A thing that brings all the aspirants of the University of Delhi (DU) in this country to a sense of fascination is the University’s engagement with the performing arts. With a plethora of opportunities in fields like dance, music, dramatic, debating, students are exposed to the discipline and the adventure of the arts that interest them. DU Beat brings to you, for the first time, a ranking of the top debating societies in the circuit. The hard work was persistent, and the competition heartening. Let’s delve into who made the cut and how.


The best college society in each category was selected by creating a tally of the top 3 positions that could be won at various events. The team that secured the 1st position (winners) was awarded 3 points and the team that secured the 2nd position (finalist) was awarded 2 points. The best adjudicator and the second best adjudicators were allotted 3 and 2 points each, respectively.

46 DU college competitions were considered in the making of the tally. The selection of these 46 competitions was based upon an analysis done by speaking with members of numerous college societies, and tracking the competitions they considered most prestigious. The considered college competitions are limited to only colleges affiliated with DU:

Aryabhatta College
Bharti College
College of Vocational Studies
Dyal Singh College
Daulat Ram College
Delhi College of Arts and Commerce
Deen Dyal Upadhyay College
Gargi College
Guru Gobind Singh College – Freshers
Guru Gobind Singh College – Seniors
Hansraj College
Hindu College – Premchand
Hindu College – Thadani
Indraprastha College for Women
Janki Devi Memorial
Jesus and Mary College
Kamala Nehru College
Keshav Mahavidyalaya College
Kirori Mal College – Freshers
Kirori Mal College – Seniors
Lady Irwin College
Lady Shri Ram College
Mata Sundri College
Maitreyi College
Miranda House
Moti Lal Nehru College (Morning)
Moti Lal Nehru College (Evening)
PGDAV College (Morning)
PGDAV College (Evening)
Ramjas College
Ramanaujan College
Ram Lal Anand College
Satyawati College
Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies
SGTB Khalsa College
SGND Khalsa College
Sri Venkateswara College
Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Business Studies
Shivaji College
Shri Ram College of Commerce – Freshers
Shri Ram College of Commerce – Seniors
Shyama Prasad Mukherji College
St Stephen’s College – Freshers
St Stephen’s College – Seniors
Zakir Hussain College (Morning)
Zakir Hussain College (Evening)

Top Three Positions

The following are the positions and the points with which they emerged victorious:

Winner- CBS with 47 points
First Runner-up- Venkateswara with 45 points
Second Runner-up – KMC with 40 points

Points Tally

The Winning Society at a Glance

The CBS Debating Society shared its delight with DU Beat correspondent, Shivani Dadhwal- “This year has been an extremely rewarding year for our society. We have increased our tournament wins from 4 to 9, beating our own record many times over. However, this journey hasn’t been an easy one. Being a business college, We didn’t have exposure to social studies in our college curriculum. Some would consider this a disadvantage but we were able to overcome this with the constant dedication, hard work and commitment of all the members.

Our society is new to the circuit and we have actively debated only in the last few years. Initially our members found it difficult to even find an opportunity to participate as our society enjoyed no recognition. It fills us with immense joy to see our society  reach such heights. We are confident all our current and future members will continue to work and inspire.”

Active Members

      1. Jatin Gupta (President)

  1. Meher Jauhar
  2. Bhavya Bhatia
  3. Nimratt Singh
  4. Ragini Jetly
  5. Ayush Gupta
  6. Anany Jain
  7. Udit Miglani
  8. Bhavya Mehta
  9. Avantika Mathur
  10. Archit Dikshit
  11. Kshitij Bansal
  12. Tanish Mittal (Vice President)
  13. Suraj Chawla
  14. Naman Wadhwa
  15. Devesh Mittal
  16. Ajatshatru Singh Rawat
  17. Rakshit Sinha
  18. Abhi Bansal
  19. Adittya Dhingra
  20. Aashish Kumar
  21. Ayushman Jain
  22. Dev Goel
  23. Medha Bhasin
  24. Muskaan Sharma
  25. Raghavv Garg
  26. Samridhh Sharma
  27. Shreyan Puri
  28. Satwik Rajput
  29. Srishti Bhandari
  30. Samyak Jain
  31. Rohan Kumar
  32. Vasu Aggarwal
  33. Yuganshu Bhagat
  34. Yash Jain

Winners Tally

From among the colleges we considered, the CBS Debating Society secured positions at the following competitions:

Winners: Hindu College (Thadani), Zakir Hussain College (Morning), Kamala Nehru College

Finalist: Deen Dyal Upadhyay College, Gargi College, Hindu College (Premchand), Indraprastha College, Janki Devi Memorial College, LSR College, SRCC Freshers

Best Adjudicator: Dyal Singh College, Hansraj College, Indraprastha College, Jesus and Mary College, Moti Lal Nehru College (Morning), Ramjas College

2nd Best Adjudicator: Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Deen Dyal Upadhyay, Hindu College (Premchand)

Data Analysis and Compilation by:

Shivani Dadhwal

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Anushree Joshi

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Feature Image Designed by:

Palak Mittal for DU Beat

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One of the many things that make the University of Delhi happening and enchanting is the performing arts societies and their marvelous annual productions. In the past few months, we saw cut-throat competition across several Delhi University colleges. The hours and hours of practice and hard work were put to test this fest season and from amongst the pool of massive talent, some groups emerged brighter than the others. We attempt to select the best society of the lot. 

The best college society in each category was selected by creating a tally of the top 3 positions that could be won at various events. The society that secured the 1st position was awarded 3 points, the society that secured the 2nd position was awarded 2 points, and finally, the society securing the 3rd position was awarded 1 point.
Eight college fests were referred to while evaluating the top societies tally this fest season. They were: Tarang, LSR; Ullas, KNC; Tempest, Miranda House; Montage, JMC; Mecca, Hindu College; Reverie, Gargi College; Crossroads; Sri Ram College of Commerce, and Nexus, Sri Venkateswara College.

The Top Three
The Western Music Society, Lady Shri Ram College is at the first spot with a total of 16 points. Dhwani of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies came second with 10 points, followed by Echo of Jesus and Mary College which secured 8 points.

Points Tally: Western Choir

The Winning Society at a glance
In the Western Music Category, Lady Shri Ram College’s Western Music society has been topping the list in the for years in a row. This year too they have maintained their winning streak. Unlike the usual size of 22, there were only 17 singers in the choir this year. However, this didn’t don’t stop the society from nailing every note perfectly.

Sange W. Thungon, President of WMS, told DU Beat, “Leading the team has been incredible this year! The piece this year was so difficult to nail but the girls are so talented that they handled every part with immense grace. The team this year has truly given me a sense of fulfillment from every sphere! As the conductor of the choir, I truly felt nothing less than a magician.”

Participating members
Sange W. Thungon (President)
Ynaiita Warjri (Treasurer)
Ananya Redkar(Secretary)
Maitri Singh Tomar
Maulshree Kumar
Anam Tok
Vatsala Agarwal
Madhuboni Bhattacharya
Gina Garbyal
Shilpika Buragohain
Niharika Katoch
Anushka Kaul
Beethika Borah
Joshita Kashyap
Alankrita Bari
Faith Kasar
Ishana Arya

Winners Tally
Out of the eight colleges we considered, Western Music Society of Lady Shri Ram College won at:
I Position: Montage, Nexus, Reverie
II Position: Tempest, Crossroads
III Position: Mecca

Hover over the icons to know more about their victories.

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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak ([email protected])

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

So, go with the flow and view all what activities highlighted the near to end session at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS).

From hosting India’s largest street play festival, Manthan to getting a NAAC ‘A’ Grade, SSCBS, University of Delhi has had quite an eventful year.

Here’s an overview of all what happened at SSCBS, this session:


While BMS aspirants wait for the result of the entrance, we take a look at what you can expect out of the four year undergraduate programme in Management Studies.

BMS or Bachelor of Management Studies replaced three courses i.e. Bachelor of Business Studies, Bachelor of Business Economics and Bachelor of Financial and Investment Analysis. Under the FYUP, the course is now overlooked by the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, a reputed institute for management education. However, studying BMS for a year will make you realize that the Faculty of Management Studies has nothing to do with it apart from its sole contribution being the redesigning of the syllabus and the scrapping of the interview that was followed earlier in the admission process.

BMS, like the three courses it replaced, is a course that is meant for students who wish to go beyond theoretical education. Since the admission is based on the Board marks, the entrance exam, it gives students an opportunity to study at reputed colleges in DU, even if their Board marks are on the lower side.

Here’s a look at some aspects of this relatively new course:

The syllabus for BMS is very similar to that of BBS, with certain elements from the syllabi of BBE and BFIA like Basic Econometrics and Financial Modeling and Derivatives added to it.

Some topics, which were earlier simply a part of subjects in the 3 courses, are now full fledged papers under the new syllabus like Database Management System and Consumer Behaviour. BMS students will have to study a language under the new syllabus as an Applied Course.

Students can choose from the following subject areas for their DC II papers: Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Management of Services, Management of Global Business and Tourism Management.

On one hand, this is a plus because the students have more choices now, as the old courses had less number of options for specialization. Moreover, students can choose a DC II paper from their second year. This gives the students an added advantage of studying a specialization subject for three years which was previously taught for only a year (final year).

However, though initially these six courses were meant exclusively for the students pursuing BMS, Delhi University revoked its decision and made it available for the students pursuing any course subject to the guidelines mentioned here. Therefore, the exclusivity that students pursuing BBS/BBE/BFIA had of specializing in a subject has been taken away from the course.

A bonus year
An extra year for BMS students, brings with it various opportunities. The 3 courses it has replaced have always laid emphasis on extra curricular activities. Students can intern for another summer and try their hand at working in different industries, start ups, NGOs and so on. Apart from that, it is another year full of B Plan competitions, Mock Stocks, B Quizzes etc. Those who wish to take up this course are usually inclined towards gaining practical exposure. With a bonus year, students can apply themselves in a much better way and hone such skills. Additionally, a student graduating after 4 years will be awarded an Honours degree, though 2 of the earlier courses were not Honours courses.

The exit options
The exit options might prove to be a boon for those students who aspire to be entrepreneurs. They can finish their graduation in 2 or 3 years and use the knowledge acquired to set up a business. This route is not for the faint hearted, of course. This option may also prove useful for students who plan to join their family’s business post graduation.

College Choices
Though BBS, BBE and BFIA were taught in 3, 10 and 1 college(s) respectively, BMS will be taught in only 6 colleges, namely:

Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (or CBS)
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (DDUC)
Keshav Mahavidyala (KMV)
Bhimrao Ambedkar College (BRAC)
Maharaja Agrasen College (MAC)
College of Vocational Studies (CVS)

This move came as a surprise since reputed colleges like SGTB Khalsa, Gargi and SGGS College of Commerce were not given a green signal by the University to start this course. In all, 840 seats have been allotted to this course.

Based on the counseling sessions of last year, CBS was the first choice for most students. KMV and DDUC followed next, and were more or less equally popular. CVS too, saw many takers especially since they have 300 seats for this course. MAC and BRAC were the next options taken up by students.

Overall, the changes made were mostly positive, with fairly decent to good placements depending on the college, a myriad of extra curricular activities and a balance of theory and practical exposure.

 Tushar Diwan and Priyanka Banerjee

(For analysis of other courses click here)

The annual street play festival of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies : Manthan, was held from 15th February to 3rd march 2013. Organized by Verve, the street play society of CBS, Manthan is seen as one of the largest street play festivals in Asia .

Manthan attracted over 40 teams from Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh, from universities such as Punjab University, Delhi University, Indraprastha University and Bombay University.

The main event took place from 25th February to 3rd March, which involved performances by the participating teams in public places like market complexes, malls, etc and various schools and colleges. The highlight of the event was CBS’s performance at India Gate. It was the first college level street play society in India to perform at this venue, as the permission to perform here is very difficult to obtain. The closing ceremony of Manthan took place at India International on March 3.

The participating teams chose topics of social relevance as their performance themes. Some examples are disability, sedition, innocence, reservation, etc.

One distinct feature of Mantham was that through these street plays, they aimed to reach out to the kids living in slum areas rather than limiting themselves to an urban audience.

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Siddhi Goel 

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The one thing that is common in all Delhi University students is their tendency to dream big. Everyone wants a posh car, a big house and of course, a job that pays well and keeps them satisfied too. But some students take it a step further to actually work on their dreams by starting their own enterprises while balancing college life. Here’s presenting a few entrepreneurs of DU. Mayank Jain of Keshav Mahavidyalya’s  venture, SocialBuzzar launched in November, 2011 can be described as ‘The One-Stop Shop for all your Social Media needs!’  The team takes care of every aspect of social media marketing from content creation to campaign strategy development for a firm. With big names like McKinsey & Company and HCL already featuring in their clientele list, this undertaking is all set to take on even bigger projects in the future. Entrepreneurs Shoury Gupta, Medha Bankhwal and Prateek Handa, students of Shri Ram College of Commerce aim to commercialise theatre and bring together students approaching expertise in finance, acting, directing set management and so on from institutes across Delhi. ‘It started with a random conversation of starting our own business. Then we realized that theatre is what we love. So why not combine theatre and business? The result was Turntable Productions’, said Gupta.Started just in February 2012, this enterprise has already staged 4 shows of a bilingual play ‘Footnotes’ at Alliance Francaise, earning a total profit of over Rs.50, 000. Madhav Sethi, a second year student from College of Business Studies, is the brain behind Muro, an interior decoration company with a mission ‘To Poster the World’. Launched in June 2012, they can turn any wall into a canvas using themed posters, wall arrangements and single posters, amongst other products. ‘We’ve already finished quite a few individual posters and are currently working on 3 orders for full walls’, said Madhav. They plan to collaborate with interior designers and architects in the near future to expand their operations.    ]]>

Many colleges across Delhi University welcomed the new batch of students yesterday, the 2oth of July at the orientation programs organised at the respective campuses. Freshers, mostly accompanied by parents, got their first glimpse of college life and got a chance to interact with their new teachers and classmates.

Most orientations started with the respective college Principals welcoming the students and congratulating them for having gotten admission in DU, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious and established universities in India. What followed was a brief history of the institution and a description of the various courses and extra-curricular activities the college offered. After that, department specific orientations were held where detailed and course specific information was provided to the students.

Unlike most colleges, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies held its orientation at The Conference Centre, North Campus. “The program was very interesting and well organised. It started off with the lighting of the lamp and a welcome address. Along with the Principal, and faculty members, a few college alumni also spoke to us about the college and its many societies and activities. After refreshments, there was an informal
discussion among the new and current students”, said Vatsal Khullar a fresher pursuing Bachelor of Business Studies at CBS.

Other colleges like Hindu and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya also had their orientation for the new batch of students yesterday. While colleges such as St.Stephen’s , Zakir Hussain and SRCC have scheduled it for this Sunday, Gargi, Kamla Nehru and a few others are set to welcome freshers on Monday, the 23rd of July.


FinX: The Finance Society of CBS[/caption] In a world where pragmatic knowledge is essential, a unique initiative such as that of the Finance society of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies goes a long way in bridging the gap between the classroom culture and the real world understanding. Incepted in 2008, FinX is a unique initiative taken by the students of S.S.C.B.S with the intention of providing financial education and testing the financial acumen of students. The society runs a weekly e-paper, the Weekly Pulse, throwing light on major developments in the world of business and finance and giving insights on the effect of policy decisions in the macro economy. The USP of FinX though is its mock stock trading game – FinWiz. Among the various stock trading simulations doing the rounds in colleges, FinWiz comes closest to matching the bullish and bearish trends of the stock exchange market. Chirag Jain, student coordinator of FinX says:

“Since we believe in matching up to the standards of our highly intellectual and stimulating participants, each event entails a proper format depicting the vagaries of the stock markets, its dynamic spirit, of being moved by the forces of real demand and supply, its uncertain nature and the thrills of playing with virtual money. Apart from pioneering mock stocks, we organize finance quizzes, bidding wars and online contests.”
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="227"] FinWiz[/caption] This year Fin Wiz is scheduled for January 31 and is being hosted in partnership with the Bombay Stock Exchange. Chirag adds, “BSE is helping in making the event grander. Also their representatives will be explaining the concepts of stock markets that are going to be tested within FinWiz. So, for those who don’t have previous knowledge, BSE will ensure you are quickly equipped with the needful acumen.” The society also indulges in holding other competitions such as Fight of the Knights, FinQuizzitive, Bulls and Bears and Debt o Blast throughout the calendar to test the skills of finance enthusiasts from Delhi University. As Rich Dad from Robert Kyosaki’s series would proudly put it, ‘Anyone who is not financially literate cannot see into an investment’. Shashank Gupta [email protected]      ]]>

Come year end and the various colleges of DU elbow each other in their haste to proffer bigger, snazzier annual fests. Organizers toil looking for sponsorships, thinking up events, designing websites and whatnot. However , most colleges have different ways of going about planning events and fests.

Take the case of Shaheed Sukhdev College Of Business Studies for example. CBS means business. That’s the one line that sticks with students from orientation day. Students from numerous DU colleges found it very strange proposals need to be submitted for every event that any CBSite may wish to organise.

In CBS, if you want to organize an event, there is a procedure. Teachers invite applications from students who intend to be at the helm of affairs. The students form teams and build a proposal complete with the budget. The different teams then give lengthy presentations to the teachers- in- charge. One team is selected and they go on to induct first years, which is yet another process involving resumes and personal interviews. In this college, you need to work to fetch yourself work.

The absence of a Students’ Union in CBS , some feel, is the prime reason for their competitive scramble to get a coveted event be it the Freshers’ Parties to the annual college festival, Crescendo.

Whenever any major event inches closer on the college calendar, clusters of students are seen huddled discussing tactics and working furiously on their laptops; all the while looking over their shoulders. Not only is it an entirely fair process, it also ensures that the most able team with the best organizational structure bags the event. Complete autonomy is given to the students about managing the event. A teacher heads the team but it is the student who are responsible for bringing in sponsors, looking for venues, stirring publicity and facilitating promotion schemes.

The outcome of such an exercise is a stimulating environment and the students discover new levels of team building and organizing strategies. They come out of an event, smarter and more aware of their strengths and shortcomings.