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Have you always dreamt of enrolling in a foreign university but have been unsure of making the cut? If the answer to this question is in affirmative, then all your apprehensions are soon going to be put to an end as many Ivy league schools are opening their branches in the North Campus area this admission season!

Despite inviting the wrath of various Indian universities like DU, JNU, Jamia and Ambedkar University, among many others, who fear to lose their glory to these world renowned institutions, the HRD Ministry has given a thumbs up for the entry of foreign universities to set up campuses in India, starting from the student hub- North Campus.

Our sources have informed us that, owing to lack of space and time, some selected foreign universities will first set up their temporary infrastructure in a few renowned North Campus colleges, in the meantime a final solution would be reached by the government. According to some insiders, among the many esteemed universities, Harvard University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and Yale University have approached the government with interest in the matter and are likely to start some of their most sought after courses here in India!

The move has come to the surface owing to the debate around entry of foreign universities in India that was doing the rounds for quite sometime ever since the Modi government came to power at the Centre. There have been talks to facilitate their entry by tweaking UGC and AICTE regulations on twinning arrangements between Indian and foreign institutions to permit joint ventures. Excited to enter the India education market, the foreign universities are likely to begin admissions from this academic year itself, but will accept applications from September onwards, once Niti Ayog finally drafts guidelines in collaboration with the HRD Ministry.

Delighted and beaming about the news, a student from a North Campus college was quoted as saying, ” It will increase competition and improve the quality of education, infrastructure and faculty in India for sure! While the decision has been welcomed with open arms by many students, it has also caught the eye of cynics! A student leader from Colonial Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) is angered by the move and remarked, ” It is a conspiracy. We can’t let foreign universities to come in and invade our system of education too like they did 200 years back. We strongly condemn the move!

News is brewing that the universities will follow new admission pattern in order to cater to the Indian scenario, ( as if McDonald’s wasn’t enough by presenting us an Indianised menu, but anyway!)

It is coming to the limelight that expenses of the courses will be based on the economic background of the candidate. the universities will not follow reservation policy, but economically weaker students, with good academic/co-scholastic record would be considered. 

With courses such as law, history and economics, english, physics, religious studies being offered, will the move be a blessing in disguise that’ll help fuel in life in the almost brain-dead (quite literally) education system. Will DU lose its glory? We never know. 

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If you too are one of those people who are jaded by the idea of going to Hauz Khas or Connaught Place to dine at a luxurious lounge, then it’s time you looked at North Campus!

As much as students like going to eating joints in the Hudson lane, they still feel a dearth of proper lounges in the North Campus. As a result, they travel in metros covering long distances to reach CP or Hauz Khas where most of the lounges are situated. But, The Food and Booze Exchange, with its quirky name, has come to change all that. Situated in Roop Nagar, near North Campus, The Food and Booze exchange is one of the newly opened lounges near the North Campus where we got a chance to review some of their specialities recently! Snippets from our experience: 

The decor and more..

When you enter the place, the interiors and the decoration of the place are what you notice first which are completely in-sync with the ‘stock and investment’ motif present in their name. Ranging from vast graphics on the wall of investors making a bid to numerical silhouettes carved out, in place of windows, for the natural light to come in, all thoroughly amuse you.

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To quench your thirst..

After taking a look at an interesting line of mocktails and other beverages in their menu, we decided to order ‘Guava Exchange Punch’ which is gaining momentum with their new customers and ‘Kiwi Lemonade’. Both of the drinks were refreshing and perfect to beat the scorching summer heat. 

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Delectable delicacies.. 

Post the revitalising  beverages, we ordered the following food items to gorge on: For starters we chose to order a Kebab platter and Veg Platter. While the Kebab platter was full of non-veg delicacies like Chicken Tikka, Chicken Seekh Kebab, Murg Malai Tikka and more, the Veg platter on the other hand was replete with the customary Hariyali Kebab, Veg Seekh Kebab, Tandoori Soya Chap and more. The generous proportion and taste of the platters was worth a try and didn’t disappoint us at all. In the main course, our team ordered a Veg Lasagna and an Olive and Mushroom Pizza. While the freshly prepared Lasagna was a delight to our taste buds, the Olive and Mushroom Pizza was a light and crispy thin crust pizza with unique toppings, A+ for creativity! [gallery columns="4" ids="42232,42231,42229,42230"]

Cost and Benefit.. 

While the place does boast of a fancy interior and some mouth watering dishes, the place may not be a regular hangout joint, owing to its lounge setting, but it is definitely a cool after-party, farewell party and other occasions suitable place for college students! With a great and on time service, generously portioned dishes and uplifting beverages, the place is sure to light you up and we recommend you to try it.   Pictures by Alex Arthur for DU Beat Reviewed by: Shubham Aggarwal

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Seems like DU isn’t just a favourite among the Indian youth alone, as the university has witnessed a startling rise in the number of foreign applications for Undergraduate Admissions this year!

Reportedly, more than 3000 students from 106 countries have applied to the varsity, which was recently ranked 6th in the country by the Union HRD  Ministry under the National Institute Ranking Framework.

Though a lot of hopeful foreign applicants apply to the university each year, this year has witnessed some interesting trends. Amongst the foreign applicants, two belong to the third gender while it is for the first time that applications from war-torn regions like Palestine have been received by the university.

As per official data, apart from volatile regions like Palestine and Yemen, a large number of applicants are from Tibet (around 750), followed by Nepal (around 600) and Afghanistan (around 550).

To a pleasant surprise, it has also come to light that about 20 students have applied for a certificate course in Hindi at the varsity.

While the 12th graders back home are anticipating the board results and waiting for DU applications to open, the admissions for foreign students have already closed.

DU has a five percent reservation for foreign students in each course in each college. The university officials are elated at the remarkable response. Is it a great opportunity for DU to create a niche for itself in the foreign education market slowly and steadily? You never know!

 With inputs from The Hindu 

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After carrying out relentless searches, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s bachelor’s degree seems to have consigned to oblivion by the University of Delhi. Failing to furnish documentary evidence of Irani’s educational qualifications, the Assistant Registrar of School of Open Learning (SOL), DU, Mr. O.P. Tanwar was quoted as saying, “1996 documents related to her BA are yet to be found,” as he addressed the court.

The varsity’s move came in response to the court’s earlier order for summoning the minister’s documents from its School of Open Learning department on the allegation of a discrepancy in the affidavits she filed in 2004 and 2011. While her 2004 affidavit claims that she completed her BA in 1996, another affidavit by her for the 2011 Rajya Sabha poll from Gujarat mentions her highest qualification as B.Com (Part I) from DU.

The case, which came into limelight following a complaint by Ahmer Khan, a freelance writer, Smriti Irani’s educational status has been in question ever since. The complainant had alleged that the HRD minister had deliberately produced false affidavits and thus is liable for punishment under relevant sections of IPC (Indian Penal Code) and under section 125A of Representation of the People Act (RPA). Section 125A of RPA deals with penalty for filing false affidavit and entails a jail term of upto six months or fine or both.

The Assistant Registrar also informed the court that Irani’s Class 12 documents, submitted along with the admission form of B.Com (H) course, were yet to be found. He was however quick to add that “verification must have been done before the admission”, as he was quoted by a national daily.

However, it seems like faking one’s educational degree is the new fad that’s become increasingly popular with our politicians and PM Narendra Modi has become the recent victim of this trend.

Talking about the issue, Teacher Representative of Executive Council, University of Delhi, Ms. Abha Dev Habib told us, “Whether it is the degree of the HRD Minister or the PM, it will be unfortunate if they make claims of having a degree they don’t hold in the first place. And it is strange that the university doesn’t have records. There is definitely pressure but this is nothing less than a blatant excuse. To me, degree doesn’t matter, but the ministers are the role models for the general public and information must be furnished by the varsity on the same.”

Commenting on the current state of the Ministry of Education’s working, she added, “I am not disappointed that she doesn’t have a degree, what I am disappointed with is the continuos interference of the ministry in the education system. The hasty implementation of CBCS system in less than 7 months is the biggest case in point. It is all about rational thinking and a scientific temperament to be able to take decisions, degree doesn’t matter here.” Also talking about the recent controversy surrounding the degree of PM Modi, she further connoted, ” The PM wants to talk to the nation on Mann Ki Baat but what perturbs me is his silence on issues of importance. Whatever the degree may be, it should be truthfully embraced.”

The court also asked SDM of north Delhi to bring documents filed by Irani with the affidavit for contesting 2004 polls from Chandni Chowk constituency here and fixed the matter for further hearing on June 6. The pivotal question here however remains whether power gives an easy escape route to politicians to distort their educational qualifications.

We previously did a report on the suspension of 5 officials of School of Open Learning for leaking documents related to the HRD Minister. You may take a look at the report here. 

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Ram Lal Anand Professor G.N. Saibaba, who was suspended from the university, following his arrest by Maharashtra Police in 2014 for alleged maoist links, recently became a centre of attack after his visit to the college. The English professor, who is out on bail, went to the college to submit a letter where he allegedly became a target of anger and protest by members of ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad).

While Professor Saibaba might be hopeful of a fresh start, his request for reinstatement has invited mixed reactions. A group of students, led by the members of the ABVP, strongly oppose the professor’s rejoining unless he is cleared of all the charges by the court. Talking to us, ABVP’s Delhi State Secretary, Bharat Khatana, said, “Saibaba has been suspended by DU and despite that he is coming to the college and addressing students. We believe that unless he gets a clean chit from the court and the Governing Body (GB) of the college, he must not be allowed to enter the college premises.”

Despite the relentless protests and public bashing, DUTA strongly condemned the attack on Dr. Saibaba. DUTA President Nandita Narain, while emphasising on the lack of security for the professor, told us, “Had it not been for the protection given by some faculty members and hundreds of college students, Dr. Saibaba could have suffered grievous injury. The DUTA expresses grave concern that the college administration as well as the local police did not prevent this violent intrusion, even though similar incidents had taken place over the last few days. The DUTA appeals to the VC for his immediate intervention to prevent this breakdown of governance in this university maintained college.”

Sharing the same sentiment, Narendra Pande, Associate Professor from the Department of History and a colleague of Saibaba told us, ” There are two important things which we must keep in mind. One is that, rule of law must prevail and second that,any suspended employ has a right to approach his workplace. We met the chairman of the Governing Body of the college, Mr. R.M. Kohli today and he will soon foresee the situation himself. The Staff Association, which is the teacher’s collective body of the college, passed a resolution with consensus to expedite the functioning of the one—member committee which has been formed by the college to look into the issue.”

The Staff Association plan to impress upon the Chairman of the Governing Body as well as the Principal of the college to take steps in order to stop the breakdown of normal functioning of the college and the creation of a conducive and safe environment for teaching. The Supreme Court had earlier this month granted the professor bail on the pretext that Maharashtra government had been “extremely unfair” to him.

To recall the important twists and turns of the case, read our timeline of Saibaba’s case here. 

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As the new session inches closer and the admission procedure is about to begin, University of Delhi has introduced a few changes in the admission procedure for Post Graduate courses. The University will be opening five new admission centres outside Delhi for the convenience of outstation candidates. These centres will be conducting entrance exams and will be set up in Jammu, Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Kolkata, and Nagpur.

The Admission process, along with submission of fees will also be conducted online, on the suggestion of an 18 member committee that formulates rules for Post Graduate admissions. The suggestions will be sent to the Vice Chancellor for approval.
DU has reserved 50% of the seats for direct admissions when the aspirants have graduated from DU. The remaining 50% seats will be filled through entrance tests and interviews.

The University will also be giving a cutoff relaxation to OBC aspirants. The cutoff will be upto 10% lower than the cutoff for students from the General category. It is also likely that the subjective entrance tests will be replaced by objective tests. The committee is thinking about replacing the subjective tests with multiple choice questions. This is to ensure transparency in the evaluation of these tests. 

The admission process is expected to begin towards the end of April and the registrations will be winded up by mid May. The Entrance tests will be held in the beginning of June.

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An off-campus girls’ college located in Janakpuri (since 1998), Bharati College has a lot to explore about. Founded by the Delhi Administration as Bharati Mahila College in September 1971, it started functioning from the premises of a Government Senior Secondary School for Boys located on Link Road in Karol Bagh. Initially, the College offered courses only in the B.A. Programme (then known as B.A. Pass) and a few vocational courses like Office Management and Tailoring & Dress Designing.

It has since expanded to include honours courses in English, Hindi, Sanskrit, History, Political Science, Economics, Maths and Commerce. Under DC courses, students can opt for Human Resource Development, Marketing Management, Human Development & Childhood studies and Hindi Patrakarita- Jansanchar. Part-time self-financing courses in foreign languages such as French, German and Russian and DOEACC level computer courses are also open to the regular students of the College as well as outsiders.

The college entrance has beautiful gardens to rejuvenate the mood, a huge sports ground for cricket, badminton, football etc. and parking facility is available inside the college premises for all. The building has three floors with an air-conditioned top floor. Auditorium and hostel building are under construction which will attract more outsiders. PG facility is available in Virender Nagar which is just opposite the college.

The college has well-equipped air-conditioned two-storeyed library with a separate reading section and computer lab. Special attention is given to differently abled students with facilities like separate parking area, washrooms, rampage, signboards and books in braille scripts. Canteen has food for all with rates that suits everyone’s pocket. Students’ don’t miss out the routine of walking to the canteen everyday to check the ‘special menu’.

The central lawn is the students’ favourite place to sit and enjoy. Being an all girls’ college the protective environment gives you the liberty to follow the latest fashion trends from suits to mini-skirts anyday and everyday. Our college has one among the best fashion societies, Elantre and various other active societies. Although an all girls’ college it provides great exposure and opportunities equivalent to any other college of Delhi University and will soon become a name in itself.     

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Any institution is successful in the true sense by the achievements of its students. Taking note of the persistent contributions made by its students over the past one year, Hans Raj College organised the 68th Annual Prize Distribution ceremony on 6-7th April 2016. The event was presided over by the President of D.A.V College Managing Committee, Dr. Punam Suri, who emphasised on the importance of youth’s participation in the progress of the nation and society.

Talking about the various achievements of the college, Hans Raj Principal Dr. Rama presented the college annual report and provided a detailed account of student accomplishments over the course of her year long tenure. She felicitated 9 gold medalists, who secured first position at the university level along with 24 first position holders, 21 second prize holders and 22 third position holders at various University level exams.

From debating and dramatics to music, sports and many other fields, more than 500 students were awarded for their outstanding achievements in various categories. While day 1 of the event was graced by Chief Guest and an alumni of Hans Raj College, Dr. Nand Kishor Garg, who enlightened the young minds with his experience, Mr. Srideep Omchari, the Treasurer, Hans Raj College Managing Committee, on the other hand, announced the news of girls hostel being constructed in the college premises. After an eventful first day, Day 2 of the prize distribution ceremony finally came to a closure with Mr. Anil Kumar Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of CONCOR, who addressed the audience and congratulated the students and college administration for their accomplishments.

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Delhi University is setting a trend by going digital and how! After the news broke out that admissions this year are likely to go completely online, the varsity is now set to issue admit cards to students online too!

The ‘e-Admit Cards’ as they are being called, is a test for the university’s capability to go paperless with its immensely important examination functions. After a number of speculations and cynicism, our insiders tell us, a University notice will soon be made public on the DU website, directing all the colleges to maintain a digital record of students examination details and issue the hall tickets by 1 May 2016.

As confirmed by the Examination Committee of University of Delhi, to our team, this change is aimed at simplifying the process of obtaining the admit cards by students, as it is a cause of major commotion and chaos each year.

Talking about this change of strategy, a University Examination board member, on condition of anonymity, told us, “ As per the new guidelines, all colleges will have to upload admit cards for each department on their respective websites. On the day of the first examination, students would be required to produce the printed version of the admit card, which would then be duly attested with the respective college stamps.”

According to the proposed scheme, admit cards of out-stationed students won’t be issued to any other student offline from this year on. The idea however has garnered a mix response from both students and faculty alike. A second year student from a reputed North Campus college shared his take on the e-admit cards and said, “ Is the online annoyance not enough during checking of results that they now want to test our patience by introducing online admit cards too? They should first be well equipped and then introduce such measures.” Some other students are rejoicing the move as they feel they won’t have to stand in long queues in this summer heat.

The proposal is thus a litmus test for the varsity and colleges, which have had a record of server crashes and huge site traffic in the past and an opportunity to regain the confidence of students in its digital capability!

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Are you one of those students who have no idea about their classmates and subject names? Are you the epicentre of low attendance jokes and are often called ‘Eid-ka-chand’ because of your hectic society practices and competitions? If the answer to these questions is a yes, then you have a reason to rejoice my friend!

Recognising the fact that a lot of students participate and win competitions at various annual college fests but don’t get any academic benefit of the same, DU has issued a notice regarding imparting of full marks in internals, to students who have won first positions at various college fests this year.

Insiders tell us, the administration was compelled to make such a move owing to the constant complaint by students, especially ECA students, who are often subject to bias of teachers and low internal marking due to their inability to attend classes all through the year because of society commitments. Thus, acknowledging the unfairness of the situation, the University has decided to accord full marks in internals to first position holders and 75% marks to second position holders in competitions such as Western Choir, Solo Dance, Street Play and many more. In order to maintain the credibility of this new scheme of marks distribution, colleges have been instructed to collect original winning certificates of the relevant students by second week of April.

While the move is being applauded by societies across various colleges, it has also invited criticism from various ‘Non-ECA’ students who think this move is unfair to hard working and academically inclined students who attend classes the whole year.

Expressing her disappointment at this announcement, a student said, “ I am appalled at such a strategy being introduced. People like me work day and night, attend all classes to fetch decent marks in internals, and some students will now be served marks in a platter”. Some students however are celebrating this move, “  I am glad some sense dawned upon the authorities to give us the credit and respect we deserve for representing our college and winning”, remarked an overjoyed ECA student.

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