Kamala Nehru College


A bundle of enthralling competitions and a string of musical charm, such was the cultural spectacle at Kamala Nehru College’s annual fiesta, Ullas!
Ullas, Kamala Nehru College’s annual cultural fest, being held on 22nd and 23rd March 2017, began with a power-packed morning on its first day. There was an air of hustle bustle, along with several attendees who gathered within the college premises to give this much-anticipated fest an energetic start.
The fest was inaugurated by Ms. Shikha Sharma, the CEO of Axis Bank, accompanied by the Principal, Dr. Kalpana Bhakuni. The inauguration consisted of lighting the lamp, followed by a keynote address by the chief guest and the Principal. After the fest was declared open, a variety of cultural events were all set to take place and enthral the audiences. The solo Indian classical dance event, hosted by Nupur, the Indian dance society of Kamala Nehru College, was one of the first events wherein the audience witnessed mesmerising dance forms from all across the nation, be it Oddisi or Mohiniattam. Raghav from Sri Venkateswara College and Suryansh from Maharaja Agrasen College shared the first position. Nimisha from Janki Devi Memorial College stood second, and Sharanya from Indraprastha University stood third.

Next in line were the riveting performances in the group Indian folk dance competition which was also held by Nupur. The performances were packed with the power of Bhangra from Punjab and the charm of Kalbelia from Rajasthan. The first position was bagged by Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College and Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College for their enthralling Bhangra performances. The second position was bagged by Nazakat, the Indian dance society of Gargi College for their ‘Badhai’ (dance form of Madhya Pradesh) dance performance, and the third position was bagged by Nrityakriti, the Indian dance society of Maitreyi College for their mesmerising Haryanvi folk dance.

Simultaneously, the Indian music society of Kamala Nehru College, Sangeetika, held the Indian choir competition, which was a treat to the ears for all those who attended this musical morning consisting of ragas and taals. The first position was bagged by Tarkaas, the Indian music society of the Institute of Home Economics, the second position was secured by Samranjini, the Indian music society of Gargi College and the third position was held by Alankar, the Indian music society of Hindu College.

The evening of the first day of Ullas had several highlights. After the Indian dance events were concluded, the western group dance event was conducted. A thrilling event as always, it had the entire auditorium packed to the brim, with students cheering for the participating teams. Misba of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce won first place, with Verve of Sri Venkateswara College and Zeal of Maitreyi College winning the second and third prizes respectively.
Day 1 ended on a note of musical high with three endearing performances. First, Hamsa Band got the audience all geared up and had them singing along to their renditions of popular Bollywood songs. Some of these included latest hits such as “Humma Humma” as well as some nostalgic numbers like “Hum Kis Galli Jaa Rahe Hain”. Next up, Dhruv Sangari started the Sufiana Night with dim lights and soft sounds. After his soothing performance, the day was finally concluded by a performance from the renowned Nizami Brothers, who left the audience feeling calm and relaxed after such a full day. Ullas 2017 was off to a great start on its first day!

Joyee Bhattacharya
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Vineeta Rana
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Saumya Kalia
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In the current world scenario where warm surface temperatures and worsening climate impacts have become an increasingly common problem to bear, here arises our very own Delhi University’s Innovation Project team of Kamala Nehru College: KNC-301 with an earnest desire to limit all the activities leading to high energy consumption and save the world by teaching everyone to be as energy efficient as possible, in the smallest and yet, most significant of ways.

This young group of student researchers is therefore working on a project entitled- Implementation of a Successful ‘Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting and Home Appliances’ Campaign in Delhi: A Social Marketing Strategy. The team comprises of students such as Aakanksha Gupta, Alisha Allagh, Anushka Agarwal, Diya Mukherjee, Meghna Tripathi, Nitima Jain, Chetna Ahuja, Tanya Gupta, Priyal Kalra and Shubhi Singh; Principal Investigators like Dr. Soma Sen Gupta, Dr. Sona Mandal, and Dr. Pankaj Kumar; and Dr. Anjan Sen, from the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics as their Mentor.

Even though our society is fully aware of the benefits gained from the efficiency improvement of home appliances, a large majority becomes apprehensive on buying and using products which promise the same. Some of the major concerns addressed by them are either in the favor of extremely high costs of LEDs and ‘Star-rated’ appliances or safety risks caused due to the fear of the ultraviolet radiation leakage from CFL bulbs. The main aim of their study is to explore how a social marketing approach can be used to eradicate such myths and introduce a behavioral change among the masses so that they switch to energy efficient lighting like CFL/LED bulbs in their homes without any hesitation.

The innovation team of KNC, thus, decided to critically evaluate the measures undertaken by different stakeholders in the promotion of energy efficient home appliances. On 5th March, 2016, an interactive session was organized with the officials of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), New Delhi. They learnt that Mr. Sanjay Seth (Secretary) and Mr. Saurabh Diddi (Technical Head) had initiated various policy measures like, the Domestic Efficient Lighting Program (DELP) and #iledtheway campaign to promote and distribute four LEDs per household at Rs.93 per bulb, on the production of their electricity bill and aadhar card. They had even issued ‘Star Rating’ labels for as many as 21 products.

The second session was held with Phillips (India), one of the leading lighting companies of the world where Mr. Tapas Roy Chowdhury (Regional Sales Manager) and Varun (Sales Executive) explained that through continuous technological development in the lighting sector, Philips not only envisages energy efficiency, but even a reduction in the prices of LEDs. Moreover, their process of distribution and promotion through celebrity advertising has made LEDs gain popularity as well as acceptability.

Priyal Kalra, a student member of the project is of the view that, “as the youth of the nation, we wish to be more involved with taking care of the environment and persuading others to do so as well. Hence, the project gave us an opportunity to know how a social marketing strategy can help in changing the attitudes and behaviors of people and their perceptions regarding energy efficiency”.

On a field trip to Vishakhapatnam, the first city in India to implement energy efficiency through one hundred percent use of CFLs, the project team organized a survey and witnessed a high level of awareness and cooperation in the adoption of LED technology and high star-rated appliances, not only among the people of households, but even with road side vendors and street lighting. Less materialistic lifestyles, higher levels of education, and a better distribution strategy of the government were found to be the reasons behind this success.

A questionnaire based data was then, collected from 250 households in Delhi and NCR to determine the factors preventing a shift from traditional incandescent bulbs to CFLs/LEDs.  An effective campaign will be designed for the acceptance of these energy efficient appliances in Delhi through a social marketing strategy by blending the eight Ps together- product, price, promotion, place, public, policy, partnership, and purse string.

Image Credits: KNC-301, DU Innovation Team

Shagun Marwah

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The students and teachers of Kamala Nehru College hosted eCognitio, an innovative e-learning workshop promoting collaborative learning, in Shaheed Bhagat Singh College on 22nd April, 2016. The workshop witnessed enthusiastic participation from from both students and teachers. Held in association with the DU Innovation Projects scheme, under Dr. Rupa Basu and her team of students, the one-day long workshop focused on the use of e-learning tools and Open Education Resources (OER).

The workshop began with a formal introduction of e-learning techniques that can be used to make classroom learning more interactive. This session was conducted by Mrs. Aditi Basu Roy, a pedagogy and subject matter expert in e-learning. The primary objective of this session was to introduce the concepts of active and blended learning from the elementary level. The session was well received by the attendees who focused on the relevance of offbeat thinking in education.

Post this session, Ms. Sheetal Kale, an e-learning entrepreneur took over where she discussed the uses of basic Google tools of Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, etc. This session was most appreciated by the participants as they received a hands-on experience and practice of such tools. Training slides were presented to the participants on a projector and they were required to simultaneously work on their respective computer systems.

Mr. Sandeep Srivastava, a computer engineer and educationalist, joined in this session where he shared his personal experiences with e-learning and talked about the fallacies of the education system of the country today and the scope for improvement. “The system of inspection and correction with the use of e-learning in modern education has an unparalleled creditibilty.”, he emphasised.

By the end of this session, the aim was achieved successfully where each of the participants had their own personal sites which they created with the use of Google Sites.

The workshop wound up with a session that centered around a brief introduction of Open Education Resources by Ms. Anindita, a corporate expert on video-editing who explained the intricacies of video-editing with the help of clipconverter.cc. The team also circulated awareness forms on e-learning tools and feedback forms of the workshop with the aim of collective primary data for further research in the field.

One of the many such workshops, eCognitio plans to improvise on the content and cover as many college in DU as possible to garner a larger reach. The initiative aims to increase awareness and use of e-learning techniques in colleges and universities.

Arushi Pathak
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Day 1: Inauguration, Western Dance and Dance Workshop with Shakti Mohan:

The day one of Kamala Nehru College’s annual cultural festival Ullas began with an inauguration ceremony where eminent dancer Padmashree Madhvi Mudgal performed. Amidst first events was Indian classical solo and Folk Dance event organised by Nupur, the Indian Dance Society of KNC.

The Indian classical solo event saw Raghav from Sri Venkateswara College as the winner. In the Folk Dance competition, the Bhangra Group from SGND Khalsa College emerged as the winners. Maitreyi College and Sri Venkateswara College bagged the second and third prize.

The much awaited dance workshop by ace celebrity dancer Shakti Mohan took place at Day 1 of Ullas, which refreshed the fest comers despite the wave of heat. Performing as a part of MTV driven Nescafe’ Labs-Dance Challenge, the event witnessed the participation of a selected bunch of students from various colleges.

Nrityakriti organized by Adagio, the Choreography society of Kamala Nehru College, was a solo choreography competition which saw  Vipin from IGNOU bagging the first position. Post Nrityakriti was hosted ‘Ol That Jazz’, the Western Dance Competition wherein V-Defyn of IIT-Delhi declared as the winner of the event, followed by Misba of Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and Afroza of Indraprastha College for Women as second and third.

Soon after this event, the crowd flocked towards the main ground where the band Astitva had already taken over the stage. They enthralled the audience with popular numbers like ‘Aa Raat Bhar’ and ‘Gulaabo’.


Day 2: Music Events and showdown with Sona Mohapatra

Day 2 of Ullas started with Swaranjali, an Indian music competition organized by Sangeetika, the Indian Music Society. Samranjini of Gargi College took home the first prize in choir followed by Hans Raj college and Sri Venkateswara College at second and third spots.

This event was followed by Sarang, the Instrumental Solo competition. Megha from Miranda House and Aditya tied for the first position. Zephyr- the Western Music Society of KNC organised the Western Solo Vocals competition under the umbrella event ‘Rhythm in Blues’. Despite the cut throat competition, Kishore from Amity University, Noida grabbed the top spot. The society also hosted the illustrious Western Choir and Western Duet competitions. Dhwani of SSCBS stood second, while LSR managed to bag the first position in choir category; Kunal Singh and Anahita Dawar stood first in duets.

A Battle of Bands was also hosted on the college ground where the band Hans Raj Projekt emerged victorious. Thereafter, The Fashion Society of KNC, Glitz, hosted La Vogue. Amity College emerging as the winners for their production ‘Shaitaan’.

The star performer of the day, Sona Mohapatra, took over the stage at dusk and performed songs like ‘O Ri Chiraiya’ and ‘Mujhe kya bechega rupaiya’ presenting the social message of a healthy body image and embracing your sexuality.

She ended the day with a powerful performance of all of her hits including ‘Ambarsariya’ and ‘Bedardi Raja’.

Ullas 2016 in a glimpse

Catch day-wise coverage here:

Day 1: Morning  /   Evening
Day 2: Morning  /  Evening

Catch the entire album of Ullas 2016 here

Arushi Pathak
Riya Chhibber
Tooba Towfiq
Nishita Agarwal
Shefali Bharti
Akshara Srivastava
Shreya Srivastava

Images by Jasmine Chahal, Sahil Chauhan, Paurush Bhardwaj, Gerush Bahal, Aarushi Dhingra and Alex Arthur for DU Beat

Day 2 of Ullas, the annual cultural festival of Kamala Nehru College started with Swaranjali, an Indian music competition organized by Sangeetika, the Indian music society of the college. The event started with choir performances and saw participation by 8 teams.

The event was judged by Shri Avinash Kumar and Srimati Deepti Pandit both of whom are Hindustani Classical vocalists. Samranjini of Gargi College took home the first prize followed by Swaranjali of Hans Raj college and Alaap of Sri Venkateswara College.

This event was followed by Sarang, the Instrumental Solo competition. It saw participation from eight students. Megha from Miranda House and Aditya tied for the first position. The second position was bagged by Naman followed by Kartikeya from Hans Raj College.
In her vote of thanks, Smt. Deepti Pandit mentioned that all participants sang very well and by pursuing classical music were taking the Indian culture and heritage forward.


Taking musical notes on a new high, Zephyr- The Music Society of KNC organised the Western Solo Vocals competition under the umbrella event ‘Rhythm in Blues’ on Day 2 of Ullas.

With 8 participants, the event was adjudicated by an esteemed panel comprising of Ms. Sharmila Banerjee Livingston, a soloist and Delhi based musician who has also been a conductor of the famous ‘The Capital City Minstrels’ alongwith Panvi Poddler, a celebrated vocalist who holds a diploma in Contemporary performance from Rockschool, UK.

Despite the cut throat competition, Kishor from Amity University, Noida grabbed the top spot as he sang the rendition of the song ‘Listen’ by Beyonce, supported by his accompanist Felix.


While Sparsh from Lady Shri Ram College recreated ‘Pirate Jenny’ a Three Penny Opera presentation with her accompanist Ashrey Goel, won the second prize, Nisha Chakravorty from Gargi College stood third as she sang ‘And I am telling you ‘ by Jennifer Hudson. She was accompanied by Anirvan from Diva Kera.

Judge Sharmila Banerjee shared her experience of judging the event as she remarked, ” When you are competing, it is important to connect with the audience. A song that you perform must be a song that you own and deliver and that is what a judge looks for.”


Arushi Pathak

Riya Chibber

Akshara Srivastava


Images by Aarushi Dhingra, Jasmine Chahal and Alex Arthur for DU Beat.

The Economics Department of Kamala Nehru College hosted its annual fest, Ecophoria ’16 on 4th February, 2016; which saw a huge and enthusiastic participation from students of multiple colleges across Delhi University. The event kick-started with the inaugural lecture on “Income Inequality and Economic Theory” by Prof. Surajit Mazumdar, CESP, JNU in the college auditorium post which all formal and informal events commenced.

There were many formal and informal events spread throughout the day. The Start-up Challenge, Connectonomics, The Credibles (Debate competition) and Quiz Pro Quo were the formal events while events like Monopoly, Clued Inn (Treasure Hunt), Minute to Win it and Posterize formed the informal category. The attractions which gathered most of the crowd were the myriad food stalls that saw unending queues for delicacies.


All events, whether formal or informal, were associated with an economic idea. Amidst long hours of discussions, brainstorming interjections and nail-biting presentations, the winners of multiple events were:

The Start-up Challenge:
1st: Dhiraj and Atulya
2nd: Utkrishat and Samuel
3rd: Kaamil and Ramit

The Credibles:
1st: Yash Narain,  SBSC (Morning)
2nd: Kanhaiya Prabhakar, Dyal  Singh College
3rd: Souparnika Krishnan, KNC

1st: Utkrishat (CVS) and Samuel (St.  Stephen’s College)
2nd: Shivender and Chandna (BVIMR)
3rd: Manas and Ravneet (CVS)

Quiz Pro Quo:
1st: Sreshth Shah (Amity University) and Raktim Nnag (IGNOU)
2nd: Gokul S (ARSD) and Raman U (Hans Raj College)


For informal events, Swati Agarwal of Jesus and Mary College won ‘Posterize’, Nitish and Divyam of Maharaja Agrasen College won ‘Clued Inn’, Akanksha of FDDI won ‘Minute to Win it’ and Nancy and Gunjan of Gargi College bagged the first position in ‘Monopoly’.

Ecophoria ’16 wound up with a cake cutting ceremony where the entire department was witnessed celebrating its success. Professors and students of the department added a musical touch to the culminating ceremonies which added to the exhilaration the event ended with.


Image Credits: Ashulipi Singhal

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Soch Soch Ki Baat Hai, directed and scripted by Tessa Toms and Urvashi Singhal. It projected that the real judge of an intolerant nation are its people. We must be the change we wish to see in the world, be tolerant to live in a tolerant world, we are the reflection of tolerance, it doesn’t come from outside of you, it comes from within! Riya Chhibber [email protected]]]>

With the first Monday of October every year being designated as the World Habitat Day by the United Nations, Green Beans- The Environment Society of Kamala Nehru College recognised the undeniable significance of flora and fauna by celebrating the same on 5 October 2015.

Headed by teacher convenor- Dr. Sarita Ghai Kumar, Student Advisor- Dr.Chetan Chauhan and Head Representative- Supriya Nayak, with 6 convenors, the event intended to remind of the fact that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns and keep our environment healthy to make for a nurturing habitat for flora and fauna.

With a turnout of more than 200 students from various colleges across DU and Delhi in general,the event garnered good response for various competitions like – Rangoli Making, Face Painting, Quiz, and and Extempore, which guided the participants and the audience to spread awareness about the importance of our environment.

“All I believe is: one spark starts a fire, and if we join our hands we can do our bit to replenish our habitats like never before,” remarked Supriya, a Green Beans representative.

After a day full of interesting events, Abhinay and Amit from Shaheed Bhagat Singh emerged as the winners of the Quiz, Anushka from Dyal Singh College took the top prize in the Extempore, Iepsita, Sagrika and Bharti from Kamala Nehru College won the Face Painting competition, and Shatabdi and Sreedevi from Kamala Nehru College shared the first position for Rangoli Making.

Image Credits: Green Beans Society, Kamala Nehru College

Riya Chhibber

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Adagio led the group with 13 points. It is followed by Gargi College’s Sparx  and Hans Raj’s Terpsichoreon with 10 points each.

The Winning Society at a glance

Adagio, Kamala Nehru College

Adagio, the 13 member Choreography society of Kamala Nehru College has excelled at most of the fests at DU this year which including big names like Crossroads and Mecca. ‘Adagio’ also bagged second prizes at Mood Indigo (IIT Mumbai) and Oasis (BITS Pilani). “We have a close-knit group of dancers who practice a lot. We don’t focus on a single form of dance and try to make sure that we excel in every facet”, says Aseng Borang, Adagio’s President. Note: The thirteen fests included in our analysis for this series include SRCC’s Crossroads, Gargi College’s Reverie, Sri Venkateswara College’s Nexus, LSR’s Tarang, Hans Raj’s Confluence, I.P. College for Women’s Shruti, Daulat Ram College’s Manjari, Hindu College’s Mecca, Jesus and Mary College’s Montage, Miranda House’s Tempest, Kamala Nehru College’s Ullas, Kirori Mal College’s Renaissance, SGTB Khalsa’s Lashkara. Out of the fests listed, only 8 had conducted a competitive Choreo event.]]>

In continuation with its theme the second day of the Folk Festival, Kamala Nehru College witnessed some more performances from the various corners of India.

The one-man puppet show in the early half of the festival was a a crowd gatherer. A hit with the audience, this Rajasthani culture set the mood for the rest of the day. This was followed by Bihu, an Assamese dance form. The girls performing Bihu were all still in school and had come all the way for the festival. The dance which literally made the crowd dance to its tune was Bhangra. A highly energetic dance, this folk performance from Punjab had the dancers and audience dancing together off the stage. Manipur’s Stick Dance or Pung Cholom was an exhilarating one where the solo dancer balanced an hour glass shaped stick while performing stunts throughout.

Shri Prem Singh Dehati, a well known theater and folk artist and recipient of numerous awards including the Saneet Natak Akademi Award entertained the audience with his rendition of Bollywood lifting songs from Haryanvi folk and jokes on the culture differences while performing his folklore. This was followed by a Kashmiri dance and a tribal dance from Madhya Pradesh. The tribe people had come all the way from near the border of Chhatisgarh. While thanking the audience and the performers, the Principal of the College, Ms. Minoti Chatterjee called the festival an effort made by the college teachers for the students, “This all was done so that you urban women can see and understand the rest of India,” she said.

imageThe food at the festival was a treat for the taste buds, to say the least. The Nagaland Chicken Thali, had chicken cooked with sesame seeds and the local yellow dal. The most popular stall was perhaps  Puchka or Pani Puri stall. The Rajasthan stall was soon over with their Pyaaz ki Kachori, Jalebi and Kulhad wali chai. The Bihar stall served Lithi Choka and Papaya shake while the Punjab stall had the delicious Pav Bhaji. Maharashtra and Gujarat also had a stall serving Vada Pao and Bhujia.

The final performance of the day was by the college students who created a fashion show with the students dressed up in their local state dress. This was a method to make the college body aware of the diversity that existed in all of them and to appreciate and respect this difference. This was followed by a vote of thanks by the Teacher Coordinators.

Images: Yashika Sunaria, Kamala Nehru College