Shreya Mudgil


This year’s law graduates and the current law students at the University of Delhi received a shock when the Bar Council of India decided to de-recognise DU’s law course, which is taught at three centres in DU, which are Campus Law Centre, Law Centre-1 and Law Centre-2. The BCI sent a letter to the Vice Chancellor of DU and to all state bar councils on Monday, announcing its decision.

In the letter, BCI states that “In absence of extension of approval of affiliation of these law centres, the students who were admitted in the sessions 2011-12 onward and passed out from the academic year 2013-14 are not eligible for enrollment as advocates. You are therefore advised to take appropriate action with regard to these law centres and inform BCI about steps taken in this regard immediately.”

Rules of the BCI state that a law college/law school/institution that has not been inspected for a continuous period of 5 years shall have to apply afresh to the BCI and seek approval of affiliation on or before July 31, 2010. Failure to do this deems the degree imparted by the college to be illegal.

Keeping these rules in mind, sources at BCI said that DU failed to respond to its repeated reminders on extension of affiliation beyond the academic year 2010-11. A communication was sent to the three centres in July 2010 for the first time that DU must seek approval and throw open its centres for BCI’s inspection.

The Dean of Faculty of Law, Professor Ashwani Kumar Bansal reassured the students that, “Today itself I have replied to BCI reminding them that they gave us time till December 31 this year to apply for approval. It is not a big issue. We came into existence in 1924 while BCI was born in 1960s. A few years ago they made certain rules and want us to abide by them. I would like to remind everyone that we lead legal education standards in the country. Around 80 of our alumni are judges in various high courts and four adorn the Supreme Court. Before declaring us invalid, look at our track record. We will resolve the issue amiably; students need not worry at all.”

Surya Raju, a student at the Campus Law Centre, said, “Of course there is a sense of confusion and fear, but as of now, we’re just waiting to see how it pans out.” She also said that the dean has put up a notice reassuring them and “We are, more or less optimistic that it’ll work out, but we are disappointed that the Faculty has put this off for so long.”

Jesus and Mary College, in collaboration with RK Films and Media Academy (RKFMA) has introduced an add-on course in media studies from this academic year 2014.

This will be a six month course, and students who have cleared their 10+2 are eligible. All interested students from any university, college and institute are welcome to join the course. Male candidates will also be considered and selected after a screening by the college. Classes for the course will be held after regular college hours.

The course will include lessons in print and web media, radio jockeying, T.V news presentation, event anchoring, film-making fundamentals, basic photography and internet marketing theory. Elizabeth Mathews, a B.Com (Hons.) student at Jesus and Mary College says, “FYUP students are not very excited about the course since they already have too much on their plate.”


Admissions to the course are open till Friday, 22nd August, 2014 and the tuition fee for the course is Rs. 15,000/-. Interested students can contact the accounts office of the college between the hours of 9am and 4pm. These numbers can also be contacted for registration and more information on the course: 09312231374, 09312237583, 011- 26110041, 011- 26875400. You can also drop an e-mail at [email protected] and [email protected] for any further query.


It’s Raksha Bandhan! A day sisters celebrate their brothers (usually from the same mother) and the special bond they share with them. Here are five types of brothers that we might have experienced in our lives:

The Cool Rockstar Brother– This brother is everything you want. He is normally elder to you and lets you have all the fun in the world, but takes care of you just the same. He earns and showers you with gifts all year round. Kinda hard to come by.

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The Annoying Little Brother– HE WANTS EVERYTHING. Whatever you own, whatever you want to own, everything. He’s a cry-baby and would pester your parents relentlessly till you give him what you want. Normally younger to you, so a smack on the back can set him just right.

The Young Diva- This one is the absolute favourite of all sisters. He doesn’t give into the social norms of being masculine and tough. He will go out shopping with you and would probably try on your new heels before you do. He is more like a best friend who would keep your secrets perfectly safe, no matter how bad a fight was last night. This is the type you simply adore.



The Over-protective Elder Brother– Probably the most common and recognised of the whole species. He absolutely adores and spoils you, but would not stand anybody who hurts his little sister. He won’t tell you that he loves you, but his actions will always make you feel loved.

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The Teacher– This one will miss no opportunity to tell you where you went wrong and what you could have done. It’s not because he hates you or anything, quite the opposite, he loves you and wants you to have all that you deserve and more.


DU Beat, Neeraj, Vice-President of AISA, Delhi, said that the main accused and his fellow aides had been rusticated from the college, and had never cleared any examinations, but continued to visit the campus for no other reason but to create mayhem and disturbance. When Puneet and Ravi questioned them, it allegedly resulted in Puneet’s head being smashed by using a broomstick. The students later went and complained to a teacher as the Principal was unavailable. Sources say their complaint was brushed aside. They were, however, taken to the Sundar Lal Jain Hospital, bandaged and sent home with their parents. A report has been filed for the incident at the Ashok Vihar police station. Neeraj said that by taking no action against the “goonda element”, the college is somehow legitimising the ragging and bullying of freshers. He also mentioned that there is no culture of orientation programmes in evening colleges, something that the rest of Delhi University enjoys. He urges the college to at least begin an anti-ragging awareness campaign, so that students coming into the University know what is to be done in the times of bullying. In another case of alleged ragging today at Shyamlal College, students were bullied by an NSUI member. Reportedly, he grabbed the students’ collars and asked some of them to drop their pants. Some girls protested and were hit by the accused’s aides. One student was hit hard on the head, and an accomplice also received some minor injuries. Amrish Ranjan Pandey, NSUI Spokesperson has dismissed these as rumours. “This has been done to spoil NSUI’s name. An official NSUI member knows not to get into such activities. The accused in this case has been heavily involved in anti-ragging campaigns, so he would never rag a student”, he went on to say.  This case is said to be due to a political tiff between ABVP and NSUI.  ]]>

nsui camp Congress’ student wing – N.S.U.I. musters support against F.Y.U.P. by means of signature campaign at North Campus, D.U.[/caption] Sunny Kumar, State Secretary for Delhi, AISA in response to the same question, said that “It is high time the focus shifts to students’ issues from muscle-and-money politics.  Therefore it’s not just the question of NSUI – every party has to raise students’ issues to survive. NSUI has now realized that the rage against F.Y.U.P. is not something they can tame and hence they oppose it now.” Calling ABVP, a passive opposition, Kumar said that any action against FYUP by the central government cannot imply that the party has done any ‘concrete work in the same direction’. In their defense, Amrish Ranjan Pandey, NSUI national spokesperson, told IANS that, “It was something new  last year, so we neither supported nor protested against the structure, but now after a year, we conducted a survey and have found that it is not good academically and students are not happy with it”. Nonetheless, the coming together of all the parties is a clear sign that the students and teachers of DU unanimously agree that FYUP is not something they want and should indeed be rolled back.      ]]>

Day six of the DU Open Day Program organised by the Dean of Students’ Welfare Association, held at the Conference Centre, North Campus saw a room full of class twelfth students aspiring to become a part of the University of Delhi, along with their parents.

After an introduction by Mr. J. M. Khurana (Dean, Students’ Welfare Association), student volunteers, Anam and Kuldeep, presented a slide-show which informed the aspirants about the courses provided by the University, the admission process, criterion and eligibility, entrance tests, hostel facilities, reservation and the documents required in the admission process.

Dr. Anju Gupta, Director of Non Collegiate Women’s Education board (NCWEB) addressed the gathering and informed the aspirants about the NCWEB and the service it does to women who want work to support their family and also study side-by-side. The Board has thirteen centres a over Delhi, such as Bharti College in Janak Puri, Hans Raj College in North Campus and Jesus and Mary College in the South Campus. Courses provided by the Board are B.A. Programme and B. Com. She also mentioned how one of her students is a University topper, despite working as a teacher in a government school and supporting her family. NCWEB classes are held only on Sundays and the students have the rest of the week off to work. The students, however, cannot pursue another degree alongside their NCWEB course, which is a three-year annual system course.

The Principal of Aditi Mahavidyalya, Dr. Kalpana Barara spoke to audience about her college, the courses it offers and the facilities it provides. Apart from the college profile, she also advised the aspirants to choose the course over the college.

Kalindi College’s Principal, Dr. Anula Maurya also talked about her college and its upcoming hostel and sports complex facilities.

All the speakers pressed the fact that all colleges of the University are at par regarding the education and the opportunities they provide.

The session was a success and ended with the answering of queries put up by the aspirants and their parents via chits.

th of April. Raju Rawat, member of ABVP (the RSS-run students’ party), met Professor Umesh Rai in order to discuss the complaint of some FYUP students who had not received laptops. It is alleged that Prof. Rai behaved rudely and asked Rawat to leave. Rawat, in his statement to The Hindu, told the professor that “his attitude would not last long since the Modi government would come and get rid of FYUP”. To which Rai replied by saying, “chaiwallahs are not equipped to come and take university decisions”. Rawat and a group of a few more students also smeared black paint on the Professor’s face. The Joint Secretary said he lost his temper at these words and hit the professor. It is also alleged that he blackened the professor’s face. Prof. Rai has filed a complaint against Rawat, said the police. According to the latest report by Times of India, ABVP has condemned Rawat’s behaviour, and suspended him from the party. Professor Aditya Misra, confirming and condemning the act, said that “No student should be allowed to hit a teacher, no matter what the provocation”. DU officials, however, through an official statement, have said that Prof. Rai did not make any such provocative comment and the perpetrators fabricated  the anti-Modi statements. Both Prof. Rai and Rawat were unavailable for comments.]]>

Every year, societies from colleges across the campus compete neck to neck and put up spectacular performances during the fest season. This year too, saw certain teams shine a little brighter than the rest. We bring you a series with college societies that put their heart and soul into their respective fields and took home the top prizes at various cultural fests. The best college society in each category was selected by creating a tally of the top 3 positions at competitive events held during 13 cultural fests of this season. Whenever a society won the first prize they were award 3 points, for the second position they received 2 points and for the third position, 1 point was added to their tally. Our points tally for the bands of Delhi University ended up being a close one. With 9 points, Conundrum bagged the top spot. At a close 8 points, Andolan and Red Shorts take away the second place.

The Winning Band at a glance

Conundrum, P.G.D.A.V College

Conundrum, from P.G.D.A.V College with its original compositions like Temporal Drifts, Pretend and Bliss emerged victorious at fests like Crossroads and Confluence this fest season.  Shiv, the band’s vocalist attributes their success to their perseverance. “We have been at it since the first year of college and it’s in the third year that we could come up to the level we aspired to be at. But obviously, there is always scope for improvement”, he went on to add. Note: The thirteen fests included in our analysis for this series include SRCC’s Crossroads, Gargi College’s Reverie, Sri Venkateswara College’s Nexus, LSR’s Tarang, Hans Raj’s Confluence, I.P. College for Women’s Shruti, Daulat Ram College’s Manjari, Hindu College’s Mecca, Jesus and Mary College’s Montage, Miranda House’s Tempest, Kamala Nehru College’s Ullas, Kirori Mal College’s Renaissance, SGTB Khalsa’s Lashkara. Out of the fests listed, only 7 had conducted a competitive Battle of the Bands.]]>

The Western Vocals (Group) competition was held among much enthusiasm, with teams 9 teams participating. The competition was judged by Mrs. Nandita Naraina Swamy, Chemistry teacher at Sri Venkateswara College (trained in classical music) and Ritwik De, a musician.

The winners were:

  1. Sri Venketeswara College’s Crescendo
  2. Lady Shri Ram College for Women
  3. Kirori Mal College’s Musoc


Other colleges that took part in the competition were Miranda House, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS), Gargi College, Jesus and Mary College.

The groups sang popular tracks such as Thriller by Michael Jackson, Somebody to Love by Queen, If You Wanna be My Lover by Spice Girl, and songs by Stevie Wonder.

On 9th February, 1964, four young men from Liverpool performed on The Ed Sullivan Show and made millions of fans worldwide with their simple love songs, mop-tops and pretty faces. The Fab Four were a rage among the ladies and their concerts saw thousands of female fans screaming and crying, with only a handful of men that consisted of the lads and the media.

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the show that launched The Beatles into the world and completely changed the music scene. They performed Hey Jude, With a Little Help From my Friends and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, while many other stars from the music industry covered iconic songs by the band such as Let it Be, Here Comes the Sun, Fool on the Hill, Yesterday etc.

We bring to you 10 not-so-famous, but wonderful songs by The Beatles that you would surely love:

1. For No One

2. Oh! Darling

3. Help!

4. I Feel Fine

5. I Want You

6. It’s All too Much

7. Nowhere Man

8. Real Love

9. Rocky Racoon

10. Searchin’

Though the mop-tops have disappeared, the pretty faces have withered away, and Harrison and Lennon are long dead, The Beatles continue to live in our hearts as they have immortalised themselves in their music.