Sakshi Gupta


Manjari 2013, the fest of Daulat Ram College reflected the vibrant spirit of the youth. The fest kicked off with a Marathon, followed by its inauguration by Ms. Smriti Irani, who was delighted to do the honours. Offering a wide variety of about 25 events, this fest had participants from all over Delhi University. The limelight of this cultural extravaganza was ‘Laasya’, the dance competition where about 8 teams set the stage on fire dancing to peppy tunes. One of the biggest auditoriums of Delhi University, it was jam packed with students who were eager to witness the competition. IIT Delhi, where the student techies broke out of their stereotypical geeky image received the loudest and most enthusiastic applause being the all-boys team. Eidos, the newly formed photography society of the college also put up an exhibition in the gazebo where young photographers displayed their best clicks. ‘Adakari’, the street play event attracted a huge crowd. Khalsa College got the first prize, Hansraj managed to win second and Maharaja Agrasen third. The day ended with Battle of Bands where bands from various colleges participated. Leggy college girls and tall, handsome guys walked the ramp flaunting their outfits, encouraged by whistles and ‘oohs’ that set the mood for one of the most happening fashion shows, ‘Laavanya’. CVS stole the show, as it beautifully showcased a traditional theme ‘’Nazaakat’, and grabbed the first place while Amity International managed to secure second place. Hegathon, the eating competition received a huge response from a lot of students who were tested on their eating capacity and were asked to eat tomatoes, bananas, and drink Coke. Elsewhere, students painted their hearts out on roads in the Road Painting competition, displaying their painting skills. Simultaneously commenced Geet Gaata Chal and Simphonia, which was a treat to all the music lovers. Students presented a plethora of musical presentations. The Rangshala roared with applause from students singing with the participants. As the clock ticked 5 the crowd moved towards the sports ground to dance to the tunes of Benny Dayal.  After a long wait of one hour he came and rocked the night, while the crowd jumped on their feet for more than two hours as he sang his super hit numbers one after the other in his own style. This was his first official performance in Delhi. He wowed the crowds by crooning Bollywood numbers like “Disco Deewane”, “Lat Lag Gae”, which saw students belt out some latkaas and jhatkas. The fest had everything for everyone– from dance performances to a rock band session, street play, a fashion show and Paralympics. What added to the fun was the enthusiastic response of the crowd that cheered, sang and danced along with the participants.]]>

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA)  is stunned by a ruthless move of the Delhi University Administration to evict one of its teachers suffering from severe orthopaedic disability, from the University accommodation that had earlier been provided to him in view of his disability. Wheelchair- bound G N Saibaba is an assistant Professor of English at Ram Lal Anand College, and has 90 per cent disability due to polio.

Saibaba and his family has been staying at DU’s Gwyer Hall Hostel for the last five years, where he was temporarily accommodated by the then VC Deepak Pental with a promise of a permanent accommodation in the future, which the university failed to deliver. Saibaba was informed by the Estate Officer vide orders dated December 21 and 26, 2012 that the eviction proceedings against him have been initiated under Section 4 of the Public Premises (EUO) Act, 1971.

In a subsequent meeting, where Saibaba called for a personal hearing with the said officer on January 7, 2013, he was told that the proceedings have been completed and that he would be evicted. Saibaba was further served with notices asking him to vacate his premises within two weeks, failing which they shall force him out onto the streets. Finding it harsh to expect him to vacate the said premises without arranging for an alternative accommodation with wheelchair access for him, DUTA has sent a letter to the VC to have a more humane approach to Dr. Saibaba’s situation.

“DUTA showed strong resistance to this hard-hearted and irresponsible gesture of the University administration and insisted that it is obliged to provide Dr. Saibaba with suitable accommodation to ensure that his dignity and sense of security are not compromised. Till such an alternate accommodation is not provided, the DUTA stands by Dr. Saibaba and appeals that he be not forcefully removed from his present place of stay,“ said  Amar Deo Sharma, president of DUTA.

This exposes the hollowness of the DU administration’s tall claims that it is sensitive to thespecial requirements of its differently-abled teachers and students on the campus. Indeed,for a long time hundreds of disabled teachers and students have been agitating for theirrights to an accessible campus, study material and residential accommodation, which remainunfulfilled to this day.

The teachers of Delhi University demand that instead of taking a narrow and high handed approach, the University administration must channelize its efforts towards finding a suitable residential accommodation, and allow Dr. G. N. Saibaba to live in his present residence till that time.

For the first time in its history, the DU results were announced in record time of 15 days. But the impossible seems to have happened at the University of Delhi.

A student scored 102 marks in her French paper, which was, to her utter amazement, a paper having 100 marks as maximum. Soon, similar discrepancies surfaced in other colleges.

A second year BSc student is shown to have scored above maximum in both internal assessment as well as the written exam. He was given 65 out of 50 in Paper I and 74 out of 50 in Paper II. A student found he had scored 57 out of 55 in mathematics. Another has been given 58 marks out of 38 in physics. Marksheets are replete with such inconsistencies

Eleven students of Kalindi College have received two sets of their third semester exam results. In the second marksheets, six marks have been knocked off their total scores. As a result, a few failed. There are reports from other colleges of similar discrepancies in the results of the undergraduate semester exams conducted in November-December 2012.

“Much ink has been spilt on the woes of the Semesterization that was has been established in the University over the last two years. What we have seen is in fact a series of actions which have only compounded the mess,” quoted a second year student.

This faux pas is still not taken seriously by the varsity authorities. This matter was raised by one of the victims in VC’s “darbar” as she was denied admission in Law Faculty seeing the unrealistic marksheet, but no austere steps were taken in this regard.  The university’s examination system has lost its credibility pertaining to regular inconsistencies being witnessed every time semester results come out.
University authorities have repeatedly blamed the sheer  number of students, not only for such problems, but even for major reforms such as removal of provisions for special chance and re-evaluation.

University sources say such faults have become common since the introduction of the semester system, which practically doubles the work of the exam branch.
University authorities admit that given the large number of students involved, errors are possible. Mistakes can happen while dealing with the evaluation and declaration of 122 results for 1.30 lakh students. DU has opened a grievance redress window and is now rectifying the mistakes.

Evaluation of students is meant to test their understanding of the subject, their power of critical thinking and ability to assimilate the syllabus. This is to provide an honest benchmark for an outsider to gauge the student’s appropriateness for a job, for further academic work etc. Unfortunately this doesn’t happen when it is obvious to outsiders that the marks are not a reflection of the student’s abilities- either by themselves or in a comparative sense.

Business depends on ideas. The ability to think creatively is perhaps the most desirable feature to make huge bucks. Many times, the most bizarre, unusual or plain crazy ideas become the most successful, just because they intrigue people and have the “wow” factor on their side.

For your amusement, we put up together a list of 10 most peculiar business ideas that brought a fortune to their owners.

10) CityKitty: Toilet training for cats so owners won’t have to empty the litter tray. Estimated to have made $1 million revenue in 2011.

9) Vocation Vacation: Holidays where people pay to work – jobs include sword making and alpaca making. Vacation cost up to $200 each. This has been a huge hit in foreign countries but one can’t take this chance in India for sure(people don’t work even when they are paid)

8) Lucky Wishbone Co.: Plastic wishbones allowing everyone to make a wish on Thanksgiving. It has generated $4million in sales since its launch.

7) : Dating website for people already in relationship but who want an affair. Generated around $20 million in profits in 2011.

6) The Excused Absence Network: Provides fake doctors noted or jury summons so employees can take a day off. The site gets 15000 hits and notes cost $25 each.

5) The Million Dollar Homepage: Student AlexTew started a website selling advertising by pixels. Million dollar made him over $1 million in just four months.

4) Santa Mail: Company that sends personalized letters to children from north pole. Over 315000 have sent since 2002 at a fee of $9.95.

3) Reserve a spot in heaven: for $13.79 people can reserve a place in heaven – with refunds of those who don’t make it. The site has gone from 80 visitors in a moth to thousands.

2) Doggles: Goggles to protect dogs eyes from sun and wind. Brings in around $3 million in annual sales.

1) Pet Rock: Rocks that could be kept as pets – complete with care manual and food. In the first 6 months on sale, they made an estimated profit of $15 million. This is really innovative.

So give a flight to your thoughts for you never know which might be a hit.



Four students of The College of Vocational Studies, Delhi University, have been suspended and an ex-student’s entry in college campus has been banned after they physically assaulted a fellow student in the campus. Going by the evidence available the college committee has taken the decision pending the completion of the inquiry. D Hriinii, a student of CVS, was walking out of the college after his classes on Friday when he was attacked by a group of youths waiting at the gate, said his brother D Apao. Hriinii. He was rushed to a nearby hospital.

A student shared some details about what had happened. Hrijni was the fourth student from the northeast beaten up that day. Three girls and a boy were playing cards in the field when a basketball hit them. The boy called some of his friends and they beat the guys who were playing basketball. Later they beat up Hirijini though he was not involved. Another student from northeast was also beaten up

A FIR was lodged where seven students were named. According to the principal of CVS, the college will take austere action against the students. “Of the five students named, one is an ex-student and he will not be allowed inside the campus. Three students who were identified — one from third year and two from first year were suspended with immediate effect till further orders. We are trying to identify one more student as they have just given his surname,” said the principal.

The SHO and ACP visited the college and met the students from various states of the northeast including the coordinator. The students alleged they have named seven students in the FIR and action has been taken only against four so far and that more students were involved in the assault.


Extra classes, incomplete syllabus and internal tests lined up is haunting every student of DU. With semester exams kicking off from 20th November and a gamut of auspicious festivals approaching, semester students are bearing the brunt.

Sometimes teachers teach so fast, that nothing could be understood. The pace is a problem but student don’t have a choice. It does put more pressure; the teachers are also hard pressed for time. A cut in the extra-curricular activities that any student might have joined seems the only way out.

“It’s very disheartening to be the victim of sheer sacrifice of the quality of our studies. It’s a case of only feeding and no absorption. In one of the subjects, Econometrics, the entire annual syllabus now has to be completed in span of 4 months, making it tough for the teachers as well” expressed   Poornima Kharbanda, II Year Economics Hons. Student.

University seems to be in a rush to get over with the exams of B.Com (H) and Eco (H), as there exams start from 20th November and end by 30th November much earlier than last year’s exams.

But the students that are the worst hit, it seems, are from the science stream. While the exams for other students start on November 20 and their classes go on till mid-November, the practical exams for science stream students start on November 1, giving sleepless nights to teachers and students alike.

Apart from regular classes, about five hours of extra classes per week are held giving no room to indulge in extracurricular activities.

“These days are very hectic. Pressure created by the unorganised structure of the semester system gives us n flexibility at all. The extra classes, coaching’s, busy date sheet plus the huge syllabus has screwed days’ fixtures and schedule completely” Rishav a second year student spoke his heart out.




Tibetan Youth Congress has initiated a signature campaign and organised a street play, photo exhibition, documentary film screening in Delhi University and vowed to take their mission to every corner of the world and spread that Tibet’s struggle for freedom is a struggle for truth and justice.

The organization appealed to students to support their cause highlighting the brutality and sufferings many Tibetan’s face under Chinese rule.

Many students showed their support and participated in the signature campaign. Many DU students volunteered for the event raising awareness about their cause in colleges.

The event was held to commemorate the selfless sacrifices that Tibetan martyrs showed in the uprising of 27TH September 1987.

They lamented the historic event of 1987 when patriotic Tibetan’s demonstrated in streets on the streets of Lhasa shouting “free Tibet” and asking Chinese to go away, but they were arrested and brutally beaten. Despite Chinese military crackdown and harsh persecutions, Tibetan’s in Tibet still stand in unity and raised their voice against the brutal oppression.

“Even today our struggle gets stronger than ever. We would make sure none of their voice goes unheard and we stand in strong conviction that the flame of truth would never extinguish. The current situation is getting even worse and intense inside Tibet” exclaimed one of the volunteers.