IP College for Women


The English Literary Society of Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW) organised a talk by Dr. Shirshendu Chakrabarti on 8th September,2016. The talk was based on the topic, “The Eighteenth Century City : The Insanity and the Insane”. It was chaired by the college principal, Dr. Babli Moitra Saraf, who is also a senior member of the English Department.

Dr. Saraf, while welcoming Dr. Chakrabarti introduced the audience to his credentials. Dr. Chakrabarti has been teaching in the English Department of St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi; for over 40 years, and is a globally known figure in the English Literature sphere. He has authored a book on Tagore called ‘Towards an Ethics and Aesthetics of the Future: Rabindranath Tagore 1930-41’. He has also written various scholarly articles on 18th century, and has now devoted himself to the study of Tagore.

The talk started by discussing the major aspects in which the city grew and attained modernity. He then talked about the reality of the 18th century, that is, the ‘Polarisation of the Polite and the Popular’. Under popular literature, he elaborated on the separation of ‘Sanity and Insanity, and how this idea of separation finds its space in the 18th century city. During the course of the talk, Dr. Chakrabarti made various references to London and the Shakespearean City. He further elaborated on the Shakespearean City and its social aspects. The talk moved further down in the discussion of squalor and crime in the 18th century city.

Towards the end, a question and answer session was held, in which the literature enthusiasts of the college and guest attendees delved into a deeper discussion of the subject. The gathering and members of the IPCW LitSoc then expressed their gratitude by a standing ovation and round of applause.

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With yet another academic session almost coming to an end at the University of Delhi, it is time to look back at the year that has gone by, before all of us get busy with semester examination preparation. Going by the thought, DU Beat brings to you its exclusive series ‘Colleges’ Round Up (2015-16)’, where we present the highlighting incidents of numerous DU colleges that took place over 2015 and 2016.  

So, go with the flow and view all what activities highlighted the near to end session at Indraprastha College for Women

From Kiran Bedi and Swara Bhaskar’s visit to getting the highest NAAC Score in DU, Indrapastha College for Women has had quite an eventful year.

Here’s an overview of all what happened at IP College, this session:


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The ecology club, Indraprastha College for Women organised its annual fest, Prakriti Bazaar 2016, on 12th February, 2016. As an effort to steer the youth to think about environmental conservation, it brought together a wide variety of eco-friendly product. Along with the colossal variety of handicrafts, accessories, stationery, among other things, the Mela also boasted of scrumptious food stalls. Added to the whole theme was live music and a pottery workshop.


More than 20 stall were put up, and NGOs like WWF, Muskaan, Beejom, Sarthak Prayas among others. Apart from that various craftsmen displayed their cultural products.  Tribes India sold a wide variety and sizes of bags, while craftpersons from Kolkata and Rajasthan sold accessories  and dupatta in tie and dye respectively, thereby bringing their culture to the fore.

The college has compost pit as an ongoing effort to contribute to waste management, and representatives from Aaram Compost were also present.



Among the food stalls, the one selling Litti Chokha stood apart. Other unconventional stalls included Handmade soaps and Bath gels by Krafty Organix and Kites by Umar Daraz Kite Maker. The diaries being sold at the stall by Action for Ability Development and Inclusion (AADI) were a major attraction.

Students from Enactus, Sri Venkateswara College, and Enactus, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce had also put up stalls. True to its spirit of environmental protection, even the decorations used are recycled waste paper, posters, pamphlets etc. The fest fascinated both the college students, staff and outsiders alike.


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Indraprastha College for Women organised a lecture on homosexuality recently which welcomed participants in huge numbers, including students from Miranda House and LSR. The Gender Sensitisation Committee in association with the Women Development Cell of the college invited speakers Dr. Akhil Katyal and Angana Sinha Ray to address students on the idea of visually defining homosexuals.

The talk began with a presentation by Dr. Akhil Katyal where he discussed the “roles protocols” that the society uses to recognize homosexuals.The idea he described was to visually apprehend and identify the homosexuals, thereby distinguishing them from the rest of the people. He established his point by drawing parallels from the contemporary world and elaborating the foundations of such judgements in the history of popular culture. He concluded his talk by debating the rationality of people in Law and Medical designing prototypes of a homosexual lifestyle and how the overarching moral code of our society still dictates our ideas of homosexuality.

The point was further elaborated by Miss. Angana, who is pursuing her final year of studies in Sociology from LSR. She opened her talk by discussing how the terms used to describe homosexuals are clinical and how India inherited this notion from the West. She describes how the society wishes to fit all its members into the normative design of this identity. It’s rare to grow up in an environment with representatives of the LGBTQ community and even rarer to see homosexuality portrayed on media screens in a tasteful manner. Owing in no small part of this, it has proven difficult to talk about homosexuality without the stereotypes attached to the concept. It is these stereotypes that form the foundations for visually configuring the homosexuals.

The discussion inspired several questions, a few of which dealt with the the effects and repercussions of this idea of visuality, the idea that the queer are distinguishable in their body language and intimate traits and can thus be seen as being different from the rest. While in reality, they are identical to the common populace and hence cannot really be “seen” as different from their peers. Not only does this divide needs policing but it’s time the society shed off the historically construed concept of a homosexual’s identity.

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Q. Congratulations on being elected the President of the Students’ Union! What piqued your interest in student politics?

When I was pursuing my primary education, I used to admire my seniors who worked for school events. Everything about it mesmerized me and the whole structure of managing work inspired me to take responsibilities. I am inspired by Gandhi ji’s words, “Be the change you want to see.” These words have motivated me to get up and take charge. After my school when I joined college my interest was multiplied when I saw immense opportunities here. So yes, the wings of power and roots of responsibility inspired me and increased my interest.

How does it feel to become the President of the college?

It’s a proud moment for me. In my first year this was an impossible thought for me but having really acquired this position, the whole scenario has changed and the extent to which I have become a confident person is colossal. But rank does not only confer privilege or give power, it also imposes great responsibility. So right now I have mixed feelings of happiness and responsibility.

What is the first thing you’ll be working on as the President of the Students’ Union?

There are lots of things which I want to work on. But for now I have thought of working on two main aspects. First, making cultural events more innovative and participative for all the students and secondly, making various processes and procedures smooth.

Being a president is a hard task- how do you plan on balancing your presidential responsibilities and academics?

Maintaining a balance is really important and difficult at the same time. But a leader has to do it and also knows how to do it. I will not plan long time tables and schedules but always try to give equal time to everything.  Not just to academics and extracurriculars,  I will try and do my best in all aspects of life. As they say, “Life will always get busy, make time to do the things you love.”

What do you think makes a Union successful, how do you plan to achieve it?

According to me, team-work makes a Union a hit or a flop. When a number of minds work together, they create an innovative success formula. I will motivate my team and will try to show them direction and a way in which their capabilities and talents can be utilized. I expect three things from my team, participation, team-work and enthusiasm to work for the betterment of the college.


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The annual fest of the Mass Media and Mass Communication department of Indraprastha College for Women – ‘Parampara’ was held on 3rd March and went on till the 8th. A national seminar was held on the 3rd comprising of several well known panelists from the media industry. The discussion comprised of two sessions, the topic for the first session was ‘New Challenges before Media in Democracy’. Mr. Anurag Batra, CEO Exchange for Media group was the chairperson as well as the keynote speaker. Amongst others were Sangeeta Malhan, former journalist and author of ‘The TOI Story’ and Anjali Bhardwaj, co-convener people’s RTI campaign. The topic for the second session was ‘Reporting from Conflict Zones’ and Kishalay Bhattacharjee, a former NDTV reporter of the Naxal movement was the chairperson. Preeti Mehra, associate editor of The Hindu and Ajith Pillai, former Correspondent for The Outlook were the speakers.

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The second day comprised of the student session which was chaired by the head of the department and Principal Ms. Babli Moitra Saraf. The topic was ‘Attitude of Media towards Nascent Horses in Politics’. Students presented on this topic and the session was enlightening. The topic was mainly interpreted in the AAP context and how media built their image.

In the second half of the day, several competitions were held. VJ Hunt was judged by RJ Abhilash from Fever 104 FM. The 1st prize went to Khyati Sharma and second to Sampada Jagga. Q-Mat, the quiz competition was won my Netijayata Mehendru and Arzoo Bhel.


Apart from these, the photography competition, Frame Politik had two themes Market and Emotions. The 1st prize in the Market category went to Sahil Ali and the 2nd prize was won by Abhishek Gupta. In the Emotion category, the first prize went to Akanksha Chitkara and the second one went to Sakshi Jaiswal.


Mise-en-scene, the movie screening event was inaugurated by the celebrated documentary writer Mr. Anand Patwardhan and his film ‘Jai Bhim Comrade’ was screened on 5th March, followed by an interactive session with him. 2 p.m. on wards, films made by students were screened. The fiction category was won by LV Prasad College and the second Position went to National Insititute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). The Non-Fiction category was won by Jamia Milia Islamia and second prize went to I.P. College. On the Spot film making was won by JIMS, Vasant Kunj.

The event ended with a talk by Mr. Nagesh Kukunoor and the screening of his film ‘Laxmi’ on 8th March. Having faced trouble with the censor board and being forced to delete many scenes and dialogues, he wanted his film seen uncut before it gets released in theatres. So he came to IPCW to get his message across to students. The movie was about a young girl Laxmi who was sold by her father and how she gets over hundred people caught by testifying against them.

The final day of the three-day annual fest of Indraprastha College for Women was abuzz with a lot of competitions and events lined up for the day that attracted many students from various colleges. Among these was a dance performance by Delhi Dance Fever (DDF) in the swimming pool area pf the college. DDF is a team formed by alumni of various colleges in Delhi University from different dance societies. They put up an energetic and well-coordinated performance which was quite a treat to watch.

Under the Fine Arts events, the Best Out Of Waste competition saw around 10 participants competing. A team of three which consisted of Deepshikha, Princy and Astha from the host college won the competition for ‘Best out of waste’. Just-A-Minute competition saw 10 participants for which the J.A.M master was Shriyam, a student from Hansraj College. The first prize winner was Nikita Shukla, the second winner was Surbhi Bhatia and third prize was taken by Caroline – all from IP College for Women.

For the star night, the Delhi-based progressive Sufi fusion band Rock Veda performed at the college ground. They engrossed the audience both with their original compositions and some popular Bollywood tunes. Their original work included songs like  Mere Maula and Baat Chalet, riveting the crowd at IPCW. They also engaged the listeners with some celebrated songs like Tum Hi Ho, Main Tenu Samjhawa etc.

Indraprastha College for Women’s quiz society organized an inter-college quiz competition as a part of their annual cultural fest Shruti.

Teams from colleges all over Delhi including St. Stephens College, AIIMS, Hansraj, Gargi and Ramjas participated in the competition. The competition also allowed cross institutional teams.

Out of the total number of 35 teams which participated in the competition, only 6 made it to the finals. The quiz was hosted by quiz master Shashank Mallik who has previously hosted many professional and cooperate quizzes including CBSE Heritage India quiz, cooperate quizzes at Maruti and WWF India.

Six teams made it to the finals including the cross team of IIT-D and St. Stephens, Hansraj, AIIMS and Gargi College. The first position was secured by the team of Sumit and Gaurav Anand from Zakir Hussain College and IIT D respectively. The team of Fardeen A. Mazumdar (St. Stephens), Mukund Marodia (St. Stephens) and Abhishek
(IIT D) got the second position.

“The level of competition was really high,” said Shashank Mallik, who conducted the quiz, “The cut-off was really close and teams won on difference of really less points.”

The second day of Shruti 2014, Indraprastha College for Women’s annual cultural fest saw many events like Debate, Dumb Charades and On-the-Spot Mobile Film Making lined up. One of them was Chauraha, the street play competition. All the top colleges including LSR, Hansraj, Khalsa participated in the event.

The event was disrupted due to heavy rains but nothing could dampen the participants’ spirits. The competition recommenced at a different venue after the rain subsided.

Chauraha was judged by Dr. Anupam Pauchauri and Mrs. Durga Sharma from the National School of Drama. Shivaji College’s street play Bas Samajhne Ki Baat Hai bagged the first prize while Gargi College’s Joota won the second position. JMC was awarded the popular choice award for their street play Gunaah Hai, Par Saza Nahi which focussed on the treatment of a rape survivor.

Another unique contest on Day 2 of Shruti was the Wall Painting competition. Students from Arts Faculty got a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize worth 3000 rupees as they were unopposed. They painted the wall in shades of grey black and blue and made it look beautiful.

Image Credit: Sakshi Jaiswal

One of the most popular events of Shruti, Indraprastha College for Women’s annual cultural fest on its second day was Wacky Feet, the Western Dance competition.  A total of twelve teams participated in the event including Hansraj, ARSD and GTBIT. Sri Venkateswara College’s Dance Society Verve bagged the first prize while Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and Northern India Engineering College were tied at second place.

“Venky showcased new styles as compared to others and had the best body work. Also, they used fewer props and danced more” said Manju Sharma, one of the judges of the event, when asked what made Venky stand out.  Later, the competition was disrupted by rains and the venue was shifted to the Sports Hall. “Rains worked in our favour as it’s easier to dance on a wooden floor,” said Charlie of Venky.

Wacky Feet was followed by Battle of Bands. The event was judged by Dr. Manchong and Mr. Malcom. Nine bands participated in the event and Clouds for Clay won the first position. In spite of bad weather conditions, the events were well organised and successful.

Featured Image: Charlie of Sri Venkateswara College’s Verve / Image Credit: Sakshi Jaiswal