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The Annual Academic Meet- Juxtapose’19 to be held on 7th and 8th November 2019 at Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR) was cancelled a day before the event.

The Annual Academic Meet- Juxtapose’19 to be held on 7th and 8th November 2019 at Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR) was cancelled a day before the event.

The Department of Journalism was at the forefront of discussions inside the gates of Lady Shri Ram College for Women since the last week due to concerns centered around the Annual Academic Meet- Juxtapose 2019.
Juxtapose’19- scheduled for 7th November and 8th November 2019, was aimed to be focusing in a quest to engage students in a two-day event raising questions and saving the integrity of Media as a whole. However, the event ceased to face the light of dawn. The reasons behind the cancelling of the event are majorly cited as administrative and departmental glitches and communication gap.
The RnR held in the campus on 8th November 2019 put forth the take of the Department of Journalism which comprised of the President, Treasurer and the General Secretary. The Department Union expressed the incident to be disheartening as it culminated the hard work of 1.5 months. It was said that the proposal for the Academic Meet was not signed, as a result of which-the Union had to wait for long hours for sanctioning of the needful.
The Student Union of the Department admitted the fault on their part of circulating a message which reiterated their concerns, parts of which received backlash. Thereby, a message was issued which mentioned an apology for the manner in which the message was framed and its articulation.

The Organising Committee of Juxtapose released a WhatsApp message which stated that the Principal had not checked the proposal despite frequent visits of the students. However, soon after, the department issued an apology stating that their intention was not to defame their Principal but to bring attention towards their issues.

Another WhatsApp message mentioned that, “We phrased a new theme, reworked a competition, invited another key note speaker, made new trailers for the event, edited the posters and proposals to incorporate the changes. However, at 2.30PM in the afternoon, the students were told that Juxtapose cannot happen since the proposal cannot be signed one day before the event.”

Adequate response could not be gathered from students as one of them responded, “We as a department have decided to be united and have only the union talking about these matters.”

The statement further informed that the Union plans on engaging in a healthy conversation with its faculty to discuss the concerns and to formulate a plan of action in order to ensure that similar incidents do not take place in the department again.  The Union mentioned that a statement would be released soon and did not wish to respond as they mentioned that they are “in the middle of making a plan of action which requires the consensus of the entire department.”
Arpita Chowdhury, first year student pursuing English Honours who witnessed the meeting during the RnR said, “The meeting was fruitful because I wanted to get a clear view of the matter. It was a good idea to clarify on this issue. It also made me come across the proceedings of the college.”

The Department released its official statement on 10th November 2019.

Image Credits: Department of Journalism, LSR Image Caption: Statement released by the Organising Committee of Juxtapose'19 (Part 1)
Image Credits: Department of Journalism, LSR
Image Caption: Statement released by the Organising Committee of Juxtapose’19 (Part 1)
Image Credits: Department of Journalism, LSR Image Caption: Statement released by the Organising Committee of Juxtapose'19
Image Credits: Department of Journalism, LSR
Image Caption: Statement released by the Organising Committee of Juxtapose’19 (Part 2)

A response from the staff and administration is awaited. A General Body Meeting is said to held on 11th November to discuss the matter further.

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Priyanshi Banerjee

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ECOSPIRE : The Economics society of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College had its annual department fest ECONOTIZE’17 on 6th march 2017. The fest kick-started with the inaugural ceremony where the convener of the society Mr Jayesh Adeshra lighted the ceremonial lamps and inaugurated the fest.

The fest had a committee event All India Economic Summit based on 3 month review of Demonetisation. The motive of keeping this meeting was to scrutinise, interpret the new economic initiative taken by the Government of India. AIES noticed qualitative participation from different colleges and the event received positive word of mouth from students and teachers.

Committee in progress at Econotize 2017
Committee in progress at Econotize 2017

Econotize had its one of a kind event DOCUDRAMA which received large number of participation because of the unique concept. Undoubtedly, the response was beyond expectations and hence tagged a successful event or an experiment whereas Jeopardy saw a huge turnout of participants who actively took part in the competition and played with all their wits. As the participants entered each round the intensity in the room kept on increasing and the level of questions became baffling yet fun.

Ecopoly in progress at Econotize 2017

Ecopoly, again Ecospire’s creation was one fun event where all the participants relived their childhood days by playing alongside an oversized board with equally large pawns and dice. Mystery mayhem was one of the coolest events in the fest where after each round your adrenaline rush just doubles. This event involved solving clues by using all the brains you got and be on top of your game at each step. This event was hugely appreciated by all the participants and ended with a big smile of satisfaction.

Econotize 2017
Econotize 2017

Despite externalities, Econotize received amazing response from participation and their positive words gave the team immense satisfaction. Finally, the hard work paid off and ECONOTIZE became a huge success.



The Econotize 2017 Team

After some period of inactivation in the previous year, the BA Programme society of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi organised a number of events this year ranging from talks to trips to seminars. On Monday, the society organised the first edition of its annual fest, Confluence 2016. The fest was spread across five events. There were two talks, a story-writing competition, a fun event where students were required to caption pictures, and a Dastangoi performance – an Urdu storytelling art form.

The fest kicked off with an informal event, ‘Caption That’ in which students were to caption the pictures and paintings handed out to them by the organisers. Prizes were distributed among the winners.
‘Caption That’ was followed by a talk on the Monumentalisation of Buildings by Dr. Hilal Ahmed who is an assistant professor at the Centre for Study of Developing Societies, Delhi and also a Rajya Sabha fellow. He talked about the concept of monumentalisation of buildings in general and about the religious contextualisation that buildings find themselves today in.

Another talk was organised after the lunch. The speaker was Dr.Pulapre Balakrishnan who teaches Economics at the Ashoka University. He spoke on Inclusive Growth in India focussing on inclusive growth, political economy and economic equality. The talk was followed by a vibrant discussion between the speaker and the studentswho were enthusiastic enough to keep the speaker indulged during the time refreshments were being served.

There was also a story-telling competition held in which the participants had to select random genres and end their stories with random plot twists. The students were seen writing very passionately and all appeared captivated by dramatic twists of plots.

The fest ended with the major highlight of the day – Dastangoi. Dastangoi is an Urdu oral storytelling art form that originated in the 16th century. The artists who performed were Nadeem Shah, Shankar Musafir and Manu Sikander Dhingra. Nadeem Shah has been doing Dastangoi since 2010 and teaches history at the University of Delhi while Shankar Musafir is an educationalist with an avid interest in the art of storytelling and Manu Sikander Dhingra is an entrepreneur, an eminent theatre personality and a veteran storyteller having done show across India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The artists delighted the audience through their art.

They started with Husn-e-Faiz covering the legendary revolutionary poet, Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s life and ended with an adaptation of one of the folktales of Vijaydan Detha, ‘Kahani Pandit Ki’. The event was concluded with a vote of thanks and some interactions with the performers in the lawn while the refreshments were being served.


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Komercio 2016, the two day combined annual commerce festival of four societies of DCAC’s Commerce Association- Club For Leadership, Innovation and Finance, Comania, the Commerce Society, Mercado, the Marketing Society, and Rokda, the Finance and Investment Cell, was held on 17th-18th March 2016. The festival witnessed substantial participation from the students of various colleges across the Delhi University. The first day began with a series of events and competitions like the inaugural session by Mr. Madan Lal, MLA AAP, followed by Navin Gullia a world record holder in adventure sports, Stock-o-holic – Mock Stock in association with Bombay Stock Exchange, and the first of its kind, the Food Triathlon.

The second day began with the most awaited event, EDManiacs, and was followed by 50 shades of Bollywood, the bollywood treasure hunt, and Prom Night. EDManiacs, in association with CLIF, was the first EDM centred competition ever held in Delhi University and provided a perfect platform for true EDM lovers to showcase their skills and dedication to this genre.

The first round of the event was a simple pen-paper round where the students, in teams of two, were given 15 minutes to answer 30 generalized questions regarding DJs and everything surrounding the beat. The shortlisted teams then proceeded to the second round, i.e, Human Shazam whereby sets of 10 songs each were put forth and the contestants were required to identify the correct name of the track. The final round was where the contenders had to go through a series of questions about album covers, logos of various artists, record labels and lastly the HOTS round, Bragging Rights. Anant Kasana and Akshay Dotiyal, from Amity University bagged the first prize. The whole idea of setting up an event like this was brought forward by Sidhantha Jain, an EDM blogger who believes “No matter who you are what you do or wherever you are right now, your passion will take you somewhere nice.”

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The Department of English, Maitreyi College, organised their annual literary festival and national seminar, Ekphrasis, on 18th and 19th March, 2016. It included many engaging and riveting paper presentations and talks by renowned scholars and proficient student researchers.

The first day started with a keynote address by Professor Christel Dewadawson, a Ph.D. scholar from the University of Cambridge and the head of the English Department at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She began with a demonstration of pictorial satires and spoke about the relationship between sacred and secular contours. She explained how the emergence of pictorial satires in India deliberately sought and found new worlds to conquer, and gradually grew into a thoughtful platform that represents and responds sensitively to both personal as well as national issues of grief and morality today.

Dr. Shanta Roy, Professor of English at Maitreyi College, then welcomed the new Editorial Board of their Literary Newsletter, Dialect, with Dr. (Prof.) Richa Chilana, Swarnima Narayan and Nimisha Sinha as chief editors, along with Anna Dasgupta, Illica Ratan, Anubha Gautam, Navya Kanwar, Srishti Chaudhary, Varsha Sharma, Arushi Sundaram, and Yasmeen as the rest of the editorial team.


The first session of paper presentations titled ‘The Visual: Effects and After Effects’ was shared by two speakers. Rustam Singh, a renowned poet and philosopher, elucidated on the nature of different kinds of visual objects and believed that the void essence behind objects can be easily deciphered through one sole look. Sohum Mandal, a Ph.D. Scholar in English, from Jawaharlal Nehru University, spoke about the role of street art as an urban space making practice. Considering each viewer to be unique in their perception and articulation of visual representation, he says “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” He further distinguishes graffiti (spray painting) being a form of spontaneous, politically motivated act of vandalism from the legitimate profession of Street Art which involves beautification of architecture through sanctioned governmental operations.

The second session, titled ‘Envisioning the Nation’ was chaired by Dr. Manish Sharma and lead by the speaker, Kalsang Yangzom, a Researcher at University of Delhi, who presented a literary visual analysis on the protests of Tibetan struggle for freedom, wherein the subject of self immolation, “marked by nationalistic value and used as cultural symbols” was also discussed. This was followed by two more speakers, Mr. Sanjib Goswami, a researcher from Guwahati University, who gave an enthralling analytical study on the folk arts and crafts of Assam, along with Debrati Roy, a researcher from Ashoka University, who unveiled the history of Palestine Journalism through a visual documentation.

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The third session of the day, titled ‘Visually and its Other’ included a paper presentation on the colorful visuals of Visconti Tarot Cards by Payal from Kamala Nehru College which depicted how representations of women’s bodies stroke a meaningful connection with their role in the Pre- Renaissance period, and Saurav Chatterjee, a researcher from Jodavpur University whose paper described the birth of freedom struggle and feelings of nationalism through the Bengali Comics of Naraya Debnath’s ‘Batul, the Great!’ which portrayed Batul as an epitome of a national superhero.

The day ended with a guest appearance of Kanupriya, alumni of Maitreyi College, who gave a visual representation of the French artist, Franz Kafka’s collection of sketches and doodles which provided a powerful illustration of his psyche, state of transcendence and his willful interpretations of the world. According to her, Kafka was known, “not only for expressing a great deal of solitude in his sketches, but also for getting fully dissolved in it”.

The second day of Ekphrasis included a line-up of paper presentations by student researchers, and chaired by Sakshi Vasn, a Ph.D. scholar in English at the University of Delhi. The session began with Shantam and Snigdha Roy’s paper presentation on the topic ‘Death of an Artwork’ through which Snigdha emphasized Vivan Sundaram’s brilliantly infused artwork of memorials and T.V. Santosh’s exceptional paintings which mostly tackled the relentless themes of war and global terrorism. His painting of 2008 Mumbai Terrorist Attacks was critically acclaimed. Swarnika, an undergraduate student of English at Hans Raj College, Delhi University, was next to present her research paper on Yaoi Genre, Japanese graphic (anime) novels based on simplified notions of love, life and masculinity in the romanticism of heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Pertaining to an 85% of female readership, these visual stories were such that they illustrated a subjectivity of homo-eroticism and painted a rosy view of happy endings. The last paper was presented by Mantra Mukim on the visual analysis of Raj Comics, which were introduced in 1980s and were transnational in nature. He also enhanced animals as essential elements in graphic novels as they not make the comic’s popularity among child readership stronger, but also put everyone in a state of captivation.


The event was followed by a talk by Vishwajyoti Ghosh, a graphic novelist, known popularly for his work in ‘Delhi Calm’, a gripping political graphic novel set in 1970s that re-imagines the city of Delhi during the period of Emergency in India. He also presented a graphic documentary film named ‘This Side, That Side’ that revolved around instances of restoring collective memories that like everything else, have too, been “partitioned”, the negotiations around borders, stories of lost love and friendships, the prejudices, etc, all of which were successful in keeping the audience glued to the screen and getting goose bumps appear on their skin. He ended by reflecting on the need to encourage children to read and make graphic novels more popular in India by getting them published in vernacular languages.


The event also hosted a couple of fun, informal events such as Beg, Borrow and Steal, a workshop on comics by Payal AP, debate, treasure hunt and a literary quiz basing ‘Snape as a Hero’ for all Harry Potter die-hards. These saw a great number of student participation from colleges such as Hans Raj, Ramjas, PGDAV, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya among others. Overall, the two day festival of literature was fruitfully engaging and visually appealing.

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Shagun Marwah

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The Sociology department of Maitreyi College hosted their annual fest, Imagine on the 29th of February. The morning program, hosted in the seminar hall, started off with an introductory address by the Head of Department, Mrs. Mala, who welcomed the students and the guest speaker for the day, Prof. Nivedita Menon from Centre for Competitive Politics and Political Theory, JNU.

The students then proceeded to present a rendition on Audre Lorde, an American author of colour and activist for women’s rights. The students recreated a few excerpts from Lorde’s autobiography, picking up some bold instances, highlighting the lesbian circles of 1950s America and reading them out in front of the audience. Keeping in mind the theme of the fest ‘Sexualities’, their performance highlighted not only the issue of misogyny against people of different sexual orientations, but also brought to light the clear divide that race creates within these circles.

Following the performance, Prof. Nivedita was invited to address the audience and in her words, the students had delivered a “brilliantly conceived” performance. Picking up instances from their performance she went on to construct her talk around the idea of sexuality as an individual’s identity. Taking the example of Audre Lorde, who was marginalised in two ways, for being a black lesbian, of which she was self critical in the passages picked up by the students. Prof. Nivedita then went on to talk about the hegemonic norms dominant in our culture which forces us to fit ourselves in the oppressive definition of ‘Normal’.

Ending a very engaging talk, she said that there is no silence about the topics of sex and sexualities. At all times people are talking about it even when they are telling us to be home safely by six, because indirectly all they are implying is to avoid having sex, whether it is with your consent or without.

The morning session then ended, followed by the competitive events of the day, first of which was the debate, based on various topics surrounding feminism. Suyash Kumar from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College won the best speaker for the motion and Deepak Jha from SGTB Khalsa won for against the motion, while Pallavi from Janki Devi Memorial College bagged the best interjector. Expressions, the slam poetry competition, was the main attraction of the day and saw Miranda House shine at the top with Poonam Mumu and Aamina Rahim bag the first position.

A few other informal events included photography and face painting and collectively made the day a successful one.

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th and 25th of February on a massive scale. The fest was officially kicked off by the chief guest, DR Gautam Naresh, an honorary professor with Foundation for Public Economics and Policy Research, who gave a speech on urban issue and the financial management reforms in India. He was skeptical of the ‘smart city’ scheme introduced by the NDA Government. When asked about the policy of providing water for free till a certain limit, as exercised by the AAP Government, he said that it was okay, but only at a cost, that would have to be borne by people up the ladder. He also stated that Public Private Partnerships are the way forward for better public services. After the lecture and a ‘diya’ lighting ceremony, the events were started. The two day fest consisted of intense challenges and concepts that touch the subject of economics intricately. Each event tested abilities either in management, business acumen or current affairs.   IMG_20160224_122509_HDR Events like Young Managers, tested knowledge, teamwork and sales ability of the team whereas, events like Negocio tested the teams, ability to make create a brand, promote and advertise a new product on the spot. The winning team of Young Managers consisted of Kanika, Pratibha and Puneet from ARSD, while close in second position came Rishabh and Nishant from ARSD again. The winning team in Negocio consisted of a cross college team – Sanyam Aggarwal, Meghna Gandhi and Ankur Maharishi, while the second position was grabbed by Shubham Kalra and Divyanshu from Sri Aurobindo College (Eve.). Perhaps, the most creative event of fest, was Vertigo, where teams had to face multiple rounds, only to end in the sale of hard synthetic drugs like Cocaine, Heroin, Chrystal Methamphetamine etc. The winners in this event were Vishali Rawat and Himanshu Goyal from VIPS who came first, while Sonali Asri and Ashutosh from Motilal Nehru College bagged the second position.   Moot Point and Photonomics catered to a crowd, which enjoyed debates/group discussion and photography respectively. While Moot Point demanded the participants to discuss on issues like the Syrian War and Nationalism, participants of Photonomics were given the opportunity to click photographs pertaining to a topic. The winner of Moot point was Abhinav from IIMC while Ankur Maharishi from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College grabbed the second place. The winner of Photnomics was Sparsh Soni from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Ritika Sakhuja from MLNC came second and Arif from Shivaji College came third. IMG_20160224_132048_HDR Much like other departmental fests, Ecoverve also conducted Lights! Camera! Auction – an auctioning event. The winners were Vipul Dayma and Himanshu Modgil from MLNC, while close in second position was a cross college team consisting of Aayush, Ayushi and Nikunj. A Treasure Hunt event was also kept, which had three gruesome rounds. The winners were Satyam Gupta, Utkarsh Singh and Priti Kumar form MLNC, Prashant Thakur and Amit Yadav from ARSD grabbed the second place while Somveer Rawal and Nitish Yadav from MLNC bagged the third spot.   Sparkle Drive, a clothes donation campaign was also conducted in association with fulfilling dreams foundation in the college. Certain filler activites, like 7up-7 down and throwing the darts, was also conducted. The event was a crowded with participants, and turned out to be a huge success. When asked about what he gained from organizing such a fest, the president of the society, Harshit Bansal, a third year student said, “The sponsorships we generated were remarkable, the participation was good and the team worked extremely hard. I just want to leave a legacy for the future position holders of the society and educate them to be diligent and determined whenever they organize an event of this stature, especially because it has the reputation of being the best in the college.” Ishaan Sengupta [email protected]]]>

On 17th February, the Maths department, Affine, of Daulat Ram College put together its annual fest called SHOONYA’16. The day started off with the much awaited inauguration of the third edition of the department’s annual newsletter called “MathPunch”. The college’s Principal Dr.Savita Roy graced this event and encouraged the students for their future endeavours. Throughout the day, various competitions were lined up by the department.

Tattoo-making was an event where teams of two were allowed to participate. One of the team members had to design a tattoo on the other team member’s hand using mathematical symbols, terms or figures.   The winning team had participants, Nishtha and Lata from Daulat Ram College, Economics (H).

In the event Pictionary, a total of 39 teams participated and 6 teams made it to the finals. The team consisting Arnav Vats and Saksham Garg stood first, from Hindu college. And, Aakriti and Rajneet from Daulat Ram College stood second.

Tambola saw a participation of approximately 50 teams. The department improvised the game and announced a corresponding mathematical problem in place of the number. The participants had to solve the problem within 40 seconds and strike the number off their ticket. There were four prizes which were bagged by Pragati from Daulat Ram for a Full house, Purva and Bharti Sharma from Daulat Ram College for a First Row, Anisha and Mohit from St. Stephen’s for Second row and Ashna Singh from Daulat Ram College for Third row.

Treasure Hunt was another popular event and saw students enthusiastically running all around the campus. The team consisting Riya, Shivani, Shalu from Daulat Ram College came first and won a cash prize of Rs.3000.

There were various stalls where students tried their luck at games like Lucky 7, Hollywood TV Mania, Flip the Coin and made the day memorable for themselves.

“When the fest got over, I just got the feeling that all the hard work has finally paid off. SHOONYA’16 has made us all happy and proud. Thanks to the people who’ve contributed in making it a success and to those who had trust in us! Hail Affine!” said Shreya Arora, the President of the Maths Department, Daulat Ram College.