A fresh bowl of a ruined semester is one of the most historical dishes of University of Delhi, passing from one batch to another as a legacy. Here is an easy to learn instant recipe to acheive your own ruined semester.

Cooking Time: 6 months

Cal: An average CGPA


  1. Previous Semester’s Grade
  2. Procrastination- 8 Cups
  3. Scrolling on Social Media- 3 Cups
  4. Bunking Sessions
  5. Proxies (optional)
  6. Failed Mass Bunks
  7. Feelings for Crush
  8. YouTube Videos
  9. Netflix (according to spice tolerance)
  10. Societies’ sessions
  11. Fest season
  12. Kasol trip (skip this step if impossible)
  13. Guilt Trip
  14. Tears 
  15. Previous Years’ Papers
  16. Coffee
  17. False Promises (suggested garnish)


  1. Take a pan and sauté the previous Semester’s Grade with undivided focus, add 2 tbsp of free periods spent in the library. Let it burn. Empty the residue at the back of your head.
  2. Take another pan to add 8 generous cups of procrastination, mix it with 3 cups of frequent scrolling on Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp. Let the mixture cook for 5 ½ months. (Caution: it may lead to allergic reactions like insomnia and lack of concentration during lectures. This may even compel you to miss your lectures scheduled at 8:45 am.)
  3. Grind a few innocent bunking sessions, adding a few drops of pleasant proxies might make the substance addictive in nature. Dry roast failed mass bunks and add it to render slight bitterness. Grind it till a paste is formed having a thick consistency. Add this paste to the pan. Let it cook on medium heat.
  4. At this point empty the newly developed feelings for your crush into a bowl. Marinate it with 2 cups of casual feed checks, several drops of attempts to start a conversation and a pinch of heart-burning. Take a smaller bowl and add romantic hypothetical situations along with 100 grams of cheesy pick up lines for a peculiar texture. Whisk as hard as you can till the emulsion starts bubbling. Now slowly drizzle 2 cups of realization that your crush is in a 3 years old relationship. Transfer the emulsion into the marinade and let it rest.
  5. Add earphones in a large skillet or pot (select a suitable size according to the time taken for you to reach home) over medium-high heat. When sizzling, add YouTube videos to taste. Stir occasionally. One may add mid-week Netflix binge-watching sessions according to their spice tolerance.
  6. Check the pan and stir it with a ladle to avoid the mixture from sticking to the bottom like your professors’ expectations from your assignments. Generously add society meetings, double the number of society meetings if you are in the dramatics society, further add deadlines and workload. Cut your soul into two halves, chop one of the two halves finely and sprinkle it for aesthetic beauty. Add the other half if you are organizing any fest.
  7. Transfer the contents of the pan into the pot. Let the sauce heat and flow over. 
  8. Turn on the “mid-semester break” exhaust when a pungent smell is observed. Take a break from the kitchen and go for a Kasol trip with friends. Now, remember about the fourth step and let your heart sink. Alcohol consumption may reduce heartburn.
  9. As soon as you start feeling alive, turn off the exhaust. At this point, you will realize that the kitchen is burnt. It is time to start all over again.
  10. Repeat step 1-7 and fail miserably.
  11. Take the last skillet available, place it on high heat and add 3 tbsp of semester date sheet, this may cause choking and loss of senses. 
  12. Frantically add 100 slices of guilt trip, a generous number of tears and finely chopped previous years’ papers. Stir vigorously and add infinite cups of coffee for better results.
  13. Garnish with false promises of hard work for the next semester. Serve when hot and burns self-confidence.


Feature Image Credits: Aditi Gutgut

Priyanshi Banerjee

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The differing rates of  Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) to percentage conversion have led to considerable confusion and disappointment among the students from Andhra Pradesh.

After the University of Delhi (DU) released its first cut-off list for the academic session 2019-20, over 500 students from Andhra Pradesh made their way to the capital to seek admissions in prestigious colleges of their choice. These students graduated from schools that subscribe to the Board of Intermediate Education of Andhra Pradesh (BIEAP). Due to the changes implemented by the BIEAP with regard to their marking structure this year, students were caught in the midst of extreme confusion on the day of their admissions.

This year, the BIEAP decided to release board results in the CGPA format, instead of the commonly used percentage format. The percentage format is also preferred by national level boards such as the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). Due to its common use, DU also subscribes to the same format and hence releases cut-offs as percentages.

Before coming to Delhi, students belonging to the Andhra Pradesh Board were under the impression that their CGPA would be multiplied with 10% in order to determine their percentage. For example, a student scoring a 9.6 CGPA would have a score of 96%. This was also the official position of the BIEAP with respect to the method of conversion. However, DU is still considering the standard conversion rate of multiplying CGPA scores with 9.5%.

When students visited colleges on the 28th and 29th July to complete their admission process, they were subjected to the University conversion rate due to which a lot of students were unable to take admissions. According to the University rate, even students scoring the maximum CGPA score which is a 10 would only have 95%. A score of 95% is lower than what is required to get admission into some of the best colleges in DU.

Aikyatha, the Telugu Students’ Association of DU, has appealed to the Resident Commissioner (RC), Andhra Pradesh Bhavan on behalf of the students. The office of the RC has reached out to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Vice Chancellor’s office to fix an official conversion rate so students can start taking admissions soon. They expressed that, “The saddest part is that these students came all the way to Delhi to pursue education by leaving their IIT and NIT ranks. The trend for graduating from DU is increasing year by year.”

In response to the problem, the Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to give students access to their statement of marks via an official link. Earlier, students only received their CGPA’s. With their statement of marks, they can approach the Andhra Bhawan where they can update their marks in the official University portal. With scores of individual subjects being made available to them, students can now determine their percentage easily in the format suitable to the University.

However, representatives of the Aikyatha expressed that, “The problem is that students are not aware of the statement of marks.” Spreading information about this development is proving to be difficult as the organization will never know whether all the students are fully aware. Subsequent groups will also travel to Delhi after the second cut-off is released and the use of the statement of marks will have to be communicated to them as well.

Feature Image credits: DNA India


Pragati Thapa

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CBCS System followed at DU is Relative Grading and not Absolute Grading. After many trials and rejections, DU has finally prepared a formula to take out the percentage from the CGPA.

The Examination Centre of the University of Delhi has prepared a formula using which the percentage of the final year students of undergraduate courses can be derived from the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). The University of Delhi shall adopt this formula for converting the CGPA into the percentage:

Final Percentage of Marks (%) = CGPA based on all six semesters × 9.5

The student community has welcomed this development with mixed responses. Srivedant Kar, a final year student of Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) told DU beat, “I am happy, that at least they came out with an official clarification of this but with the lower patterns of grading they followed in the past two years, this decision should be supported by lenient marking to make this decision effective.” However, Kartik Kakar, a second-year student from Rajdhani College feels that the formula is mathematically incorrect as the maximum a student can score is 95% after calculating with the new devised formula.

Dr. Ashima Saikiya, a professor at Department of Geology says, “Neither percentage nor grades can help the students as long as they are not provided with the marks they scored in the individual subjects.” Indeed, our SGPA is not entirely dependent on our performance. It depends on how our classmates did in exam as well. It is more like they total the marks of all the students in that batch, average it, and then find the standard deviation from the average marks.

The above formula shall be applicable with effect from the undergraduate examinations under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) to be held in May/June 2018 and onwards. The first batch under CBCS will be getting the percentage derived using this formula. Only the conversion formula will be printed in the certificates and there will be no mention of percentage.


Feature Image Credits: Hindustan Times

Sandeep Samal
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