Sidhant R. Seth


th February 2015, the University has made extremely strict measures to prevent “hooliganism” and “rowdyism” in the name of Holi, particularly against women. The Proctorial Staff, the Dean Students’ Welfare office, security personnel and the law and order authorities with the University staff will take disciplinary action to restrain any disturbance during Holi. The police have been asked to maintain a constant vigil to prevent any act of obstreperous behavior. Especially, more women personnel will be deployed around the campus. Metro Rail Staff, the Buses, DG, DTC and CISF have also been requested to keep a strict watch. It is quite clear that playing of Holi is strictly banned in any educational institutions and entry to any of these would be only through an identity card. The Principals, HODs, DUSU Bearers and Provosts of Hostels have formed committees to tackle any untoward situation. A control room jointly managed by Delhi University and the Delhi Police has been allotted to function from 2nd March to 6th March 2015. The telephone number is 27667291. Similar arrangements have been made in the South Campus; the telephone number for south campus is 24119832.    ]]>

The 57th Grammy Awards were held the Staples Centre and were once again hosted by L.L. Cool J.  Music’s Biggest Night witnessed some of the greatest Grammy moments such as Sir Paul McCartney collaborating with Rihanna and Kanye West in their new hit single – “Four Five Seconds.” AC/DC kick started the event with their performance “Highway To Hell”. Katy Perry sung her heart out while dedicating her song against domestic violence; post US President Barack Obama’s video regarding the same matter. Hozier performed his hit single “Take Me to Church” and was later joined by Annie Lennox on stage.

Ed Sheeran also performed his famous hit “Thinking Out Loud”.

UK’s heartthrob, Singer-Songwriter Sam Smith bagged 4 Grammys and performed with Mary J. Blige in front of a packed audience. Pharell won 3 Grammys and also performed a very different version of his hit single “Happy” with Hans Zimmer. Queen Bey (aka Beyonce) won 3 Grammys and performed “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”.  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett performed “Cheek to Cheek” and also won an award for ‘Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.’

Singer-Songwriter Sam Smith after winning 4 Grammy awards.

“Morning Phase” was quite a surprise win by Beck as the ‘Album of the Year’. While delivering his acceptance speech, Kanye West interrupted but made it seem a funny moment rather than a serious one. Post the award function; Kanye said that Beck should have handed over the award to Beyonce. Jay Z was horrified seeing Kanye on stage but changed his shocking expression to a laughing one. Max Martin who has produced some of the greatest songs such as Shake it Off, Bang Bang and Break Free won the Producer of the Year (Non-Classical). Sia performed her popular single “Chandelier”, but showing her back towards the audience throughout her performance.

An Oscar nominated song –”Glory” from the movie “Selma” was performed by John Legend and Common closing the awards. For the record, Sam Smith won three of the top four Grammy Awards.


PS – For those who haven’t watched it, you can watch it in the night on VH1.

Sidhant Seth

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A two-day workshop will be conducted in Delhi from the 17th to 19th February on Digital Literacy and Innovation for Tomorrow’s Education. During the course of this workshop four “Digital Literacy Champions” will be selected amongst the fifty teachers who attend the Delhi workshop, based on their applications. These four teachers from the University of Delhi will be heading for a workshop on digital literacy at Edinburgh College, Scotland.

The training programme at Edinburgh has been designed to introduce a range of unique digital tools, productivity software and digital communications methods. A report even suggest that on their arrival from Scotland, these champions would assist the University professors in delivering the course to the students at the Campus of Open Learning.

The course will cover areas of planning, e-pedagogical issues, sharing of professional practices and also encouraging teachers to encourage global citizenship.

This project was taken up by UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) to work with the digital literacy sector of both the countries last year. Funded by UKIERI, the project is called Digital Literacy and Innovation for Tomorrow’s Education (D-LITE). Read DU Beat’s coverage of the project in its year of inception here.


Ever wondered that a Punjabi wedding could spark an idea in a person’s mind that could make a difference to thousands of lives?

Something like this happened when Ankit Kawatra, an alumnus of Keshav Maha Vidyalaya, University of Delhi attended one big fat Punjabi wedding some two years ago. Witnessing loads of food ranging from over 35 cuisines being served to only a handsome 1,500 invitees, Ankit thought how at least 10,000 unprivileged people could be fed with the same food.

This incident  gave birth to the initiative called – Feeding India.

‘Feeding India’ is a social enterprise working to tackle two rampant and interconnected problems of India, that of food wastage and hunger. This is done by helping the needy to get an access to the excess cooked food from restaurants and caterers in marriages, functions etc.

It is rather ironical as to how in a country where there are infants,aged, young and sick people starving due to lack of food,there is also reckless wastage of food sufficient to feed more than half of such needy population. Feeding India works on this simple ideology. The enterprise works to use the excess luxury of the ‘haves’ to fulfill the basic need of food for the ‘have-nots’ of the society.

Their methodology is very simple – The volunteers of the enterprise collect excess food from bulk food sources. In order to maintain the nutritional value of food, the articles are stored in cold storage houses. The food is later donated to the hungry after undergoing three rigorous levels of quality checking by Feeding India’s expert food technologists.

Through social media, they organize collection drives in corporate houses as well. The enterprise also has an event every Sunday at Raahagiri, Connaught Place, Delhi. Feeding India aims to carry on the good work and also expand their operations throughout the country to bring about a nation-wide impact on these problems.

“It was small operating initiative until 2014. However, the core team decided to take the cause on social media platforms like Facebook which made substantial difference. Currently, the team consists of more than 35 people, both college students as well as working professionals.Leadership for each and every individual working towards this initiative as well as sustainability are the major aims of this initiative.” says Ankit, the mind behind Feeding India.


To be a part of this social revolution, visit here.


Sidhant Seth

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“Mountaineering is a unique kind of a sport wherein no one is watching you nor cheering for you. It is the journey that makes it so unique. The achievement is inexpressible when you’re actually at the top and immersed in nature, along with the glorious tricolor unfolded,” says Saachi Soni.

Since the age of 7, this fearless young woman has been in love with mountains. Saachi Soni is a student of Bachelors in Mass Media at IP College, University of Delhi. She recently went for the Reliance and Deuters sponsored Aussie 10 Peaks Mt. summit and became the Youngest Indian Person to expedite 75-80 KM in only 2.5 days! The celebration for this climb was done in quite a unique way. She went for Sky Diving from 17000 ft. in Sydney. She dedicates this achievement to the serene environment that supported her throughout  her journey and also towards women empowerment. When asked for more details, she said that usually women are looked down upon in India for such a Herculean sport.

When asked what was the first thing she wanted as soon as she was back from the top, the answer was humorously simple – A hot shower! She even said in Australia people are sincerely concerned about their flora and fauna. This was one thing that she wished that should be present in India too.


The Deputy High Commissioner of India in Australia felicitated her immediately after her climb. Recently, the HRD minister, Ms. Smriti Irani, invited her and congratulated her on her remarkable achievement.

Already an accomplished climber of the daring Mt. Everest, Saaachi Soni is looking forward for the Winter Training Program at Sikkim. Lastly, she mentions that her principal, Dr. Babli Moitra Saraf and a professor from English Dept., Dr. Vineeta Sinha have always supported her to accomplish all her climbs.

The day is not too far when Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies shall boast of a new campus. Reports have stated that CBS would be shifting to a new location. Recently, the foundation stone had been laid. Currently, CBS is situated in Jhilmil Colony (Vivek Vihar) in East Delhi and the proposed campus is in Rohini in North-West Delhi. The distance via metro between the current campus and the proposed is approximately 35 minutes.

Sources have even suggested that there may be a hostel facility in the new campus; this might encourage more outstation station students to apply to the college. It is believed that the hostel may have 130 rooms.

On the other side, Raghav Chopra, a student of CBS has a different viewpoint regarding the shifting of the campus. He says, “First, as the Foundation stone has been laid quite recently, it should take a few years before CBS boasts about a new campus.” When asked about the expectations and any changes that the future CBS aspirants may face; he added, “Students at CBS are accustomed to a smaller campus. Due to this fact we know how to work with limited resources and yet bring out extraordinary results. Unfortunately, the future batch may not be able to experience this situation”.

Although, it has been quite some time since the University of Delhi has scrapped the controversial FYUP, the B. Tech scenario regarding the validity of their degree yet remains contentious. According to a few sources, DU has not got a green signal from the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) without which, no B. Tech DU degree holder will be an approved engineer/technologist even if he/she may have completed the Four Year Course with outstanding results.

While a few students student pursuing the course are optimistic that DU will get the approval from AICTE, the confusion still prevails wherein most of the students are not sure whether they would receive the approval or prove to be the evergreen “lab rat” batch. Sources suggest that according to UGC, the respective colleges should take AICTE approval for their remaining B. Tech courses (electronics, computer science, food technology, instrumentation electronics and polymer science).

It is even said that it’s not DU’s responsibility to take AICTE approval, because DU can be affiliated to a college, but the degrees/programs in various colleges need to be recognized from respective regulatory bodies, which in this case is AICTE, is a duty of the college and not the University.


Haider is one of the best directed movies of our age. Although the plot remains similar to that of the greatest tragedy of all time, Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, Vishal Bharadwaj has made understandable alterations to adapt the story line perfectly. The film has a very strong star cast for justification of each role. Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Mennon, Narendra Jha and Irfan Khan play the pivotal roles in the film.

The movie is set in the hills of Kashmir. Haider (Shahid Kapoor), a young boy, returns home after he hears of his father’s disappearance. Although perplexed by the conditions he observes on his arrival, he decides to continue his journey on his own to find his father. He’s even confronted with the fact that his mother was in a relationship with his uncle. Haider goes to each and every army camp in search for his lost father. Arshia (Shraddha Kapoor), his love-interest, gets a message from Roohdar (Irfan Khan) to inform Haider about his lost father. After enough struggles, Haider understands the plot. Towards the end of the movie, Haider is in dilemma, split between the urge to uncover the truth and the need to remain safe.

One of the best aspects of the movie is the gripping sound track that follows throughout the film. On the other hand, the songs are not as catchy as typical Bollywood music. The Bollywood touch is seen in the second half, which consists of a romantic song picturised between the protagonists. In my opinion, is was a little unnecessary in the rising and gripping plot. No other director could have portrayed the ghost scene as swiftly and simply as Vishal did. Hats off! Shahid Kapoor did a commendable job. After a very long time, he portrayed a character of such intensity and he nailed it. Tabu, who played the mother’s role, did a splendid job while portraying her love as a mother and also as an accomplice. The rounded character needed a senior artist and Tabu definitely did justice to it.

Haider is undoubtedly a must watch for every age group. The movie is sure to keep you glued to your seat and your eyes fixed on the screen.

Call her “ziddi”, brilliant or a totally insane person Priyanka Chopra is limitless. A film’s worth is measured by what the audience takes away from it and while walking out of the theater, one cannot get over the amount of strenuous physical training Priyanka Chopra must have undergone to portray the 5 time world amateur boxing champion “Magnificent Mary”. Mary Kom is the directorial debut of Omung Kumar and also stars Sunil Thapa and Dharshan Kumar.  The Creative Director of the film is Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

The movie showcases Mary Kom’s journey from a fearless schoolgirl to a boxer, wife, mother and the constant battle between these roles and her love for boxing. With exhaustive training, doggedness, a focused mind  and her “ziddi” behavior, Kom swims through all the struggles and becomes the face of Women’s boxing. The movie also attempts to bring to light the struggle faced by Indian sportsperson’s in a corrupted system, with minimal facilities available.

The Biopic exploits emotions with the mother-son connection giving it a slightly Bollywood masala touch. Another example is when Mary’s father, who is not on speaking terms with Mary cheers for her while watching her getting beaten up in a match on television and all the blessings and cheer seems to be transcended across the country to Mary’s boxing ring, and she of course wins the match with vigour.

The background score floats average, either not in sync with the emotions in the scenes or almost abrupt in its beginning and ends. A thumbs up to Darshan Kumar who plays Kom’s supportive spouse, a character that husbands should look up to. The movie questions the state of sports in India especially for girls, and lives the most important message that “If the government cooperates and supports, every nook and corner of India can have a champion.” The movie wins in making Mary Kom a household name and is definitely a must watch for its inspiration.

PS- Watch out for the GOAL Dialogue.

Delhi University’s School of Opening Learning is plagued with a plethora of problems. A study suggests that teachers have oft been missing classes while a few of them haven’t even attended a single class. Reportedly, Mrs. Preeti Goel, wife of BJP leader Mr. Vijay Goel’s, who teaches Nutrition and Health Education, didn’t attend any of the invigilation duties assigned to her.

Study materials such as notes, audio and video lessons as well as the web-based packages are not being prepared on time by the teachers. This is possibly because of the fact that the student-teacher ratio at SOL is 35 teachers to about 4.5 lakh students that makes it quite absurd for Opening Learning to function. It has also been reported that the study material provided hasn’t been revised since the last five years. And if 30 minutes are required for each audio lecture, a minimum of 30 hours is required to prepare them all.

According to the minutes of the SOL staff counsel meeting to a Deccan Herald correspondent, “typically, preparation of study unit of about 5,000 words would involve 150 hours of academic work.” Administrative work also becomes a must for the teachers due to shortage of staff. The only sign of hope is that if more staff is recruited, this august body can function well and provide proper study materials on time.

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