Tanya Agarwal


Image Credits- ADSS To enhance participation and encourage regularity a monthly felicitation program is being held to reward those students who are regular and have embraced yoga as part of their life. This felicitation program is conducted regularly in the first week of every month and the students are given appreciation letters and symbolic prizes by the committee. It’s important to mention that the felicitation function is attended by all the committee members along with the chairperson of the college governing body Mrs. Jyotsana Sharma and the principal Dr. G. K. Arora. The college, in its endeavour to contribute to the mission of making a healthy India celebrated the International Day of Yoga on 21stjune 2015 by organising a mega yoga event in its premises. This event included a spectacular yoga performance by more than 450 NCC cadets from various DU Colleges and schools and was attended by eminent personalities. The event was covered and aired by Rajya Sabha TV. To popularise Yoga among students the yoga committee  in collaboration with Sam Yoga Foundation conducts yoga workshops on regular basis .The annual Fest of college, Chetna 2016 showcased a special 10- 12 minutes performance of musical yoga . All these initiatives reflect a strong spirit of the college to support students in their endeavour to become well balanced and healthy individuals and to make them realise that mental and physical health is the true wealth. Compiled by- Tanya Agarwal [email protected] Inputs by- Neha Sharma Assistant Professor, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar College  ]]>

With yet another academic session almost coming to an end at the University of Delhi, it is time to look back at the year that has gone by, before all of us get busy with semester examination preparation. Going by the thought, DU Beat brings to you its exclusive series ‘Colleges’ Round Up (2015-16)’, where we present the highlighting incidents of numerous DU colleges that took place over 2015 and 2016.  

So, go with the flow and view all what activities highlighted the near to end session at Shri Ram College of Commerce.

From Sundar Pichai’s session to hosting the biggest college festival, Crossroads this year, Shri Ram College has had quite an eventful year.

Here’s an overview of all what happened at Sri Ram College of Commerce, this session:



Compiled by Tanya Agarwal for DU Beat

[email protected]

The Book Club SRCC witnessed the coming together of book lovers at the third edition of their annual fest ‘Book Barter 3.0’ in a two day long extravaganza on 30th and 31st of March. The idea behind the event was to exchange one story for another and encourage each student to pick a book and begin reading. In the process, the book enthusiasts had an enthralling experience discussing ideas and exchanging books.

As many as 150 books exchanged hands at the event. The fad for the books like ‘The God of Small Things’ and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ could still be felt in the air. The books of authors like John Grisham, Paulo Coelho, Jeffrey Archer and many more were also on display. The participants in the barter were given bookmarks and page holders prepared by the Book Club members as gifts.

The speaker session ‘Author-Itarian’, aimed to cherish modern literature featured Nikita Singh, author of ‘If it’s not forever’ and Bibhu Datta Roy, an investment banker turned writer. When asked whether Nikita Singh would make a transition from her genre of love stories, she remarked, “I would certainly enjoy including darker themes 4-5 years down the line, but my readers shouldn’t expect a total shift to other fiction genres”. Bibhu Datta encouraged potential writers saying, “One should always follow their passion with utmost grit”.

The Chief Event Coordinator, Divyansh Pandey shared his experience of organizing Book Barter 3.0, “The entire event was nothing short of amazing. Even though we had a small team and the evnt being on the wrong side of the mid-sem break, we managed to attract a very healthy and interesting crowd. There were many last minute unexpected curveballs thrown, but the event went on smoothly”.

Along with the Book Barter 3.0, the Book Club also published and provided its annual newsletter, named after the famous Persian poet: Rumi. Rumi, the annual newsletter of the society is filled with various fictional poems and proses along with listicles and crosswords.

Picture credits: The Book Club SRCC 

Tanya Agarwal

[email protected]

With the new academic session about to arrive, the admission process in the University of Delhi is all set to undergo some major changes, as reported by the Press Trust of India. Every year there are a number of speculations about variations that are likely to take place, but the process majorly remains the same. However, as confirmed by the Admissions’ Committee to the PTI, the forthcoming session is going to see a lot of differences which are aimed at simplifying the process.

The committee’s first recommendation is to turn the entire procedure online. The varsity has tried to scrap off the offline filling of applications earlier as well, but thr changes could not be implemented. The arguments against the process going online are the concerns about the feasibility of the process for students and parents. Another suggested change is the collection of fee by a centralized system and the reduction in the number of cut-off lists from eight to five or six.

The University had constituted a 24-member committee, comprising of deans from faculties of various streams, along with nine college principals and members of the executive and academic councils, to decide upon the course of the process to be undertaken.

When asked about making the process online and the attempt to implement the same last year, a committee member told the PTI,“Even the UGC has given the go-ahead for the same and the process has been already tested so the admissions are likely to be completely online from this year,”.

“So far, with the offline admission system being in place, the application centers used to collect the fees. However, we are thinking of making it centralized this time. All the payments will be made by the candidates to the university which in turn will reimburse the respective colleges,” the member said. “Also, with seven to eight cut-off lists being announced every year, the process drags to the month of August, by when the classes have already begun. So the number of cut-offs are likely to be limited to five from this year onwards,” he added.

However, the move has not gone down well with the students. A delegation of students, including members of the Students Federation of India (SFI), met the Dean of Students’ Welfare in this regard after staging of a protest at the varsity’s Faculty of Arts.

“The number of applicants for Delhi University’s undergraduate seats keeps on increasing every year and limiting the admission process to online form will restrict access to a significant section of students coming from the resettlement colonies, JJ clusters and working class backgrounds who have limited access to Internet,” a student protester argued.

The final suggestions will be presented to the Vice Chancellor for final confirmation, but with the University admitting 54,000 Undergraduate students, it is yet to see how the process actually takes place this May.

Tanya Agarwal

[email protected]

The History and Political Science Society of Shri Ram College of Commerce organized their Annual Fest ‘Odyssey 2016’ on 18th and 19th of February. The two day fest witnessed participation by students from various colleges in the events conducted by the society.

Day 1 marked the Speaker Session wherein eminent personalities from the fields of politics and media came to voice their opinions. The theme for the session was ‘The Changing Face of Indian Society- the good and the bad’.  The inaugural speaker, Mrs. Sheila Dikshit, Former Chief Minister of Delhi, had an interactive session with the students. The students wished to know her comparative views about the current government and policies in Delhi to that of her government. The next speaker was Mr. Manish Tewari, Former Union Minister who spoke about his days in the varsity as the NSUI President.

The floor was taken over next by actor and social reformer Varun Pruthi. Famous on social media for his social acts and financial service to the needy, Varun expressed his idea of change, ‘Changing one’s own life is no big deal, changing someone else’s is what really matters’. The last speaker for the day was Mr. Mihir Sharma, Opinion Editor for Business Standard who shed light on the significant changes in various sectors of the Indian market.

Day 2 comprised of various on-campus events including the flagship events of the society, namely IPL Auction and Globetrotter- the world quiz along with Treasure-Scavenger Hunt and Blueblooded.

Image credits- Guru Prajeet

Tanya Agarwal

[email protected]

Not everybody has the gift of art, and of those who do, not all are lucky enough to get their share of fame and recognition. This is where iOTA enters the frame. iOTA is a platform linking specially-abled artists to their prospective buyers.

Conceptualised by Megha, Preena, Pranidhi and Prateek, this is an endeavour promoting the art of differently abled artists with brilliant skills. As they rightly believe in ‘Canvassing Lives’, their motto, this group of young enthusiastic undergraduates from SRCC, Delhi University and IIT Mandi step in to redefine the lives of thousands of such artists by channelising their talent towards the deserved platform.

iOTA is entering the market by holding India’s first crowd -funded Exhibition for differently abled artists. For the same, they are putting up their campaign on the crowd funding platform ‘Desired Wings’ to raise funds for their maiden themed exhibition to be followed by theme based art exhibitions in multiple cities. iOTA is also developing an online bidding platform for artworks to remove the international barriers and attract art lovers from all over the world.

The artists that they have on board are from various sections of society, longing for the appropriate bargain for their artwork along with a respectable name. Here’s a small introduction of a few artists they have, besides others.

Sheela Sharma: Paints the world right with her left foot; her work defines empathy, love, bonding amongst others.

Shreekant Dubey: A renowned artist, he always carries the go-getter instinct and has his unique way of painting.

CV Surendran: Hails from Kerala, he paints with ball point pens and doesn’t let his paralyzed body affect his soul.

Amita Dutta: She suffers from bilateral hearing loss. Her style of coffee painting is one of its kind.

Vipul Mittal: An offbeat artist. Mute lips and silence is his world, but his art speaks a lot.

Shivraj Singh: A veteran artist, his well-crafted sculptures make up for his cramped legs.

Neelesh Ganesh: A 23 year old autistic kid, who paints music and god in his work.

Their crowd funding campaign will go live on on 1st February 2015 and the money will be used to organise their first exhibition.

th of January 2016. The ceremony was full of noteworthy personalities including the Cabinet Ministers, industrialists, social workers, poets, artists, writers, sports persons and media along with the 21 recipients from all over the nation. The award is given to honour achievements towards Social Service and a Clean, Green, Healthy and Educated India. Union Minister for Mines and Steel, Shri. Narendra Singh Tomar and Union Minister Gen. V.K.Singh honoured Himadrish with the most coveted Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award, 2015 for his contribution towards Clean India Movement. He is the founder of Clean India, Glow India (Mission-E-Safai), an initiative by the Varsity in lieu of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. Himanshu, is also a renowned Columnist, Citizen Journalist (C.J.) for a number of reputed dailies and magazines registered with the Government of India including Lawyers Update, Just in Print, Youth Ki Awaaz, Indian Exponent and The Global Times. He has represented the Indian Youth at the Global Opportunity Panel 2015: Global Opportunity Network, UN Global Compact as a panellist on the issue of Youth unemployment and underemployment. Originally hailing from Ranchi, Himadrish is an RTI Activist has filed over 100 RTI’s till date. His first RTI, filed at the age of 15, questioning safety measures in Indian Railways brought a welcoming change in the coaches of Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express. Being the proud recipient of accolades like winner at the ‘Global Media Summit 2013’, ‘Global Award for Excellence 2013’ in the field of Social Work and Youth Empowerment and the ‘Young Achiever’s Award 2014’ for Information Activism in the area of Media and Information Activism, Himadrish has never looked back. Image Credits: Himadrish Suwan’s Facebook Profile Tanya Agarwal [email protected]]]>

“Some leaders made a mockery of the whole election process”: Akash Mehta, Students Union President, SRCC

“For a rank doesn’t confer just power, it imposes responsibility as well”

The SRCC Union President, Akash Mehta, currently in his third year of Economics Honours hails from a small town in Haryana and is an alumnus of DPS RK Puram. While in a conversation with DU Beat, he speaks of his experiences, the challenges and future endeavours for the college, being at the helm of things going in and out.

How has the first semester been for you?

We introduced the Regional Sensitization Cell and PWD canteen enclosure to ensure a level playing field for all. A session with H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was organised along with a Cleanliness Drive on 2nd of October in sync with the Swachh Bharat Program. A Freshers’ Party was organised with The Progressive Brothers and DJ Harsha. We plan on introducing Yoga to ensure overall development of students.

With your nomination being finalised just a few days before the voting day, how difficult was it to reach out to all the students in such a short span of time?

It is surely difficult to meet 2500 students in all, but life has taught me that if you have honest and clear intentions, nobody can stop you. Undoubtedly it was an arduous task, but with the support of my family and tireless efforts of my team, I could manage my campaign.

With the constant tiff between the hostel and day scholars, how do you plan to strike a balance between the two?

For me each student of SRCC is equal and fair in my judgement. I am the biggest testimony of this fact as in spite of not being a hosteller, I was able to gather all of their support. I shall strive to work for them all alike.

How is your vision for the college different from that of past Presidents of SRCC?

All the previous Presidents worked to their full capacity to make Crossroads what it is today. I have my own style of working though and as a President, alongside working for the fest I should be amongst the students more and get closer to their problems and find solutions.

What is your strategy for handling this fest season?

It has been going well with my team since we started our term. Our focus is to make our two major events bigger and better.

With all the allegations and rumours, are elections becoming a dirty affair and is there any escape from it? What is your take?

It is quite dirty in my opinion. I think some student leaders have made a mockery of the whole electoral campaign. They should understand the morals and ethics before entering this field. There’s an escape once we start realising the true essence of fair politics.

How do you like the tag of a ‘Cool and Charming President’ that you’ve been adorned with?

(laughs) I really don’t know a perfect response to it, but it’s really flattering. To be honest, I am pretty shy around girls, but it feels good to be conferred upon with this title!


Tanya Agarwal

[email protected]

Image credits: SRCC Students’ Union

If you’re one of the lazy souls who were too reluctant to sacrifice their winter vacations for an internships, luckily, you’re in a good space. It’s not too late because part-time internships are always available. You can easily juggle between college and a part-time internships. It helps you gain the likely experience of a full time internship. Added are the perks of flexible work hours and attractive incentives.

  1. Become a Campus Ambassador

A whole range of companies are recruiting campus ambassadors to manage their promotions in the respective colleges and areas. Companies like wooplr, vogue, koovs, uber have successfully gathered a lot of happy interns!

  1. Join a Start-up

Start-ups provide excellent learning opportunities to college-goers. Start-ups are a platform where you’re actually made to do some real hard-core work, be it ground work or sophisticated analysis.

  1. Bring out the designer you!

If you have some knowledge of graphics designing, you can definitely look up a job in this field. Various agencies and companies need designers to manage their websites and social media platforms.

  1. Write your heart out- Content Writer

If you have a flare for writing, a plethora of options are available for you. Companies need write ups for their blogs, websites and other media handles. All you have to do is bring out your best hand at writing and prepare articles on the said topics.

  1. Business Development Interns

All companies need a strong base of business development interns to formulate strategies and solve the issues of customers. If you can crack quick solutions to problems, this is your world!

  1. Social Media & Marketing

Social Media is present everywhere. Companies need to be hugely active throughout and they on-board a number of interns to take care of their marketing and promotional needs. This is one field where you can always find something that suits you.

  1. Be the change, join an NGO

Have the zest of doing something towards the bigger goal, betterment of society? Join an NGO and help yourself as well as the society. NGO’s are extremely vibrant nowadays with a host of activities planned for the members.