenes. The new script will thus chronicle, without consorting to the laws of physics, Salman’s 1001 shirtless adventures interspersed with item numbers from Salman’s 6th, 35th and 50th girlfriends.

Dangerous philanthropy 

In a move smacking of undeniable respect and incredible imbecility, Rakhi Sawant has offered to serve Sanjay Dutt’s prison term for him. Knock knock Miss Sawant, Sanjay Dutt has not been voted out of Bigg Boss or some such reality show that you can make a tear inducing sacrifice to drive up the TRP. He is going to a real jail, bonehead!

Meanwhile, India TV have apparently decided to discontinue all operations should Rakhi Sawant’s proposed move go through. Reports claim that 30% and 40% of India TV’s gross revenue came from shows featuring aliens and Rakhi Sawant respectively.

Congress out vote shopping

Vote buying is not a path-breaking concept. Telecasting a video of you doing it on national television definitely is. We are talking about the advert lauding the government’s Cash Transfer Scheme which is already making waves.

The video stars this old man who has obviously suffered a lot. He seems more likely to skewer Manmohan Singh alive than to vote for his party. He approaches the desk and obtains the cash. A hint of a smile appears on his face. He seems to be thinking, ‘This Manmohan is not such a bad lad now, is he?’ If you try hard enough, you can even convince him that Mr Singh posses a full functional spine. Vote bought! Next.

Pope vs Durex!

Yes Mr Pope, we all know you are not down with condoms. Fair enough. But could you please avoid flying all the way down to Africa, the continent most ravaged by AIDS, and preaching against it? Kindly, converse with your imaginary friend and obtain due permissions. If He is as knowledgeable as you claim, I am sure He would understand.

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Harsh Vardhan

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This is undoubtedly the most eagerly awaited sporting event this year. To call this a clash of giants would be grossly understating things. For both Manchester United and Real Madrid are more than just giants. They are like planets in themselves.The fan following of the two clubs put together equals the total global population less than a quarter of a century ago. Make no mistake about it,this is bigger than the world cup final.

It is difficult to put down all the bits and pieces that makes this match a must watch. The players on display, Ronaldo’s date with his former club, Fergie vs the special one; this one is one UFO landing short of being the most significant event in the Universe. The only downside is that this tie comes too early on in the tournament. Here is a preview of the first leg of the tie to be played tonight.

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu,Madrid
TV Times: Ten Action,12.30 a.m. onward
Kick Off:1.15

Team, Formation and Tactics

Real Madrid: Jose Mourinho is under tremendous pressure as Real Madrid is effectively out of the La Liga title race. He will be without the experienced Ilker Casillas who is injured, although Lopez has proved to be an able deputy in goal. Tough talking defender Pepeis available for selection while impressive Varane has a chance of starting in defense. Ronaldo and Di Maria will be out to exploit United’s frailty in defense. Alonso and Khedira will take up the defensive midfield  position.

Manchester United: Sir Alex’s men have had no issues banging in the goals this season but their defense has been uncharacteristically liberal. United will be looking to nullify the threat posed by Ronaldo and Di Maria and so hardworking wide midfielders will probably be deployed.Rooney and Welbeck are the best options on current form. Kagawa has been in good form for both club and country lately notching up three assists in his last two games and should start against Madrid.


It has been 31 years since Midnight’s Children got published and despite the unparalleled popular and critical adulation, no one has, for the best part of three decades attempted a screen adaptation of the modern literary masterpiece. As Deepa Mehta and co found out, this is not without reason.

So, a review of Deepa Mehta’s latest offering will necessarily have to take into account the reasons why this project was so difficult to begin with and examine how the movie makers tackled these. Firstly, Midnight’s Children is a 600 page monster. A movie that covers every page of the novel would probably run up to 5 hours. Thus, the first challenge was to modify and edit the story to fit the canvas of a movie. Deepa Mehta, assisted by Salman Rushdie tackled this challenge particularly well and the story in isolation feels both complete and justifies the novel.


The next challenge comes from the type of novel that Midnight’s Children is. Rushdie’s Magical Realism makes a caricature of issues as important as India’s history and while this may only add to the virtues of the novel, in a movie it looks surreal and out of place. The characters of Midnight’s Children are not mere human beings; they represent events, communities, countries and the like. As a consequence, their actions, mannerisms and personalities are not intended to be consistent with nature but to serve the needs of the narrative. In a book, as steeped in allegory and metaphors as Midnight’s Children is, these anomalies are assimilated by the reader. The challenge for the movie maker is to make sure that the sublingual meaning is not lost even as the characters seem plausible. But unlike in a book he cannot explain each reaction.

The movie struggles all the way with this challenge being in places too tedious and in others too breezy. There in lies the main issue with Rushdie writing the screenplay for the movie. He has little experience of the role and the movie proceeds much like a novel and the characters seem hollow and unattached. It seems that Rushdie is too busy footing in as many of his allegories as possible while Mehta at the same time cuts them to bare bits such that each message remains under-explained.

The hollowness of the characters is the reason why such a talented cast underperforms. Of the actors only Rajat Kapoor and Rahul Bose manage to distinguish themselves.

If you have read the book then despite the flaws the movie is not to be missed. For the rest of the populace its a rather tedious affair. In the end it seems that Mehta doesn’t know whether to cater those who have already read the novel or those who haven’t.


It might come as a surprise to a lot of people but Field Hockey is not the national sport of India. In fact, there is no such thing as the national sport of India. The notion is so deep seated and widespread that it is probably one of the most striking cases of mass delusion. That aside, the fact that the whole country believes hockey to be the sport most representative of the country and its culture makes it a strong contender for the non-existent post. On closer examination, however, hockey’s case is considerably weakened.


The most popular argument cited in hockey’s favour points to the unparalleled success that India has achieved in the sport. Eight Olympic golds are undoubtedly a great achievement but achievement itself is not a sound enough basis to confer the status of a national symbol to any sport. Success is not of a permanent nature and is thus useless as a yardstick for a permanent status. As it is, hockey has largely disappointed since the 1980s.


The other criteria put forward especially by cricket supporters is popularity. Cricket is undoubtedly the most popular sport in India. However, popularity is again not permanent. Cricket supporters forget that prior to India’s world cup triumph, Cricket wasn’t such a huge sport in India, which means that things could alter again. Thus popularity does not make a sport a national symbol.


It makes sense to argue that the national sport of the country should be accessible to most of the population. Games like kabaddi and kho kho immediately come to mind. Hockey loses out in this category. Even if one omits the requirement of a synthetic playing surface, hockey is comparatively expensive. Unlike cricket where one bat can be shared amongst a group of players, hockey requires one stick per player.


The most important criterion, then, has to be cultural relevance. A sport should be culturally relevant to the entire nation for it to be considered a national symbol. This is probably why India does not have a national sport. If kabaddi is culturally relevant in the north, the snake boat race is an unmistakable feature of south India. To find a sport which culturally appeals to the whole nation is practically impossible. The only sport that can bypass this difficulty is chess, as it meets most of the above requirements. Moreover, most historians believe that chess originated from India itself. 

Harsh Vardhan

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Shakti, the Women Development Cell of Sri Venkateswara College, kick started the ‘Nirbhaya week’ with a light a candle session in the college foyer on Monday, 7th January.  A unique signature campaign was also initiated which will continue through the week.

Students and teachers were asked to identify the most appropriate punishments for rapists. The suggested punishments ranged from castration and immolation, to capital punishment and life term. While the students seemed divided on the issue, the teachers were fairly unanimous in their support for life term. There were still others who believed that punishments should be decided on a case by case basis. The participants signed petitions to confirm their respective stands.

The members of Shakti were quite pleased with the response and announced further activities to be held during the week. A slogan writing competition on Tuesday will be followed by a poster making competition on Wednesday. On Thursday an essay writing competition will be held on the topic ‘Agar aurat surakshit nahi to kya purush hain?’.

‘It’s time Indian women learned not to depend on men for their protection’, opined one of the participants.


India’s 2011 tour of England was quite a chastening experience for Dhoni’s men. India failed to register even a single victory, losing the 4-match test series, the 5-match ODI series and the 1-match T-20 series 4-0, 3-0 and 1-0 respectively. It’s hardly surprising then that England’s tour of India is being billed as the ‘revenge’ series. The 3 month long tour includes 4 test matches, 2 T-20 matches and 5 ODI matches.

The series promises to be intense and the war of words has already commenced. India’s decision to not include regular spinners in the India A team for the warm up game with England did not please former English captain Michael Vaughan who took to Twitter to decry India’s ‘pathetic tactics’. He alleged that in order to keep the English batting line up from getting accustomed to spin,India deliberately avoided playing spinners. Sunil Gavaskar countered Vaughan’s diatribe stating that the composition  of India’s team is solely the prerogative of the Indian selectors and is none of Vaughan’s business.

Test Series

The 4-match test series commenced today,the 15th of November.


Kevin Pieterson returns to the English squad for the first time after his infamous row with ECB. Alastair Cook captains the English side. A lot will depend on Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar, the primary spinning options for England. England’s batting order will be suspect against the Indian spinners given its relative inexperience. Kevin Pieterson is England’s most valuable player going into the series.


Tendulkar has struggled to find form recently which has led to plenty of debate on whether he should retire. If he fails to impress against England, it might well be time for the great man to retire. Another senior player, Zaheer Khan has flattered to deceive lately and India would be expecting an improved showing from him. Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh faces a fight to prove his fitness. Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha are expected to excel in spinner friendly conditions and could hold the key as far as India is concerned.

Series prediction: 3-0
India will prove too strong for the visitors. Spin will be the difference.


  1. Octopush: What do discovery channel scuba divers do when they get bored? No, they don’t push Octopuses. They play underwater hockey and call it Octopush just to sound cool.
  2. Camel Wrestling: Here’s a question, what do camels and Sushil Kumar have in common? Absolutely nothing. And yet certain sadist Turks just love to see them wrestle.
  3. Cheese Roll: A group of English morons throw a huge ball of English cheese down an English hill and chase it. Sad part is, none of them have died doing it.
  4. Shin Kicking: Another group of English morons have taken to the idea of having their shins whacked. Those who can’t take the pain give up. The last man standing gets to go to the clinic first.
  5. Wife Carrying: To all the men who think marriage is an unnecessary burden, go bop yourselves in the head. Meet these guys from Finland who carry their wives through an obstacle course without a word of complaint.
  6. Chess Boxing: Consists of alternate rounds of chess and boxing. You don’t want to be the intelligent one here. They generally get knocked out cold before the chess round begins.
  7. The World Beard and Moustache Championships: There is little to describe about this one except that female contestants are not allowed. Unfair advantage, they say.
  8. Octopus Wrestling: Actual human beings wrestle actual octopuses with their bare hands (and tentacles). Unfortunately, authorities decided that the sport was too dangerous and today it’s illegal to molest octopuses. Really? Who would want to?
  9. Toe Wrestling: People get bored a lot it seems. The fact that this is actually an internationally recognized sport kind of places an upper limit on the average IQ of mankind. They also applied for inclusion in the Olympics.

Driving on the wrong lane is a punishable offence in India. Sporting a weird hairstyle is not. However, for the most of us, the former is but a walk in the park as compared to the cardinal sin of growing ones hair long. For India, dear ladies and gentlemen, has a government sworn to extreme liberalism and parents that would make Stalin seem like a kindly Santa Claus.

I am not going to question the science here. Parents believe that long hair is bad for boys and I’ll let that be. If a father gets his 15 something boy to lose his locks, one can understand. What does the poor 15 year old know about the evils of long hair? The problem starts when the boy turns 18. Going strictly by what the Indian laws say, the lad is now sane enough to vote and find himself a wife. But the parental opinion on the correctness of hairstyle remains as strong as ever and so does their conviction that there boy still cannot decide the way his hair should be.

Another body of science, one which most parents strongly subscribe to, berates the impact of the opposite sex on teens. These parents make sure that the knowledge is passed on and by the time the kid reaches 16, the theory is so ingrained in his/her system that the a mere word with a member of the other sex feels like guilty pleasure. In fact the typical Indian parent is never really comfortable with his kid having a relationship, even when that kid is 21 and not a kid at all.

The two examples above don’t matter much in themselves. What they do show, however, is that the Indian parents like to have an overbearing influence on their kid’s lifestyle. The point I am making here is that Indian parents are staunchly anti-individualistic. There single most important aim is to mould their children into this ideal Indian boy/girl irrespective of the child’s attributes, skills and preferences. He should earn a certain amount, choose the safest career path available, be unwaveringly loyal to the family and leave matrimonial decisions to the parents. The saddest part in all of this is that parents are mostly successful in their quests and originality is bled out to the last drop. Then they proclaim that the Indian culture is the strongest in the world. The more I think of it the more I am convinced that our culture is one of our biggest weaknesses.

Dinosaurs have supposedly been extinct for a million years but if truth be told, they did make a fleeting comeback during the 1970s. For how else can you describe a cultural phenomenon as humongous and anomalous as Led Zeppelin the likes of which the world had never seen and is yet to see again? They were Dinosaurs indeed.

With a quartet as talented as Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham at the helm, Zeppelin was always meant to soar but few could have predicted that the foursome would go on to redefine idol worship. They were the biggest band in the world and went on to sell millions of records. Stories of orgies and excesses involving the band abound and perhaps moulded the quintessential rockstar image. But is Led Zeppelin with all its mystic and rawness, the greatest band ever to grace the Earth.

Led Zeppelin is best known as a hard rock band but a deeper scrutiny reveals a plethora of different styles in the band’s body of work. The band explored genres as varied as blues, folk, country, metal, ballads, reggae and even punk. For every Dazed and Confused there is a That’s the Way, for everyKashmir, there is a House of the Holy. The point here is that Zeppelin as a band explored music like few other bands have done. The other band most frequently cited as the greatest ever are the Beatles who themselves have a wide ranging catalogue. However, the Beatles were never a hard rock band. They were more like a pop-rock group. The Beatles despite having one of the most accomplished catalogue there is, lack an out an out stadium shaker a la Dazed and Confused.

Moreover, Led Zeppelin were much better instrumentalists than the Beatles. Each member of Zeppelin would easily make it to the top five of his respective category. The same cannot be said of the Beatles. However, there is a strong consensus on the fact that both Zeppelin and Beatles were greater than the sum of their constituents.

No band can claim to be a great rock band unless it can play live. Led Zeppelin were one of the greatest live acts there ever was. Beatles on the other hand would not last ten minutes on the same stage with Zeppelin. The raw energy of a Zeppelin concert was hardly matched by anyone either before or after them.

On strength of all the above I come to the rather bold conclusion the Led Zeppelin were and are the greatest band in the world.