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Nritiyakriti, the Choreography competition on Day 1 of Ullas was organised by Adagio, the Choreography Society of the college. There were a total of 8 participating teams including Kirori Mal College, Gargi College, Sri Venkateswara College and Hansraj College. The judges for the event were Mr. Adi, Director of Rada and known for blending contemporary with lyrical hip-hop and Mr. Arjun Kohli, guest artist with Anveshana Dance Theatre and Urshilla Dance Company.

cho_nHindu College’s Choreography Society- Srijya put up a performance titled ‘Paradox’. Ashish from Hindu College elaborated, “We’ve put up our performance related to fear, three different levels of fear. The organisation of the event has been good and all participants were competitive enough.”

Eventually Gargi College’s choreography society Sparx won the first place in the competition, with Hansraj College’s Terpsichorean following second. One of the judges said, “I have seen all colleges, some are good, some are better. I’ve seen lack of synchronisation in almost all performances.” He also emphasised that “performances should have a wow factor”.

The Debating Society of the college, Crossfire also conducted a conventional debate earlier in the day. The motion for the debate was – This house believes that temporary anarchy is the only means to achieve a stable democracy as an end. Madhav from KMC, Divya from KMC and Mehvish from St. Stephen’s were adjudged the best speakers and Divya from KMC was the best interjector.

th of February in the college’s auditorium, starting from early afternoon and ending around 6 pm. The competition was divided into three categories, namely the solo, duet and group singing competitions.  The judges for the event were Peggy Mohan, who teaches western music at Vasant Valley school and Bada Kinty, an alumnus from the college. The competition kicked off with the Solo category, with Kanika Malhotra from Shri Ram College of Commerce taking the stage. In all, there were 15 participants from colleges across Delhi University and a few from other universities too. Arushi Gupta from Gargi College sang ‘Feeling good’ while Jilian from Jesus and Mary College had the audience swinging to ‘Love on top’ by Beyonce. DSC_4112 (1) The Duet category had 8 participants with students representing the western music societies of their respective colleges. This category saw some truly beautiful renditions of classic songs like ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’, which was sung by two students from Lady Shri Ram College. Finally, the Group singing category kicked off with SRCC’s western music society, Catharsis taking the stage. They started off by singing the ‘Banana song’ from Despicable Me 2, which was well received by the audience. Their medley too, was energetic with recent hits like Royals by Lorde. Next up were Gargi College and Miranda House with medleys of songs like ‘Bridge over troubled waters’ and ‘Voulez-vous’. CBS’s team, Dhwani had the crowd hooting with a medley of Micheal Jackson hits like ‘Thriller’ and ‘They don’t really care about us’. The audience’s favourite seemed to be team Echo from JMC, for their performance was extremely enthusiastic, with a blend of numerous songs ranging from ‘Footloose’ and ‘Somebody to love’ by Queen  to ‘Wings’ by Little Mix. The event came to an end with the judges talking about the various criteria used for evaluation. ‘Anything that wakes the judges up is way ahead of the pack already!’ said Peggy Mohan. After that, the results were finally declared. Nirupan Sinha from Hansraj College came first in the Solo category, followed by Sri Aurobindo College and Hanita Bhambri from CBS. The Duet competition saw LSR bag the first prize while Sri Aurobindo College and Kamala Nehru College came second and third respectively. The Group category was won by Echo from JMC, followed by Dhwani from CBS and Crescendo from Sri Venkateswara College. SRCC’s group performance also received a Special Mention by the judges. We leave you with a clip from Nirupan’s performance! Image  credits: Mugdha Dúinn Full coverage of Ullas 2014 | See pictures of Ullas 2014 on our Facebook album]]>

Glitz, the Fashion Society of Kamala Nehru College organised its Fashion Show Competition on 19th February – the first day of Ullas 2014.

A total of eight teams (seven competitive and one non-competitive team) took part in the competition. The judges for the event were; Ritu Singh, an eminent personality in fashion world, Suhail Kohli, who has worked with Swapnil Shinde and Kakoli C. Mehra, who started as a Custom Designer for Mr. Steven Segal, crowned as Miss Kanchenjunga i.e. Miss North Bengal in 1993.


The event commenced with the performance of Style Brokers, the Fashion Society of Deshbandhu College, followed by the performance of iVogue- the Fashion Society of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce. Each college was given a time limit of 10-12 minutes. Members from the organizing society say “Fashion is not something that exists in the dresses. It is in the sky. Fashion never dies.”

The award for the Best Wardrobe was given to Maitreyi College. The best model in the female and male category, were Shivani and Mayank from CVS respectively. The first prize was bagged by Prophecy- Fashion Society of Lady Irwin College and the second prize went to Maitreyi College.

Image Credit: Abhinav Arora for DU Beat

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In the second day of the three day theatre festival, Kamala Nehru College’s Concoction was witness to some of the admirable theatre in the Delhi University circuit. It commenced with the host college, KNC performing its annual production The Cover Story, which revolved around the story of two young and ambitious reporters  trying to uncover a businessman running a sex racket with the children on the streets. The play utilized the concept of lights and shadows to portray scenes which were happening undercover.Of the 23 teams that participated in the preliminary rounds, 8 performed at the finals of ‘Archlight’ on 28th and 29th January, 2014.

The competition was judged by Ms. Nilanjana Banerjee and Ms.Sanchita Mukherjee both of whom have been involved with theatre intimately. On 28th Jan, Miranda with its play ‘Tax-free’ was the first to perform in the competition, followed by Hindu College’s Batch of 2002, which revolved around a bunch of college friends and their re-union. KMC’s Room for doubt was recipient to thunderous laughter as they portrayed a committee of teacher’s resolving issues in the University. The final day of the festival saw performances by SRCC (The Black Comedy), Shiivaji College (Mission 31), Gargi College (PFV), Khalsa College (Can’t pay? Won’t pay!) and Ramjas College (The Private Ear).

Hindu College performing ‘Batch of 2002’.

SRCC’s ‘Black Comedy’ was declared the winner of the event. Talking about the concept of the play, says Rupali Singhal, Co-Director, “A lot of comedies are made every year, but we chose this script because it stands out. It has a plot which keeps you gripped and uses the concept of reverse lighting so that it no longer remains just another slapstick comedy.” When asked about the level of competition they faced she said, “Theatre in DU has become professional. The judges in the preliminary round did a brilliant job of selecting the plays. The win feels much more deserving when you know the competition was hard.”

The audience at this event flouted many rules of theatre. While the organizing committee strived to keep distraction of the artists to the minimum, there was little they could do about the hooting and clapping of the audience. Reflects Rupali, whose play witnessed the loudest cheers, “Laughter is acceptable and especially in a comedy. In such a moment the artist pauses and then resumes their role. But hooting is a complete distraction for the artist and the fellow audience.”

In a version of Ad mad titled Phata Poster Nikla hero, a group of three had to make a poster in the preliminary round. The selected participants had to then enact in the final round. A team from Zakir Hussain College (Evening) emerged as winners in the same.


Together for a cause, a Non Governmental organization, organized a n enthralling session of spoken word poetry by visually impaired children from National Association for the blind and Save the Quest.This was followed by an interactive session with Rupa Das Gupta, founder of Sarhana, a school for special children and the closing ceremony in which 50 sky lanterns were lit and released in the sky. The principal of the College, Ms. Minoti Chatterjee lit the first lantern and inaugurated the ceremony.



1st Prize: Shri Ram College of Commerce for Black Comedy
2nd Prize: Kirori Mal College for Room for doubt
Best Actor: Keshav Moodliar, Ramjas College

Phata Poster Nikla Trailer: Zakir Hussain College (Evening)

Image Credit: Yashika Sunaria, Kamala Nehru College | Featured Image: SRCC performing Black Comedy

Celebrating its Golden Jubilee Anniversary, Kamala Nehru College was host to a number of dignitaries and festivities on Wednesday, 15th January 2014.

What began as a small community of 209 female students and 60 staff in a government school building in 1964 has now, 50 years later progressed as a well established institution for women education in the field of arts, science and commerce.

Speaking at the event, Chief Guest Justice Leila Seth, the first woman judge of Delhi High Court in the year 1978, said, “It is a privilege to be associated with an eminent college like Kamala Nehru. Education is the route for all kinds of empowerment.”


The event commenced with the inauguration of Maaia, a sculpture created by eminent sculpture artist, K.N Radhakrishnan. Adorning a central position in the college garden, Maaia is the dancing girl from the Harappa civilization. On one hand she holds a tablet which symbolizes education and on the other she holds a Chhatim leaf symbolizing wisdom and knowledge. As the Guest of Honor, Mr. Radhakrishnan congratulated the college for being able to successfully contribute in the empowerment of women.

The audience was witness to a host of performances beginning with those by the music societies of the college, Sangeetika and Zephyr. The contemporary dance group Saadhiya performed various dance forms such as Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Mohiniattam, Kathak, Kathakkali and Kaalri. A short film on the college made by Tarishi Verma and Sakshi Kapoor was also screened at the event.


Listing out the success achieved by the institution, the Principal of the college, Dr.Minoti Chatterjee said, “Kamala Nehru College is a vision of providing equal opportunities to all its members, but a lot still remains to be done.” Dr. Chatterjee addressed the various issues prevalent in society like violence against women and harassment for which KNC has been working continuously to eradicate.

As part of  its golden jubilee celebrations the college will be hosting many academic and extra –curricular activities such as the theatre festival(27th  -29th  of January), a mono act play on Kabir (8th of February) by Shekhar Sen, two days folk festival in collaboration with Crafts Museum (28th Feb-1st March).

Photo Credits: Yashika Sunaria, KNC

In what might be another notch on the its list of mishaps, Delhi University allegedly fumbled with results of the final year students of Journalism Honours. Apparently, the University forgot to add 200 marks to the final score.

According to the current syllabus being followed, the VI semester of the three year Journalism course has two papers -Seminar on current affairs’ and Human rights, Gender and Environment both conducted for the first time in 2013, along with the usual dissertation. The addition of these papers led the total marks to be earned in the VI semester to 400, in comparison to the 200 prior to that. The aggregate marks at the end of the degree now became 2400 but the results which were released on 12th July show the students to be marked only out of 2200, which created a situation of panic among some of the hopeful graduates.

At first, the students assumed that the dissertation marks had gone missing. While many distressed students were confused whether to consider themselves as graduates or not, Journalism students of Kamala Nehru College remained calm about the situation. “The best part is we already know are dissertation marks, so we can include them in ourselves” remarks a student, wanting to be unnamed. Students of other colleges did not share the same fate as their dissertation marks were not disclosed to them.

Later on, as Kamala Nehru students who already knew their dissertation score analysed the 2200 with the marks of their previous semesters, what came into notice was the fact that DU had included the marks of the dissertation but left out the scores of the other two papers.

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While, it is yet to be confirmed from any University official if an error has actually occurred, a faculty member of the course attested to the oversight on the University’s part stating that the University did forget to add the 200 marks and that a new result sheet would soon be uploaded.

The sudden bouts of high blood pressure amidst the students, led to several students using social media to share their worries and their anguish over the result.

Errors in examination results is surely nothing new for the students of Delhi University. Earlier this year, students had reported of over inflation of marks with students scoring 102 in a paper of 100.

The conventional courses that have long been the choice of most students, might be a thing of the past. According to a report by the Hindustan Times, the applications for the Journalism and Mass Communication course in Delhi University have risen to 59,583 this year, taking a huge leap from last year’s 2,200.

Whether the sudden popularity for the course is due to the lack of an entrance examination or due to the course incorporating mass communication into the curriculum is something only applicants can tell.

It is perhaps the high demand that is leading onto the cut-offs for the course also being so demanding. While the lack of an entrance is being criticized, the fact that it didn’t happen as a lack of time is known to few. As a clarification to all existing beliefs, the syllabus for the FYUP in Journalism and Mass Communication has been a taxing process for the faculty. It was only in the first week of March that the syllabus with all the theory bits intact was finalised. With no time for the preparation of an entrance left, the only option for the University was that of opting for a cut-off. This does not at any point mean that there will not be an entrance for the course in the future

The fact that 59000 aspirants are vying for less than 250 seats is one statistic to be concerned about. Moreover the fact that most students have filled in the course as a second or third preference leads us to believe that the professional degree seems to be a back-up favourite for the aspirants.

The course is offered in six colleges namely Lady Shri Ram College for Women, I.P. College for Women, Kamala Nehru College, Kalindi College, Maharaja Agrasen College and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. While LSR’s first cut off is at a high 97.5 for Humanities/Science students and 98.5 for Commerce students, Kamala Nehru College is offering the course at 94-96%. Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, which is the first choice for most male candidates is again at a high 97.5 for the first cut-off. Maharaja Agrasen has a cut-off of 95, while Kalindi has a 93 cut-off for the course. I.P. College for Women, the latest addition to the ‘gang’ of Journalism colleges in Delhi University has set the bar at 93-97 for the course.

What is rather astounding is that while the ‘back-up’ course comes with a 97.5 percent requirement, courses such as Political Science and Sociology which are the first preferences of many top candidates are at a lower cut-off between 95-96. The reason for the unrealistic inflated cut-offs happens to be mere paucity of seats.  The entrance based past of the course doesn’t help either, as the teachers were also unsure of what to expect.

Other apprehensions revolving around this year’s procedure are around the lack of aptitude for the course in the applicants. One might have scored more than 95% but that does not in any place mean that the person has a sound understanding of the media or of current affairs.

With such high cut-offs, sources tell us that the course has not found many takers after the first cut-off in colleges such as LSR and DCAC.

With 59,000 plus applications, does it mean that the ‘professional’ degree is suddenly hugely popular? Or does it refer to the fact that earlier only the students who were genuinely interested in the course gave the entrance examination and now with that rider away, many candidates have simply kept it as a ‘choice’?

Image credits: Guillaume Brialon

A bright tuesday morning saw me entering the gates of the my college to be greeted by Medusa, Zeus, Ganesha , Shiva, Minotaur and various others. No, I do not go to a college for mythological creatures, I just wish I did. I was actually in Kamala Nehru College and it was ‘Litluminous 2013’- The literary fest organized by the English Department, with the theme as “Mythopoesis- The making of myths.” Roaming about, I garnered that there was a lecture and then a screening of ‘Sita sings the blues’ in the auditorium at 10:15. Dr. Angelie Multani, an Associate Professor at IIT-Delhi delivered an intriguing and going by the maximum responses, an interesting lecture. Says Tina Das, an student of English who when not busy participating in the competitions, volunteered to manage the activities, “It was interesting, mainly because she did not just talk about the myths we have heard about, like the Ramayana but also myths that we see everyday like ‘the ideal woman’ and how we have started accepting it without even realizing.” On Dr. Multani she said “she did not let your attention waiver even for a second.” Next on the cards was the Creative writing competition whose ‘prompts’ left a lot of participants impressed, yours truly included. The participants could base their composition on the Phoenix, Adam and Eve, Kalki, Medusa or Sisyphus, or all of them. The one hour allotted saw a lot of creative juices and reminders of ‘Don’t Google, ask us’ flowing around. The selected entries had to go through another hurdle of reciting their creative product to an audience, after which the judges came up with their results. I caught up with Namra Sultan, the brains behind the competition, who was immensely pleased with the response the event got. She said, “Since the fest is based on mythology we picked up the most interesting characters with different traits and we made the slide show visually interesting so that when you see them, you just feel like writing”. Alongside, the student paper presentation saw submissions on varied topics like Myth and Video Games, Heroes of Mythology, Riti Poetry and also on the Myth of Menstruation. I have it on good authority that the papers were really interesting. The fest also included an interesting mythology-based Quiz in the chaupal. Some of the questions made you rack your brains hard, some answers made you laugh harder. The hosts, Akriti and Akanksha had a blast with the participants who battled it out for the cash prizes.

The Book Cover Designing Event saw very talented and artistic participants. The event was judged by noted Art Historian, Seema Srivastava whose excitement was palpable. She also gave interesting tips to the budding artists. “
One of the most crowded events of the day was the ‘Crosswords’. I lost count after my fifth visit. Tarishi, who was guarding the Crosswords event informed me of the rules; pick a chit from the bowl, read the hint and you have 30 seconds to answer. If it’s correct you get chocolates and if it’s not come back after 15 minutes to try again. “No Google, no eye contact with friends”, she informed us very diligently. Tina claimed disappointedly that the crowd this time was less than expected; she blamed it on students associating mythology with boring. “What we have tried to do is not look at myths just as myths but something more than that. A lot of hard work went in the preparation for the fest and even the teachers played a huge role in every competition.” After a lot of wandering around and playing Hunger games with the cupcakes, I finally decided to retreat to my nest and bade goodbye to the mythical creatures who were in demand again, thanking them for a day well spent.   Niharika Singh ([email protected])]]>

Schedule of events at LitLuminous, the Literary festival of Kamala Nehru College, that will take place tomorrow, the 26th of February 2013. 1. Topical Lecture-cum-Movie Screening The guest speaker, noted academician and Associate Professor at IIT-D, Dr Angelie Multani shall enlighten the audience about the theme of the fest. After the Q&A session, a popular movie will be screened. Nina Paley’s “Sita Sings The Blues” famously captures the theme of this literary fest, adding some color and spice to it. In short, a very interesting event! Venue: Auditorium; Time: 10.15 am 2. Creative Writing Competition Participants will be required to pick a random topic from a bowl, write a fictional or non-fictional story/prose/poem within 1 hour and submit it by 12.00 pm. Shortlisted entries will be up for recitation at 1.00 pm. Both the content and recitation will be scored. Please note that theme-relevant topics will be given to participants.You can use external sources to get a better understanding of the given topic, if needed. Venue: Auditorium Foyer; Time: 11.00 am

3. Recite to me! Shortlisted entries for Creative Writing will be up for recitation, and will be marked on both content and recitation. Venue: Council Room; Time: 1.00 pm 4. Student Paper Presentation Select student papers will be read out, with each reader being allotted 20-25 mins.The presentation should last for 15-17 mins at least. Paper presentations will also be accepted from groups of 2-3 people. The participants should address their understanding of the theme, its relevance and position in society today, with focus on a cultural system of their choosing. Earlier, abstracts of 300 words approx were to be mailed to [email protected] latest by 20th February, 2013. Shortlisted participants then had to send in their complete papers by Friday, 23rd February, 2013. Each participant will be awarded a Certificate and a gift hamper. Venue: Auditorium; Time: 1:30pm 5. Quiz! Teams of 2-3 people can participate. A total of 10 teams can register Venue: Chaupal; Time: 3.00pm Besides these main events, there will also be FILLER EVENTS like Crossword Puzzle (ongoing event of the day), and Book Cover Designing. Their details are as follows- a) Crossword Puzzle Venue: Auditorium Foyer; Time: starts at 11.30 am b) Book Cover Designing – to be judged by noted Art Historian Seema Srivastava. Venue: Room 7; Time: 3.00 pm   Be there!