Even the most beautiful journeys can have the most sudden and abrupt endings. And my journey with DUB is the best example here!

It was in July 2018, the orientation ceremony of DUB took place. I was sitting alone in a corner, leaning on the wall of a room full of about some 50  strangers. Nervous and hesitant to interact with any new face, with this I began a new journey of my life and perhaps the most important one!

College life can be very difficult for some, and I was no different. However, DUB has been the most tender companion to embark on this bittersweet journey with. Over the months, my love for this place has only grown deeper. From being a naive, nervous kid, I got to head a team of my own and make a small family under the umbrella of this big, fat joint family.

DUB has always been known for its people. And the opportunity to share a table with the Delhi university’s best and the finest writers, photographers, managers, and designers, was something only DUB could have given. But it’s the quality of work that these people create together, makes DUB known and stand out among the slab.

And now, when my journey with DUB Is ending, I have nothing else than immense gratitude for everyone I’ve worked within DUB, and a huge bundle of memories that I shall reminiscent over the coming years of my life.

Ending this beautiful journey, especially in these tough circumstances, makes this challenge even harder than its nature. However, a quote that I live by, “finding aesthetics in times of crisis” shall be the attitude, as despite many unventured paths, it was one delightful journey.

So, if I got to go back, and have a conversation with that nervous kid that I was once, I would only tell her to hold on to each moment, stay a little more late at the Monday meetings, attend more fest coverages, create more graphics and enjoy every bit of it, cause eventually, when all of this will be over, she’s going to love and cherish this journey till ducks start barking or forever! And who knows if she’ll get a chance to give a goodbye hug to everyone or not.

Signing Off,

Sanjana Sanehi

Head of Design 2019-2020


University students, teachers and admin steps out in silent protest against non-appointment of the Hindi HoD.


On 18th October, Friday, the administration, teachers and students of Delhi University stepped out wearing black bands in a silent protest against the delay in the appointment of the Head for the Hindi Department. The post for the same has been vacant since the 19th of September when the former head’s tenure ended. 

The absence of the HoD has led to multiple complications not only regarding issues with the researchers but also causing a delay in the announcement of dates for M.Phil and PhD admissions, despite the issue of notification.

This position has been vacant for almost a month now since two proficient members of the department- Professor Sheoraj Singh Bechain and Professor K.N. Tripathi, have demanded claim for the said post, both refusing to back off. The question of seniority arose within this given situation.

The teachers and students demanded the appointment of Professor Bechain as the new HoD. Professor Bechain is the senior-most member of the Hindi faculty. He is one of the few Dalit professors in the University of Delhi. He has written multiple books on anti-caste and Dalit literature including Samajik Nyay Aur Dalit Sahitya and Mera Bachpan Mere Kandhon Par, and has also been awarded by the Hindi Academy of both Madhya Pradesh and Delhi governments. 

It must be noted that no Dalit professor has been appointed as an HoD in the past 70 years in the Delhi University. This has given rise to numerous questions alleging the University of exercising discriminatory practices against the Dalit community. As a result, the teachers and students stepped out in a silent protest march from the Arts Faculty to the Vice Chancellor’s Office demanding appointment of Professor Bechain as HoD in “the interest of social justice”.

Feature Image Credits: DU Beat Archives

Aditi Gutgutia
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