Jesus and Mary College


Minds racing, heartbeats increasing, adrenaline flowing, and an immense amount of love for quizzing in the air!

Such was the scene at Jesus and Mary College, on 28th August 2018.

The Commerce Association of Jesus and Mary College along with Curiosus, the Quiz Society, in collaboration with JIMS Kalkaji, organised the biggest business quiz of the year, Comquest’18.

The Chief Guest for the event was Mr. K K Sharma, Senior Advocate Supreme Court and the Guest of Honour was Ms.Urvashi Agarwal, Partner KPMG.

With more than 500 registrations this year, the quiz was more competitive than ever before, and our beloved quizmaster, Mr. Adittya Nath  Mubayi, from Quizcraft Global, left no stone unturned to leave all the participants’ thoughts provoked.

The event started sharp at 10 a.m., and after the preliminary round, only 6 teams qualified for the finals. The final round tested the participants in each sphere, to make sure only the best wins the business management quiz. The rounds included tests on general knowledge, facts, logic, as well as audio and visuals. The adrenaline in the room when the buzzers were pressed and when each team gained or lost points just cannot be explained in words. The audience was also quite active throughout the quiz and was awarded prizes for the same.

The 1st position in the quiz was secured by Jayant Verma and Mayukh Nair. They were awarded a prize of ?20,000, along with winning trophies.

Rajeev Singh and Ishaan Watts secured the 2nd position, winning a cash prize of ?10,000 as well as the trophies.

All the participants displayed great respect and love for quizzing, which is why each year the event is organised, and is better than before.

This year indeed, Comquest was bigger and better in every sense!



It’s been over a decade now and the vogue of ‘add-on’ certificate courses offered at Delhi University’s Colleges and Centres still dominates. The trend started with just couple of course at S.G.T.B. Khalsa College and Miranda House around 2006. Today, more than half-a-dozen of DU Colleges offers vocational and skill-based certificate courses that are open to all (with no concerns over class 12th marks).

With limited seats available in full-time regular courses, the students aspiring to study in DU can also consider to enroll in these pocket-friendly certificate courses which hold market value. The classes for such certificate courses are usually held after regular college hours making it convenient for a full-time student from DU or other universities to pursue the certificate courses simultaneously.

From becoming an actor, filmmaker, photographer to a digital marketing expert, DU has got it all. Popular courses to enroll are at Hansraj College that offers add-on courses in Acting, Filmmaking, Mass Communication, Advertising, Radio Jockeying, Anchoring & Television Journalism.

Next in the league are Jesus & Mary College (JMC), Bharati College & Kalindi College that offers courses in Media Studies, Advertising & Marketing, Photography, Films & TV Production, Direction and Photojournalism. Except at JMC, all other colleges programs are co-educational in natures.

Other skill based programs offered by Campus of Open Learning includes Digital & Social Media Marketing, Theatre Acting, Fine Arts, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Animation (2D & 3D).

The admissions for 2018 session are now open and direct (on first-come-first-served basis). Forms and details can be obtained by visiting the respective campus or from their official websites. Students may also contact or WhatsApp their queries at helpline number 09312237583.

Information Sources:

Hansraj College (DU), North Campus, Malka Ganj, Delhi


Jesus & Mary College (DU), Chanakyapuri, Delhi


Kalindi College (DU), East Patel Nagar, Delhi


Campus of Open Learning (DU), Keshav Puram, Delhi


Bharati College (DU), Janak Puri, Delhi


A second-year student of Economics from Jesus and Mary College, Antara Rao, starred in a short film, Asthi, that got selected in Court Métrage (Short Film Corner) at the Cannes Film Festival 2018. DU Beat interviews her as she shares her experience of starring in the film and how she looks forward to spending her time in Cannes. Here are some excerpts from the chat: 

Q. How was your experience of starring in the short film? What is it about?

The film was shot for a week in January this year. My dad (Dinkar Rao, fimmaker of Asthi) told me about the concept of this movie – it’s about a girl who is struggling to let go of her mother’s ashes, and I really thought it was a novel idea. The character I portrayed goes by herself to Haridwar and begins looking at things the way her mother would have looked and felt. There’s a sort of silence attached to everything that she’s doing, and in fact in the 15-minute version there’s hardly any dialogues. Because of the theme and silence, you can see the contemplation in her head.

The shooting took place in Haridwar – in the marketplace, the ghats, and the river. The weather was really good, the winter was wearing off, it was neither too cold nor too hot, and the river was very clean at this point.

I also met an astrologer and I was so fascinated as they seemed to have records of every person who has existed. I got to explore Indian culture on a very grassroot level.

Q. Since when have you been interested in theatre? Do you have any plans of pursuing it in the future?

I did a play last year of a girl based in Kashmir, who wanted to do MBA but couldn’t because of the curfew situation. In the past, I joined a training course by Barry John. Plus, my dad is a filmmaker, so I know what film acting is like. I’ve done acting in a few films in school as well. I’m generally very interested in arts like philosophy and journalism which require people-oriented skills. Acting and filmmaking is something that I definitely want to pursue.

Q. What do you think about the culture of filmmaking in Delhi University? What can be done to improve it?

Filmmaking is still a niche concept in DU and enough people don’t do it. The kind of exaggeration that is often present in theatre is not as important in filmmaking, and subtlety plays a major role here. Theatre is important in the sense that there’s an experience we need to have beyond digital media. Since we spend so much time on our phones, theatre is real in a certain sense, but in filmmaking, you can communicate nuances effortlessly. It’s a beautiful art form but sadly there aren’t many platforms for people to explore and offer themselves to filmmaking.

Generally, just giving permissions to film screening every week would help a lot. Events should be arranged and encouraged by college authorities and there should be a filmmaking society in each college. As soon as there are more people involved, more competitions come up. A lot more sponsorship can arise from filmmaking as unlike debating filmmaking is more statics – it doesn’t end in an hour and the digital footprint of what you’ve done is always there.

Q. Is the environment in JMC supportive of your ambitions and projects?

College does tend to be a little strict with attendance but they do give ECAs if you represent a society. Teachers encourage extracurricular activities a lot. The kind of environment in JMC is of a very diverse crowd – everyone has different worldviews, perspectives, and ideologies, and you explore different things through others. I prefer a somewhat academic-oriented environment with seriousness and I like the fact that my college somewhere in the middle. I’m confident that the college authorities will be cooperative in case I plan on going for long breaks of absence for shoots.

Q. You’ve grown up with filmmaking since your dad is a filmmaker. How has it shaped you as a person over the years?

My dad made this film called Black Widow – it’s about a woman who takes up prostitution after riots. She was gang raped, she had no money, her daughter was killed, and this is one of the very real stories that actually happened. The kind of tolerance about people’s experiences without moral judgment comes a lot from the way my dad makes films himself. It has changed the way I look at life, and more than anything else, helped me appreciate the art of filmmaking and storytelling. I’m not very fond of standard films which have nothing to do with emotions. The kind of art that I value has an actual story rather than being a mindless repetition of people who perform and those who watch it.

Q. What do you look forward to in Cannes the most?

A film that my dad made and I edited got selected among four other nominations for the India International Film Festival in the Work in Progress lab. There, I saw how people talk to each other, what sort of things are important in filmmaking, and what critics consider when they review films. It really opened me up and I wasn’t so star-struck once I got back from there.

Cannes is definitely a huge-scale festival. I’m looking forward to meeting different filmmakers, companies, seeing a variety of good art in every sphere, and learn filmmaking in the coming weeks. I’m also looking forward to the country, the culture, the place, and I’m looking forward to dressing up obviously.


Vijeata Balani

[email protected]

The second day of Montage 2018 began on a musical note with Swaraangan, the Indian Musical Choir competition of Jesus and Mary College. Shri Onkar Nath of Indore Gharana judged the competition.  Alaap of Sri Venkateswara College bagged the first position followed by Sangeetika of Kamala Nehru College and Swaranjali of Hansraj College were declared the first and the second runners-up respectively. All the colleges in the competition captivated the audience with their melodies. In the Bollywood Solo Singing Competition “Afreen”, Purvi Chaturvedi of Kamala Nehru College won the first prize. Deepayan Mukherjee of Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology and Shayan Chatterjee of Shri Ram College of Commerce secured the second and the third positions respectively.

Beaux Arts held a 3D Jewellery Making competition and Nabyah Hafeez and Jasjot Kaur from Dyal Singh College (Morning) won a cash prize of INR 2000.

Annual General Quiz 2018 was organised by Curiosus, the Quiz Society of JMC. Adittya Nath Mubayi was the quiz master for the day. After several preliminary rounds and final rounds, Tushar Anand and Akash Verma were announced as the winners.  Vishesh Balani and Aditya Barthwal as second runners-up, and Sushain Ghosh and Duttnath Thakur came third.

Amidst all the competitiveness of dance and street plays, Sunny Mugs Poetry Club organised a creative Slam Poetry Competition to drown the moods of Montage into melancholy and imagination. Themes of loneliness, love, parental rejection, and lack of acceptance in the society underplayed all the poems. The judges Aditi Angiras and Vikramaditya Sahai announced Isha from Ambedkar University, Kanika Ahuja from Dyal Singh College, and Soumya Vats from Hansraj College as the winners of first, second, and third positions.

The highlight of the day was Chimera, the choreography competition hosted by Western Dance Society of JMC. Exquisite performances by Hindu College, Gargi College, Kirori Mal College, Sri Venkateswara College, and Lady Shri Ram College for Women among others on the themes of gender binaries, illiteracy, sins of life, etc. added charm to the event. Judges Benjamin Jacob and Himanshu Sharma announced Sparx of Gargi College as the winner. Terpsi Chorean of Hansraj College grabbed the second prize.

If the western dance competition wasn’t enough, the audience was treated to a one of a kind event called Delhi Dance Fever. The first round was the auction round. Teams bid for dancers from other colleges and performed with props given to them such as lathis, wipers, badminton rackets. The songs were each better than the other with classic Bollywood songs such as ‘Nimbooda’, ‘Kajra Re’ to pop songs like ‘Havana’,  ‘Strip that Down’, and ‘Young Dumb & Broke’. The next round will be held in March, along with a wildcard entry.

Playback singer and music composer Nakash Aziz of ‘Highway’ and ‘Rockstar’ fame ignited the stage with evergreen Bollywood hits such as ‘Humma’,  ‘Badtameez Dil’, and R. D. Burman’s ‘Bachna Ae Hasino’. It was a treat to witness him engaging with the crowd as he swooned to the spunky number ‘Om Shanti Om’. His versatility was on display as he effortlessly switched over to newer Bollywood hits such as ‘Pyaar ki Pungi’ and ‘Ilahi’. With this JMC’s Annual Cultural Fest Montage 2018 drew its curtains.


Feature Image Credits: Surabhi Khare for DU Beat.

Radhika Boruah ([email protected])

Oorja Tapan ([email protected])

Raabiya Tuteja ([email protected])

Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak ([email protected])

Anukriti Mishra ([email protected])

Prachi Mehra ([email protected]


Montage’18, the annual cultural fest of Jesus and Mary College (JMC) was inaugurated by Sister Rosily, Principal and Sister Lawrence, Superior General of the college. The lighting of the lamp ceremony was initiated by the sisters and the teachers followed while Tarannum, the Indian Music Society of JMC, performed on the stage and then the fest declared open by the Student Union.

Ashwamedh, the theatre society of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) kick-started Stagecraft, the stage play competition, in the presence of Gaurav Gautum and Udit Goel of Theatre Leela Acting Studio. Ashwamedh of NSIT, Ibtida of Hindu College, Pratibimb of Delhi Technological University, and Fourth Wall Productions of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS) showcased stories on themes ranging from identity, obsession, insanity, a cycle of life, and rivalry. Ibtida of Hindu College won the prize and cash money of INR 10000. The best male actor award was given to Akshay Raheja of SSCBS and female actor went to Devanshi Khanna of Hindu College respectively.

The most coveted, insightful, and fun-filled event of the day, Awaaz ’18 was hosted by Kahkasha, Hindi Dramatics Society of JMC. Various dramatics societies of the colleges from all over the University of Delhi participated in the Nukkad Natak competition. The underlying themes of all the street play ranged from issues of Islamism, third gender, body-shaming to rape, depression, and education among others. The first prize was bagged by DramaNomics, the Theatre Society of  College of Vocational Studies, whose heart-wrenching performance on ‘rape’ shook the audience. Lady Shri Ram College for Women finished second performing on the crucial issue of ‘Body-Shaming’.   Abhivyakti, the dramatics society of Indraprastha College for Women, was awarded consolation prize for their special performance on the theme of ‘Body-Shaming’.

Nrityanjali, the Indian dance society of JMC organised Adaa, the staging of solo and folk (group) dances. The judges invited to the competition were Nandita Kalaan Mehra, a professional Bharatnatyam dancer, and Hemant Guru Maharaaj, a professional wizard of heterogenous dance forms. Commencing the solo dance competition with her incredible depiction of Lord Ganesha, Nandita from Hansraj College lit up the stage with intriguing steps of the Bharatnatyam fold.  A little while later, Anjana from JDMC  impressed the audience as she swayed and whirled in her violet Bharatnatyam costume coupled with gold zari embroidery design. Setting the stage ablaze with a fiery spirit, Raghav from Sri Venkateswara College put forth a breathtaking rendition of the ancient dance form of Kathak. The first position in the solo dance competition was bagged by Nimisha Devi from Janki Devi Memorial College (JDMC). Priya Das from Maitreyi College, who performed Kathak, took away the second position. There was a tie for the third position, bagged by Raghav from Hansraj College and Nandita from JDMC, who had charmed the audience with her Bharatnatyam dance performance.

Engaging the audience in their aesthetic rendition of the Bihu dance, the team from Kamla Nehru College was the curtain-raiser for the group dance competition of Montage. Following this, the team from Hindu College enthralled all those present in the auditorium with their exquisite Chauu Dance, a folk dance form originating in Odisha. Combining elements of tremendous kinetic fury and very fast foot-work with mellowed elegance, the dancers displayed beguiling movements with sword and shield in hands. Mesmerizing the audience with their arresting Khoriya Nritya, a folk dance from Haryana, the 10-member team from Maitreyi College depicted a scenario of the sangeet ritual that traditionally takes place before an Indian wedding.

The western music society of JMC, Echo, organised Madrigal. The first competition was western solo, Tap That Treble wherein participants from DU, NSIT, and DTU participated. The judge was Mr. Erwin. Aditya Paul of Hansraj College bagged the first prize. The second position was a tie between Alankrita Bari of Lady Shri Ram College for Women and Christina A. Dayal of Ramjas College. The third position was bagged by Aronjoy Das of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College.

In the A capella competition Finding Do Re Mi, music societies performed their lyrical pieces, beatboxing and harmonising the melodies that are mellisonant. Medleys of different popular songs like “New Rules”, “Hips Don’t Lie” were sung by Zephyr, the western music society of Kamala Nehru College. The Western Music Society of Lady Shri Ram College of Women was awarded the first position as they sang “Show me how you Burlesque” by Christina Aguilera. Dhwani of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies won the second position in the same event.

The eventful and lively concluded on a musical note with DJ Zaeden’s groovy and upbeat tunes.


Feature Image Credits: Sahil Chauhan for DU Beat

Anagha Rakta ([email protected])

Prachi Mehra  ([email protected])

Oorja Tapan ([email protected])

Radhika Boruah ([email protected])

Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak ([email protected])

The University of Delhi (DU) has always been recognised by its top league colleges, such as St. Stephens, Hindu, and SRCC. But of late, even its off-campus colleges have been garnering attention. What with their exceptional performance in both the academics and fine arts, these colleges have become just as worthy of a shoutout as any other college in DU.

Here’s a brief timeline about the highlights of the off-campus colleges in the last academic year:

Feature Image Credits: Lakshya, Kamala Nehru College

Deepannita Misra
[email protected]

Mercatus, Marketing Society, Jesus and Mary College organised their Annual Marketing Convention – Zion’17 on February 21st, 2017. The event was attended by over a thousand students from across the varsity.

The event kicked off with an inaugural ceremony with Mr. Rohit Raj (CEO, BOOST U) as the Chief Guest and Mr. Durjoy Datta (Novelist, Entrepreneur, Screenwriter) as the Guest Speaker. After the president of the society delivered a welcome note, Mr. Rohit spoke about his entrepreneurial journey. This was followed by a speech by Mr. Durjoy, who enthralled the audience by his sense of humor and success story. He talked about how he was able to come out of his work life to do something he is passionate about.

The inaugural was followed by the commencement of the inter-college events namely Battle of the Bands, Roadies Run, Step Up Quiz, The Ad Mad Show and Marketing Magus. The events were completely marketing-centric and tested the creative, communications and

The Ad Mad Show, consisting of a unique ‘twister’ round where participants had to design a unique product combination, was won by Raju Kumar, Dhruv Kumar and Khushvinder (Faculty of Arts). Battle of Brands, an event based on marketing weirdest possible products to the real audience was won by Nidhi, Avi Aggarwal, Muskan Aillawadhi and Nidhi Gandotra (JMC). The first prize in Roadies Run, a marketing based treasure hunt was bagged by Snigdha Kapoor, Vrinda Mohan, Arushi Jain and Samridhi Gandharva (JMC). Step Up Quiz, a unique fun-based event was won by Sushant Sharma(DSE), Shubham Madaan(SBSC), Prabhu Tyagi(SBSC) and Chirag Sinha(CIC). The final round of the Marketing Plan Competition was won by Gaurav Goswami , Nalini Prasad and Sukriti Somvanshi(IIMC).

Students with the Guests of the event

When asked about the event, Diksha Sharma, A participant from Gargi College said, “The event concepts are really interesting. I came here specifically to listen to Durjoy’s speech and after hearing about the events, decided to stay back for more.”

The décor of the event revolved around various TV shows and their elements, with ornamental Polaroid and TV Frames grabbing the visitors’ eye. Except for the competitions, various good and food stalls gathered audience attention and kept them glued to the venue till the very end.

Talking about the event, the president of the society said, “I am really happy to see such significant footfall. We tried our best to make the event bigger and better by inculcating new elements, and I’m glad to see it work out.”

The society plans to conduct more such events in the upcoming term.


Image Credits: Mehak Dhawan from Jesus and Mary College

Lovleen Kaur

[email protected]

The second day of Montage at Jesus and Mary College started off slow but soon picked up with multiple events taking place simultaneously. The Nukkad Natak or street play competition and the western group dance and choreography events had the audience enthralled. The energy was high in the front lawns as well as the auditorium, with the spectators hooting and cheering for their favourite performances.

The street play event saw the participation of ten teams from colleges across the University of Delhi. From drawing the crowd with their boisterous voices and contagious energy, the teams charged up the atmosphere in the fest. Among these, the theatre societies of Sri Venkateswara College and Shaheed Bhagat Singh College emerged victorious. Anubhuti bagged the first prize while Natuve came second. DramaNomics of the College of Vocational Studies was awarded a consolation prize.

Swaying to the rhythmic moves and portraying the brilliance of artistic bodies, Mudra, the western dance society, organised the choreography competition and western dance competition. After a confluence of soulful songs, endearing moves, and heart-warming stories, Terpsi Chorean from Hans Raj College bagged the first prize, and Sensation from Kirori Mal College received the second prize in the choreography event. This was followed by the Western Dance Competition. Zeal, Maitreyi College’s dance society, Misba, of Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, and Enliven, of Gargi College, were awarded the first, second, and third positions respectively.

Infusing an element of earful endearance, Tarannum organised the Single and Group Classical Singing Competition. Gargi College’s Indian Music Society, Samranjini emerged as the winner, followed by Alahyaa of Daulat Ram College and Hindu College’s Alankar.

The fest closed with a power packed performance by DJ Kerano, one of the biggest DJs and music producers in the country, where the crowd grooved to the beats, mixing up some amazing tunes such as ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and ‘Yellow’!

Feature Image: Gerush Bahal for DU Beat

Anagha Rakta ([email protected])

Vineeta Rana ([email protected])

Nikhil Kumar ([email protected])

Saumya Kalia ([email protected])

Priyal Mahtta ([email protected])


Jesus and Mary College (JMC), Hansraj College and, Campus of Open Learning (COL, Delhi University’s Keshavpuram Centre), University of Delhi (DU) in collaboration with RK Films and Media Academy (RKFMA), has introduced some popular job-oriented add-on certificate courses for the academic session 2016.

These vocational courses are open for undergraduate, post-graduate and international students. The classes for these courses will be held twice a week after regular college hours for the convenience of the students. 

JMC is offering four courses for six months – Media Studies, Camera & Photography, Advertising & Marketing Communications, Theatre Acting & Dramatics. 

‘We acknowledge the overwhelming response of the students who completed their Media and Communication based add-on courses in 2014 and 2015. For 2016, the MoU has been renewed for (JMC) more additional courses as well and anticipate for better participation again from the student community. The trainers engaged for the courses are all practicing professionals. This will certainly help a student in gaining relevant industry knowledge on-time and that too at a very affordable fee.” says Deepak Bansal, Director of RKFMA.

However, Hansraj College is offering three courses, namely – Acting and Film-making (6 months), Mass Communication, Advertising & Marketing (6 months) and, Radio Jockeying, Anchoring & TV Journalism (3 months).

The certificates for these courses shall be issued by the respective colleges after successful completion of the course(s), even though, they do not form part of the Delhi University’s curriculum. The tentative date for the commencement of the classes is in 2nd week of August.

For admissions, students can visit the Accounts Department of Jesus and Mary College between 9 am to 4 pm (Monday to Friday). Aspirants can also contact – 09312237583 or write to [email protected] for all details.

For enrolment in courses at Hanraj College, candidates must carry attested copies of documents. Application forms are available on payment of Rs. 100/- and the enquiries can also made from 10 am to 4 pm (Monday-Friday) at the college premises. For more details, contact: +91-9312237583.

The Tuition fee for the courses varies from Rs. 15,000/- to Rs. 30,000/- at Hansraj and JMC. COL is offering eight courses whose tuition fee range from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 75,000 over 2 to 6 months. For admissions and queries, visit COL or contact: 011-45064241, 09312231374, 09312237583.

Image Credits: www.indiatvnews.com

Nidhi Panchal

[email protected]

Delhi University’s minority colleges such as St. Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary College are all set to join the varsity’s centralised admission process this academic session. The move comes in response to a meeting held by a 24-member admission committee that recommended that all colleges under DU should participate in the centralised online registration process. These institutions, however, will continue with their own admission policy of selection of students despite having an alignment with centralised admission process.

“The student will have to first register on the DU website and then go to the website of these colleges and fill their form as well,” remarked Nachiketa Singh, a member of the admission committee while talking to a popular national daily.

As per this move, students will first have to fill the centralised UG admission form and then provide the registration number given by DU to proceed with the admission process in these individual colleges. The colleges will, however, continue to have a separate merit criteria under which they are free to issue their own cut-off lists.

Mata Sundari College for Women, Sri Guru Nanak Dev (SGND) Khalsa College and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce -the three colleges run by the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) which were granted minority status by the Delhi High Court last year, have also approached the varsity authorities to permit them to have independent admission process from the upcoming session.


Image credits: us.localpad.com

Riya Chhibber

[email protected]