Day 3 of Mood Indigo, the annual festival of IIT Bombay, kicked it up a notch with finals of major events and many luminaries gracing the campus as a part of the informal events and the Litfest.

After a gruelling round of eliminations, the final round of Aagaaz, the street play competition took place. The winning spot was bagged by the team from KJ Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, Sion, Mumbai. They were followed by Punjab Engineering College and Sinhgad College of Engineering, Line rounding up the top three.

Nrityanjali, the classical solo dance competition, saw its finals taking place. The judges for the event were reputed classical dancers Dr. Tushar Guha, Sunaina Hazarilal and Jayshree Nair. After a well competed round between skilled dancers from across the country, Dhanashree Pandit from Ferguson College, Pune was declared the winner, followed by Swapna Jog from ILS, Pune and Apurva Nambiar from Gargi College.

IMG-20151220-WA0027Taal Mel, an event that consisted of a fusion of western and classical instruments, also had its final round which was judged by Pandit Anuradha Pal and SV Ramachandran, both stalwarts of their chosen instruments which are the tabla and the violin respectively. Four teams had qualified for the final round post which the team from Hansraj College stood first, Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University stood second and a cross team from Jai Hind College and Shah and Anchor College stood third.

Conchord, the Acapella singing event’s final round had members of Aflatunes as their judge. Aflatunes, which is considered one of the best beat-box acapella groups in the country, also performed a medley of popular tunes after the event. The final round saw 6 teams competing for the top prize,  which was fiercely fought for by all teams who gave performances that made crowds gravitate towards the event. Mithibai College won the first position, followed by Gargi College and Delhi Technical University at the second and third places respectively. When asked about the event, a member from Aflatunes was all praises for the participants. Shruti,  from Euphony of Gargi College, said of the event, “This is our first time at Mood Indigo and while we were a little apprehensive about the open venue, we knew our piece was technical and good, so it would fare well, also because the judges know their music.”

The Humorfest with Papa CJ was supposed to be another highlight for Day 3 but the event was unfortunately cancelled and instead, an Italian artist performed comic acts. The other leg of the Humorfest saw Ahsaan Qureshi also putting forth his funniest best for the Mood I audience.


Litfest for Day 3 saw Medha Patkar conversing about environmental issues and making poignant points about the lack of dialogue between the political powers and the environmentalists today. She also talked about how technology may serve to be advantageous or harmful depending on the choices people make.

The Litfest session with Shashi Tharoor drew the most crowd of all events in the day. Talking about India in the networked world and how globalisation was always inevitable, his talk was full of anecdotes from his life as a Stephanian and his experiences as a part of the UN and a politician. Ever the charming orator, he left an indelible mark on the audiences’ mind with his structured and clear speech. The third day of this festival also witnessed DJ Aceaxe and Sartek performing the opening act for the EDM night. It was followed by DJ Borgeous playing his popular numbers.  

The day wrapped up with the Choreo Night which was a combined spectacle of the finals of Desi Beats, the group Bollywood Dance event and Indigo Saga, the group Contemporary dance event. Teams from Mount Carmel College, Lokmanya Tilak College and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce came first, second and third respectively in Desi Beats. The first position in Indigo Saga was bagged  by Hansraj College, followed by Gargi College and Lady Sri Ram College for Women.

#Live: #DelhiUniversity teams shine at Mood Indigo, IIT Bombay as Terpsi Chorean – Hansraj College Choreography Society… Posted by DU Beat on Sunday, December 20, 2015
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The Innovation Project Scheme which was initiated by the University of Delhi back in 2012 has proved to be an inevitable part of the University since then. With the objective of instilling an urge for innovative ideas in the students of the university, this scheme has managed to grab the attention and interests of the students and faculty. The project requires students to work in a group of 10 along with three faculty members, and a mentor and submit the proposal of a project that they wish to undertake. According to the university,The desired goal must have some reasonably clear real world application or orientation.”

The university funds each project with a maximum of 10 lakh rupees depending upon the budgetary needs of the project. This also includes a monthly stipend of Rs.1,000 for each student of the team. Almost half of the grants are released in the first phase of the projects. Then each project is evaluated after a period of time. Only if the university sees any potential in the project at that point of time, the other half of the grants is released. The university also states that “the proposals with a promise to be an entrepreneurial venture and with the possibility of an industrial outcome may be submitted as a business plan and may involve a mentor from the industry from the inception of the project.”


More than 300 projects have been shortlisted this year by the University. Various innovation projects will be displayed at the cultural fest of Delhi University, Antardhwani ‘16.


Some of the projects that have been selected for this edition are-


Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College Impact of Social Media on Indian Democracy
Cluster Innovation Centre Weaving Dreams for Destitutes
Hans Raj College Device for Uniquely Abled (DUA)
Jesus and Mary College Psychological, Commercial and Legal Fight of Aged Consumers for Consumer Rights: A Self-Help Group Technique
Kirori Mal College KMC MARS ROVER helping astronauts in exploration of the Red Planet Mars
Miranda House College Business Ethics: Business Leadership in Bhagwad Gita

 Find the complete list here.


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Shaurya Sahai

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The first half of 2015 saw some successful Hollywood releases like Mad Max: Fury Road, Furious 7, Inside Out, etc. While fans are getting more excited about 2016 which offers the release of Suicide Squad and Batman V/S Superman, a lot of movies still wait to release this year. Following is a list of the most anticipated movies of the second half of 2015.

1. The Martian

Releasing in October, 2015 and directed by Ridley Scott, this is a science-fiction movie based on its namesake novel. Matt Damon plays the role of Mark Watney who is the protagonist. He is a lone survivor on Mars when his colleagues pronounce him dead after getting caught in a fierce storm. But with minimal supplies, he learns how to grow food, send messages back to earth and in his exact words, he tries to “science the shit out of it”.

2. Everest

After giving a brilliant performance in “Nightcrawler”, Jake Gyllenhall is back with another thriller. This time, he isn’t an insane thief running around at night trying to get violence captured in a camera, but a climber. Based on the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, Gyllenhall plays the role of Scott Fischer who led one of the survival expeditions in this disaster. The other expedition was led by Rob Hall played by Jason Clarke. Releasing in September, 2015, the cast also includes Kiera Nightley, James Brolin, and Robin Wright.

3. The Revenant

Inspired by the life and adventures of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass, this movie is a revenge story set in 1820s. Leonardo di Caprio plays the role of Glass and is mauled by a bear, leaving him injured and unconscious. His comrades including Tom Hardy rob him and leave him behind to take his last breath. Glass instead gets alright and decides to take revenge. The film is set to release in December and will feature Caprio fighting with the rest of the cast in some intense scenes shot in a wintry land.

4. Regression

Directed by Alejandro Amenabar, this is a psychological thriller with Emma Waston and Ethan Hawke in the lead roles. Hawke plays the role of Detective Bruce Kenner who investigates a case in Minnesota. The case is about a local resident John Gray who knows that he has sexually abused his 17 year old daughter played by Emma Watson, but does not remember doing it. The movie was set to release on August 20, but might get delayed to some other month.

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University of Delhi will be conducting its Joint Admission Test for BMS/BBA(FIA) and BA(Hons.) Business Economics on Sunday, 20th June 2016.

The exam is only the first stage of the admission process where its weightage is 45% along with 40% weightage given to the 12th Board scores and 7.5% given to both the interview and group discussion round. Read more about the seat breakup and other crucial details from our previous report here.

According to the Admission Brochure given by DU, –

– The exam will have 120 questions to be attempted in 120 minutes
– Each question will be objective type multiple choice based.
– The exam will be take place from 3PM TO 5PM 6th June 2016.
– Each correct answer will get the candidate 3 marks and every incorrect answer will get them 1 negative mark.
– The question paper will be divided into 4 sections.
Here is a detailed section-wise guide I have made based on my experience of giving 2014 JAT –

1. Quantitative Ability

This section will contain questions from the 11th and 12th Maths syllabi. Questions from the 12th class Math syllabus won’t be that challenging, although you might want to brush up on Relations and Functions as many people skip it as it doesn’t have much weightage in the board exams, 5 questions are expected to be coming from Relations and Functions.

3-D Geometry is another unit you might want to prepare as it might contain 4-5 questions.
From the 11th Class syllabus, Sets and Permutations and Combinations are important units to be covered. Probability is a unit which spans both the 11th and 12th syllabi, therefore it is expected to be a major part of the Quantitative Ability section. Questions involving dice and deck of cards are expected to come.

2. Reasoning and Analytical Ability

This section will include reasoning and assertion based questions. It is also expected to contain a subsection of either a bar graph or chart and 8-10 questions based on analysis of that graph. Any data interpretation book will help you to practice questions which might appear in this section.

3. General English

This section’s name might make you think that it will be easy to attempt but it might prove to be the toughest for many people.
It will contain a reading comprehension subsection containing at least 5 questions which is considerably easy to attempt and does not need much preparation. 5 questions are expected to be idiom-based so learning basic English idioms may help. 5 direct vocabulary questions are also expected. For the vocabulary questions, research previous year papers and other exams (for example: CLAT) and identify and learn important words from there, this is the best shot to score in vocabulary as mugging up hundreds of words at this point will not benefit you. Fill in the blanks and one word substitution are also expected to come and are considerably easy and do not require practice.

4. Business and General Awareness

This section will contain direct general knowledge based questions. Since this section does not require much thinking, do not give too much time attempting it.

The main feature of General Awareness is that most of it contains ‘static general knowledge’ based questions. Popular questions in this section are along the lines of product and their companies. Start memorizing what product is produced by which company (your shampoo bottle,your shoes, clothes etc) and taglines of products and companies. Memorize what banks are nationalized and important international days  (Eg: Women’s day, Earth Day, AIDS Awareness Day)
Look up where popular companies’ headquarters are located, memorize important international and national prize winners of the current and previous years (eg: Nobel Prize, Bharat Ratna)

Some other helpful tips-
– Attempt the General Awareness and English section first as they require lesser thinking than the other two sections, this will give you more time to devote to the time consuming math problems. Be careful of the question numbering in the OMR sheet, though.

– I personally recommend you NOT to wild guess. Other exams generally have a 4:1 ratio of positive and negative marking however this exam has a 3:1 ratio so you have more to lose.

– A very repetitive tip but if you’re stuck on a question, leave it. It will be a challenge to attempt 120 questions in 120 minutes, utilize the time carefully.

All the best!

University of Delhi began sale and receipt of the common pre-admission OMR forms on Friday, 5th June. The forms are available at 8 designated admission centres of the University. Last date to fill the form is 15th June. A candidate is required to fill the pre-admission form only once, either online or offline. Last week, the University began accepting online forms on its website.

DU deploys an ‘optical mark recognition’ type of form for applications. The form will have circles that the candidates will have to darken entirely with a pen. Care must be taken to ensure that the necessary circles are darkened completely but no excess ink should be used on the form.

The forms are available at the following centres:

1. ARSD College
2. Gargi College
3. PGDAV College
4. Dyal Singh College
5. S.G.T.B Khalsa College*
6. Rajdhani College
7. Shyam Lal College
8. Maharaja Agrasen College

*Added to the list later by DU in place of SGGS College of Commerce.

The following subject code chart should be used while filling the form:

Subject codes

The University has specified the following guidelines for filling of the application form:

  • The form can be bought from any of the centres and can be submitted at any of the centres. A candidate is not required to visit the same centre for both the purposes.
  • There are 2 forms: one for General/OBC categories and the other for SC/ST/PwD categories. A candidate must fill the correct form.
  • Only blue or black pen is to be used to fill the form.
  • The form, after filling, should be photocopied (both sides of the form on one sheet of paper, back to back). The photocopy is to be kept by the candidate as acknowledgement.
  • It must be ensured that the formed is not folded, crumpled or mutilated. No markings should be made on the form other than those required. The marks on the margin of the form are also not to be tampered with.
  • For PwD candidates: PwD 1: Blindness/low vision; PwD 2: Hearing impairment; PwD 3: Locomotor disability and Cerebral Palsy

For more information, visit: http://du.ac.in/du/uploads/Admissions/2015/ug/27-5-2015-ug.pdf

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Ishaan Gambhir

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Every year hundreds of students enrol in various colleges through the Defence and Kashmiri Migrant categories, the process for which is a lot different from the usual procedure for admission to the University. Here are the important guidelines and dates to keep in mind while enrolling through these quotas this year:


1. Defence category


Children/widows of the officers and men of the armed forces including paramilitary forces killed/disabled in action or those who died/were disabled on duty, gallantry awardees are eligible for admissions to the University which reserves 5% of the seats in each course for the same.

Application forms will be obtainable from Academic Branch- 1, Room no 218, New Administrative Block, University of Delhi, Delhi – 110007 from 5th June 2015 to 15th June 2015 between 10 AM to 1 PM (Excepts Sundays). After attaching the relevant documents, the form is to be submitted at the same address. On 30th June 2015 (1PM) notification of the admission list will be put at the notice board of the New Administrative Block and the university website. Selected candidates will be issued provisional admission slips from 30th June  to 2nd July after which they have to go to the concerned colleges for final admissions.


2. Kashmiri migrants category


The Academic Branch- 1, Room no 218, New Administrative Block, University of Delhi, Delhi – 110007 would register the wards of Kashmiri migrants from 5th June 2015 to 15th June 2015 between 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM (Excepts Sundays).The Joint Registrar (Academic) will release a list of candidates for admission in various colleges on 13th July 2015 after 9 AM. Admissions will start with the release of the list and will end by 16th July.

A concession of maximum 10% in the last cut- off list for the general category candidates shall be extended to the candidates for admissions to various courses (Reservation not applicable for courses requiring entrance test).  Candidates will have to fulfil the minimum eligible criteria prescribed by the university. Candidates can refer to the Bulletin of Information (Undergraduate Courses) for the year 2015-2016 for the same.


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Sidharth Yadav

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Delhi University incorporates students who are not just academically excellent, but also physically proficient. To nurture and encourage the sportspersons of the nation, the University provides a Sports Quota in its admissions to its undergraduate programme. Given below is a quick summary of the things you need to know about these trials and tests.

The University has notified each and every college to display on their websites and notice boards information regarding the number of seats under Sports Quota along with the positions/events for various Sports/Games that sportspersons will be tried for by 27th May 2015. This information has been provided well in-advance of the beginning of the regular UG admission procedure. The issue and receipt of applications/forms will be done from 28th May to 15th June. It is important for aspirants to fill the college-level form before appearing for the fitness tests and fitness trials.

Super Category

The sportspersons who have participated/represented the country in the following competitions are not subject to any trials and are infact admitted to any college they apply to.

  • Olympic Games
  • World Championships
  • Asian Games
  • Asian Championships
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Paralympic Games

Admission Procedure

1. Fitness Tests conducted by Delhi University

Three fitness tests will be conducted by DU as a preliminary examination for subsequent marking of Sports Certificates and Trials. The tests will be video-graphed and will judge one’s endurance, strength and speed. The fitness tests will be conducted in the University Polo grounds, from 18th June to 20th June, 9am onwards and the results of which will be displayed on the DU website on 22nd June 2015.

Test #1: Standing broad jump

Test #2: 1000mts. run/walk

Test #3: 50mts. dash

Note: For archery, chess and shooting, it is essential for a candidate to pass in at least one of the above mentioned tests to be able to give college trials. For other sports including cricket, football and basketball, a candidate is required to pass in at least two of the above menti0ned tests.

2. Sports Trials conducted by colleges

The colleges will hold trials for various sports 23rd June 2015 onwards which too will be video-graphed. The trials will hold a total of 50 marks. Minimum 18 marks out of 50 are necessary for admission to the college. The trials will be assessed on the basis of skill test, game performance test, game specific fitness, fundamentals of the sport etc. Each sportsperson will also be awarded marks out of 50 for their sports certificates. The image below indicates the marking criteria of certificates:



 Source: www.du.ac.in


Colleges set their own schedules for sports trials. Aspirants are prompted to keep checking the websites of their desired colleges for information. They may also dial or visit colleges for information. Some of the colleges that have notified their guidelines are online are:

St.Stephens College: http://www.ststephens.edu/admissions/sports.htm

Hindu College: http://www.hinducollege.org/sports_notice.asp

Moti Lal Nehru College: http://www.mlncdu.ac.in/pdf/Sports_Criteria_for_Admissions.pdf


Documents Required

The candidate should submit self-attested copies of all the certificates along with the application/form. If the candidate clears the trials, his/her name will be displayed on the college website for three days to address any grievances, after which the student will be required to submit an undertaking on judicial stamp paper of Rs.100/- declaring that he/she shall play for the University during the course of their undergraduate study. The candidate should have been active in the sport recognized by IOA and AIU for the past three years. Preference will be given to sports in which Inter-College and Inter-University Events are held.

Japji Kaur, a National level gymnast from IP College says, “It is very highly beneficial if one has a recommendation letter from a well-known sports personality of their field or their coach. Also, personal interview is where you can either move a step ahead in getting selected or simply be cleared out of the trial. Be absolutely sure in your answers and show your dedication towards your sport and the college you are trying for. Your certificates must show consistent participation in the sport or there is a good chance you won’t be selected even if you have a medal.”


For more details, follow the links below:




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Ayesha Sareen

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Indraprasth College for Women’s (IPCW) journalism course has gone through a host of changes since the introduction of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). Initially known as Bachelor in Mass Media and Mass Communications, it was renamed to BJMC and its entrance exam was scrapped in favour of admissions through cut-off percentages. Last year, after the scrapping of FYUP, Bachelor in Multi Media and Mass Communication (BMMMC) was reintroduced but admissions continued through cut-offs.

In a press conference on Thursday, the college announced the return of the entrance exam system for the course, which has now been renamed to BA(H.) Multi Media and Mass Communication in order to fall in line with the University Grants Commission directives on course nomenclature.

There will be two exams for admission to the course. The first entrance exam will be an objective (MCQ) test and is scheduled for 21st June. The second entrance exam will be held on 25th June. It will be a subjective test on English comprehension and creative & analytical skills.

The college will issue a list of accepted candidates on 29th June followed by payment of fees from 1st July to 3rd July.

To register, candidates can collect and deposit forms at IPCW starting 1st June. Last date to apply is 10th June. The chargeable fees for the form and the test is Rs.950 for general category and Rs.475 for other categories. Aspirants can also request postal delivery of the application form.

A student from the Class of 2015 (last batch to have taken the entrance test) suggests that entrance exams ensure that only candidates who are ready for the highly specialised course make it through the admission procedure. “It’s a welcome change,” she said, on condition of anonymity. The graduating batch reportedly also faced problems while filling application forms for PG courses due to the change of name of the course from Mass Media and Mass Communication to Multi Media and Mass Communication.

In the press conference, IPCW also announced the proposal of  a new journalism course to the University of Delhi. The course will include Fashion Communication, Disaster Management & Communication and Public Service Broadcasting among other subjects.