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Various undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses may not begin this year in the University of Delhi (DU).

30 UG and PG courses that were to begin in about 20 colleges may not commence from this academic session. It has also been speculated that due to various technical difficulties, the admissions to regular courses would also be delayed further.

The Academic Council which had initiated this decision of introducing 30 courses in 20 colleges in the month of January this year, had approved to introduce the following courses in various colleges:

UG Courses                                                         

  1. B.A. (H): Bhim Rao Ambedkar College
  2. B.A. (H) Economics: Dyal Singh College(Eve), Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College                                
  3. B.A. (H) Philosophy: Hansraj College
  4. B.A. (H) Psychology: Lakshmi Bai College, Bhaskaracharya College
  5. B.A. (H) History: Dyal Singh College
  6. B.A. (H) Political Science:  Bhim Rao Ambedkar College
  7. B.A. (H) Hindi Journalism and Mass Communication: Jesus and Mary College
  8. Bsc Environmental Science: Vivekananda College, Indraprastha College

PG Courses                                                         

  1. M.A. English: Shri Gurunanak Dev College
  2. M.A. Hindi: Shri Venkateshwara College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College
  3. M.Sc. Operational Research: Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Keshav Mahavidyalaya

“The council has also approved ten more vocational courses in some colleges from the upcoming session,” Professor Hansraj Suman, a member of the Academic Council stated.

There has also been an increase in the number of seats in colleges; with the B.A. (Programme) seats being increased from 40 to 200 in Hansraj College in the next session. Aditi Mahavidhalaya has also increased the number of seats in B.Sc. (Programme) from 55 to 80. The college will also have 50 more additional seats for B.Com (H), the minutes of the council mentioned.      

Mr Suman further said that even though these courses have been approved, the admissions may have difficulties as the Principals of these colleges have not been able to appoint teaching faculties. However, it is mandatory for the colleges to run these courses from the next academic session. He further added that the colleges can take loan from the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA), if needed, to pay the new teachers.     

“It’s terrible news because the competition for Operational Research (OR) has always been very high. The introduction of more seats would have surely helped with making it into the course more easily.” Joel Mathew, a student who has been preparing for the entrance test for OR said. This news has surely been a blow to entrance aspirants with respect to the PG course.


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In a complex situation that sees no end in near future, Dyal Singh (Morning) College stays in confusion.

Delhi University’s Dyal Singh (Morning) College, has been contesting in an unending rift. Reportedly, after joining the college on Friday following a court order, principal Inderjeet Singh Bakshi found his office door locked on Monday, 18th December, again.

Reportedly, the office was sealed late on Sunday night with a note from the officiating chairperson of the governing body(GB), Surajit Dasgupta, stating that it could be opened only after GB gets the order and takes a decision.

To go back a few months into the history of the incident, Bakshi was sent on leave in September by the then GB chairman, Amitabh Sinha, alleging financial irregularities. His office was sealed then.

The principal had sought aid from the Delhi high court and had effectively enforced the GB order to be stayed, with legal aid. “I even worked on Saturday. But late at night on Sunday, I was informed that two students and private guards had entered the college by climbing the gate and sealed my office,” said Bakshi later, who filed a complaint with the local police against the guards and also informed Delhi University.

“I waited for almost two hours. Then in the presence of my staff, the lock was broken and I entered the office.” said Bakshi.

Two academic council members, Pankaj Garg and Ramananda Mayanglambam, have written to VC Yogesh Tyagi against Dasgupta, saying the post of the officiating chairman does not exist as per the ordinance and the statue of DU. However, Dasgupta claimed that in the absence of the chairman, the treasurer officiates.

As students prepare for the upcoming semester, it remains to be seen how the college authorities handle this delicately confusing situation.

With inputs from The Times of India.

DU Beat tried contacting faculty members but they were unavailable for a comment.


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Kartik Chauhan

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Dyal Singh College faces a big administrative crisis as the Principal’s office gets sealed over ongoing probe on financial and administrative irregularities.


Dyal Singh College, faces a big crisis as a part of the ongoing tussle between the Principal and the Chairman. It all started when, on September 24, 2018, Governing Body [GB] chairman Mr. Amitabh Sinha issued an order, sending the Principal on a ‘long leave’. The reason stated was alleged him of being guilty for the financial and administrative irregularities. The Principal, I.S. Bakshi was charged with serious allegations regarding the state of financial and administrative irregularities and was asked to avoid visiting campus during the inquiry against him. Despite the notice, Bakshi has been continued coming to college, chiding the allegations as “illegal” with mala fide intentions.

The tussle grew stronger when the Chairman overturned the decision of the college’s Election Committee to cancel the election of Rohan Awana, an ABVP member, as president.

Things escalated as Mr. Sinha sealed his office on Friday, claiming it had been occupied ‘without authority’. The Principal also received a letter from the college’s bank stating that no transactions will be processed with his signature, as they have been mandated by the GB to conduct all official transactions through the officiating or the acting principal.

In a letter addressed to the chairman dated October 10th 2018, the branch manager of State Bank of India, Lodhi Road stated that the appointment of the acting principal should be done in accordance with the prescribed guidelines of the Ordinance XVIII which states that in absence of the Principal, the vice-principal will act as the principal, and in the vice-principal’s absence, the most-senior teacher will take over the administration and financial duties. This stands for colleges other than those that are maintained by the Government Of India.

According to a report in Jagran Josh, the tussle between the Principal and Chairman is reportedly causing financial losses to employees. DSC teachers’ Association’s president PK Parihar stated that the money is not being transferred into their PF account because of which they are losing interest and the medical reimbursement of all, especially the pensioners, is under threat.

Following the sealing of the office, Bakshi will be allowed inside the college campus only after the convener of the inquiry committee, Mr. OP Malik, retired IPS officer and DGP, provides written information, according to recent sources on the issue.

Sources: The Indian Express, Jagran Josh

Feature Image Credits:  The Hindu, image of the notice from the college’s official website


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In an infamous event from Dyal Singh College, students and teachers were denied entry to their college and subsequently, some were beaten up.

On Monday, 24th September 2018, hundreds of students and some teachers of Dyal Singh College (DDC) were left stranded on Lodhi Road, having been denied entry into their college by private security guards. Amidst chaos and confusion, some students started protesting and a male teacher was beaten up.

This lockdown was the result of a suspension of all classes and administrative work declared by Amitabh Sinha, the Governing Body Chairman of the College. A meeting was scheduled by him to review the nullification of the presidency of the newly elected Students Union President Rohan Awana (allegedly from ABVP) by the Election Committee after it was discovered that he didn’t follow the code of conduct. A firsthand witness and student from DDC said, “The professors who contested the suspension against the Principal’s order were attacked by our college union”.

The request for the aforementioned General Body Meeting was denied by the Principal of the College, Dr. IS Bakshi, who confirmed that he has received several emails from Amitabh Sinha for the same. In one such email, he asked Dr. Bakshi to immediately put up a notice, “To avoid any serious situation, all academic, non-academic, and any other type of activities were instructed to be suspended for both colleges. Unfortunately, I have been told that the order to suspend classes on 24th September has not been put in the public/college domain by you”.

Dr. IS Bakshi, responded, “The decision to nullify the election of President was solely based on documentary evidence of the violation of the code of conduct and not on an ideological basis. The normal functioning of the college cannot be suspended for a GBM meeting,” Following this, he has been accused of serious allegations of administrative and financial irregularities and the Governing Body will be launching an inquiry to the matter.

Later that day, the current college Principal Dr. IS Bakshi was suspended and asked to hand over the keys to Principal of Dyal Singh Evening College, Dr. Pawan Kumar, who would be taking charge of the Dyal Singh Morning College. On the bright side for Dr. Bakshi, a student from Dyal Singh College said “We are all supporting the Principal”, implying the common sentiment amongst students.

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On September 21st, Principal Pawan K Sharma, Dyal Singh Evening College received a notification from the Executive Council stating the approval for the evening college to become a morning college. The decision to rename the college is being opposed by the government.

In a meeting held in November, the Governing Body of Dyal Singh College decided to rename the evening college to Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya once it is converted to a full-time morning college. This decision was taken into consideration due to the fact that Dyal Singh College (morning) already exists and the first evening college in University of Delhi set up in 1958, i.e, Dyal Singh College (evening) will have to be renamed.

On Tuesday, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Prakash Javedekar informed the Upper House of the Parliament of India that the decision to change the name of Dyal Singh College (evening) has been put on hold. This issue had been raised in the Zero Hour of Rajya Sabha, where Naresh Gujral, a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) party politician, representing the state of Punjab in Rajya Sabha stressed that even though the name “Vande Mataram” does evoke patriotism among the public, the decision to change the name of a minority institution is a direct assault on the feelings of Sikhs. He also branded this decision to be unfortunate and condemned it. In his speech, he called for the managing committee to be replaced instantaneously. “Majithia had sacrificed his life and possessions to improve the state of education in the country. He had set up several schools and colleges, including one in Lahore”, Gujral said.

The college has been named after Sardar Dyal Singh Manjithia, the first freedom fighter of Punjab, founder of The Tribune and Punjab National Bank. Manjithia set up an education trust in 1895 to help set up a “true secular college” which helped lay the foundation of Dyal Singh College in Delhi University.

In response to this issue raised by Naresh Gujral, HRD Minister Prakash Javedekar emphasised that the decision to change the name of the college had not been taken by the government and that the Centre does not approve of it. He said that they have asked that the decision should be withheld forthwith, and an immediate meeting must be convened about this pressing matter. The minister added that Delhi University has been informed about the same.


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Bhavya Banerjee

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The BJP-backed National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF) on 23rd September, 2017 filed a police complaint against Asst. Prof. Kedar Kumar Mandal for allegedly writing offensive content about the Hindu Goddess Durga.

Assistant Professor of Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi faced flak for insulting Goddess Durga  in his post on Facebook. On 22nd September, DU Professor Kedar Kumar Mandal’s post on Facebook read, “Durga is the very much sexy prostitute in Indian mythology”.  A case has been registered under Section 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Lodhi Colony Police Station by the BJP-affiliated teachers’ group National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF) on Sunday against him.

Mandal had posted the controversial post on 22nd September at around 6.43 PM which he later deleted. His remark invited the ire of students’ organisations like Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) who have demanded the immediate dismissal of the Professor.

Source: ScoopWhoop
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The ABVP asked students to boycott Mandal’s classes. “We demand suspension of this person who has no respect for religious sentiments of Hindus as well as dignity of women. Such a person, if allowed to continue as a teacher, will only spread hatred amongst students,” said Saket Bahuguna, national media convener of ABVP, in a statement to Hindustan Times.

IS Bakshi, Principal of Dyal Singh College, said he had not received any complaint. Bakshi said Mandal is an assistant professor in the Hindi department. No contact has yet been established with Prof. Mandal.

The controversial remark comes at a times when the entire Hindu community is busy celebrating  the auspicious nine sacred days of Navratri which is celebrated with fervour over India and is dedicated to the Goddess Durga and her Nine avatars.


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Oorja Tapan

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The Economics Department of Dyal Singh College (Morning), University of Delhi organised Eco-Solstice 2016. The event was a perfect amalgamation of art, poetry, business and economics. From poets to leaders, it had something for everyone.

The Economics Department of Dyal Singh College (Morning), University of Delhi, organised Eco-Solstice on 25th October, 2016. With the motto of – ‘Unplug. Unleash. Unwind’, it asked the audiences to ‘unplug’ their mind in order to ‘unleash’ their creative, analytical and logical powers to achieve one’s goals. However, it did stress on the need to ‘unwind’ once a in while and eliminate stress for a better mental health.

The event kick-started with a conference which saw various delegates from economics departments of about six Delhi University colleges gather together. This conference’s main focus was to bring to the table, the common obstacles faced by economics departments across varsity. From failures to achievements, everything was discussed and new ideas were pitched in to tackle possible problems in the future and meaningful collaborations were discussed. On being questioned, a delegate from PGDAV said, “We can’t restrict ourselves to being concerned about our particular colleges. We have to work together as a University and conferences like these which help us to be better together.

The next event was Quizzer’s Dilemma held in collaboration with Cognitio – The Debating and Quizzing Society of DSC (M). This economics and business based quiz was won by the team of Tushar Anand (Ramjas College) and Gokul S. (ARSD College). The second position was clinched by students of Department of Anthropology, DU – Abhishek Mishra and Rabin Jacob.

Next in line were talks by two eminent people. First, Mr. R.K. Dubey, Ex-chairman and Managing Director of Canara Bank who took to stage to talk about the leadership and essential qualities of a leader. He said, “Crux of leadership is acceptance of responsibility and efficient communication among the leader and the team.” This talk was followed by Mr. Rohit Ranjan, director-Internship and fellowship program, Art of living. He spoke at length about stress elimination and proper time management in order to lead a fruitful life. According to him, we shouldn’t “live with ‘I know’ attitude, instead, have the zeal to keep learning and evolving”. He also gave an advice to overcome peer pressure.

Last event of the day was a slam poetry session by the spoken word poetry collective – Slip of Tongue (SoT). The performances by SoT members – Diksha Bijlani, Cheryl Mukherji, Somesh Thapliyal and Prateek Pandey hit a chord with the audience who were completely mesmerized with their solo and duet performances. From ‘love stories more fragile than paper-towns’ to ’resurrection of the wonder-woman’, they touched themes of love, bisexuality, ambitions and atheism through their simple words which left the audience asking for more. Additionally, Eco-Solstice had a photography exhibition which displayed photos clicked by the member of Stobe – The Photography Society of Economics Department of DSC (M).

Image Credits: Strobe – The Photography Society of Economics Department of DSC (M)

Nidhi Panchal

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Dyal Singh College of University of Delhi (DU) has become the first varsity college to be powered up by solar energy. The Ministry of New and Renewable Resources (MNRE) and Solar Energy Corporation of India were instrumental in helping in the installation of Solar Panels in the college. This solar power project is being carried out in two phases of 100KW (kilo watt) each. The first phase with 100KW solar panels was completed with inspection on 16th April, 2016. The cost of this first phase was 62 lakh with 15% subsidy.

According to the college authorities, by using these solar panels there will be a 30% decrease in the electricity bill of the college per month. Also, this solar plant is being used according to ‘Net Metering System’ through which the energy generated by this plant is first used by the college and if surplus is left then, it is sold to BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL). Since, the college is not open throughout the year and some days the electricity consumption is less, the electricity generated on such days will be straight away sold to BRPL. Therefore, it is estimated that within 3 years the cost of installing this 100KW solar plant (62 lakh) would be reimbursed by the college.

The second phase of this 200KW solar project would materialize in future with which the college would become self-sufficient to fully power up the college without any help from BRPL. “As human beings we need to be conscious of our responsibility towards planet Earth. The temperature of entire world is increasing rapidly and all of us are responsible in contributing to it. We are endangering the future and existence of life on our planet. We thought of installing solar panels in our college to be eco-friendly and do our bit to save environment,” said I.S. Bakshi, Principal of Dyal Singh College, DU.

But, this is not the only environment-friendly initiative taken by the college. In addition to solar panels, the college is building an affluent-treatment plant. The chemical waste from the chemistry labs has been damaging the water supply system and polluting the water with heavy metals and harmful chemicals. Through this affluent treatment plant all the chemical waste would first treated for the heavy metals and chemicals before going in water system.

The third step taken by the college is the IGL gas connectivity in all the chemistry labs and canteen. Through this the college would be not be prone to PNG gas cylinder accidents. Lastly, with the construction of the new science block, the college would build a rain water harvesting plant to conserve water. Thus, soon Dyal Singh College would be the most eco-friendly college of varsity and of India too.


Nidhi Panchal

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The department of English and the English literary society of Dyal Singh College (Morning) organised their annual English seminar on the topic – “Early European nationalisms and their postcolonial manifestations: literary explorations” on April 4 and 5, 2016.

Day 1 of the seminar began with the introduction of the theme, followed by the first session in which the first lecture was on “Tudor historiography and nation state in early modern England” by Mr. Rudrashish Chakrabarty, an assistant professor in the English department of Kirori Mal College. The lecture focused on how nationalism was not just a 19th century phenomenon in Europe but was also seen during the Tudor Dynasty rule. The second lecture on the topic of nationalism and internationalism by Mr Tanvir Aeijaz, an associate professor from the Political Science department of Ramjas College, took the discussion on nationalism and nation-state forward.

The second and the third sessions consisted of paper presentations on various topics.

The first session on the second day of the seminar began with a lecture on “Rabindranath Tagore and a critique of Indian nationalism”. The lecture was quite engaging with its critique on the nationalism of sloganeering, and how such nationalism makes the nation state more important than its people. This was followed by a lecture on the topic “Stated absolute, absolute state: Hegel’s philosophy and the cult of the state” by Dr Manish Sharma, associate professor of English and Philosophy, BML Munjal University. The last lecture of the session was on Latin American nationalisms by Professor Vibha Maurya from the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi.

There were several paper presentations in the second session, followed by a discussion on the Syrian migration crisis, the absence and marginalisation of ‘queer’ in literature, and the caste – based reservation system.

“It was an extremely enriching seminar for both the teachers and the students. The idea behind organising such a seminar is to provide students with fresh perspectives and new ideas that go beyond the prescribed syllabus, and yet help their course work as well. All the speakers contributed to this process immensely and we are extremely grateful to them for having delivered such thought – provoking lectures. We would like to continue this tradition in the coming years as well,” said Dr. Yamini, an assistant professor from the Department of English of Dyal Singh College.

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Nidhi Panchal

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The Department of Economics organised Ecowaves 2016 – the 17th edition of the Annual Economics Festival of Dyal Singh College (Morning) on 10th and 11th March, 2016. Mr Raj Vikas Verma – member (Finance), PFRDA and Mr. Neeraj Jain – an IAS officer and former Senior Advisor to the Asian Development Bank were the chief guests for this festival, who spoke on “Financial Sector: Challenges and Opportunities” and “Economic Policy Theory and Practice”. Day 1 started with Stock Eye – a mock-stock competition overseen by the Bombay Stock Exchange. The Last Firm Standing required the participants to tackle real world crisis situations amidst time crunch and was won by Anshul Aggarwal from Jamia Milia Islamia. The last competition of Day 1 was Unpossible Find Muck, a treasure hunt spread across two days. Winning teams were from Dyal Singh College (M) and Manav Rachna International College. Day 2 of Ecowaves 2016 started with Tragedy of the Uncommons – a debating type competition with two rounds. In the first round the participants presented the relevance of the ideas and theories of the economist allotted to them in the contemporary world. The second round of this competition was a moderated GD on the topic – ‘In the wake of colossal non-performing assets, the public sector banks should be de-nationalised’. Arihant Kothari of Hindu College bagged the first position. Quizzer’s Dilemma – predominantly an economics quiz and Marketing Midas – a case study competition followed. Ecowaves 2016 ended with Ecomystery – Clash of the Champions in which, all the winners of the 6 events came together to fight for the title of ‘Master of Ecowaves 2016’. Anshul Aggarwal from Jamia Milia Islamia, who also happened to win positions in two more competitions, defeated his opponents in four rounds ranging from policy making to fun events like interjections, to lift the grand Ecomystery Cup. This two day fest also had a photo exhibition by Strobe – The photography society of Economics Department in which more than 450 photographs were displayed. – Nidhi Panchal [email protected] Image credits: Strobe – The photography society of Economics Department, Dyal Singh College (M).]]>