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Amidst various kinds of literature that we come across, one of the least known is oral literature. This is a rich form of literature which contains stories, histories and traditions that are passed on across generations orally. This literature which is mostly prevalent among natives and tribal communities is dying a slow death in the present era. In an attempt to conserve this form of literature, the students of B.A. (Humanities and Social Sciences) are creating awareness on orality via several projects, workshops and lectures. As part of this initiative, Sohail Hashmi, an eminent historian, academician and film maker delivered a talk on ‘Delhi –Forgotten Histories and Imagined Histories’ in Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) on 6th October, 2016. This talk was a result of a collaborative effort by two ongoing projects in CIC, ‘Digital Repositories of Oral Stories’ and ‘Invisible Heritage: The historical gardens of Delhi’.

The talk began with Mr. Hashmi asking audience to separate mythology from history. He said, “In China there is a popular tale of a flying monkey. People tell this story to their children, but no one believes it to be real and in India, you all know who the flying monkey is”. He went ahead to dismiss some popular claims that is made by people of the ruling party at the centre and said “A quila in Delhi that is popularly known to be constructed by Prithviraj Chauhan, was actually never constructed by him.” He went ahead to prove his point by providing several evidences, one of them being that the plasters found on the wall did not exist at the time Prithviraj Chauhan ruled. Many other beliefs were dismissed by him among which several were from the book ‘Prithviraj Raso’ written by Chand Bardai, the court poet of Prithviraj Chauhan.

He went ahead to deconstruct several popular beliefs of the Mughal period saying ‘Jodhabai was not the wife of Akbar but his mother.’ He then clarified that the historian who recorded the Mughal history of India confused Akbar’s mother for his wife. Several other references are found which prove that it was Harkha Bae, who was Akbar’s wife and not Jodha Bai.

Shipra, one of the students who attended the talk said “The lecture inspired us to question even some of our own beliefs. There are many things which we all believe blindly. As students we should question everything that we come across.” The talk ended with the audience asking questions about the concept of Charbagh, the legendary history of Saraswati River and the Iron Pillar at Sarnath, all of which were answered by him very eloquently.

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Every year, October is the celebrated as the month of breast cancer awareness across the world. On this occasion, students of Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) organized a speaker session to create awareness about breast cancer. The event that was organized on 4th October, 2016 at CIC featured several eminent surgeons from the top hospitals of Delhi. The event was organized by Samanway, the cultural society of CIC, and Womenite, a national award winning NGO which works for various social causes. The event was supported by CIC 306 – Innovation Project: Holistic approach of fighting cancer, from prevention to cure.

The event started with an introduction about breast cancer by Dr. Mahima Kaushik, the project mentor of the Innovation Project. She threw some light on the growing numbers of the monstrous disease in India and around the world. She explained factors responsible for this type of cancer and said that, “unhealthy lifestyle is one of the major factors behind occurrence of cancer”. She ended her presentation by saying that there is still a lot of hope in the field and early detection can be a game changer.

This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Ratna Chopra, the HOD of Surgery, Hindu Rao Hospital. She explained about various stages of breast cancer through several images. She discussed about some of her case studies and also showed a video about how early detection of breast cancer can help in proper treatment of the disease. She ended her presentation by asking everyone to be breast aware.

This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Ashok Arora, CEO of NUTAS. He introduced the new technology of NUTAS which helps to treat Breast Cancer without any surgery or chemotherapy. He explained how this new technology works. He ended his presentation by saying that this technology has a great potential in the field of breast cancer treatment in India.

As a part of the same program, the students also conducted an online creative writing and poster designing competition on the theme of breast cancer awareness. The winners, Apoorva Verma and Awesh Yadav, were awarded on the occasion.

Ashish Yadav, one of the students in the audience said “Many lives are lost in the shadow of shame. The program was an eye opener”. The program drew its curtains with the speakers urging the attendees to ‘Think Pink’- a quote inspired from the wear it pink campaign.

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Every year the admission process of Delhi University (DU) gathers national attention due to its sky breaking cut offs. Over the years, the admission process has been made more accessible and easier but it still remains cumbersome. Every year after the cut offs are declared students have to go through various lengthy cut off spreadsheets which requires high attention for finding the intersection of the rows and columns to make sure which college they can get in. Once they get in the college, students want to know about the college surroundings.

After facing the similar problems during their admissions, a bunch of Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) alumnus came up with an innovative idea to build a platform which could solve these problems. They created a startup called “TNine Infotech” to make apps that can help students. Their recent release is an admission app called ‘DU & U’. Anurag Singh, a member of the startup said, “Streamlining the information flow regarding admissions into DU has been the main motive behind creating DU&U. We want to enhance the experience of studying at DU through some very cool insights of lively places around their favourite colleges”.

The app helps students to know about the location of their college and how to reach it. It even informs students about the colleges and the cut offs with just a few clicks. Students can find their expected colleges based on previous year cut offs. They can access the latest information related to admissions with just single click. The app also helps you to know the hot spots like eateries, parks or monuments around your college.

DU & U can be downloaded on the play store here.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bmu.tnine.campusfrienddu&hl=en

Srivedant Kar

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Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) has received more than 20000 application for two of its flagship courses i.e. B.A (Hons.) in Humanities and Social Sciences and, B.Tech in IT and Mathematical Innovations. The admissions in these courses are secured through entrance test. Earlier, the entrance test used to be limited to the students of Delhi University; but from this year, University decided to do away with this limitation and open the courses for an all India entrance. The admission this year will be done on the basis of the all India entrance test.

The director of CIC Dr. Madan Mohan Chaturvedi said, “We invited applications from across India and there has been a tremendous response. For our two flagship courses, we received 20,796 applications this year.”

Last year, the course of B.A (Hons.) received nearly 800 applications while BTech course had received nearly 600 applications. This year the number of applicants has grown by 1275% for the course of B.A (Hons.). The nodal officer for the course Dr.Saleem Mir said, “It was expected that we might receive thousands of applications this time but crossing 10 k and touching 11,000 was a little more than expected, though, not surprising at all as the degree B.A (Hons.) at CIC is based on solid concept and is highly relevant in the current Indian scenario.”

He also accounted the innovative concept of the degree, the online registration and the pan India test centers have made it easy for the students of far states to appear for the exam as the reason for the surge.

The applicants can find the sample questions and the syllabus for the test in the CIC website. Students can have their queries related to admission answered in the facebook page of the Institute.

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About CIC:

Cluster Innovation Centre has been designed to seek and drive innovations from industrial clusters, village clusters, and educational clusters. It strives to stream relevant ideas and programmes stemming from the above mandate into its learning and research programmes.  Set up with an objective to foster an ecosystem that could connect and facilitate various stakeholders on all aspects of the innovation process including training and support, it offers some of the most innovative undergraduate courses and post-graduate courses in Delhi University. It runs two flagship undergraduate programmes, named B.Tech (Information Technology and Mathematical Innovations) and B.A (Hons.) in Humanities and Social Sciences.

About the course:

BTech (IT and MI) is a four-year course which is one of the first of its kind in the entire country. This unique course is designed to foster the skill of innovation and entrepreneurship through its unique curriculum and pedagogy. It uses IT as a means to connect mathematics with various other disciplines. It is a blend of physics, mathematics, IT Skills, and Innovation. Admission for this course is through an entrance exam.

Eligibility criteria:

Students who have passed the 10+2 level with Mathematics as one of their subjects and have secured a minimum aggregate as mentioned below are eligible to appear for the

1. General category: 60% in any four subjects (including Mathematics)

2. OBC category: 54% in any four subjects (including Mathematics)

3. PH category: 57% in any four subjects (including Mathematics)

4. SC/ST category: Passing marks with Mathematics as one subject

Entrance Test:

The applications for the entrance test should can be found online here.

Last date of online registration:  May 31, 2016, Tuesday.

Date of Entrance Examination: June 23, 2016 (Thursday)

The details of the entrance syllabus can be found in the information handbook of Delhi University Admissions

Why B.Tech (IT and MI):

B.Tech (IT and MI) allows its students to test the applicability of classroom teaching in its ‘Engineering Kitchen’. Engineering Kitchen allows students to learn sciences in a whole different way. Students are provided with personal laptops as well as classroom laptops in order to facilitate the process of learning with a digital edge. The students also get to work on real life problems in mathematics, electronics, signal processing, genetics, computer sciences, managerial economics, molecular biology and robotics.

The students also get an exclusive chance to become a part of some prestigious clubs like Autonomi, the Robotics club of CIC, which is well known in popular robotic circuits of India. Apart from all the learning that takes place students also get to go on annual study tours and educational trips. The students recently visited the Israeli Water Pavilion to study effective water management systems in the world. Students are also provided with accommodation in University Hostels but the number of hostel seats is highly limited. This course will also give you a chance to intern with prestigious institutes like DRDO and HAL. The entire academic experience also comes up with a great opportunity- of having your own start-up. If you have an idea that can turn into a great business, you can pitch it to The Technology Business Incubator of CIC and receive funding as well as support from Ministry Of Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), Govt. Of India to turn your idea into a company.

For more information, visit CIC’s official website.

Srivedant Kar

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The Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) organised an educational trip to the Israel Pavilion at the India Water Week on April 7, 2016. The students also attended a special panel discussion on the role of universities in the water solutions’ ecosystem, and how the Israeli model can be applied to India.

The India Water Week, 2016, was organised by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, and FICCI. The State of Israel was the foreign partner. The exhibition showcased various flagship programmes of the central and state governments, like Namami Gange, Narmada Valley Project, Sujalam Sufalam, and many more.

The students were explained various technological interventions undertaken by the government of Israel, like desalination plants, water management, and drip irrigation systems to name a few. The students then attended a special panel discussion on role of universities in the water solutions’ ecosystem. The panel included many experts from universities like the Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Delhi, academicians, and government officials from Israel who had been a part of the water resource programme of the Israel government. The speakers discussed various initiatives that they had undertaken in institutions like JNU, IGNOU, and the Research and Referral Hospital of Indian Army for water resource management in India, and also about initiatives taken in Israel. This was followed by a question – answer session in which many audience members enquired about various available solutions for water management.

The discussion ended with the students receiving campaign T – Shirts. “These type of events must take place across the country because water scarcity is a problem India is definitely going to face in the coming times,” said Nandlal Sumit, a student of CIC.

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Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) celebrated its annual sports on Friday, 18th March, in the University Stadium. Unlike other colleges where sports are majorly a student affair, in CIC the teachers are in fact a major participants in the events. The day started with the inauguration of the sports day by Dr. Madan Mohan Chaturvedi, Director of CIC. He reiterated the need of sports in the overall well being of a student. The first event of the day was a football match between the students of B. Tech. and B.A (Hons.). The players of both the teams were cheered by teachers and students of the respective courses. The match was won by the B. Tech. team with a score of 4-3. Siddharth Nandan a student of Humanities said “Loss and win are a part of the game. It’s the game in itself which brings us closer.” Cluster Innovation Centre CIC Sports Day The next event that followed was a throw ball match between the female teachers and students’ team. The game was won by teachers with a match point of 2-0. This was followed by the most popular game of the subcontinent- Cricket. The match was played between the team of students and the team of teachers and non-teaching staff and saw a lot of sixes, fours and wickets too. The students won the toss and chose to bat. They put up a huge score of 131 in just 10 overs for the teachers to chase. The teachers tried their best but couldn’t chase the total. The match was won by the students’ team by 51 runs. Kumar Gandharv Mishra, a student of Masters of Mathematical Education (MME) was one of the star players of the event who took 2 wickets in the same over. Cluster Innovation Centre CIC Sports Day The long rally of games then came to a pause when students departed for lunch. After lunch the students, teachers and non-teaching staff gathered for the event of Musical Chair. The event was won by Raja Pandit of MME. The sports day ended with a group of photograph of teachers, students and non-teaching staff to mark the uniqueness of the day. It was a day when students and teachers came closer to each other breaking the academic hierarchies and fulfilling the tagline of CIC which reads evolving senses, dissolving boundaries.     Image Credits: Priyankesh Dixit Srivedant Kar [email protected]]]>

On the second Open Day conference, Dr. Anju Gupta, Director of NCWEB (Non Collegiate Women Education Board) addressed the Delhi University aspirants. The NCWEB offers BA and BCom courses to working women in Delhi. While degrees are not awarded to the students, diploma courses can be opted for. The classes are held on the weekend and no internal assessment is done.

Following that, Dr. Supriya and Dr. Shobha from the Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) informed the DU aspirants about B. Tech Humanities and B. Tech Innovation with Mathematics and IT.

The information regarding both the courses is as follows:

  1. The CIC form needs to be filled between June 24 and July 24. The entrance test will be conducted on June 27. The admission process also includes an interview.
  2. The applicant will have to enroll himself/herself in any course and college in Delhi University to be eligible to apply for admission to these courses.
  3. For semester I, students will have to choose one core subject in the CIC center.
  4. For semester II, students will have to take two papers in any college where such courses are available.
  5. For B. Tech Innovation with Mathematics and IT, the applicant needs to have Mathematics in 12th standard.
  6. The merit list will be issued on the basis of an entrance test.
  7. The CIC form needs to be filled on June 24-July 24. The entrance test will be conducted on June 27. The admission process also includes an interview.


The Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) at Delhi University had recently launched a new course in Media and Communication. The closing ceremony will be held tomorrow, on the 5th of February in the presence of the Registrar of Delhi University, Ms Alka Sharma.

25 students from CIC had been selected for this course. The course was a 10-class, or a 30-hour credited programme that was instructed by Brij Bakshi, the former Additional Director General at Doordarshan, joined by Gouran Dhawan Lal as senior faculty and Mike Pandey, a green Oscar winning wildlife film maker, L V Krishnan, CEO, TAM Media Research and Ashok Raina.

The aim of the course was to improve presentation and communication skills of the students while giving them knowledge about various aspects of media in an interactive manner. A wide range of topics including environment and wildlife programming, understanding TRPs, art of video editing were covered.

Sahil Mathur, a B. Tech student who participated in the programme said, “This course allowed me to understand various facets of media, from film making to editing, from technology to understanding how to present an idea to an audience. The course has made me much more aware in the field of media and communication.”

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The National Science Fest at St. Stephen’s College began with the ‘Inaugural Ceremony’ at 2 pm on 24th January. Principal Rev. Dr. Valson Thampu inaugurated the event with a motivational speech encouraging the young science students to strive for the best, followed by a screening of National Science Fest 2014 official video.

Dr. Patrick Dasgupta, presently a professor at Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, in a NSF Talk, spoke about the fundamentals of black holes, be it Schwarzschild radius or Hawking Radiation. Known for his work in the field of gravitational waves, quasars and cosmology he went on to present the ‘Information Loss Paradox’ associated with black holes. The talk was followed with a question-answer session where the members of the audience, varying from undergraduate students to research scholars, interacted with Dr. Dasgupta. After Dr. Dasgupta’s talk, the triathlon of events began at various venues of the college with the Paper Presentation event in Room A, Debugging Electronicz event at the New Physics Lecture Theatre (NPLT) and a talk on “The Fascinating World of Chemistry” by Dr. Subho Mozumdar, a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry at University of Delhi.


‘Debugging Electronicz’ was based on the idea of testing the participants’ interest and expertise in electronics, and their capability in debugging flawed electronic circuits. It led to an intense final between the two best teams on an actual large circuit, basically a convoluted Adder circuit, where the finalists had to find out the flaws inherent in the realized circuit. Finally, in an all-Stephanian final, Ankit Dhanuka and Motaram clinched the first position, while Abel and Ojasvi received the second prize.

Along the main corridor, in Room A, the paper presentation competition took off with 15 student entries from all over the country belonging to various courses of study. Sahil Mathur, student of Information Technology & Mathematics at the Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) earned the top spot for his paper on “Developing Genetic Algorithm inspired intelligent routing protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks”. The second prize was shared by Raktim Sen and Manasij Pal Chowdhury of Stephen’s and an individual entry by Deepto Mozumdar.