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Coming down to questioning even their taste in Literature; teachers of Delhi University attack the pro-Bhagat CBCS committee.

In April this year, the renowned Indian author Chetan Bhagat had announced on Twitter the inclusion of his novel ‘Five Point Someone’ in the Literature curriculum of the University of Delhi (DU).

Source: Amazon
Source: Amazon

The introduction of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) has been the harbinger of quite a few elements of change in both the structure as well as the curriculum of the varsity. Apart from the novel, the concerned committee had also recommended making Facebook post writing a part of a course on “academic writing” (as reported to the NEWS18). “It was felt that there is arbitrariness in framing and modification of the syllabus. It has also come to light that the department has been in practice of favouring some authors and publishers, even by going out of the way of normal practice and justification,” as were one of the details recorded in the meeting.

While the esteemed University has put it on hold, sources suggest that it might be taken up in the upcoming academic session. Moreover, a review committee has been formed to look into the matter. This move garnered considerable backlash from Literature enthusiasts.

“The committee has been formed to look into procedural lapses in syllabi design and modification, who were the members of the CBCS committee, was there sufficient representation from colleges, were all members informed about the modification and their approval sought”, as reported to the PRESS TRUST OF INDIA.

While there have been other changes put forward by the CBCS in the recent past; a lot of them entertained by the University; this move with its backlash from within the fold has already garnered humungous attention and might as well be a move against the policies of the CBCS.


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Shrija Ganguly

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From the comfortable interiors of Jodhpur, Neerav Jain landed in the dynamic educational hub of the University of Delhi; where academics are kept at par with the extra-curricular caliber. The young entrepreneur takes us through his entrepreneurial adventure, CityFurnish, and the multi-faceted learning-opportunity the journey proffered after he graduated from Kirori Mal College back in 2013.

Starting a business is a mammoth task. Could you please delineate on the initial hurdles your start-up faced?

There were three major hurdles we faced initially. One thing was the age factor; I was starting very young and had just completed my undergraduate education. I had two years of work experience with my family and naturally it takes a little bit of time to understand things. Typically, if you see the breed of start-up coming in, they are filled by IITs and IIMs. When you are just coming up with a bachelor’s degree and scaling up, it’s challenging. It’s not just about funding, but about hiring too. When you are hiring someone who is smarter and more educated than you, you need to convince them to work for you. Secondly, having vision clarity. Furniture is nonstandard item. You can have categories in luxury, but in furniture this is a very difficult thing. We were clear that what we want to achieve as a company. We want CityFurnish to be known for furniture the way Uber is known for cab services in spite of the fact that they have started other services too.  Establishing oneself in a particular category is a challenge. In short, don’t go for small money; create your own domain no matter how tough it is.

The third difficulty faced was creating a brand with limited resources like budget. Creating a brand needs investment. I learnt about this while I was in college. I was the Placement Cell and Commerce Society head. In a society, you need to pull up an event with very few funds. I learnt how to create a network effect and create a buzz. We started targeting customers near Chanakyapuri who weren’t much price conscious. They were very generous with reviews and sharing contacts. They acted as leverage for giving us publicity. It is a mammoth task creating a brand with limited resources. We wanted people to talk about our company.

Is there any entrepreneurial story that has personally inspired you?

One of my early investor was Mr. Jitendra Gupta, founder of Citrus, the payment gateway. His story is very similar to mine. Essentially, I am from a non-tech background. Whereas, he is a finance guy, running one of the largest payment gateway companies in India. His was the only start-up which was able to give a successful exit last year. Naturally, I was very motivated and connected with him due to several reasons. He has started with lot of challenges as in hailing from a non-tech background and hiring a tech team. Building the founding team will decide the next 50 teams in the company. He inspired me to be meticulous about choosing founding members. I learnt how to drive my co-workers with motivation as we weren’t paying much being a budding company. I learnt the concept of frugality from him and how it was important to chase investors with business matrix rather than the vanity matrix.

You were the Placement Cell Head and Com Soc President. How effective do you think DU’s placement and incubation cells are in grooming one’s personality?

For me, definitely very helpful. Coming from Jodhpur, till 12th Pre-boards, my highest percentage was 69, so naturally, I was never a topper. DU itself came in as a little bit of surprise. The first thing I got to know was that a lot Delhites, typically, were doing multiple things at once; debate society, drama society, internships, article ship, and then they were good in studies also. That was something I was never doing in Jodhpur. When I came to DU, the only two things I could apply for were the Placement Cell and Commerce Society, where the requirements were management skills and aptitude. For me, the whole process was extremely intriguing. the complete grooming, the street smartness, the management of the teams; because the fundamental idea was that you’re not paying anything to the team. But still they are motivated to work, to stay till 3 in the night and then turning up next morning to again do all the work. From brining something, getting something from the canteen to managing work; and you’re not paying them anything and yet they are so motivated. Even when you’re starting your own company, though you’re not paying anything, you can still motivate your team if you have the vision theme clear. That’s an important learning I got; salary is not everything if you’re building up your company from scratch. My experience with Placement Cell and Com Soc, that frugality that spend very less, a lot of these things were imbibed from this.

It’s going to be the 2-year anniversary of CityFurnish. Looking back, what do you think could have been done differently or could have yielded better results?

That’s a very retrospective question! As an entrepreneur, there was a scope for improving each and everything. But for something which always bothers me, firstly is the hiring aspect of it. When I started up, I hired just for the role: I need a finance guy, a marketing guy, I hired just for the sake of hiring to conform to the role. That was a major point. Secondly, you need to stick to your gut feeling. Because you’ve thought this is the team structure, this is the vision, this is how we’re going to be different from the competitors, and this is how we’re going to be in the long run. We would always prefer to compete on service level, rather than the pricing level. If you’re fighting on the pricing, it’s always a downward spiral.

When did you make your first breakthrough? What was your first milestone?

The inception of CityFurnish has not been done in India. I was in Netherlands at the time and was handling an export order. During that time I got in touch with Mark, founder of the company called Just Eat which is equivalent Zomato in India but on a global scale. He was running a program called startup boot camp.  He asked me to be a part of it as I had nothing much to do after my work. We got incubated in the start-up boot camp and out of a 100 teams, our start-up was among the top 10. That was a huge validation. Then, I came back to India because Delhi-NCR, as it is itself a bigger market than Netherlands. On 20th September 2015, I got my first order, before we were officially incorporated. Receiving an order before officially launching a business is definitely something which pushes your morale.

You worked for your family business, Chandra Shekhar Exports. How did you decide to start your own venture and how supportive was your family about it?

My dad has been running his company for over 25 years now and naturally, he has his own set of rules and protocols to follow. I came from DU at that time, fresh of energy and innovation. I wanted to change everything about the business. At that time, I didn’t realize there is a thinking process working behind every protocol. My father was 58 at that time and I was 22 giving him suggestions like, “Aise nahin, aise karo.”  And he would dismiss my suggestions which did hurt my ego, but it’s an important learning process. It was difficult for me at that point to understand that behind every set process there is an experience behind it.

How has your personal life changed ever since you grew out the reigns of your business?

I don’t think that I have achieved success yet, but yes, personal life has changed a lot. In DU, you have an amazing lifestyle. But once you start getting busy, you have to start saying no to plans made by friends. A lot of relationship equations change. Social life gets restricted; and some people understand these changes and some don’t. You have to forego a lot of short term pleasures which is actually quite challenging at this age.

Being DU students we realize that our lives are full of experiences. We want you to go back in the memory lane and feel nostalgic. Can you share some of your experiences with us?

When I came to Delhi, I really didn’t like it.  Every two weeks, I used to go back to Jodhpur because of homesickness. I had made up my mind to discontinue studying in DU after a year; it was tough. But over time, it turned out to be different. It pushed me out of my comfort zone. Getting into DU was a slap in that mode. There was a cultural diversity, a vast set of people who won’t agree to your opinion just for the sake of it. The second thing that DU offered me was the human connect. I am still in touch with my placement cell juniors. I still know all the office bearers of my society. They still rope me in events they conduct, and thus, thereis a lot of connect still now.

I was involved in lot of extra-curricular activities and politics.  It gave me an experience for life time.  KMC and Ramjas are very famous for politics. Out batch was the first to churn out a President from B.Com after 35 years. That was the difference; politics has a notion of aggression around it. The violence is real. For DU, for first years, the gruesome violence is shit scary. Within college premises, hostel brawls, it is a whole issue altogether. At the exterior, it is a simple college election. Internally, a lot of things matter. Parties will come to societies and offer different services to garner votes. You obviously don’t want to get into their books but indulging in these unethical tactics is also not favourable. This is something which happens in the business world. The process of acquiring licenses and other procedures you will encounter people from influential backgrounds. If you’ve already experienced this in colleges, which DU offers, it gives you a wonderful understanding of self-confidence of your ability to handle it.

Had there been no DU, would there have been a CityFurnish?

Tough to say! I’ll quote an example from Amazon. When Amazon was started, it was an accumulation of events. The guys had to face challenges with regards to the products, social media changes. Similarly, DU has been an important part. So, I would say partly yes. Had I gone to Bombay, I would have landed in Chandra Shekhar Exports and would not have had the confidence to venture into new things with such aplomb. I would have been settled and devoid of the pressure. Everything under DU had a different role; commerce society, college politics, and so much more. A lot of insights and my actual experiences stem from my days at DU. How to run my team, how to build their morale, how to motivate them without giving them an adequate salary; it’s all there.

It’s a competitive world. How do you make sure that you stay at par with your competitors, especially with the advent of social media amongst other changing trends?

From the competitor’s perspective, we realized our strengths and weaknesses from an early stage which is very essential. Instead of having just one barrier to entry, our approach was to have multiple barriers. We divided it across spectrum. The prima facie was to build the brand. Out of our team of people dealing with customers, you will see our average response time and delivery time is 48-72 hours, versus our competitors which is 7-10 days. Wherever we could get the customer delight factor, we tried to focus on that; from the project and team level. Secondly, we realized from the technological point. My other two partners, Saurabh and Vineet, have an expansive work experience of 6-7 years, with education from IIM and DTU respectively. Earning highly, coming into a startup with no salaries for at least a year was a challenge itself. We have divided our roles, which has helped us build our own defenses. Saurabh is extremely proficient in the digital marketing field. At the end of the day, the customer knows us from the digital spectrum. Saurabh used the strategy of ensuring that CityFurnish was always amongst the top three searches. What Vineet brings on board is the financial and convenience aspect. He collaborated with important companies and adapted a payment model which suited our functioning method and was to our preference. Internally, the payment collection was happening on time and the team resources were handled. So, the customer delight, the online aspect of it, and customer convenience through the service and delivery is how we coped with the changes.

Any suggestion for the young minds ripe with the thoughts of venturing out into a business of their own?

In DU, there are lot of investors and mentors. People these days don’t share their ideas fearing plagiarism. I would say that in start-ups, idea is 2% and the rest is execution. I will suggest that talk to people, no matter how rubbish your idea sounds.  The second thing is, don’t over think your idea. Every idea has more cons than pros. How you deal with the cons and establishing a business is what that makes you stand out. There were a lot of cons while I was analysing the business plan of CityFurnish. However, we were able to deal with things tactfully. We made sure that our business is customer driven and not competitor or investor driven. Another important thing is identifying the trend. Make sure that your idea suits the trend!

What are some of your immediate goals in the pipeline?

We’ve tried to follow along the lines of Amazon’s business strategy: always think from the perspective of customers, which would allow your misses to turn into hits inevitably. Our idea is to launch wall beds; so the idea is to uplift the level of competition. It is an innovation at the product level. If in one item we are able to provide a multitude of utilities, it obviously helps us. The second target is to try to integrate the internet of things in the furniture sector. We are integrating the Bluetooth speaker, phone charger set-up into the sofa set itself. It’s not something revolutionary, however, the utilitarian aspect enhances the customer delight. These small things are now being targeted at a proto-type level. Beyond that, we are focusing on brand building. To establish CityFurnish for what it should be known for; something which will set the narrative for the company for the future years to come. There are a lot of things down the line, long-term visions which we want the company to achieve.


CityFurnish is India’s third largest and a rapidly growing furniture, furnishings and appliances rental brand. Set upon the task to provide smarter lifestyle solutions, CityFurnish is revolutionizing the on-demand rental economy by making renting affordable and easy.

Neerav Jain is the founder and CEO at CityFurnish- India’s fastest growing furniture, furnishings and appliances rental brand. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Delhi University, and Business & Enterprise Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Neerav landed his first job as an Export Manager with Pepperfry. He later went on to attend the Lean Launchpad and Business Innovation course at Utrecht University.


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Saumya Kalia

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Sandeep Samal

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The University Grants Commission (UGC), a statutory body that provides recognition and funds to several institutes of higher education across India, including the University of Delhi, has recently issued a statement asking varsities to install sanitary napkin incinerators in all women’s hostels. The move aims to benefit both the environment and women’s hygiene.

A communication by the UGC stated, “In an effort to promote proper disposal of menstrual waste and promote the Swachh Bharat Mission, it is imperative that we take the initiative to promote menstrual sanitation and proper disposal of menstrual waste by creating awareness, encouraging every woman to use eco-friendly incinerators and promoting research for biodegradable alternatives.” The communication also added, “You are requested to consider the installation of these machines within the premises of women’s hostels.”

According to the UGC, the estimated cost of the equipment is INR 49,646, an amount that can be “directly booked under the solid waste management component of the Swachh Bharat Mission”. The statutory body also elaborated that HLL Lifecare Limited, which is a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Health, has recently introduced vending machines and incinerators for sanitary napkins.

Proper disposal of menstrual waste is crucial for feminine hygiene as well as for the environment. Sanitary napkins are the go-to product for the majority of Indian women. The material that they are made of is non-biodegradable. This means that the disposal of pads in household trash leads to landfills overflowing with menstrual waste. Burning them is not a solution as it leads to the release of toxic fumes into the atmosphere. Additionally, sanitary napkins that are disposed incorrectly often end up blocking drainage systems. There is also the high risk of disease and unhygienic conditions near areas where menstrual waste is concentrated. Menstrual blood in open air attracts all sorts of bacteria to grow in it and affect the hygiene of the surroundings.

Incinerators are the best way to dispose of sanitary napkins. They provide a long-lasting and eco-friendly solution by restricting the amount of smoke produced in the incineration to the small machine. The communication by the UGC is, therefore, a welcome step in making sure women’s accommodation caters to their specific needs and provides proper hygiene along with fulfilling environmental responsibilities.


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Vineeta Rana
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Your-Space is an eco-system that serves as a safe residence for students in Delhi. They foster holistic living and create a jovial atmosphere to provide not only a form of accommodation, but a true home for students. They offer safety, convenience, and comfort for the youth by building a brand of uniform, standardised, secure private accommodation that is trusted by students, parents, and institutions across India.

Your-Space provides a number of luxurious facilities that are otherwise unavailable at regular hostels and paid guest accommodations. They range from beauty parlour services to vending machines to yoga zones.


After the successful launch of the first girls only hostel in Greater Noida, Your-Space has now expanded to Delhi University and brought the luxury student living experience to two South Campus girls’ hostels. Admissions are now open for the following locations:
Kailash Colony, New Delhi – 110048
Greater Kailash I, New Delhi – 110048


They will also soon be expanding to North Campus, thereby offering over 170 new rooms this academic year.
Here is a preview of the locations they currently offer.





Your-Space has also launched an app which allows you to pay bills, book meals, view other available properties, relocate between different campuses, and sign up for ancillary services such as seminars and laundry.


This organisation is not merely an experimental project. In fact, it has attained recognition and coverage by several national media outlets, highlighting its uniqueness and innovation.


Not only are parents such as Mr Uppal and Mrs Sharma extremely pleased with how their daughters were treated at the Greater Noida hostel, but an independent investor survey revealed that the average student score for this establishment was a whopping 8/10.

So what are you waiting for? Visit Your-Space and apply now! You can also contact 8383027664 for further queries.

Hello Meal started off as a humble initiative by a few students of Delhi University who had the aim of delivering quality food at reasonable prices. Nor have they only fulfilled their goal, but they have gone above and beyond to excel in their field.

Hello Meal is the perfect solution to anyone who wants instant scrumptious food at a moment’s notice. To add to this, the prices are student-friendly and the quantities are extraordinary. Hello Meal has lived up to the standards it set for itself and has gone on to build a reputation so impressive that the founders have now been invited to an international conference that recognises out-of-the-box start-ups.

Rise 2017 is a 3-day event hosted in Hong Kong in July of this year.  A multi-faceted conference, it has different sections for speakers, attendees, etc. Among these, a special category for start-ups, called Alpha, is set up for innovative projects in their nascent stages. Hello Meal is a participant of the same, which only goes to show how far this start-up has come.

With a wide range of choices from North Indian to Chinese and vegetables to mutton, Hello Meal has provided an indispensable avenue to those who wish to indulge in take-out without feeling guilty about the expense. The Zomato reviews are a testament to the brilliance of Hello Meal. Joyee Bhattacharya and Sukhman Gambhir sum it up perfectly when they exclaim “great outlet and great food” and mention how it is “extremely affordable for a college student”.

Based in Vijay Nagar, Hello Meal provides home delivery in record time from 11am to midnight. They offer toll-free telephonic services at 1800-200-5565 and are available on Facebook and Instagram. Download the free app here for a truly satisfying experience.


Image Credits: Hello Meal Facebook

Vineeta Rana
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YouTube, has emerged as a game changer that houses some incredibly talented content creators. It does not restrict itself to a specific content and caters to almost all kinds of audiences. Mentioned below are a few of our favourite YouTubers:



Superwoman (Lilly Singh)

YouTube Channels: iisuperwomanii and iisuperwomanii vlogs

Waddup! It’s your girl Superwoman!”. Often referred to as the Queen of YouTube, she is one of the most hard working person alive! A comedian, she excels but never confines herself to that category. She has recently started the much appreciated #GirlLove campaign which featured Michelle Obama. Some of her most popular videos are – ‘My Parents react to’ videos. She went on a one of a kind world tour and won a Streamy this year for her feature film, ‘A Trip to Unicorn Island’. Lilly’s book, ‘How to be a Bawse’ will hit the book stores in March, 2017.


Lauren - Do It Yourself Specialist
Lauren – Do It Yourself Specialist

LaurDIY (Lauren Riihimaki)

YouTube Channel: LaurDIY

LaurDIY is a fashion blogger and a DIY specialist. She recreates some famous Pinterest ideas and gives easy ways to DIY expensive room decor items and some urban outfitters. She re-started vlogging last week but she had been available in the vlogs of Alex Wassabi, a lovely fellow YouTuber and her boyfriend. Lauren is currently working on her #HALLAURWEEN series for DIY Halloween costumes.


Casey Owen Neistat
Casey Owen Neistat

Casey Neistat

YouTube Channel: caseyneistat

Well known for his drone videography, Casey is a YouTube vlogger and filmmaker. From making videos with Karlie Kloss to reviewing the latest gadget to vlogging about his family and friends, he has his 5 million strong subscribers hooked. Founder of social media company-Beme, Casey is one of the richest YouTubers and has won several awards including a Streamy’s (First Person) recently.

Ryan Higa - YouTube comedy actor
Ryan Higa – YouTube comedy actor

Ryan Higa

YouTube Channel : nigahiga

Tee Hee! Member of comedy group YTF, Ryan is one of the funniest guys on YouTube. His ‘Dear Ryan’ series, ‘movie in minutes’ series, ‘how to be’ series and almost all his videos are hilarious. This year he initiated the “Roast Yourself Challenge” with over 9 million views and called out famous YouTubers Jenna Marbles, D-Trix, Pewdiepie and KSI to do the same.

Tati Westbrook
Tati Westbrook

Tati Westbrook

YouTube Channel: GlamLifeGuru

YouTube make-up guru and Hollywood makeup artist, Tati is now a household name amongst makeup enthusiasts. Known for her amazing makeup looks and tips, her product reviews are also the most reliable. Product giveaways aren’t uncommon on her channel.


Tooba Towfiq

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 Swareena Gurung

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With the pressure of studies and society activities slowly building up, DU Beat brings you some must have Delhi experiences that every fresher must catch.

1. Cycling trip to Rashtrapati Bhavan
Pick up the bright green bicycles from the Patel Chowk Metro station and go for a cycling trip to the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan with your friends. You can also combine this with a picnic in the India Gate lawns. Delhi being the heart of power of the country and this being a powerful location of the city, the trip might give you a feeling of being closer to power and will be a good memory to go back to any day!

Cyclin trip DUB

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2. Midnight exploration of the Ridge
Having spent quite a few days in the college, your seniors must have filled your ears with the stories of the crying woman in a white saree or the monkey which hunts people at night, all of them residing at a common address- the ridge. Why not explore it yourself with your friends at midnight?
The silence of the night and the street lights combine perfectly to give you a feeling of someone who’s been waiting for long and is beckoning you. (Try this at your own risk and have a strong heart throughout!)

NC Ridge
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3. Photoshoot at India Gate
With the Independence Day approaching and a patriotic fever rising all over the country this is the best time to plan a trip to India Gate and obviously click a picture of yours to set as your Independence Day cover photo on Facebook. What better way to display your patriotism and flaunting being in the capital at this time of the year?

India Gate
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4. Going for a theatre experience
The capital is home to some of the best auditoriums of the country which play hosts to lots of plays. If you’re a theatre enthusiast then Mandi House which stations the National School of Drama, Shri Ram Centre for Art and Culture, Bharatiya Kala Kendra and many more literary avenues can become one of your most visited locations in Delhi.

Shri Ram Centre for Art and Culture Delhi
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5. Catch the light and sound show in Red Fort
The great red building has been a witness to the rise and fall of the mighty Mughal Empire and the rise of Modern India. They say it right when they say that the red sandstones of Red Fort narrate history, for one trip to the Fort will take you back in time to the glorious days of Mughal rule in India. You can catch the light and sound show in the evening which would take you through a beautiful journey of history.

Red Fort
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So whether you are of the adventurous kind or prefer artful displays, there are many things you do to keep yourselves excited and amazed. This list is just a preview. So buckle up freshers! Delhi has tonnes of adventures in store for you!

Feature Image Credits: Alex Arthur for DU Beat
Srivedant Kar
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Pinjra Tod held a press conference on May 9, 2016, reacting to the issuing of notices by the Delhi Commission for Women to universities in Delhi University based on the exhaustive report submitted to the state body by them. The report, which was submitted in November last year, documents testimonials and experiences from women students across colleges and universities in Delhi and includes a comparative study of men’s and women’s hostels under Delhi University to prove that women students pay much more than their male counterparts.

The notices have been issued to all 23 registered universities in Delhi, as well as all undergraduate colleges under Delhi University which have women’s hostels. The DCW has instituted an enquiry based on several findings included in the Pinjra Tod report and has asked the universities for a response within 15 days’ time. The various questions the Commission has asked the universities and colleges to respond to include the number of students in hostel disaggregated by gender, the entry and exit time restrictions in the hostel, and the annual hostel fees charged disaggregated by gender. The notice also raised questions on the constitutionality of the current rules in effect in universities across the country. For a state body to recognise this will have implications not just for the universities directly questioned but for institutes across the country.

The notice has been welcomed and is been seen as a powerful achievement by Pinjra Tod, which has emerged as a strong movement of women students across the country fighting against discriminatory practices that plague university life for them. The movement plans to open direct dialogue with college and university administrations about their demands in the coming semester. This is being seen as a necessity, given the lack of response and non-committal progress that has been made following previous notices such as in the case of Jamia Millia Islamia, where the authorities promised to review its hostel rules in the wake of a similar notice last year but nothing concrete changed.

Feature Image: The Facebook page of Pinjra Tod

Shubham Kaushik

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The University of Delhi is a dynamic place to be, and records new highs with various achievements but also new lows with several controversial issues taking place every year. With another academic session coming to its end, we bring to you another edition of The Best and Worst of Delhi University series.

This academic year has seen personalities from various walks of life, who have achieved a remarkable measure of success in their respective fields, sharing their thought – provoking ideas with Delhi University’s student community. From stand-up comedy to business, politics and film-making, visiting personalities have provided insights into their work and lives, leaving valuable advice and enriching the college experience of students. We take a look at the well – known personalities who visited DU this year, contributing to the potpourri of cultures, visions and ideas that the University embodies.

1. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kapil Dev, Varun Agarwal and other stars at SRCC Youth Conference

September 2015: The annual Youth Conference at SRCC, with the theme ‘And the victor carries on’ saw the presence of several eminent personalities. An interactive session with cricketing legend Kapil Dev revealed his love for the sport as he encouraged students to follow their passion. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui spoke about his early days and struggles as a budding actor in Bombay. Founder of Alma Mater, Varun Agarwal, shared his insights on his book ‘How I Met Anu Aunty and Co-Founded a Million Dollar Company’ and motivated the audience to refrain from procrastinating. Comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath of the ‘Pretentious Movie Reviews’ fame kept the audience engaged with his wise cracks on enthusiatic festival celebrations. Abish Mathew’s song on how youngsters shouldn’t waste their lives over drugs left the audience in splits.

Biswa Kalyan Rath at the SRCC Youth Conference
Biswa Kalyan Rath at the SRCC Youth Conference

Read the full coverage here.

2. Kiran Bedi at IPCW

September 2015: Former IPS officer, social activist, and politician, Kiran Bedi, was the Chief Guest at Indraprastha College for Women, as part of the Pink Chain Campaign, an initiative by Punarjeevan to spread awareness on breast cancer. She emphasised on the need to prioritise health and check-ups, keeping in mind the busy schedules of the youth in current times.

Kiran Bedi
Kiran Bedi

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3. Markandey Katju and Subramanian Swamy at KMC’s ‘India 2020’

September 2015: Former Supreme Court Justice and Press Council of India Chairman, Markandey Katju’s address flagged off ‘India Vision 2020’, organised by the Round Table society at Kirori Mal College. He spoke of the significance of a modern, rational, scientific and inquisitive mind, with references to several anecdotes and instances from history. He lamented the pitiable state of affairs of the parliament, bureaucracy and media in India. Former Cabinet Minister Subramanian Swamy also addressed the gathering. Replete with witticisms, he put forth the hope for India as a developed country, provided we get our act together.

Markandey Katju
Markandey Katju

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4. Abish Mathew at Entreyug’15, Jesus and Mary College

November 2015: Comedian Abish Mathew’s rib-tickling act was an entertaining conclusion to Entreyug’15, conducted by Entrepreneurship Cell, Jesus and Mary College, in collaboration with the E-Cell, Delhi College of Art and Commerce. Following speakers like Vineet Taneja, CEO of Micromax, and Rajat Jain, former MD of Walt Disney, Abish Mathew enthralled the audience with his typical brand of humour.

Abish Mathew
Abish Mathew

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5. ‘Ask Sundar Pichai’ at SRCC

December 2015: Shri Ram College of Commerce hosted Google CEO, Sundararajan Pichai, who addressed a crowd of over 2000 students, in a session moderated by commentator, Harsha Bhogle. Mr. Pichai emphasised upon the importance of doing something that one is excited by, and using every opportunity to reinvent ourselves. He shared his vision for Google and his hope of making technology a one-stop solution to every problem. On being asked about his 12th standard percentage, Pichai quipped that it would not be enough to get him into SRCC.

Sundar Pichai
Sundar Pichai

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6. Najeeb Jung, Papon and East India Company at Ramjas College’s centennial celebrations

January 2016: Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung stressed the need to think freely as citizens of a country that is progressing, as the Chief Guest on the first day of the celebration held to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Ramjas College. Papon, founding member of Assamese band East India Company, enthralled the audience along with his band, with their lively performance and energetic beats.


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7. Boman Irani at St. Stephen’s College

January 2016: The Entrepreneurship Cell, St. Stephen’s College, organised ‘The Journey,’ a talk by film actor Boman Irani. In the course of the inspirational talk, Mr. Irani spoke about his anecdotal journey and the power of dedication, perseverance, and dreaming big. His unique tongue-in-cheek style of humour, along with personal experiences, kept the audience hooked onto every word of his motivational address.

Boman Irani

8. Durjoy Dutta and Ravinder Singh at SRCC’s Literary Festival

February 2016: Zephyr, the Literary Festival conducted by the English Literary Society at Shri Ram College of Commerce, saw author Durjoy Dutta explaining to the audience his initial dreams of becoming a writer and its gradual fulfillment. Bestselling author Ravinder Singh of ‘I Too Had a Love Story’ fame motivated the students to pursue their dreams, through his interactive session with the audience.

Durjoy Dutta and Ravinder Singh
Durjoy Dutta and Ravinder Singh

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9. Sheila Dixit at SRCC’s Odyssey’16

February 2016: The annual fest, Odyssey 2016, was held by the History and Political Science society, Shri Ram College of Commerce, with the theme ‘The changing face of Indian society – the good and the bad.’ The inaugural talk was by Mrs. Sheila Dixit, former Chief Minister of Delhi, whose interactive session with the audience saw her facing questions on the comparative policies of the current government in Delhi to that of her government.

Sheila Dixit (Image credits: veethi.com)
Sheila Dixit (Image credits: veethi.com)

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10. Prof. Irfan Habib and Anjolie Ela Menon at the Academic Conclave, St. Stephen’s College

February 2016: Ancient and medieval Indian history stalwart, Professor Irfan Habib, addressed the Academic Conclave as its plenary speaker on the day of its commencement, on the topic ‘The National Movement and its Legacy.’ He quipped that, “After 1947, every coward can be a patriot.”

Leading contemporary artist, Anjolie Ela Menon, discussed the history of the patronage of art.

Irfan Habib
Irfan Habib

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11. Adi Godrej, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Nitin Gadkari and others at the SRCC Business Conclave

February 2016: SRCC’s Business Conclave saw a host of eminent personalities addressing the audience. In his session, BJP party leader Nitin Gadkari spoke of the importance of the youth in nation – building. Sunil Bharti Mittal, CEO of Bharti Enterprises, shared stories of his struggles and success. Medha Patkar, an activist for Narmada Bachao Andolan highlighted the importance of human resource saying, “Money alone cannot give you the suit on your body, the paper we use and even the currency notes.”

Adi Godrej, from Godrej Group, spoke on how fundamental enforced legislation is to the growth of the country but how often too many rules and regulations can also slow down the process of growth. The concluding speaker at the 3-day event was actor Rishi Kapoor. When asked about Bollywood, he said, “The business of cinema is huge. The only entertainment after cinema is sex.”

Eminent personalities at the SRCC Business Conclave
Eminent personalities at the SRCC Business Conclave

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12. SRK visits Hans Raj College

February 2016: Bollywood superstar and Hans Raj Alumni Shahrukh Khan visited his college in the month of February to promote his much anticipated flick- Fan. The actor was also felicitated with the degree of graduation which he completed back in 1988.



13. Meera Nair and Onir at St. Stephen’s College

March 2016: Directors Mira Nair and Onir visited St. Stephen’s College for a screening of their respective films, Reluctant Fundamentalist and I am Omar. The screening, held by the Gender Studies Cell, St. Stephen’s College, in collaboration with Engendered, was followed by an interactive session with the two directors. Mira Nair spoke of the “need to express oneself with absolute boldness.” “We must tell our stories for, if we don’t, nobody will,” she pointed out. Onir also spoke of the importance of self-expression irrespective of whether or not it pleases anybody else. “An artist cannot paint their canvas according to what pleases everybody,” he said.

Mira Nair and Onir
Mira Nair and Onir

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It’s really quite incredible how the slightest push is just enough to set the ball rolling, and how the greatest inventions are often found in the glimmer of an idea.

A few uploads of handwritten classroom notes a week before the semester-end examinations at IIT-Delhi received such an amazing response from fellow students, that it triggered a vision, Mission Study India. “We were barraged with requests for more such uploads by the entire institution. It was a response that made us believe, in the potential of the idea we had stumbled upon and in our ability to make it a reality”, quips the team.

As engineers, they realized that they wanted to solve problems that were indigenous to Indian students.  Now, two years down the line, Study India has taken off. With a brand new website currently under development, a constantly expanding repository of  education data, a software division churning out mobile applications by the week and a hardware division exploring the latest technology in the realm of close-range wireless communication, what was but an idea is now on the verge of a revolution.

The latest release from the Study India Suite of Mobile Applications is Phokas!

Remember the long nights you’ve spent just before an exam trying your level best to study those endless chapters? But the buzz of the phone is just too inviting, and you simply have to see what she’s saying on WhatsApp. Or the newest level on Candy Crush is just waiting to be completed and Facebook is just calling you to check out the latest notifications.

Well, now you needn’t fear for Phokas is here.

Just select the apps that aren’t letting you work, choose how long you want to stay focused, and voila! Your job is done. You needn’t worry about getting distracted anymore. Additionally, since exam-season usually involves a never-ending list of tasks for the day, you can schedule tasks for the future on Phokas and therefore make an informed decision about when you need your ‘focus’ zone the most and hence set daily and weekly app blockages.

Keep alive the essential services on your phone and do away with what’s not needed. Let Phokas help you streamline your time and energy, minus all the distractions and help you study smarter.

You can follow this link to download Phokas on your Android smartphones https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.studyindia.phokas

The Study India team would love your honest review and suggestions on the app, so do drop them a message on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/studyindianotes (or mail them on [email protected]) and don’t forget to review them on the Google Playstore with your valuable inputs!

You can also visit, www.studyindia.com, to explore the range of services that Study India has to offer. But for now Success has a new locus, Phokas: The Self Control app that puts you back in the driver’s seat

Guest post by team Phokas, Study India.

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