Students from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (DDUC) started a signature campaign against violence and demanded to not have elections this year. As a result, DDUC will not witness students’ union polls this year.

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (DDUC), located in the Dwarka locality of West Delhi, will not witness students’ union polls this year. On Wednesday, 4th September, a college official said that this year there will be no student polls in the college. Wednesday was also the last day of filing the nomination of candidates for the polls. Reportedly, this decision has been taken by the college authorities due to the requests of students made in this regard.

The underlying factor behind this decision can also be attributed to a violent clash between two opposing parties involved in student politics in DDUC this past week.

As reported by India Today, two factions of the college leveled allegations against each other and indulged in violence on the college campus. One faction accused the other of beating up its members, following which the police were informed and asked to take necessary action. In response, female members of the opposing faction alleged that they were manhandled by the members of the group. The official also added that both the factions sat on a protest on the college campus demanding justice. No disciplinary action was taken against any of the accused or miscreants concerning this matter.

Following this, a group of students, who were not from any of the factions, started a signature campaign against violence and demanded that there be no elections, the official said. They submitted a list of the signatories to the administration, following which the disciplinary committee of the college decided to cancel the student union polls altogether.

A student of the college, on the condition of anonymity, was quoted as supporting the move to not conduct student union polls this year, considering the disruption of classes and unwarranted violence on campus that election campaigning entails.

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Bhavya Pandey

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Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, currently based in Karampura, is shifting to a new campus in Sector 3, Dwarka in mid – June before the new academic session begins.

The college, which started in 1989, has been using a school building for 25 years. It was in 2013 that the foundation stone of the new Dwarka Campus was unveiled by Sheila Dixit. The new campus reportedly has five times the space of their current campus.

The new campus of DDUC is multi-storeyed. It has an auditorium with a  seating capacity of about 400 people, along with two seminar rooms, 12 lecture theatres and 26 lecture rooms for 2500 of its currently enrolled students. In addition, it has better infrastructure facilities for sports which has a provision for indoor squash, table tennis, archery and a gymnasium among other facilities. It has also been claimed to be eco-friendly, with rain water harvesting system and ongoing work on solar power generation system. The old school building will be given to Ambedkar University, Delhi.

The President of DDUC students Union, Garvit Choudhary, welcomed the change. However, he also expressed his concerns and said, “When there is  change, it is always accompanied by mixed responses. While most are looking forward to the new campus, some are not. For instance, it would be difficult for some students travelling from Noida and North campus to travel to Dwarka. Nevertheless the new campus has mostly been welcomed by one and all”

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With inputs from Hindustan Times

Tooba Towfiq

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The Department of Commerce, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, organized its first startup meet on 6th April, 2016. The session began with an inspirational speech by Mr. Siddhant Bhansali (Evangelist at 91springboard, Startup Mentor) and Mr. Shivam Ahuja (Founder at Delhi Startups), who addressed the participants and the audience. The two also spoke about community building and encouraged college entrepreneurs to go the extra mile for the sake of fulfilment of their ideas.

Startup Meet DDUC
It was followed by a pitch session where 6 teams presented their startups before the investors. With BW Accelerate as the eco-system partner, 5 teams participated from DDUC and 1 from NSIT. The teams were given 7-8 mins to present their startups.
The judges panel consisted of Mr. Siddhant Bhansali (Evangelist & Startup Mentor at 91 springboard) and Mr. Sanjeev Patel (Founder at Campus Guide).
The speakers panel comprised Mr. Shivam Ahuja, Mr. Somvir Yadav (founder at Magister), and Shubham Goyal (marketing head at Partiko). The winners were “KreativeDuniya” and the runner-up was “Mera Cut,” both being from DDUC. The winner was assured a seat in the next batch of BW Accelerate.
The event witnessed the participation of startup enthusiasts and was a success.


Inputs from the Department of Commerce, DDUC. 

Fin-S, the Finance Club of DDUC, led by Ankit Bhaskar, Sahil Matta and Vaibhav Goel, successfully organized their Annual Finance Fest, Finanza 2016. A two-day finance fest, Finanza saw a participation from students of different colleges and gave them a chance to showcase their skills and financial acumen as well as have some fun. The event was an attempt to postulate distinct spheres of the financial globe. In its third year, it comprised of 4 events held on 11th and 12th March,2016. Presenting a mock of stock market in “Capitalist Bulls”, injecting corporate essence to the game of monopoly in “Corporate Monopoly”, launching IPOs of NPAs in “Investocrats”, and deriving financial moves through discussions in “All India Business Conclave” with discussions majorly focused around the agenda – Ease of Doing Business in India, Finanza 2016 came with a mock of different financial practices to college students. The event offered an opportunity to the students to get acquainted with the intricacies of the Financial world and various colleges across DU, IP and others including Symbiosis, Pune etc. marked their presence on both the days and battled it out on the elevated platform provided by DDUC. It was their chance to excel in the field of Finance. Breaking the monotony and unfolding new sides, Investocrats brought a completely different arena of Stock Market and required students to use their analytical skills and knowledge to give life to dead and depressed companies, Capitalist Bulls, a mock stock competition gave students real – time stocks and fictitious token amount to trade and become the real investors the All India Business Conclave presented students with an opportunity to represent global leaders and debate on issues that confront India. ]]>

The annual cultural festival of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (DDUC), Kalrav took place on the 27th and 28th of March after getting postponed frequently. The festival was scheduled to take place in February but got cancelled due to internal issues.

The event was exclusively for the students of DDUC. The college held its Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony for the year 2013-14 on the same day. Mr. S.P. Dixit, IAS Officer and Mr. Ravi Chaturvedi, an eminent cricket commentator were the chief guests for the event.

An exhibition of photographs clicked by the members of the DDUC photography society was put up. A very distinct event, Mera Gaon, Mera Ghar, Mera Bachpan was also held. Different departments of the college showcased memories and artifacts from their childhood. This event was especially designed for outstation students to portray the traditions and culture of their home state. The fest also saw a Grafitti contest whose theme was “The Blissful Life”. Students of B.Com (Hons) won the top spot. This was followed by a concert- Satvik Heights by Ankit Batra , an internationally acclaimed singer, an enthralling performance by the Delhi Drummers and also by the band, Solfege.
The second day began with Satvik chants recited by the Music society. Inter department contest was held for traditional games like pithoo, stapoo, rassi kood and lattoo; most of which was won by the Department of Zoology.

Exult-the dance society and Rhythm-the music society mesmerized the crowd with their performances. Yavanika- the theatre society’s performance was appreciated by all. “Their spirit was superb”, said Aashima Sharma, a volunteer at Kalrav. This was followed by the performance from Rock Veda, a fusion band that has also featured on MTV’s Coke Studio. The fest came to an end with the lighting of the sky lanterns by the college students.

DDUCMUN is usually the first MUN held in the academic session in DU. It is known for its high level of debate and this year was no different. After the success of DDUCMUN 2011 and 2012, the MUN Club of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College worked day and night to organise the 3rd edition of the same.

This time around the conference was held on August 2, 3 and 4 inside the college premises. There were three UN committees i.e. the Eco Soc, Human Rights Council and General Assembly with the agenda of formulating optimal combinations of short term and long term fiscal measures in order to ensure socio-economic growth, the right to humanitarian assistance and self determination in conflict zones and the tension in the Strait of Hormuz respectively. Apart from that an Ad Hoc Committee had been set up and the highlight of the conference was the War Cabinet of Olympus which was based on Greek mythology.


The event kicked off on the morning of 2nd August with an Opening Ceremony that included lighting of the ceremonial lamp and speeches by Dr SK Garg, the college’s principal, Mrs Nisha Rana the Convener and the Secretary General, Mehr Arneja, who said, ‘Here at DDUC, our endeavour is not only to provide you with a platform to come and showcase your debating skills but also to provide you with an environment for a 360 degree development.’

After that, the delegates made their way to their respective committees to start discussing and debating on the given agendas. Over the three days, the delegates, under the guidance of the Executive Board, put forward their views on the topics at hand, through a structure that mirrored the rules followed at actual UN meets. The participants made their points backed up by thorough research and debated with the other representatives by raising points of inquiry and information. The committee sessions and moderated caucuses continued on all three days with lunch breaks in between.


In the EcoSoc, the main areas of focus were promoting micro, small and medium sized enterprises, enhancing infrastructure, bringing about tax reforms and short term fiscal policies to ensure economic growth. The Human Rights Council saw delegates discussing hindrances while delivering humanitarian aid, the legal regulation of humanitarian intervention and the role of NGOs in humanitarian assistance. The War Cabinet of Olympus was a particularly active committee with delegates representing Gods and Demi-Gods from the Percy Jackson series like Zeus, Hades, Athena, Annabeth, Percy and Hazel. The discussion was largely based on the growing distrust in the Demi-Gods by the Gods and the looming threat posed by Gaea, Goddess of the Earth. Another interesting point about this committee was that the Chairperson was hidden among the delegates, and his or her identity was to be revealed later.

On the last day, the focus was on brainstorming solutions and resolutions to the issues discussed on the previous days. The event came to a close with the announcing of the results and distribution of prizes like Best Delegate, Honourable Mention and so on. In all, more than 250 delegates participated, a group that comprised both first timers and experienced MUNers. Sahil Grover, Head of Delegate Affairs in the Organising Committee said, ‘DDUCMUN’13 has been an amazing experience. Having participated in and organised several MUNs in the past, this conference, being that of my own college, holds a special place in my heart. Seeing the success of the event has been a source of great happiness for me!’


Moksha Foundation is recently started, zealous organisation that aims at simplifying lives. Located in Naraina, this NGO focuses on 3 primary areas of work which are, promotion of green energy, taking up information based awareness programs and providing legal advice and medical aid to those who can’t afford it. It was founded by Devesh Lalwani, a recent Bachelor of Business Studies graduate from the University of Delhi. The NGO successfully executed its first project earlier this year, called ‘The Take Two Campaign’ in association with Perfetti Van Melle.

Currently, all members of the organisation are below 25 years, with many DU students in the team. Moksha Foundation hopes to bring this youthful energy to its next project called ‘Moksha Jan Utsav’ which is a 20 week program under which an integrated camp will be held every Sunday in various slum areas and lower income group colonies in West Delhi. Through this project, the NGO will address common issues faced by the residents.

The team held its first camp on June 16 at the Satsang Bhawan in Dasghara village, Pusa Institute.

A part of the camp was a multi speciality medical camp, with a range of doctors including orthopaedists and cardiologists to help patients. The residents also availed a number of tests including BMD, ECG, ECHO screening and those to check blood pressure and sugar levels. To ensure that the best doctors were on board for the camp, the NGO had tied up with Metro Heart Institute, a leading hospital located in Naraina.


The next section was dedicated to providing free legal consultation on civil matters. As is observed often, those with issues hesitate to seek legal advice due to the expected time and money required. The camp bridged this gap by inviting residents to talk about their concerns to Mr Tarun Bhardwaj, the lawyer Moksha Foundation is associated with. He talked them through issues related to pension, property and so on.

Apart from that, the volunteers helped the people at the Moksha Jan Utsav by checking the status of their Aadhar cards, and even printing the cards out for them to use. In the upcoming camps, the NGO will set up a booth to assist the residents to enroll for their Voter ID cards.

Despite the rain, around 400 people came to the camp.

To ensure that cases which require long term attention are not abandoned once the camp is wrapped up, effective follow up has been planned. The project has been designed in such a way that those facing such issues can seek further help from the doctors and lawyers in the future as well, at highly subsidized rates.

Dinesh Lalwani, Chief Patron of the Moksha Foundation said:

“Its through a collective effort of society and the youth that through the passage of time, the society we live in can reach a situation of normalcy were the word ‘aid’ should be a foreign concept.”

At a time when citizens of the country frequently criticize the youth for being self centred and insensitive to important causes, NGOs such as Moksha Foundation exist to prove them wrong. With a successful beginning to the project behind them, the team is determined to help the nation, step by step.

The Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College’s new campus at Dwarka Sector 3 took place on Wednesday, the 20th of February. Students, teachers, guests and dignitaries collected on the grounds of the new campus and welcomed Sheila Dikshit who was the Chief Guest for the day. The Lighting of the Lamp was followed by a ‘Kalanjali’, a cultural performance by the college’s choir. The street play society, Yavanika then put up a play after which Raaga, the dance society took the stage. Their performance received an enthusiastic response from the audience. After the students’ performances, Shiela Dikshit unveiled the foundation stone. Dr S K Garg, Principal of DDUC shared the college’s annual report highlighting the main events and achievements of the year. The Guest of Honour Dr A.K. Walia, the Minister for Health and Higher Education then addressed the gathering followed by a speech by the Chief Guest. After that Professor Dinesh Singh, the Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi took the stage to share his thoughts with the audience. As the college’s Annual Day was also held on the same day, meritorious students were awarded prizes and trophies. The Chairman of the college’s Governing Board, Shri Tom Vadakkan gave the Vote of Thanks. The ceremony concluded on a patriotic note with the National Anthem after which lunch was served. When asked about the significance of this occasion, Arpit Suri, the Presdent of the Student’s Union in DDUC said, ‘I am delighted to be a part of this great institution which is on its way to achieve excellence in the field of higher education. We have facedsome limitations in terms of academic space, ambience and facilities for holistic development. But now, we are taking a big step ahead to move on to a new campus and achieve new gloryin coming years. I am thankful to all the students for their active participation and hope for many such landmark events for the college.’]]>


There are numerous inter college fests held in DU all around the year. However, there are very few events organised for school students by colleges. Fests for school students allow them to catch a glimpse of college life and the kind of competitive events that take place at a university level. Addressing this, the Department of Business Studies, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College is organising Orizzonte, its first ever Annual Management Festival for Schools.

Scheduled for Tuesday, the 16th of October, Orizzonte will be held at the North Campus Conference Centre. The selected events are sure to challenge the students’ creativity, analytic abilities and reasoning. The competitions include core management related events like Product Designing, Stalking the Stock (mock stock), Biz Quest (business quiz) and Think Pot (group discussion). In addition to these, a Movie Making competition will be held, with the theme ‘Black and White’ and an entertainment quiz, The Couch Potato Quiz, will be a fun event with students answering question about TV show sitcoms and Harry Potter.

The program will also allow students to get a feel of what it is like to study Bachelor of Business Studies, the only undergraduate management course in the University of Delhi. The theme for the event is “Exploring new horizons” and the entire proceedings of the day have been carefully laid out, keeping the theme in mind. The main aim of Orizzonte is to inspire school students to think differently, and compete with each other on a whole new level. As Sanchetna Kapur, the President of Spettro the BBS society of DDUC puts it, “Through Orizzonte we hope to provide students an opportunity to explore the various aspects of management education and the prospects of the same. It will radically change the way a school student looks at competitive events and allow them to challenge themselves in a healthy manner”.
Further details about the event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Orizzonte.Dduc

Wayne Dyer once said, ‘When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change’. This was the fundamental idea behind the organisation of the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College Model United Nations 2012(DDUCMUN 2012). Held on the 1st and 2nd of September, 2012 at the Conference Centre in North Campus, this event saw participation from more than 300 students from 200 schools and colleges in 25 cities. The MUN committees included the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Human Rights Council and the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries which had their respective agendas as reforms in UN peace keeping missions, impact of climate change on Statehood, security and migration, upholding human rights in prisons and response to new sources of energy while maintaining petroleum energy viability. The first day kicked off with one round of committee session after registrations followed by the inauguration ceremony. It started off with the lighting of the lamp by the Principal of DDUC, Dr. S K Garg, the Chief Guest for the event Dr. Sanjay Chopra, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, the Guest of Honour, Shri Tom Vadakkan, Secretary of the All India Congress Committee and the Convener of the MUN Club, Dr. Nisha Rana. The proceedings of the ceremony included addresses by Dr. Nisha Rana and the Secretary General Srishti Kapoor who declared the conference open. In the Chief Guest’s speech, Dr Sanjay Chopra spoke about his personal experiences at UN conferences with a pinch of humour while the Shri Tom Vadakkan spoke about the impact of policies formulated by one country on the rest of the world. After a short refreshments break, the delegates were back at their committees to discuss the thought provoking agendas, through a structure that mirrored the rules followed at actual UN meets. Under the observation of the Executive Board which comprised experienced MUNers, delegates made their points backed up by thorough research and debated with representatives from other countries by raising points of inquiry and information. The committee sessions and moderated caucuses continued for the rest of the day with a lunch break in between. The second day saw participants looking at effective solutions to address the issues in front of them. This was done through unmoderated caucuses, writing papers, drafting of resolutions and then suggesting amendments, followed by voting by the countries, interspersed with breaks in between. The evening of 2nd September saw the delegates and organising committee gather at the Main Hall for the closing ceremony of the event. To get things started, the band Autumn Home got the audience singing along as they covered popular songs like Yellow by Coldplay. After that the President, Vice President and Rapporteur of each committee announced the Best Delegate, High Commendation and Special Mention awards. “Last year DDUCMUN was a brilliant event, and they have been able to maintain the high standard once again, which is very tough to do. It is my privilege to have been associated with the DDUCMUN Club since its inception”, said Shirin Rai Gupta, a student of LSR and President of the Human Rights Council. The audience cheered for the winners enthusiastically and some even received standing ovations by fellow committee members. The evening came to a close with the Deputy Secretary General, Meenal Narula’s speech and vote of thanks. DDUCMUN 2012 saw a huge participation of first timers. As Delegate of Netherlands in the General assembly, Akashita Sareen said, ‘DDUCMUN was the first MUN that I attended, and I was surprised at how productive the conference turned out to be. It was well organised which made the experience, for a first timer like me, extremely palpable and fun’. Her thoughts were shared by Vrinda Uppal, Delegate of Slovakia. ‘I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with fellow delegates and engaging in fruitful debating. Looking forward to the next edition!’, she said.]]>