Priyanka Banerjee


With every new cut off list, DU sees a rush of students withdrawing their admission at one college and enrolling in another. If you’re one of them and are confused about how will it work out, this article is meant to clear your confusion. It’s not really that difficult; read on to find out how to cancel your admission in one college and get a step closer to the institute you have always aspired to study in.

Firstly, be very sure of your decision. It is a good idea to sit for a while and list the pros and cons of leaving one college for another. For instance, while one might be a great ‘brand’ name as a college the other might have a very good department for the course you wish to enroll in to.

Next, go to the college you’ve already got a seat in and visit the office. You will have to write an application to withdraw your original certificates and sign a form to cancel your admission. Once you do that, you will be given your certificates. Though you’ll get your documents immediately, it can take up to a fortnight to receive the refund for your fees.

[Pro tip: Before the above step, go to the college you now want to seek admission in now and verify your marks on a photocopy of your marksheet from the college’s faculty, to be sure you are absolutely eligible.]

Again, before doing this, be extra sure that this is what you want to do. According to university regulations, the entire process should not take very long and students should be given their required documents immediately.

After that, go to the college you wish to join and repeat the process of admission.

All the best applicants!

(For entire Admissions 2015 coverage, click here.)

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Every year, a new batch joins Delhi University for its under graduation. While everyone has a unique experience, there are some things that all DU aspirants face, no matter which college or course they’re planning to join! We take a look at these common situations that most soon-to-be freshers find themselves in:


1. A minor heart attack when the first cut off list comes out

You’ve been hearing about the infamous cut offs for over a year now. Yet, when the first cut off list of the admission season comes out, the absurdly high figures from most colleges still come as a shock to a lot of students. “What?! Really? Do people even score that high?” The subsequent lists do bring some amount of relief though.

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2. Relatives asking  uncomfortable questions

Be ready to answer questions from your uncles and aunts (and distant relatives who suddenly emerge from every corner of the country) who’ll ask you uneasy questions about what you’re taking up. Don’t be surprised to hear questions like, “Toh beta kya decide kiya? Stephen’s ya SRCC?” More often than not you’ll end up mumbling incoherent answers. If you were being honest though, you’d say, “After seeing the cut offs?! Neither!” new-girl-gif-blog-7 Credits:

3. Words of wisdom from everyone you know

Everyone from your tuition teacher to your neighbours will have some advice to dish out (unsolicited advice, that too), about the scope of each course. You might hear a lot of out dated advice, too, and hence, you should be very careful about whose advice you end up taking! Also, you might want to think twice before posting a status on Facebook about which college to pick. You’ll get comments from random people who have no idea what they’re talking about. tumblr_n018ijo1Ft1qehgq6o1_500 Credits:

4. The college v/s course debate

Very few people get their first preference when it comes to college AND course, and hence you might just end up having to compromise on one of them. Though sound wisdom would suggest you choose course over college, you might find yourself swaying towards joining an “elite college” for better placements and a “good crowd”. Another common confusion is about what it is that you really want to study. Do you like Chemistry and Physics almost equally? Do courses like B.Com and BMS seem similar to you? What if you have no particular inclination towards a subject? Be ready to think carefully and then choose. tumblr_n2od7lLOmS1s852lfo1_400 Credits:

5. Guessing game, courtesy DU officials

Thanks to DU officials changing their admission policy every year for the past couple of sessions, confusion is extremely common among the aspirants. Everything from which subjects can and cannot be included in your best of four to whether or not you can pursue Economics or Commerce without having studied Maths causes uncertainty.

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Is it too much to ask for a consistent policy? You know, one that students can keep in mind while choosing their subjects and streams in Class 11th?

Featured image credits: Surbhi Bhatia

Priyanka Banerjee

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is a Marvel Comics movie based on a team of super heroes, the Avengers, who were introduced in the movie’s prequel, The Avengers in 2012. In this edition, the Avengers must fight against Ultron, an artificial intelligence (brought into existence partially by Dr. Bruce Banner and Tony Stark from the Avengers) bent on destroying humanity in order to “save the world.” Ultron is accompanied by the Maximoff twins who have a personal vendetta against Tony Stark.


While the plot follows the typical good versus evil storyline similar to most superhero movies, this part of Avengers deals with grey shades of all the characters, even the “good guys”. In the same way, the movie also shows the blurred lines between the two sides with the Maximoffs who are against the Avengers but support world peace and order. The much debated topic of artificial intelligence plays a central role in the movie.
In terms of sub plots, the movie focuses on the conflict faced by Dr Bruce Banner and Natasha or Black Widow who talk of leaving the Avengers together. The darkest fears of the heroes are also revealed during the movie, and the viewers get to know more about their pasts and personal lives (Hawkeye’s in particular). The sequel also traces cracks within the team as the heroes clash against each other at times too. As always, Iron Man’s iconic humour comes as comic relief during intense scenes.

The fight scenes are a treat to watch though the 3D factor does not add much to the action packed movie. The face off between The Hulk and Iron Man was a highlight while the off beat powers of the Maximoff twins made the fights more interesting (though fans of X Men will not find them terribly fascinating). With amazing visual effects, a fast paced script and unexpected heroes jumping in to save the day, the final scenes between the Avengers and Ultron in the city of Sovakia will not disappoint!

The final few scenes pave the way for the two upcoming Avengers movies that have been announced; Avengers: Infinity part 1 and part 2. As is the case with all Marvel movies, don’t miss out on the short clip that’s played after the movie gets over! The plot is predictable and loopholes do exist (a major one being that Banner and Stark were unable to predict that an artificial intelligence could potentially be a threat) but the visual effects and fight scenes won’t disappoint you. I would mention that the Avengers: Age of Ultron is a must watch for all superhero fans, but you’ve all probably planned on watching this much anticipated movie anyway!

While Delhi University has a number of visually impaired students on campus, the infrastructure and support extended to them is usually not adequate. To help bridge this gap, three students from the Cluster Innovation Centre have set up a project called “Being Able” this year.

Ajay Vishwakarma, Pradeep Kumar and Yadav who are first year students of Humanities and Social Science took on this project after observing the difficulty visually impaired DU students face on a daily basis. Following a discussion with their professor, they decided to launch a campaign to match these students with student volunteers who could help them write their papers ahead of the 2014-15 Semester Exams. “This is our first project in a series of initiatives to make college life easier for differently abled students,” said Ajay.

Student volunteers can register through an online form after which their examination schedules will be matched with the requirements of the visually impaired students who sign up for the program through a helpline the three students have set up. The matching process will be manual for now, but the team hopes to rope in IT students from the CIC to come up with a technical method of bringing the two parties together. The estimated requirement of student volunteers is around 700 to 800. The team has also been going from college to college to collect offline volunteer registrations. Once this project is successful, the three students plan to expand the campaign for other forms of examinations in Delhi too. Interested students can volunteer for the program here. 

Having been in DU Beat since my first day of college way back in the summer months of 2012, I have been lucky enough to see DU Beat transform and grow, and luckier still to have seen a similar change in myself. From practicing saying “Hello!” in my head before I could muster up a conversation at my first DU Beat meeting to eventually heading the weekly Editorial meetings, these three years have changed me completely. Of course, one can expect to see an improvement in their writing after joining a newspaper, but the improvement that most team members see in themselves is what takes them by surprise.

My DU Beat experience has been nothing short of a college education, with the only difference being that in place of a piece of paper (my degree) to show for it, I have countless memories and seemingly unbelievable moments. To capture everything in a couple hundred words is  futile exercise, so I’m not even going to bother attempting that! Instead, I’ll try and put into words what this journey has meant to me.

From the art of apologising to the art of forgiving, various incidents in my tenure have taught me so much. DU Beat helped me see what I’m good at and how I can improve the areas I lack in. It showed me what it means to be accountable,  whether it’s as a Correspondent or as an Editor. It gave me the space I needed to express myself and ample opportunity to learn how to be patient. It taught me how to hold my ground and exercise editorial discretion. It made me realise that some days at work can be extremely hard and difficult to get through, but the overwhelming sense of achievement once the work is done is completely worth it. It showed me how to receive criticism and give feedback on a daily basis and what really motivates a team. Pride, dejection, euphoria, triumph and satisfaction; I’ve felt it all in these past three years. Semester after semester, Mondays have been the highlight of my week just because that’s when our weekly Editorial meetings were held. My Monday afternoons will be horribly empty and sans coffee from now on, which I’m not dealing with too well!

The truth is that no matter how much I try, I simply can’t give to DU Beat what DU Beat has given to me. This organisation has been everything to me, constantly changing its role in my life as and when required.  When I needed to get away from problems in my personal life, the ample workload came as a handy distraction. When I wanted to reach out and meet people who inspired me, the tag of DU Beat came to the rescue. When I was grilled during placement interviews about what I’d achieved in my college life, the many projects I’ve worked on at DU Beat gave me enough matter to talk about. When I faced rejection elsewhere,  the words of encouragement from my team mates kept me going. I have my seniors, juniors and peers to thank for such a wonderful journey. I have deep affection and respect for most of the people I’ve worked with. I think I first realised this bond when my sleep cycle changed during my summer internship, and my team mates adapted the work given to me according to that! They even started slipping their hands into mine quite naturally every time we had to cross a road together, because they knew I would panic while doing that (hey, Delhi roads are really dangerous, okay?)

I’m not sure when I’ll feel the same way about another project or organisation again, but now that I know what I’m looking for, I’m never giving up the search to find the next DU Beat in my life. I can’t call DU Beat the best part of my college life, because DU Beat has been my college life. Being a part of something special makes you special and I am forever indebted to this “independent student run newspaper” for making me feel incredibly special.

Priyanka Banerjee

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Akshar Pathak is a graphic designer whose work sits at the intersection of talent, humour and pop culture. His projects such as Tweetard and Minimal Bollywood Posters on the internet have been widely appreciated for being witty, original and aesthetic. DU Beat recently got in touch with him to talk to him about his college life as a student at NIFT, advice for aspiring graphic designers and more!


Let’s start off by talking about your college life! What was your experience in NIFT Delhi like? What were your favourite hang-out spots in Delhi?

It was a fun experience! My favourite hang-out spots in Delhi were probably Hauz Khas Village and the malls in Saket. Since I’m an introvert though, my absolute favourite hangout spot was my own room, sitting in bed with my laptop. I would get into bed, curl up with a good book but end up working on my laptop instead!

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Not only do you juggle your work at Zomato along with passion projects like Tweetard and MBP, you also take out the time for sessions at TEDx talks around the country, events in DU and so on. Plus you’re a movie and TV show buff! How do you find the time to do all these things?


Quite honestly, one-tenth of my day is a silent montage of me standing still and trying to remember what I was about to do. I make time to watch at least one movie a day. The only 24-hour source of light in my room is my laptop screen and I’m always looking for a phone charger and/or a plug-point to charge my phone. I get all my best ideas when I’m walking or sitting and doing nothing. So I justify sitting and doing nothing as a part of working.

Getting back to answering the time bit…I don’t know. I’m pretty much sleep-deprived. So that’s where that extra time comes from I guess!

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There are a lot of amateur designers and artists in DU who’re trying to pick up these skills on their own, since it’s not a part of their syllabus in college. Any general tips on how they can get better and push through the phase where people tend to get too self-critical of their work and “give up”?


I do get a lot of mails and messages asking about the best colleges and courses to learn graphic design from. I went to NIFT, Delhi, but quite honestly, I felt like I’ve wasted four years there (don’t get me wrong though, I’m only talking about learning-wise). Whatever I did learn was mostly from the internet, which is full of tutorials and utilities. The truth is that there’s no such thing as “design education”. Anyone can learn Photoshop and Illustrator and easily master them in a month. As for creativity and eye for detail, you either have it or you don’t; no one can teach you that.

Adding on to that, I hardly see people using what they learnt in their colleges and applying that to their jobs. You can learn a lot more from a month long internship at an office, from your co-workers and your bosses, than you can in three or four years of college!

Though sharing one’s work on the internet is a great way to get feedback and appreciation, there are plenty of haters and internet trolls too! How do you deal with any negativity that comes your way? 

Well, firstly, it’s pretty awesome that you can showcase your work in front of a lot of people, which you couldn’t do earlier. Everything you do on the internet is essentially a means of self-promotion, consciously or not. And since those people are complete strangers, they have no social obligation to lie to me. Obviously, I can say whatever I want, because there is 0 possibility of getting one’s ass kicked on the internet.

Social media’s pretty much a double-edged sword. People LOVE AIB one day, and the very next day they HATE them. Most of my stuff blurs the line between playful jokes and insulting sarcasm, which can end up offending people, but doesn’t cross the line. You just stay on the line, set up a camp and get comfortable.

I guess it’s just best to follow your heart, be true to your work, put in the best, and take criticism positively. All of that helps, and I also make a list of people I’d kill if it were legal.

Humour is a clearly a big part of your designs. Growing up, who (or what) influenced your sense of humour the most?

Everything in life will make you learn something or the other. For me, it’s probably consuming movies, comics, books and podcasts like there’s no tomorrow.




Priyanka Banerjee
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The third season of Summer School organised by King’s College, London will be held from 1st June to 12th June 2015 in collaboration with Lady Shri Ram College for Women and Think Education. Students will be taught by King’s College’s academicians – Dr. Roberto Roccu and Dr. Diana Bozhilova. The Delhi Summer School 2015 will be conducted over two sessions. Session one will host a course in International Political Economy whereas an International Relations course will be conducted in the second session.

King’s College London is offering one scholarship to DU Beat readers for the Delhi Summer School program this year.  Put your caliber to test by submitting your answers to the enclosed questionnaire to stand a chance to win a scholarship for the program! To enter in this competition, fill up the form here!


  • Undergraduate students studying in Delhi NCR are eligible to apply
  • The competition closes on the April 19, 2015
  • The winner will be notified within a week after the competition closes for entries
  • The scholarship will be awarded for the Delhi Summer School program (1st June to 12th June 2015)
  • The scholarship will be awarded to one deserving student who will be able to choose between the two offered courses, International Political Economy and International Relations

To enter in this competition, simply fill up the form here!

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College life means different things for different people. Some think of it as a reward after gruelling and rigorous academic exams throughout school. Some look it at as a form of escape, especially those who might not have been extended too much freedom by their parents. Some think of it as a do-over or a place to start from scratch and rectify mistakes made earlier. For most, it’s an amalgamation of all these thoughts.

With my college life coming to its eventual close in the next one or two months, I’ve been spending quite some time asking my batch mates about their college experiences. The usual response is a minute or so of silence where the other person goes into flashback-mode to remember significant moments from the past three years. When people start answering, they’d constantly flit between the past and the present while putting their thoughts into words. At the end of their recollections, they usually tried to form some conclusion. Did they make the most of college life? Did they match their dreams of college with their actual experiences?

While these are questions only you can answer for yourself, what I’ve come to realise is that if anyone has just one goal for college life it should be this; to find as much as you possibly can about yourself. More than learning about a subject, college life forces you to learn about yourself.

Throughout school life and our mid teenage years, we’re used to being monitored and to a large extent, being told what to do. In college, that changes completely. You can decide what to do with your time, who to befriend, which society you should pick and what your priorities are. Through this process, we end up learning an incredible amount about ourselves, even if we don’t realise it. The important part is to be able to think about our experiences in college and really figure out what we did, and why we did what we did.

Which experiences made us feel good about ourselves? What made us feel alive? What made our blood boil? How did we deal with events like fall outs with friends or break ups? Could we have handled those situations better? Are we more comfortable around a large group or a smaller and closer one? Do we constantly feel the need to get other to like us?

When we compare ourselves to our peers, what stands out about us and do we like the person we are? What about traits in other? What sort of behaviour can we absolutely not tolerate in another person? How do we think  of or define ourselves emotionally, spiritually and sexually?

Life is a journey of self discovery, they say. I think college life is the first step to many experiences that help us discover who we are and what truly matters to us. If your college experience is coming to an end, then grab a close friend or maybe a moment of solitude to really think about what you’ve learned about yourself in the past three years. While some things may surprise you, there might be some you’ve known all along. Either way, it makes for an important exercise as we embark on the next phase in our lives.


Priyanka Banerjee

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The book “Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!” by Nicholas Carlson was published earlier this year. Carlson, a Business Insider writer has been covering stories on Google, Yahoo and Marissa Mayer since 2006. Divided into four parts, the book flits between Yahoo’s past, Marissa’s past and then about her tenure as the CEO of Yahoo.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have picked up a book about Yahoo. To me, it’s a brand that was once an important part of my internet activity (I was hooked to its games like Diner Dash and spent many hours in the now questionable threads on Yahoo Answers) back in middle school, but had slowly become irrelevant once its competitors started gaining traction. When Google opened Gmail to users worldwide, I logged out of my Yahoo mail account and never returned to the site.

So what made me pick up this book? Well, for starters, Mayer has a very interesting career story, what with the Stanford graduate being one of the first 25 employees at Google who went on to become one of the most crucial members on its team. It was only after she became the CEO of Yahoo in 2012, that I began to hear about Yahoo again, particularly about its acquisition of Tumblr, a blogging platform and its investment in Alibaba, a Chinese e commerce site which had the world’s largest IPO or Initial Public Offering ever, when it went public last year. However, her occasional cold behaviour and obsession with detail have led to enemies in her career too. I bought the book mostly to get to know more about her decisions and corporate moves.

For me, the book stands out not just because the chain of events in Yahoo and Mayer’s life is so interesting, but also because the way the book has been written. It is neither an autobiography, biography nor a commentary. It has been based on hundreds of interviews from various sources who have worked and known Mayer in the past. Internal documents of Yahoo have been used too, apparently. The amount of research the book reflects is remarkable!

The events are such that they might be a little difficult to process during the first read. Though it’s very gripping, you might feel overwhelmed by the information–I made notes to keep track of certain points. But for anyone who’s interested in corporate affairs, investments, the ups and downs of what was once considered a top company and the career of a powerful lady, this book is a great addition to your bookshelf!

With placement season almost over in Delhi University, I can’t help but question the state of placements for most students. Yes, we do have certain companies offering competitive positions and packages to some colleges in DU, but by and large the scene is dismal. It then becomes important to see why the situation is such, and what the University as a whole, is currently doing about it. To clarify, I don’t think of colleges solely as employee-producing grounds. Of course, the idea behind a higher education is to foster academic curiosity, but who says it can’t aim to achieve both? Moreover, the University should strive to connect its students with as many opportunities as possible, and a good learning environment through a job out of college is one of them.

The current situation of DU’s Central Placement Cell

Delhi University does have a Central Placement Cell, which works at bringing companies for recruitment for the University as a whole, instead of specific colleges. While the profiles might not satisfy all students on campus, it does prove to be a good option for students whose respective colleges do not have strong placement cells. Every year, the CPC does its bit to put students in front of companies (primarily mass recruiters) like Wipro, HCL Technologies, Genpact, State Bank of India and Tata Motors. However, there are no training sessions to brief students about personal interviews, group discussions and aptitude tests–the most basic rounds every recruitment process includes.

A classmate of mine recently got placed at the start up Zostel through the CPC. When I talked to him about his experience, it was disheartening to hear that many students seemed unable to interact during group discussions, and some of them didn’t even know how to write a resume! A few of them had submitted hand-written resumes and unprofessional ones with coloured fonts, large text sizes and so on. Out of the 1000 odd students who had applied, my friend approximated that only 300 or so seemed to have decent presentation skills.

It’s not as though the other students were intellectually inferior, they just didn’t know how to present themselves, simply because no one had ever shown them how! Most students are involved in some campus activity, research project or internship during their three years, but are not able to muster the confidence to talk about them in front of a prospective employer.

Employers might just sympathise with such students, but are they not justified in expecting a certain degree of professionalism from students graduating from the so-called most sought after university in the country? I think they are. Surely, even a couple of sessions on resume writing, mock GD and PI classes could’ve better equipped those remaining students.

What employers expect from DU pass outs/freshers

My friend Soumya, whose Innovation Cell research project revolved around increasing student-corporate exposure was telling me about the expectations that employers usually have from freshers. Since our University mainly offers non technical courses, the number of “transferable skills” a fresher can bring to his or her first job is rather low. Most companies have on boarding and training programs in place; what they’re mainly looking at is a decent level of communication skills, comprehension skills and industry knowledge. Even when it comes to grades, employers can settle for an average record, if the other factors are met.

However, these do not magically appear overnight. You can cram for a paper at the last minute and pass the subject without even attending its classes during the semester, but hey, where’s the “Last 10 years solved papers” book on communication skills? DU constitutes of students who have stellar communication skills due to exposure during school years along with those who are much more reserved and unsure of their skills. It’s unfortunate that the University does little to bring all its students to a common level, in the three years that the average undergrad spends on its grounds.

The wide gap between students in the top DU colleges and the rest of the University

On one hand, you have the Big 4 consulting and audit firms recruiting from “best” colleges individually and on the other, you see students grappling at even making resumes when it comes to the remaining colleges. So what do these colleges do to ensure that students are ready to face corporate professionals? Swati, from the placement cell at College of Business Studies, shared that for second year students, ESS or Employability Skill Sessions are organised for mock GD and PIs.

Additionally, employees from various companies hold sessions with the students to talk about their experience. A docket, compiling case studies, frequently asked questions (broken down company wise) and other tips, is shared with all students ahead of the placement season. They also authenticate resumes to ensure uniformity and credibility, for which they’ve received good feedback from employers.

Sanchi, from LSR’s placement cell stressed on the importance of the case study workshops they organise for students hoping to crack the consulting industry. Apart from those, a lot of CV writing, and GRE, GMAT prep sessions are held.

SRCC, surprisingly, does not have an overt training session in place. However, given the intensity of its societies (which leads to stronger ties with seniors and the alumnus), and level of industry exposure through seminars, workshops and conferences, students are probably confident in their skills before placements begin.

If the supposed best colleges in DU, who get the “cream” of students right from day one of college, do so much to enhance the skills of students, then it is speaks volumes about the importance of such training programs. Apart from a handful of colleges, training sessions are ignored, even if the college has a relatively active placement cell. It’s important for such cells to understand that their work is not limited to simply getting recruiters on board, but also to make students feel prepared for the on campus recruitment process.

What other institutes in India are doing to train their students

When asked about the internship and placement process at IIT Bombay, a source told us about the compulsory personality development sessions that are organised for final year students sitting for placements following a few complaints made by companies some years back about some students having unsatisfactory or poor soft skills. Even for internships for second and third year students, resume writing workshops and information sessions explaining the recruitment process are held.

Another friend from school shared the idea of “The Buddy Program” in NMIMS where the placement cell linked groups of 5 students to an alumni member who could share personal advice on placements, industry inputs and so on. The introductory session was organised by the cell, after which it was the students’ responsibility to follow up and keep in touch.

What DU can do through its Central Placement Cell

The basic moves include resume writing sessions, presentation and communication training. If the University has the infrastructure to organise a placement drive with thousands of students, it can hold these sessions too. The officials recently launched a MOOC on “India in the 2st century”; if it can use such forms of teaching, why can’t we have such workshops through a MOOC?

Why can’t we have compulsory communication building classes across all courses for first year students, like the Environmental Studies subject we have right now? Why can’t summer vacations be used to regularly hold sessions with DU alumnus, many of whom are now CEOs in large companies? Why couldn’t the laptops distributed during the FYUP come preloaded with videos on such areas? If absolutely nothing else, the CPC site should at least list resources online on these topics.

What students can do on an individual basis

While this piece primarily states that the University should be taking more responsibility to train its students and make them workforce-ready, it is not solely the duty of the officials. I’m a big believer in taking responsibility for one’s college life and that includes making oneself more “employable”. So what can students do to prepare themselves for placements? For starters, there is a wealth of knowledge online covering resume formats, dos and don’ts during interviews and so on.

A simple Google search does the trick! Then, one can harness the power of peer support. Imagine a group of students who stay back an hour after their classes every week to hold a mock GD among themselves. Or interview each other and observe areas of improvement. Or maybe share articles they found online and discuss news events. By the end of the semester, they are far more confident and prepared.

In conclusion, there is a lot that needs to be done on a consistent and regular basis by students, the college placement cells and the Central Placement Cell. Maybe one day we can get a Big 4 company signing up for placements through the CPC and find itself spoilt for choice with the level of preparedness shown by students, but there’s a long way to go before that happens. The current situation for a majority of students is disheartening at best. The question that we started off with initially, about whether or not the University is doing enough to make its students employable, should perhaps be reframed to ask whether the University is doing anything at all.

Priyanka Banerjee
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