Shaily Sharma


On Saturday, 24th May 2014, Open day organized by the Dean of Student’s Welfare Association was held at SP Jain Centre in South Campus. The auditorium was jam-packed with aspiring students, parents and members of the organizing committee, twenty minutes before the program actually started. Dr. Dinesh Varshney , Deputy Dean- Student’s Welfare, South Campus, commenced the interaction session by introducing the student volunteers and the speakers.

The student volunteers gave a presentation introducing the University, courses offered, admission criterion and eligibility. The presentation also highlighted the schedule of admission, admission information centres, documents required at the time of admission, reservations, hostel facilities and entrance tests.

Following the presentation, Dr Minoti Chatterjee, Principal of Kamala Nehru College, addressed the gathering. She advised “Students should look at all the college websites, read the prospectus of various colleges, visit the college campus if time allows, choose a college which is nearby their residence and choose the course rather than the college”. She also talked about the exit points of the FYUP.

Prof.  Avinashi Kapoor (Joint Dean Students Welfare) greeted the turnout. He said “Our education system doesn’t stimulate all 500 neurons; there is still lot to be done with the system. It is a misnomer that FYUP is very different from what other universities of India provide. In fact, it is something in addition.”

After Prof. Kapoor’s talk, Dr. Gyantosh Jha (Principal, ARSD College), Dr. Ajay Arora (Principal, Deshbandhu College) and Dr. Purabi  Saikia (Principal, Bhagini Nivedita College) addressed the mass. They discussed FYUP, the Discipline Courses, the advantages of major and minor subjects under FYUP, facilities provided by the University.

The first session ended with the doubt clearing round, where Dr. Gulshan Sahani answered queries of the students and parents, followed by the second and third session. “The session was informative, almost all our queries are solved. The only thing I could say is that it should have been  more elaborate discussion on the course content rather than focusing on the university” says Kanika Kalra, a student aspirant.

With the current academic session close to its end, there will be introduction of Discipline Courses-II (DC-II), under the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). The FYUP students have to choose a total of six minor subjects, called DC-II, along with the main subjects in their third semester. The university has asked the colleges to independently figure out this entire process. So the procedure differs from college to college.

Colleges all over the University are occupied in resolving this process. Surveys have been conducted in colleges like Hindu College, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Gargi College and Miranda House. St. Stephen’s College held an orientation program which summarized the courses and their structure.

In Lady Shri Ram College for Women, the authorities haven’t come to a conclusion yet. Students were asked to fill forms in which they were asked for their preferences and then top 3 preferences were shortlisted for each department. Eventually the subject with the highest demand will be adopted. However, there’s no such attempt to sort the process out in College of Vocational Studies.

The allotment of the Discipline 2 courses in Miranda House has been done. The online survey conducted by the college for each course asking the students for their first five preferences has been announced as the final one.  The students have been e-mailed a form which they will have to fill and sign, indicating their choice of DC 2. The application will be counter signed by the Teacher-in-charge of the respective department. The students are required to fill the application and get it signed during 21st April to 23rd April.

Students were initially allotted date and time to clear their doubts regarding the course, scoring patterns, syllabus and career options of the subject which has helped them make up their minds regarding which subject to choose.

“This entire process was very confusing but the way everything from the doubt clearing sessions to the online form survey, was well articulated.” said Divya Singh, a FYUP student of Miranda House.

In Jesus and Mary College, students were asked to fill their preferences online. So far, there has not been introduction of any merit based allotments. “For BMS students, DU had designed 6 DC IIs which only we could take and nobody else. They were marketing, finance, global business, HR, services and tourism. But recently we got to know that students from other courses can also take it, thus, taking away the exclusivity from our course” said a BMS student of Deen Dayal Upadhyay College.

Dr. Geeta Kitchlu, a Senior Professor of Gargi College said, “Students were given a Performa and were asked to tick their top 3 preferences. These forms have been forwarded to various Teachers-in-charge and the workload committee is active on the process of compiling the data. Students will study either six papers of the same subject or 3-3 papers of tow subjects depending upon their choices. Decision regarding number of sections to be made will be taken according to the number of students opting for a particular subject”

The proposal of Delhi government for the reservation of 85% seats for the Delhi domicile students in all 12 colleges wholly funded by state government and other 16 colleges receiving 5% of its fund from Delhi government, has been rejected by the University of Delhi on the 16th of April 2014. This break has been unfolded by an RTI application filed by Abhishek Ranjan, RTI Activist who is an ex-student of the University on 3rd March. These colleges include Maharaja Agrasen College, Shaheed Rajguru College, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Deen Dayal Upadhayay College.

Ranjan had appealed to the Prime Minister Office (PMO) directly for getting first hand information on the issue. On receiving his application, the PMO forwarded it to Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry. The University was then asked to provide answers to Ranjan’s letter no. F.No.63-4(3)/2014-CU-III, dated 14th March 2014.

“Being a law student, I wanted to know whether such reservation can be allowed in a Central University. I filed the RTI asking if such proposal can be accepted by any Central University, whether there has been any such proposal in DU and if yes, what decisions have been taken on the matter. According to me if this kind of reservation is allowed in DU now, then people will start asking for similar reservations in other universities like JNU. ” says Ranjan. He added that new colleges should be open, number of seats should be increased and even introduction of evening shifts in colleges can be there in order to solve the problem of admissions of the Delhi domicile students.

R.K. Verma, Principal Secretary of Department of IT had written to Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor of Delhi University on 25th February 2014, asking for reservations and mentioning that the students of Delhi have to go outside Delhi for pursuing higher studies because of lack of institutions in Delhi which could provide admission to all students passing their higher secondary exam from the schools of Delhi. On 27th March 2014, the Assistant Registrar (Academics) of Delhi University in his reply mentioned that the proposal submitted by the University for the reservation of seats can’t be accepted, Delhi University being a Central University.

Nandita Narain, the President of DUTA expresses her views on the matter, “We, at DUTA, totally agree with the decision of the University. Diversity from all over the country is one of the highlighting features of our university. The proposal by Sheila Dixit government was totally an unacceptable one on the grounds of Delhi University being a Central University and not a State University.”

For more information on the RTI application, HRD Ministry letter to DU and University’s reply to the RTI Activist, check out this link.



st March 2014 and the badge holders of this newly formed committee have been assigned their duties for the Lok Sabha elections campaigning. Ankit Dedha, the National Secretary of NSUI said “Parliamentary seats like Meerut, Bareilly and Agra have been selected with established universities and election campaigns and awareness meetings are held in these selected cities, wherein Congress’s manifesto is being read out and students are explained the benefits associated to them, mentioned in the manifesto” Chattra YUVA Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), the students’ wing of AAP has also been effective in gathering support for its parent party. Avinash, member of CYSS, said, “We have been part of the road shows that have been conducted by AAP under Kejriwal’s leadership. The members of CYSS have been active in appealing people, especially students by creating awareness programs and distributing pamphlets, in support of various candidates of AAP.”  ]]>

In the midst of jitters, confusion and excitement , Gargi College elections were held on Friday, 28th of March’14. Students came up to vote in huge numbers as voting convened from 10am and stretched on till 2 pm.

The election process had begun with the release of nomination forms. Applicants were required to fill all necessary information which included the post they were applying for and also answer a few questions, on the basis of which they were to be shortlisted. The shortlisted applicants had to submit their agenda which was then put up on the main notice board of the college on 21st March.

The campaigning for elections started once the agendas were displayed on notice board. Candidates were allowed to campaign only during college hours and inside the college campus without use of personal funds. The electoral debate, Big Fight took place on Wednesday, 26th March in the Arts Quad of the college, from 10 am to 4pm. An informal confrontation,  students were allowed to put up their questions to the candidates based on their agenda. Says Jayapriya, the newly elected Cultural Secretary, “Though I was nervous at the beginning, but then the continuous support from my peers made me confident and now I feel that I am capable enough of handling the cultural department.”

On the day of voting, every student was given a slip which had the list of the candidates against their proposed post. Students were supposed to tick against the names of candidates they wish to vote for and drop the slips into the ballot box. The results of the poll were declared at 5pm. “This is not my victory alone, everyone in the college will now be the decision maker. The power lies in the hands of students of the college. Gargi college has always been an excellent college and I want to take this excellence to new heights. And Congratulations to all the new union members!” said Kajal Bhatia, the newly elected President of the college.

Gargi College Students’ Union Election Results:

President- Kajal Bhatia
Vice President (Arts)- Binita
Vice President (Commerce)- Garima Sharma
Vice President (Science)- Sushmita Sharma
Treasurer- Rubinder Kaur
Public Relations Officer- Arshita Nandan
General Secretary- Parineeta Khera
Cultural Secretary- Jayapriya Nair
Sports President- Ruchi Bhatt
Sports Captain (Science)- Kriti Shukla
Sports Captain (Arts)- Nisha Pandey
Sports Captain (Commerce)- Arushi Gupta
Proctor (Arts)- Mehar Kakkar
Proctor (Commerce)- Ayesha
Proctor (Science)- Prapti Bajaj

Gargi College has come up with its Marketing Society named ‘Make Your Mark’, which founded by the Faculty Panel – Ms. Chitra, and Prof. Sheila Dubey and student founders – Navtej Marwaha and Vidushi Bhalla, III year BBE students.

Studying Marketing as a core subject in their final year of graduation, Navtej and Vidushi realized that Marketing is not something that can be studied as a subject for a semester or two, its application can be as “minute as spelling of a name or the color of a logo”. They believe that a person having expertise in marketing management is someone who has a nag for convincing, has a streak of creativity and is an avid leader. To search for such persons and nurture them is the basic motive of this initiative.

“In next six months, we are going to pass out of college and it dawned on us that we couldn’t be this selfish; taking so much from college and having given back so less in return. Thus we had this idea of our Marketing Society with diversity and equal opportunity as its main USP”, says Vidushi. And they don’t wish to stop at it; they look forward to expanding it to the whole of Delhi University to give to students more than what they’ve learnt themselves.

The board members will include the two founding members, three stream-heads and five members per stream (Commerce, Science and Arts). Following a stringent procedure of selection -a 3-round process – they’ll make sure that they havea perfect team. The first round is a written round, judging candidates on common sense, creativity, communication and convincing power while the second and third are the personal interview rounds judging on psychometric grounds.

The main focus of this society in the coming days will be working divided on the three parallels – Ad Week, Case Study Week and Market-o-logy Week. After two such rounds, there will be inter-departmental competitions. One of the distinct features of this society is that it has fixed number of seats in the committee, for all streams and is 24*7 open for assistance even for the non-members.

Navtej says, “We realized that the key to gain expertise and to add to one’s skills is to share the knowledge with others. The most productive addition is the one of synergy, with the motive to help peers, gaining insights into the marketing world and contribute to each other’s skills”.

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On the third day of Crossroads 2014, Demeanor, the Fashion Society of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) organized the Fashion Show Competition. The event commenced with the performance of Sri Aurobindo College at 4 p.m. on the main stage. The competition was judged by Ms. Konica Kant, who has been the Winner of Timeless Beauty and was the Miss Femina 2014 Delhi finalist. Each team was given 10-12 minutes for its performance. A total of eight teams participated in the event, the performance of Demeanor being the non-competitive one. After the performance of Demeanor, FBB models showed up their Spring-summer collection, followed by the models from Red Chief.

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The Fashion Society of Lady Irwin College

Ms. Konica, the judge for the event said “The competition was well organised. Overall, I can use three words for the event – it was good, tough and interesting. I personally liked SRCC’s performance a lot.”

The prize for the best model in male category went to Rohit Pachauri from Amity University and that of female category was bagged by Kriti Kathreen from SRCC. The first position was shared by Kamala Nehru College and Lady Irwin College, while the second position was bagged by Amity University. The winning team got Rs. 25,000 and shoes sponsored by Red Chief, one of the key sponsors of the event.

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Cascade’14, the annual commerce fest of Gargi College took place on Friday, 28th February. The event commenced with the traditional lamp lighting ceremony. The latest issue of Comascent, the bi-annual magazine of commerce department was released by Mr. Amitabh Kant, the Chief Guest. Ms. Shereen Bhan, the Managing Editor of CNBC-TV18, the guest of honour, threw light on the topic of the seminar, “21st Century Marketing- Opportunities & Challenges”.

The keynote speaker of the seminar, Dr. Mithileshwar Jha, Professor of Marketing at IIM Bangalore, delivered the keynote address on the topic. He gave an overview on Marketing in the 21st Century. Mr. Kant, who has been the CEO of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Ltd, then addressed the audience and talked about his campaigns like ‘Atithi Devo Bhavah’, ‘Incredible India’ and ‘God’s Own Country’. He said “Branding isn’t just about marketing your product; it has to do with the improvement in the quality of your product”.

Ms. Smriti Singh Bhatia, VP at TNS Global India, the next speaker of the seminar talked about ‘New ways to market Automotive in the 21st Century’ and the new essentials of the automotive market. Mr. Rahul Gandhi, Regional Manager- North ITC LTD, introduced himself by saying “My name is Rahul Gandhi & I’m not a politician” and laughed. He compared marketing in 21st Century with that used in 20th and 19th century and talked about digital media, social marketing as a concept and some of the fastest growing brands.

Mr. Chander Shekhar, founder CEO of Shade- a Design Enterprise, who has served as a full time Senior Design Consultant for UNICEF, talked about branding and his experiences in the field of design. He said, “I wanted to do things that pleased me and are free from greed. This is how I became my own publisher and started providing services to others without making any profits.” The seminar ended with the announcement of inception of the Marketing Society- Make Your Mark, an initiative taken by Vidushi Bhalla and Navtej Marwaha under the guidance of Ms. Sheela Dubet and Ms. Chitra Rajora.

Winners of the Informal competitions held:

Young Entrepreneur

1st prize: Ashish Kohar, Divyansh Dua & Arushi Bhatia, College of Vocational Studies
2nd prize: Aditya Anand & Anushka Sibal, Ramjas College
3rd prize: Himanshu Garg & Sanchi, Sri Guru Gobind College of Commerce

Dancing brushes

1st prize: Kunal Singh from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College
2nd prize: Satveer from Gargi College
3rd prize: Bhanu Priya Pareek from Gargi College

Wrap it up

1st position: Monisha and Ishu from Gargi College
Second position: Preeti, Richa and Sakshi from Gargi College

Fine Arts Society of Sri Venkateswara College organized the Folk Dance Competition on the 27th february 2014 at the main stage.

Due to the clashing nature of events with I.P. College for Women’s Shruti, the total number of participating teams were limited to four. Judges for the event were Rahul Gangani, Aruna Rao and Dr. Sushi Gupt.



The first team to perform was Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce’s gidda, followed by the performance of Kamala Institute of Higher Education & Advanced Technology, which performed Chirmi- Rajasthani Folk Dance. Other performances included Sri Venkateswara College’s Laavni and SGTB Khalsa’s Bhangra.

Each team was given a time limit of 10 minutes to perform. The first position was bagged by Kamala Institute of of Higher Education & Advanced Technology and the second prize went to Sri Venkateswara College.

Glitz, the Fashion Society of Kamala Nehru College organised its Fashion Show Competition on 19th February – the first day of Ullas 2014.

A total of eight teams (seven competitive and one non-competitive team) took part in the competition. The judges for the event were; Ritu Singh, an eminent personality in fashion world, Suhail Kohli, who has worked with Swapnil Shinde and Kakoli C. Mehra, who started as a Custom Designer for Mr. Steven Segal, crowned as Miss Kanchenjunga i.e. Miss North Bengal in 1993.


The event commenced with the performance of Style Brokers, the Fashion Society of Deshbandhu College, followed by the performance of iVogue- the Fashion Society of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce. Each college was given a time limit of 10-12 minutes. Members from the organizing society say “Fashion is not something that exists in the dresses. It is in the sky. Fashion never dies.”

The award for the Best Wardrobe was given to Maitreyi College. The best model in the female and male category, were Shivani and Mayank from CVS respectively. The first prize was bagged by Prophecy- Fashion Society of Lady Irwin College and the second prize went to Maitreyi College.

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