The Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) decided to convert the common room of its office space into a library for students, which is supposed to remain open throughout the hours of the day, all days of the week. Read on to know more. 

The North Campus of the Delhi University (DU) has, for a protracted amount of time, longed for a good place to study. The students often complain about the lack of 24×7 libraries and moreover of quality libraries itself.

This problem is more visible during the exam season at the Varsity. As students aren’t able to study in hostel or PG rooms as the rooms are primarily small and the libraries seem to be full all the time. The present libraries either lack the seating capacity or updated books and internet. The students thus, are forced to go to private studying spaces and libraries which are chargeable based on the hour. A large amount of the students hence find this to be very expensive and therefore aren’t able to study properly.

DUSU has, on various occasions, tried to overcome this problem by sending letters to the DU Administration, but the same has not resulted in any positive reaction by the latter. Seeing the gravity of the issue, DUSU led by its President, Akshit Dahiya, has tried to deal with the problem on its own. DUSU has converted the meeting/waiting room in its President’s cabin, at the DUSU Office, into an open library.

Speaking to DU Beat, Dahiya said, “DUSU has for a long time demanded to turn regular libraries into 24×7 libraries in order to help the students. I have met with Proctor and the Rector several times over this issue, as we in our manifesto promised for better and increased number of libraries. During the exam times, several students have conveyed to me that their rooms are too small for studies and that college libraries are always full. Thus, they are forced to go to private libraries and as many of the students cannot afford the same, they face a lot of problems in managing their expenses. Thus, I opened my meeting room for these students to study. I have even sent a letter to the Proctor and other concerned authorities and have warned them that, if no action is taken to solve this library issue, I will even send these students to their offices itself. However, they seem to understand the gravity of the situation and have agreed to meet me on Monday. We are providing the students with internet for e-books and a space to study to the students at the DUSU Office. The students are supporting us a lot and are giving us positive feedback too. I aim to get a solution out for this issue in my meeting on Monday with the Proctor.”

This is a welcome step taken by the Union. However, its implementation and security will be seen only as time comes


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Aniket Singh Chauhan

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Entering the 10th day of protest on Wednesday, 9th October 2019, many libraries and labs of several Delhi University (DU) colleges remained shut as the staff protested demanding pending promotions since the past 20-25 years. 

Outside the Arts Faculty building, flustered staff members demanded the implementation of Recruitment Rules (RR). Earlier, a draft had been made in 2018 by a Comprehensive Committee for Delhi University (Non-Teaching) Recruitment Rules (RR) according to which staff members who have been working for a long duration to be given promotion after considering their qualifications. 

Sanjay Singh, President, Delhi University Library Association said to the Millennium Post, “No promotions have taken place for the staff associated with library and labs in DU from the past 20-25 years. These people have been working in the same post for the last two decades.” Allegedly, the University aspires to fill the posts from outside, thus, they are delaying the implementation. 

Around 700-800 members from DU are yet to receive their promotions. These include library staff, lab staff, clerics, assistants and senior assistants among others. Shalu, who has worked in the fraternity over the past 30 years quoted “All we are saying is implement the RR so that the staff can get their promotion. The authorities agree with it and are not denying it, but they have still not implemented the rules.”

The decision has to be taken by Tarun Das who is presently the Registrar, at Delhi University. Lokesh Kumar, Technical Assistant at DU also quoted to the Millenium Post, “We are demanding the implementation of RR rule that was filed by the Comprehensive Committee as soon as possible.” 
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Anandi Sen

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Infrastructural and administrative issues find way in the University once again, this time, at the Faculty of Law.
For years, students have complained over the poor infrastructure, dysfunctional air conditioners, not up-to-date technology, and less library space. It was also noted that the administration has not sanctioned the required expenditure of INR 76,00,000.
As reported by The New Indian Express, Rajesh Singh, Deputy librarian informed that a proposal of INR 76,00,000 was submitted by library committee. “Students have been raising these issues for a long time. We have written to the University three to four times since 2016, when the issues came to our knowledge,” he said. The latest request made to the varsity, he said, was in March this year. Singh, later ensured that the Dean had submitted the request to the University Grants Commission and the once the University generates funds, changes will be made.
In a number of letters written to the administration, there are repeated complaints of space shortage in the library, library systems not being updated, and the computer systems being out of order.

Shivansh,  a student at Faculty of Law said, “A requisition has been made by the students to get the required infrastructure. While we are nowhere close when it comes to National Law Universities as far as facilities are concerned, access to online law databases like SCC Online and Manupatra are a must for a law student to exist in this profession. Library is mostly overcrowded and there is a scuffle to get a seat, at times. We are not allowed issue, expensive publishers like Halsbury and Mulla. These are some issues we all face day in and day out. I understand how the Faculty of Law is the best place to learn if we were to take in regard return on investment.  However, that can’t be the benchmark when it comes to government universities.”

Kartik Saini, another student addressed the problems Hindi medium students face. He said, “There are not enough books and reading material especially for Hindi medium students. Students from south India sometimes face problem in understanding when teacher uses Hindi as a medium of communication in class. Apart from that, fans seem to be useless. The library lacks chairs and the ones present right now aren’t comfortable enough.”

The Faculty of Law has also failed the teachers. Many classrooms lack microphones and teachers have to bring their own required teaching material to the classes.

One can hope that these matters are addressed immediately and the University administration takes prompt action.


(With inputs from The New Indian Express)

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Jaishree Kumar

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As college comes to a close, here is another cliché checklist about things to do before graduating. Don’t fail this checklist by our Associate Editor, even if you failed your New Year resolutions because you get to graduate only once.

This list is not based on expert advice; neither should it be the ultimate measure of doing college right (as if #goals on Instagram were not enough to make us feel inadequate). Here are a bunch of things, outgoing students should do in April:

–    What is more impossible than a Goa trip? A mass bunk. Execute a successful one before the last working day.

–    Refer to page seven and visit the touristy spots near campus one more time (or even better, for the first time). Don’t forget to use #wanderlust.

–    Channelise all your krantikaari (rebellious) vibes and attend a protest.

–     Pick a quiet day to sit in the library and just read. Experience the quiet solitude as you finish the assignment; it’s quite meditative. Some people say that on a lonely day if you press your ear against the bookshelves, you could hear them whispering.

–    Reflect on the conflicts you had in college, be it with any society member, a classmate, or a faculty. Analyse what happened and try to resolve it. But, most importantly, if you don’t find a closure, then let it go. Recall the hurt, anger, guilt for one last time, and let it evaporate.

–    Scribble your initials on a college desk, and if you are feeling more adventurous, then make graffiti on campus walls (inspiration: Free G.N. Saibaba). Don’t get caught.

–    Visit Central Library, University Stadium (there is a free gym with treadmills and the usual works), and spend some time around the VC lodge.

–    Sample canteen food. Remember the suspicious – looking dish that you have been avoiding? Order it now.

–    Click pictures of your college in the morning light, during the golden hour, and post 6 p.m. Capture your friends, college pets, and yourself. Catalogue the mundane sans the filter; these pictures will be precious later. Don’t click it for Instagram, do it just for the memories.

–    It is the final semester; sort your reading material.

–    Attend a full day of classes (including the 8:30 a.m. lecture) and actively participate in every lecture.

–    If you don’t dress up extra in college, then when will you?  Hence, unleash your #OOTD genius and dress to impress.

–    Tell your crush you like them #AajKuchToofaniKarteHai (#LetsBeCrazyToday).

–    Lay your outfit on Sunday night, declutter your college bag, and for once, be excited for Monday.

–    Write a letter to your college, department, society, or anyone. Lay bare your thoughts and feelings.

–    Graduation is inevitable, and life is only going to get real from now on. Rather than waiting for the withdrawal symptoms to hit you in the face, start the process of letting go already.

–    Forgive yourself for not being “productive” or “good enough.” What made you think you could survive college without breakdowns and disappointments? Overconfidence – that is the answer. College is a coming out of age experience for many of us. It is the first time when we get drunk, take responsibility for ourselves, and bargain for freedom. In this process, we make several mistakes (or worse, we assume to have made mistakes). As long as you learn your lesson, it is fine. Early adulthood is tough already, so congratulations on making it to the last semester. In the words of Frank McCourt, “You have to give yourself credit, not too much because that would be bragging.”


Afterthoughts: For some of us, it is a shame we can’t just admit that college was dreadful and that one can’t relate to the nostalgia. We would rather dump the farewell, get that degree, sell our books, and leave. A quick goodbye, ta-ta!  Well, we can do it by all means; yet regardless of how uneventful these three years were, everyone deserves to have pleasant memories. I wish you would give this phony checklist a chance.

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Niharika Dabral

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DU makes it compulsory for students to have a working library card to receive their admit cards for the exams.

The University of Delhi (DU) released a notification on its website on Wednesday, 3 October 2017 regarding new guidelines for the issue of admit cards, for the upcoming semester exams. Along with the usual minimum 66.7% attendance, a new clause has been added to the list. Students will now have to show their library card, issued to them specifically by the librarian, to be eligible to receive their admit cards.

The move comes after the library staff from most colleges claimed that only a few students actually visit the library to study or read books and/or actually issue some reading material, various informative journals etc. The librarians feel that the students who come just to gossip in hushed voices, wear headphones and keep their heads down, or just come to access their phones freely in the library, disregard and disrespect the decorum of the library. Plenty students don’t even get their library cards made or bother to collect it till their graduation.

The staff and teachers believe that this move by the university will make the students realise the importance and need to read books; both textbooks and leisure reading – be it fiction or nonfiction, and will be a step forward towards tackling the phone addiction most of us suffer from.

Mr Sharma, head of the library staff at one college said that this decision will also help in improving the library book collection and status. “ Books are meant to be sniffed and read, rather than just dusted once in a week lying on those rusty shelves for years. When students don’t use the facility, the administration doesn’t take interest in procuring new books and funding for the infrastructure. Now we can hope to see DU libraries at par with other universities.” He was quoted saying.

Along with the mandatory library card, students will have to show documented proof of issuance of books to their card as well. Yes. You read it right. You just can’t show a blank library card. Although, the types of books to be issued is not specified. Textbooks, novels, motivational reads, journals, research publications – everything is welcome. The university wants for the students to read and learn for their holistic development along with academics.

This announcement has been met with mixed reactions by the students. Some consider it as a benefit to them, while others are grumbling about one more thing they have to do now. Neha, a second-year student at Miranda House said, “ I’m a book freak so kind of excited about this but I’m also looking forward to the enhancement of the library and its facilities. Some of my friends are already exhausted, thinking about reading books. “ She said with a laugh.


Disclaimer: Bazinga is our weekly column of almost believable fake news. It is only to be appreciated and not accepted.


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Gurleen Kaur

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We all give our library security fund almost casually and most of us forget to claim it back at the end of the year. Thanks to this habit, at the School of Open Learning an amount of over Rs 18 crore has been found sitting in the varsity coffers.

An RTI application filed by Faculty of Law student Mohit K. Gupta revealed that SOL has a total unclaimed amount of Rs 18.25 crore as a result of the library security deposits made from 1997 to March 2017.

SOL Director C.S. Dubey asserted that the institution is now planning to use this money, accumulated over the last 20 years, to upgrade the library facilities. He added, “It is the student’s responsibility to claim the security refund back as a mechanism of any university.”

The finance branch of the University of Delhi has claimed that the lapsed security deposits are currently credited to the Vice-Chancellor’s Students Funds Account, which has allegedly been suspected of keeping funds of approximately Rs 1 crore.

The library security amount for undergraduate students from the year 1997 to 2000 was Rs 50 while for postgraduate students it was Rs 100. The amount was then increased to Rs 100 for UG students and Rs 150 for the PG students from the years 2000 to 2003.

As of now, the SOL charges Rs 200 from undergraduate students and Rs 500 from postgraduate students as the library security amount, which can be claimed once the course is over.

The buildup of funds via unacknowledged security deposits must be a story of various university libraries. Ideally, investments should be made out of such funds in the interests of the students.


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Niharika Dabral
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Book Collection

Motilal Nehru College and Lady Shri Ram College have one of the largest book collection in colleges in the University with over 1 lakh books in each library. Hindu College, with one of the oldest college libraries of the University (est. 1899) has over one lakh books as well. [caption id="attachment_38259" align="aligncenter" width="295"]The library of Lady Shri Ram College. | Image Credits: Eeshani Kochhar The library of Lady Shri Ram College. | Image Credits: Eeshani Kochhar[/caption] Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies has a library much smaller in size with about 22 thousand books. SGND Khalsa College houses about 70 thousand A lot of colleges however, complain of academic books that are too old and could use some upgradation. Several colleges lack enough books to cater for certain courses. College of Vocational Studies for example, has only one bookshelf for students pursuing English Honours.


Rajdhani College boasts of ‘a seperate corner’ for disabled students. Shri Ram College of Commerce has a ‘resource centre’ for visually challenged students while a lot of colleges of the University, including Lady Shri Ram College offer audio visual services. [caption id="attachment_38264" align="aligncenter" width="629"]Ak-A0CKofTKyy7garEufBz66pAjGiVBzSEYDJbHXv2_G The SRCC Library | Image Credits: Tanya Agarwal for DU Beat[/caption] Indraprastha College for Women and SGTB Khalsa College have a lift for disabled students to access the books in the library. Miranda House has no such lift despite having two floors of library. Lady Shri Ram College has a Braille printing machine with all library notices being printed in Braille. [gallery columns="2" link="none" ids="38260,38262"] St. Stephen’s College offers online assistance and JAWS (Job Access With Speech) enabled computers for the visually challenged.  

Online Assistance

St. Stephen’s College is a clear winner among Delhi University Colleges in providing online library facilities. Not only does the college have a seperate section of the website dedicated to library services but they also have a WebOPAC interface which anyone can use to browse through the books available in the library. DU Website also has a WebOPAC interface for its central libraries. Unfortunately, nearly all colleges don’t provide this facility. Some college websites fail to provide even the basic information about their libraries, including Moti Lal Nehru College’s website.

Seating Arrangements and entry

A lot of colleges including SGND Khalsa complained of lacking seating space for students. SSCBS Library only manages to seat not more than 30 students at a time. Colleges like Lady Irwin College which have relatively lesser number of students enrolled still have ample of seating space in their reading hall. [caption id="attachment_38266" align="aligncenter" width="504"]The SSCBS Library only manages to seat about 30 people in the reading room. | Image credits: Kartikeya Bhatotia for DU Beat The SSCBS Library only manages to seat about 30 people in the reading room. | Image credits: Kartikeya Bhatotia for DU Beat[/caption] Entry rules are pretty strict across the University college libraries. A lot of libraries require bags to be kept outside and some colleges like Jesus and Mary College refuse the entry of students if they are carrying any book which does not belong to the library. [gallery columns="2" link="none" ids="38265,38268"]   (The report has been compiled on the inputs provided by students from their respective colleges as well as the college websites) Kartikeya Bhatotia [email protected]]]>

I‘ve traveled the world twice over,
Met the famous; saints and sinners,
Poets and artists, kings and queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners,
I’ve been where no-one’s been before,
Learned secrets from writers and cooks
All with one library ticket
To the wonderful world of books.
~ Anonymous ~

The dream environment of any reader ought to be a library. No matter how many books you buy; the bliss of being surrounded by shelves and shelves of every kind of book imaginable and spending hours browsing through them at leisure is absolutely incomparable. Luckily for these readers then that there happen to be quite a number of well stocked libraries in Delhi which will be a source of joy for every true bookworm.

Among the private libraries, the best is undoubtedly Eloor. Located in South Extension, Part I, it charges 10% of the book price for 14 days and offers a wide range of books.

Probably one of Defence Colony’s best kept secrets is the cozy 3L Library behind Moet’s. The rent for borrowing books starts from Rs. 7 and escalates depending on your choice of book.

In central Delhi, there is the famous British Council Library in Kasturba Gandhi Marg. Apart from a collection of over 25000 books; they house educational videos, home videos, periodicals and newspapers from the UK. Right opposite the BCL is the comparatively less known American Centre Library. The Sahitya Akademi library, in Rabindra Bhavan CP, is one of the largest multi-lingual libraries in India, used by researchers and casual readers alike.

The Delhi Public Library is located in various parts of the city and its various locations can be looked up at its site: www.dpl.gov.in. A relatively new phenomenon is the online library ‘Friends of Books’ (www.friendsofbooks.com)which caters to Delhi and NCR. There couldn’t possibly be a more convenient way to get your hands on books, though the lack of physical evidence does tend to put off readers. After all there is nothing quite like leafing through the yellowing pages of thumbed down hard backs for yourself.