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To stay relevant in the 21st century – the University of Delhi (DU) needs to let go of its laissez-faire attitude. Read our Editor’s take on why DU is trapped in its own history.

Making it into DU was a dream for so many of us. We battled the unpredictable and exhausting board examinations, obsessed over  cut-off lists, and withstood the impossibly frustrating admission process to finally make it here. Once here, all the effort seemed worth it. To study with the brightest people in our generation, participate in DU’s competitive society culture, absorb its active protest culture, and learn under its brilliant faculty, made it a one of a kind experience. This, coupled with a relatively relaxed attendance policy and reasonable fee, was enough to make this place a dream come true.

However, three years in the University and my rose-coloured glasses have finally worn off. What I saw as the culture of protest is actually teachers and students demanding basic resources and rights. What was seen as thriving society culture is the students’ way to keep themselves occupied and challenged since the varsity offers few opportunities to do so. The affordability of DU is constantly at threat, with newly established schools like Delhi School of Journalism charging a hefty fee and offering sub par education in return. With the Higher Education Funding Agency and the current government’s obsession with privatisation, DU’s accessibility is historically most vulnerable right now.

However, this is not all. The bigger problems with DU are related to its academic rigour. The truth is, towards the end of our three years, there is very little that the institution has taught us.

This facade of DU’s reputation has limited influence; recruiters and major corporations are distinctly aware of how little a DU degree teaches you, which is perhaps why they avoid us like the plague. Navigating the process of landing your first job on your own is chaotic and most people seek the security of campus placements. However, in DU, the word ‘placement’ is reserved for commerce students from the five top – ranked colleges in the varsity. It’s not as if commerce students or those in top colleges are necessarily more skilled than the rest of us but selective elitism goes a long way. The rest, pursuing other “non-employable” degrees in the remaining colleges, cannot aspire to be recruited in any capacity.

Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful to DU for the exposure and experiences but they were by and large the product of the hard work of the students who made societies their life and gave them their competitive edge. Apart from its reputation, there is very little that DU offers us. My resentment stems from the fact that I, like my peers, am horribly under-prepared for the real world. It is responsible to revive the curriculum to make it competitive with other universities, and it is their responsibility to realise that their job does not end by offering students mere theoretical knowledge.

Sports facilities in DU are underwhelming and most sports’ quota students find their own way of training themselves independently. Certainly, there is a funding crisis that the varsity is experiencing and the threat of a bigger impending crisis looms above the surface, but even existing funds aren’t appropriately utilised. For example, in 2017, the varsity returned 108 crores to the University Grants Commission (UGC) because it could not find an avenue to spend it. Three crore rupees allocated by the UGC remained under-utilised and had to be returned as well.

As I reflect upon my three years in DU, I am grateful for the creative minds I got the opportunity to interact with. However, nostalgia has not clouded my judgment and I know that there was so much more that DU could have offered and so much more that I deserved. The only people who graduate from DU and make it in life should not be B.Com. students, IAS officers, rich kids whose resources get them into an Ivy – league college for Master’s or those studying in Hindu, Lady Shri Ram, Stephen’s, and Hansraj. The rest of us also deserve access to an education that teaches us the required skills, has a curriculum abreast with top international universities, and offers us the opportunity that allows us to get employed if we wish to be. Like an egocentric, ageing actor who cannot get over their glory days, DU is iconic but stuck in the past. It needs to catch up with the times and enter the 21st century. After all, reputations alone can only last so long.  

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We weren’t yet done with the fest season when we realized that it’s already time for the mid-semester break. All of us have our bags packed but are we really ready to go on a break yet?

Even semesters are shorter and comprise more extracurricular activities than academics. They are busier than the odd semesters because of college, society and department fests and somewhere because of the fest season, students lose track of everything else going on, which includes classes, internals, assignments, presentations, and everything else. But when the fests finally got over and students tried to get hold of their academic lives it was already time for the mid-semester break. Mid-semester break is the time when students plan to do everything that they kept on postponing till now and is the best time to catch up with friends. But the bigger question is, “does the assessment system of the University leave us with a mid-semester break?”

The assessment system of Delhi University is a continuous process that goes on throughout the semester as it includes assessments of all the core as well as elective papers which starts at the beginning of the semester and goes on till some days before the study break. While some people have most of their assessments lined up for the latter part of the semester; whereas some others had back to back assessments in the early part of the semester which makes them comparatively free towards the end of the semester. However, one common thing for almost everyone is the lineup of assessments after the mid-semester break as till this time most of the professors want to get done with their assessments and thus this leads to a very hectic schedule for the students and a need for them to balance between all their papers and the vacations that they might have planned.

Anamika Khanduri, an Economics Honors student of Kamala Nehru College says “we have a lineup of internals scheduled after the break as we did not have many assignments till now because of the fests. However, amidst the study schedule that we have planned for the break, we have a separate schedule for chilling and thus utilizing the much-needed mid-semester break.”

However, a student of Miranda House tells DU Beat, “we had most of our core assessments before the mid-semester break so we are comparatively free during the break.”

For the outstation students, the only time to go back home, visit family and catch up with old friends is this break. The main issue faced by them is that because of the assessments lined up they really need to pack more books in the luggage and spend more time with the books than with their friends and family.

“Home doesn’t really feel like home because all I do is study throughout the day for the four internals that follows the break”, said a History Honors student of Miranda House.

Akansha Priya, a second-year student of Sociology Honors, Miranda House said, “we had only one internal till now and have all our other assessments after the semester break.” About the assessment system, she says, “It would be better if we have assignments managed in a better way because it becomes very hectic to have so many assessments in a single week.”

Everyone has different views about the assessment system but almost everyone agrees that the assessment system of Delhi University is a very hectic process. But being a continuous process it also helps in the preparation for the semester end exams and it brings the students in a habit of studying continuously. Thus it can be said that the system is effective in some ways but it needs to be managed in a better way so that it leaves students with time to relax because college life is not all about studying and giving tests but is more about taking the unexpected adventures.

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Priya Chauhan

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Find out the popular opinion of students on Tinder and if it can help you find love?

While school life is usually lived in a bubble, college opens our avenues and outlooks. One such outlook is on relationships. We realise dating in school was much different and most of us open up to the prospect of finding a special someone. Being in the University of Delhi, with the upcoming fest season and the dreaded Valentine’s week, puts the thought of wanting to be with our sweetheart even more to the forefront.
One way to achieve that goal, is through Tinder. Most of the students we spoke to suggested that ‘curiosity’ was one of the major reasons to join Tinder, with the slightest possibility of finding someone worthwhile, while others named ‘insistence by their friends’ or being ‘bored’ as reasons. The beginners are apprehensive to join it because of the fear of being ‘seen’ by someone they know or the perpetual haunt of their parents finding out.
Diya, a student from Kamala Nehru College says, “Most people do not expect anything and just try it out to see what is so great about it?” This resonates with most of the reasons for joining Tinder- its hype. Online dating, and not just Tinder, does raise the question of safety and trust. Before swiping, individuals have to try and judge the character of the person with just a bio and few images. Sanjula, another student of Kamala Nehru College responds, “There are certain risks, of course, to online dating as a whole, but if you use it judiciously, and cautiously use what is given, then why not?”
While there are a variety of experiences people have had, on talking about bad experiences, there is no denying that some people do make crass and awkward ‘moves’ which can often be very upsetting and unsettling. I feel that is the biggest red flag for your army of cupids to retreat. There are instances when conversations receive insensitivity and entitlement to a response.

Discussions on finding love and not being lonely run on parallels with Tinder. One cannot negate the possibility of the former because there are also people who have discovered partners with a mental and emotional connection. While relationships are not an answer to loneliness, the experience of putting yourself out there and meeting new people can make one feel less lonely. As the student of Delhi University, Yashika says, “It may not be a guarantee but in this millennial age, why not?”
Moving on to the idea of casual flings, something Tinder has frequently been associated with; it has led to a notion
where people are mutually free from commitments or ties, free to explore their sexuality, or simply add some
spice to their lives!

Lastly, casual or serious, strings or no strings, younger people are opening up to the complexities of human relationships and their likes and dislikes, just make sure one does not hurt someone else on this journey and respects boundaries. In today’s time, people have the liberty to mutually and consensually decide the rules of their own relationships. So go on and swipe!

Feature Image Credits: Dating Scout

Shivani Dadhwal
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The Hallyu storm has taken over Delhi University, with students going gaga over famous K-Dramas let us look at some of the common Korean words that have blended into our lives.

1. Sa-Rang-Hae (I love you)
Every fan would know this phrase by heart, these are the words that bring our protagonists together and seal their love forever. So next time you desperately want to reveal your feelings to your crush, go over and say it, she/he won’t understand a thing, and if they do, keep them for life.

2. Hyung/Oppa/Unni/Noona
The most complex set of words used in K-Dramas are words used to address someone older than you. Here is a guide to these words
Unni : what a female calls an older female.
Oppa : what a female calls an older male.
Noona : what a male calls an older female.
Hyung : what a male calls an older male.

3. Aeomoni or Amma / Abbujje or Appa (Mother/father)
While calling your parent’s formally, many a times we use Aemoni for ‘Mother’ and Abbujje for ‘Father’. In informal settings we lovingly call out Amma and Appa. Even our parents are now familiar with our obsession and used to our multilingual tongue.

4. Wae? (Why?)
Screaming at incredulous and unbelievably stupid ideas by our friends, we scream Wae to get across the ideas that this is dubious plan. This Korean word is used the most.

5. Mian-Ae (I am sorry.)
Rather than saying Sorry, we say Mian-Ae. Most emotional sequences in K-Dramas involve this phrase in one way or the other. Hence, this one is unforgettable.

6. Aarran-So (You got that?)
Asking politely or frustrated, this phrase comes in handy. Korean is such an emotive language that parts of it has become a close part of our everyday routine.

7. Soonbae/Hoonbae (Senior/Junior)
Often heard in Delhi University societies, use of these words has changed the dynamics of hierarchy. Now, Soonbaes and Hoonbaes together fangirl over Korean Dramas.

8. Kam-saham-nida (Thankyou)
One of the most commonly used words in our daily life is now, being replaced by a weird sounding Korean phrase. So, Kam-saham-nida for reading this article.

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Sakshi Arora
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Day 1 of Rendezvous, the Annual Cultural fest of IIT Delhi started with the Lifestyle Prelims, the college fashion competition, which saw models strutting in themed ensembles and high heels. Galore, the Fashion Society of Maitreyi College delivered a body positive walk. “We want the heart high and the chest bigger,” they quoted. The society, anxious about probable mishaps such as tripping and slipping during the performance, complained about the dusty stage and careless placement of wires. A slight delay was experienced, owing to the inadequacy of housekeeping staff. Among the 13 participating societies were Delhi University’s Motilal Nehru College, Dyal Singh College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, College of Vocational Studies and Hindu College. Due to the unavailability of a proper backstage area, inconvenience and congestion was experienced by the heavily costumed participants. The Fashion Society of Manav Rachna University emerged as the winner at Lifestyle, with their fashionable take on Sikhism. 

At the Western Group Dance Prelims, the blaring music surely impaired some auditory senses but the exuberant dance performances were a treat to the eye. The audience burst into hoots as societies dropped groovy moves. Peppy playlists combined with flashy lighting set the mood at the Seminar Hall of IIT Delhi. Outside, the venue, a chaotic queue of youngsters were seen behaving rowdily towards the gatekeepers who were reluctant to allow entry into the already-packed room. Gargi College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Motilal Nehru College, Shivaji College, Hansraj College and IIT Delhi qualified the first round, with Sri Aurobindo College and Daulat Ram College in the waiting list. Gargi College’s Enliven bagged the first position at Kaleidoscope followed by Spardha of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College and Dance Club of IIT Delhi.

The Acapella competition contestants from 14 previously-shortlisted societies were spotted at Allegro, in their monotone society T-shirts. The audience of LHC121 also comprised non-participating societies and acapella admirers, who came to survey the performances. Encore, the Western Music Society of Daulat Ram College performed a medley of five songs. Euphony from Gargi College sent the audience into a state of idyll through their thoroughly rehearsed harmonies. Judges Joshua Peter and Akash Gadamsetty awarded the first position to Jesus and Mary College’s ECHO. Madhurima from Delhi Technological University bagged the second prize, and the third position was shared by Sri Venkateswara College’s Crescendo and Gargi’s Euphony.

The second half of the day commenced with the  inauguration ceremony and the lightning of the lamp by Deputy Director of IIT Delhi, Prof M. Balakrishnan. The ceremony was anchored by Shubendu Sumbli, an IIT Delhi alumnus. It was followed by a short speech by Prof Mausam, VP of BRCA and Prof Rajesh Khanna, Dean of Students Affairs. The inauguration event ended on a musical note with Harmononium performing on stage. It performed a wide range of songs including Chaakar, Fakiri, Jhakar and Gubbare which took the audience’s breath away. It later on, added Marwaari songs to pep up their set.

The Quizzing Club, IIT Delhi organised A fan’s notes, an open sports quiz. Over 50 teams participated in teams of two or three. Eight teams made it to the final round. The quizmaster was Ashish Kumar Rai, an alumnus of IIT Delhi.

The Literary Club of IIT Delhi organised a Slam Poetry Competition, Slam Blues. Twenty six participants were short listed for the event which was adjudged by Aditi Angiras, Indrajit Ghoshal, Saumya Kulshreshtha, and Ravie Solanky. The winners of the event were Seep Agrawal (1st prize, English), Ayushi Dwivedi (2nd prize, English), and Mohit Sethi (1st prize, Hindi). My Jottings, a Creative Writing Competition was also organised by the Literary Club of IIT Delhi. The results for it will be declared on October 15th.

In the prelims for the beatboxing event, a total of 33 teams participated in the prelims consisting of the Showcase Round and the battles. 16 teams proceed to the final round to be conducted on 14th October. The event was adjudged by Mr. Ishaan Nangia, Vice Champion of the first ever Indian Beatbox Championship.  For Battle of the Bands, Acid Pit was declared the winner followed by Mirage and Over Root Third.

The day came to a magnificent close with The Local Train’s performance, which swept the crowd of it’s feet. With songs like Choo Lo, Dil Mere, Aaoge Tum Kabhi the band ensured that the crowd didn’t lose their enthusiasm even for a single minute.

 

 

Day 2 was packed with back-to-back competitions and the events went on till the wee hours.

At Tatva, the Fusion Band Competition, bands presented their creative compositions. The amalgamation of Hindustani Classical and Western tunes combined with an interactive stage presence enthralled the audience. Parameters performed a combination of Hindustani classical music, western rock and rapping through their compostion, ‘Alone’. The competition was adjudged by instrumentalist, engineer, and producer Yatin Srivastava. In his small feedback speech, he pointed out that no society exceeded the time limit and that the bands paid careful attention to music mixing. He also advised the bands to use a better stage presence for livlier performances. IIT Delhi’s MoonShine won the first prize. The second position was bagged by Parameters from the College of Vocational Studies, followed by Amity University’s Metronome who was the second runner-up. As announced by IIT Delhi’s Music Society, Ruhaaniyat, the top three best performances were Sri Venkateswara College’s Where’s My Bag, followed by Five One Nine from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, and then Black Beat from Ramjas.

Sprightly vocal percussions left the crowd spellbound at the second round Beat Boxing Competition of IIT Delhi’s Rendezvous’18. The shortlisted 16 participants were adjudged by Ishan Nangia, Sri Venkateswara College student and Vice Champion of the first ever Indian Beatbox Championship. At the LHC Informal Stage area, a large crowd of beatboxing enthusiasts turned up despite changes in the event’s schedule not being properly conveyed. Aranya Banerjee, received a congratulatory hoist for bagging the first position. The winner received a cash prize of Rs. 5000, followed by first runner-up Jatin Pant who received a prize of Rs. 3000.

An exciting array of performances focusing on a multitude of poignant themes ranging from menstrual and religious regression to Indian education policy, displayed all day from the morning to the evening in Mimansa, the street play competition. Out of the 12 finalists, the team of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Natuve won the event with the title of overall best performance as College of Vocational Studies and Maharaja Agarsen Institur of Technology followed. The best actress went to Shivaji College whereas the best Actor was a student of Maharaja Agarsen Institute of Technology. Best music was unsurprisingly won by Sri Venketeshwar College; best director was won by Hindu College; best entertaining play went to the hosts, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. The event was sponsored by Theatreleela and adjudged by Varun Sharma, director and owner of Theatreleela.

The highly anticipated Campus Princess pageant was also organised. The event was judged by Viren Barman, Peter England Mr. India 2016. The judge acknowledged the extensive participation of 51 contestants this time when he said, “I was trying to take a picture but I couldn’t fit you all in the frame!”. Last year’s title winners were also conducive in enhancing the morale of the contestants as they shared their own experiences with everyone and narrated their transformation stories after winning the title.

Far from all this, the atmosphere was an absolute envelope of peace at Aagaz, the group Indian Classical Music competition was organised. In the baritone and the soft yet bold lilting of the participating 15 teams from across the state, the audiences were left swooning. Girls took the first two positions as Alahyaa, the Indian Classical Music society of Daulat Ram College and Sangeetika of Kamla Nehru College won the first and second positions respectively, with Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College in the third place.

The Debating Club of IITD hosted the annual edition of its freshers’ parliamentary debate titled Debutant. Constituting five rounds, a plethora of debating themes were up on offer as twelve teams from a variety of colleges, including but not limited to CBS, JMC, Ashoka, and Hindu, finally made it through to the prequarters stage.

The KTM roadshow was another contrast to the peace. With breathtaking stunts defying the laws of gravity, the performers left the audiences’ jaws wide open. As their tires dusted gravel around, a crowd of a hundred students found a thrilling experience becoming real.

Another interesting event of the day, the Comedy Hunt was also organised. Judges Milind Kapoor and Anubhav Singh Bassi, renowned stand-up comedians themselves laughed heartily with a crowd of 500 students cheering for the participants sharing their ridiculous stories. Mohak Arora was named the winner of the event. Most stand-ups focused on deeper social causes, striking just the right balance between conedy and reality.

During the late hours of the evening, Barkha Dutt was in conversation with Prashant Kishor at the Dogra Hall. In the beginning, Prashant Kishor talked extensively about his personal equations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. He also spoke about his bond with Rahul Gandhi. He believes that BJP is going to lead in the 2019 elections. He further said that it’s good to have an ideology. However, he asks the youth to not get intoxicated by it. After the session, when asked by one of the audience members whether it’s possible for commoners to enter politics, he says, very frankly that it is very difficult to enter politics if you don’t happen to have a popular surname. Prakash Kishor also very cheekily mentioned that the country could have done without demonetization. At the end of the interview, he mentions that he would have loved to work with LK Advani for he believes that he’s a great campaigner.

Follwing this, the final rounds for Lifestyle and Kaleidoscope were organised, and the day culminated in fervour and renewed energy for the next day’s events.

 

Feature Image Credits: Rishabh Gogoi for DU Beat

 

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“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start”

-Nido Qubein

The constant pressure to succeed can cause turmoil in the heads and hearts of even the best. Stepping into the ‘real world’ after school is a stressful, scary experience, leaving most quaking in their boots. For the most part, individuals are certain of their capabilities till they remain sheltered by parents, teachers, friends, and the comfort of a hometown. The insecurity sets in once all this is taken away, and replaced with a completely foreign environment and alien people. Everybody has their own coping mechanisms to deal with various adversities. For many people social settings or situations, or a change in them, are triggers for anxiety, which in turn may lead to serious mental health concerns. Apart from anxiety, the foreign environment and University culture, may give rise to other stress-induced mental health concerns as well.

What follows are examples of stress-inducing scenarios that many encounters over the three years of college, and how to actively cope with them.

Year one is stressful mainly due to the new environment, foreign people, different methods of teaching, and (for outstation students) the alien city. You may feel overwhelmed by the fast moving busy life of a metropolitan if you’re from a small town. People may not be as kind, and the diversity in people may scare you. The pressure to get into college societies, at the same time, coming to terms with the fact that there are people smarter or more talented than you, can be hard. The best way to maintain some peace of mind in between all this chaos would be to have no expectations. Expectations most often if not always, lead to disappointment. Having a clear head and ‘going with the flow’ can really help in terms of relieving stress-inducing thoughts to ‘be the best’. Understanding that there will always be someone better, and that you have to learn to accept yourself for who you are, are key to staying sane.

Year two is known for one of the most important stressors, namely internships. For most people this is the first time they are interning, inducing anxiety about the work environment, bosses, and mainly, securing an internship. Understanding a work environment and how things are done can take years if not months. Not worrying about ‘fitting in’ or impressing your boss, are solid steps one can take to relieve anxiety. People may even experience disappointment upon not getting substantial work whilst interning. Instead of focusing one’s energy on what is not happening, looking at the job as a learning experience is a step in the right direction.

Year three could easily be deemed as the most stressful of all three years. Important decisions regarding working, studying, or taking a gap year, are inevitable. Watching your peers get their desired jobs/Universities may add to the already mounting pressure. Taking things at one’s own pace and understanding your own capabilities come first and foremost. Instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on what interests you and match that with your aptitude for best results.

College is a rollercoaster ride, with many ups and downs. Going with the twists and turns, and learning from every up and down, will make you more self-aware as a person and help you cope better with the pressures of life.

 

 Feature Image Credits: Hindustan Times

Meher Gill

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The Gandhian ideals of self-reliance and the search for individuality in education are embodied in a lesser-known institution of DU, known as the Gandhi Bhawan located in North Campus. Read to know more about this unexplored marvel.
Clad in the stench of the colonial past, of this country the Indian education system has been relying on a westernised version of its national reality for as long as one hundred years now. We study Louis Fischer and rely on Rachel Bespaloff to garner high marks in examinations. In times of our own articulately accepted and violently detested identity crisis as a nation, the University of Delhi (DU) took the foundation of Gandhi Bhawan under its esteemed wing and embarked forth, on a long journey, of understanding and living by the principles of the man and the the ‘institution’ who contributed to find something we can call our own.
The Gandhi Bhawan, located at the Chhatra Marg in North Campus, is a centre that dedicates its efforts and resources to studying the words and
works of the Father of the Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Yoga and meditation training programmes that are organised at the Bhawan for
varying durations become poignant in the fast-paced lifestyles we are used to today. With participants from across the borders and experts like Dr. Surakshit Goswami, Shri Gopal Krishan, Dr. M.L.  Chawla, and many others have been present to provide their perspectives and skills on disciplines like Yoga.
Not only is the emphasis laid on grooming individuals through meditative means, but the Bhawan also highlights the importance of breaking from the private to march into the public. Swachhata Pakhwadas have been conducted in the year 2017, bringing the management committees, the Municipal Corporation, and the students to the streets in solidarity to clean the campus. During the cleanliness drives, they illuminate the general public on the integral nature of sanitation and hygiene.
The mention of Gandhi may have varied, troubling, and even triggering connotations on our critical mindsets, but there are dimensions to the character of the man who unified a nation through certain shared ideals. One such ideal was of self-reliance that our own ministers bank on for votes time and again, but it is the course in Charkha spinning at Gandhi Bhawan that brings selfhood home. Inaugurated on 11th October 2017, the course is taught by Ms. Sita Bimbrahw, a retired Hindi professor from Kamala Nehru College.
Gandhi Bhawan periodically organises summer camps, seminars, and competitions. Various branches of Gandhi Study Circle also prefer this
venue for hosting their events. Whenever the hustle and bustle of North Campus get too much, you can stop by the quaint library of Gandhi Bhavan. More often than not, you will find some reading sessions going on which are delightful to attend.
Spinning Selfhood
The foundation of Gandhi Bhawan was laid by the late Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956.
Feature Image Credit: Akarsh Mathur for DU Beat
Anushree Joshi

“The one who adapts to the change will survive”
The Student Development Cell of department of commerce, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi
University Organised their Annual HR Conference with the Central theme – “Transition into future
with HR”.
Day 1
Eminent Speakers from the corporate world shared their experiences and insights with the students
revolving around the Central theme of the conference.
The first day of the two day extravaganza commenced with inaugural lamp lighting ceremony by the
Guest of Honor Mr. Piyush Pant (journalist), along with the Key Note Speakers – Varun Sachdeva
(Reqroute Inc – Director- Talent Acquisition/Consulting) and Shwetabh Jha (Glocal Thinkers- Practice
Director), Course Coordinator of MBA(HRD) – Dr.Urvashi Sharma and Prof. V.K. Shrotiya.
Mr. Pant started off with emphasizing the role of HR in the media sector. How the HR people have a
big scope in the media Industry.
Mr. Shwetabh Jha talked about how transformation helps a business survive. HR has a strong sense
of business acumen and it is a driver and catalyst.
Performance Management was also discussed in the session.
The Individual speaker Session was followed by a Panel discussion where they we had the who’s who
of the industry talk about Digital Transformation – Role of HR.
On the panel we had Amarendra K Sinha( Head HR & Director- Jindal ITF), Harini Sreenivisan( chief
people’s officer – Worley Parson India ltd.), Simin Askari(VP, CHR, DS group), Saswati Sinha( Head HR
– Cheil Worldwide), Debojyoti Bhattacharjee( Head- people excellence Glaxosmithkline India), Usha
Srivastava( Head HR- Vodafone Idea Ltd.).
They panel discussed about the imapct of HR on the productivity of the business. The important it
holds in the finance domain. How the role of HR has changed from a transactional function to a
partnership role in business.
The panel also answerd the questions put by the students and helped them understand the topics a
little better.
After the panel discussion we welcomed Mr. Sadan K Bhattacharya( Head- T&D, Johnson & Johnson
surgical Vision) for the speaker session on the topic ‘ Personal Branding’. He briefed the students on
the various elements of personal branding. He quoted- “You are unconsciously created behaviors or
patterns which are making your brand and ten why not proactively seem to make your brand”
Next, we had another panel discussion on: Building Leadership for the future. The panelists included
Ankush Arora(VP and head HR, Grofers), Piyush Singh(Director HR, KPMG), Arpita kuila(senior HR
leaders, Global MNC), Tarun Pal Singh Ahluwalia(Head HR- APAC HR, Transformation and Service
Delivery- Boston Scientific), Anita Pratap(Head- Global performance Management- Birlasoft), Rashi
Kaushik(Business head HR and employee Relations leader, Mercer consulting)
The discussion began with the moderator introducing the panelists and delving into what leadership

meant and how effective leadership can build an organization. Which was taken forward with
discussing different leadership styles. The panelists spoke along the same lines taking their life
experiences as examples.
It was a very learning and enlightening experience for the students and they’re eagerly looking
forward to Day 2
Day 2
After a very interesting first day of HR Symposia ’18 organized by MBA (HRD), Department of
Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, day two saw the excitement and enthusiasm of the
participants soaring high! It was a bright Sunday morning of the 16th of September, 2018  and it
marked the beginning of a day which turned out to be full of excellent discussions and interactions.
The first session of the day was a panel discussion. In keeping with the theme of the event-
“Transition into the future with HR”. The panel included Vishal Manchanda (Associate VP, HR-
Cvent), Vivek Tripathi (CHRO- BIBA Apparels Pvt. Ltd.), Aditya Chakravarty (Head HR- Travel Triangle),
Srabani Dubey (VP- Great Place to Work Institute), Sushma Sahai (Head HR- Baggit India Pvt. Ltd.).
The session started with the discussion on -“Recruitment is an Art and a Science. Everything in HR is
about instincts. We cannot automate human beings in any way”- Mr. Aditya Chakravarty. The
discussion with the panel continued on if cultural fit can become a bias in the recruitment process as
well.
The second session of the day was another highly intriguing Speaker session by Mr. Anand R (Senior
VP HR- HCL Technologies).
The topic of the session was- “HR in the digital age: Threats and Opportunities”. He began by talking
about gig economies. “The world is now in the age of Gig Economy”. In 2017, One-third of the US
economy is the Gigster and this is predicted to grow to one-half by 2020! He also explored
behavioral economics.
Next on the Dias was Mr. Anurag Chandra(Head HR, People Services, Admiral Group, PLC). He talked
about the future trends and directions in the organisational culture. “The workplace is more diverse
now” with the increasing number of milennials in the workforce. He explained how the
organisational culture is evolving and how the future of it looks like.
The final session of the day and the event saw an extremely interactive and exciting panel discussion
on the topic- “Strategic HR in business performance”. The panelists comprised; Pradyumna Pandey
(VP & Head HR- JK Tyre & Industries Ltd.), Dr. Shalini Lal (Founder- Infinity OD), Samrat Mandal
(Director HR C&B- Fiserv), Rajiv Naithani (VP Head HR- Infogain India Pvt Ltd.), Shruti Shrivastava
(Head, Total Rewards and HR Service Excellence- Kotak Life) and Debjani Roy (Chief people’s officer-
SRL Diagnostics, India). All process of HR must align with business strategy. Samrat Mandal talked
about how compensation has a key edge. A big question is how to bridge the gap between Gen X
and Millennials?
Day 2 of HR Symposia ’18 ended with the Convener of the organizing committee, Student
Development Cell, Rashmi Kumari declaring the event officially closed. Before the closing of
the event, Dr. Urvashi Sharma, course coordinator, MBA(HRD), addressed the batch and asked for

their feedback. She mentioned that each student would have an individual takeaway from the HR
conference and that each end is the beginning of something new.
The participating students were definitely left richer by the experience and knowledge shared by the
speakers at the event. HR Symposia ’18 concluded on a successful note, with the anticipation of
something bigger happening in the coming year!

Politics has played a major role in the Indian frame for a long time, and we explore its obsession branching out in the student arena as well.

Election season is over but the hype, controversy and the obsession with student politics brims over hot brews of coffee debating and general angst.

The past few years have noticed a consistent increase in the role the student bodies play in the circuit of Delhi University. Delhi University’s Students Union [DUSU] is the representative body for most of the faculties and colleges. The hierarchy also includes the internal students union in every college, with elections being held every year for office-bearing positions. Ever since 1954, the Delhi University’s Students Union [DUSU] has peaked prominence in the university. One of the key factors being is the expanse of the varsity. Being one of India’s largest universities, it serves as a great plethora for younger generations to express their viewpoints in a different light. These bodies are backed by different political parties.

Campus activism in the words of T.K. Oomen in his book Asian Survey, “is one of the pet areas in the research in contemporary social science. However, the nature of student politics and government is rarely studied”. The DU campus is blessed with serenity until the election season hits in. there is chaos and loyalty battles wrung out, with roads synonymous with lying pamphlets and college walls echoing with slogans. The case of Indian students’ union politics or student parliaments is quite different compared to its western contemporaries.

While the major touch-point for being actively involved in a student’s union means the adequacy for a good and experienced political career in the future, a lot of the nuisance created here is not prevalent there. While student bodies have a variety of tasks enrolled within, there is a big difference in the varsity student unions abroad and here. For starters, the students union elected has representative halls, like the George Sherman Union in Boston University or the up and coming promising members of the Yale College Council. Compared to the American and Western counterpart, our student unions are still emerging but are we convalescing in the shackles of unclear domains when it comes to politics? Are our student unions a reflection of the un-impressive struggle Indian politics has faced coming into the purview of the world?

The obsession of student politics can be traced to the source of power and authority, a pre-requisite to self-sufficiency in a now emerging Indian youth. While politics still stands as an attractive career option in the Indian domain, there are certain criticisms attached to the political situation and the trend of familial politics which has been extending an arm ever since the British Raj.  In a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald, an interesting view-point of Indian politics was given notice stating, “In India politics is not a vocation, but a family business.” Continuing with his argument, Amrit Dhillon also comments that Whichever party you look at, in every part of India, nepotism is rampant. Merit, a record in public life, knowledge, skills, character, are all irrelevant. If you have the right surname, you will get a ticket.”

While just politics in a global scenario is still long miles away, it is safe to say that there are pros and cons both attached to the increasing importance to the student bodies in India. While it still is ushering up in other universities, the Delhi University scenario places a good observation and argument as to where we stand when it comes to student parliament bodies, and their role in the overall national hierarchy of democracy.

Sources cited:

https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/nepotism-the-way-they-do-politics-in-india-20140327-zqnpg.html

https://www.jstor.org/stable/2642743?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

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Avnika Chhikara

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DUSU (Delhi University Students’ Union) election is the time to relish the University’s characteristic aura. Unfortunately, unaffiliated colleges are denied this. Here’s what the marginalised community misses out on:

  •  Monetary Relief

As students of colleges unaffiliated with DUSU, we are considered ineligible for receiving payments. While other students are entitled to receive customised stationery branded with misspelled names of VIPs in return for a mere promise of votes, we cannot even avail free eatables and movie tickets. Flyers do not lay around for us. Instead, we have to recycle our precious newspapers as mats for our books and butts. Also, is there any point in paying taxes when we can’t be a part of litter production that the government is paid to clean up?

  •  The Grand Annual Carnival

Delhi University election is that happening time of the year when the campus transforms into a maha mela nagri. Colleges are adorned with festoons containing names of the sponsors. Campaigners throw flyers like confetti to convey their existence, through which students familiarise with previously unknown contesting candidates. Jeeps loaded with peppy youngsters block the roads to make room for more peppy youngsters jigging to the tune of the dholwala. Sadly, we hardly get to experience these festivities.

  •  Awareness Programmes

General knowledge is not at our tips, thanks to the fact that nobody recites party manifestos and ballot numbers to us. Similarly, we are neither explicitly or casually cautioned about the wrongdoings of other parties, nor advised preventive measures to ensure upcoming developments that are in store for us. We understand that elections should not concern us since we do not play a part as voters, but it is a matter of shame that we are not up-to-date regarding DUSU affairs, considering that today’s student politicians are prospective future change makers of the country.

  •  Anti Monotony Therapy

Election-themed tiles on walls and floors do not endearingly follow us to our washrooms. We have to bear through the entirety of our lectures without recurrent or perpetual sloganeering keeping us refreshed. DUSU goons aren’t interested to entertain us with their acts of hooliganism, due to which our college remains devoid of live brawling and vandalism. We do not of encounter real-life Bollywood situations like enthusiastic young students sticking out of open jeeps and sunroofs. Our colleges lack young vibes due to minimal graffiti. This is not what our college life was supposed to be like, our expectations have gone down the drain.

  •  Social Inclusion

Even as Freshers, we were never insisted to accept the immense unconditional hospitalities that our future mentors had to offer, let alone being the recipients of welcome garlands on our first day of college. Unsolicited reminders, good mornings, WhatsApp group adds and Facebook tags never warm our hearts. Even the compulsory participation for campaigning isn’t expected from us. Pamphlets are never handed out to us in person except for when we are mistaken as desirable a.k.a. potential voters. We are also deprived of habitual celebrity visits that we always longed since we started keeping a track of the personalities occurring on campus posters and hoardings. Basically, we are treated unworthily of love.

In a nutshell, we are being subjected to the discrimination that no college deserves to suffer. This clearly defies the spirit of an ethical democracy.

 

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 Ananya Acharya
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