Maharaja Agrasen


With the college website being hacked for the second time in eight months; a question on data privacy and security arises.

On Friday, 3rd August 2018, the website of Maharaja Agrasen College was hacked for three hours. Everyone, including the students, faculty, and the college administration were in a state of shock by this development. The photograph of the college on the website was replaced with a photograph of stone-pelters.

According to a source, this was noticed by the administration in the morning when they reached college. Along with the photograph of stone-pelters, a message also featured on the website. The message said, “Do you know why you got hacked? Stop killing Muslims. Give free rights to Kashmiri’s.”The message also mentioned that the credit card and bank details of the college were not secure and the authorities should be ready to face the hackers. The hackers also mentioned that they had dumped the whole database and server of the college. To prove themselves, the hackers not only uploaded a photograph of Pakistan’s national flag, but also wrote Pakistan Zindabad.  The web-page also mentioned that the website was hacked by Blackscorpion and ProBro’s.


Harsh Verma, a student of Maharaja Agrasen College said, “There were rumours in the morning about the college website being hacked. People said we should not open the website on our mobile phones or our personal details might be leaked. This has happened for the second time in the last 7-8 months and the college authorities are not serious about the student’s data. The security system of the college should be worked upon or else students can be easily targeted by such activities.” Another student, Ira, a graduate from Maharaja Agrasen College spoke to DU Beat about the same. She said, “ Hacking the college website is very immature and might be a prank played by a student. Hacking a college website to put out a message has become some sort of trend these days. The same happened in Jamia Milia Islamia University a few months ago when a message was displayed on the website to wish a girl on her birthday.”

Information about the website being hacked spread like a fire. The college took this matter seriously and informed the police without delay. The administration also informed the computer cell of the University. The website was cured with the help of Delhi Police’s IT cell. In this regard, a FIR has been registered by the college in New Ashok Nagar police station under the IT Act.

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rising intolerance in the society and the importance of nonviolence. The play was organised during Raahgiri, on September 27, 2015 at Connaught Place, New Delhi. The play was performed by Abhinay, the dramatics society of Maharaja Agrasen College. The Peace Gong is a national platform for children and youth to connect together and work for peace, nonviolence and sustainable development. Speaking on the efforts of the team to create awareness on the importance of nonviolence, the Peace Gong youth coordinator, Abhishek Ranjan, a first year student of the Maharaja Agrasen College said the Peace Gong was planning to bring together students of different colleges of Delhi University to propagate the message of peace, tolerance and mutual understanding.

Explaining the concept behind the play, Ankita Tomar, a 3rd year Journalism student of the Maharaja Agrasen College and the coordinator of Abhinay said, “We all know how throughout our freedom struggle, Mahatma Gandhi placed emphasis on the principles of nonviolence. But we are all concerned at the rising intolerance in our society where people tend to follow the path of violence at the slightest pretext. Through this play we are trying to portray that violence is no solution.”
Another Coordinator of Abhinay, Kartik Kala, a third year student pointed out that they intended to stage the play in other places in Delhi. He said, “It is important to incorporate Bapu’s teachings in one’s life and work for a compassionate world.” “What we require is a student’s movement to address issues of intolerance and mutual disrespect,” said Palak Narula, another Peace Gong youth member and a first year student of Journalism. “We have to use different forms of media to reach out to each and every member of the society to influence aggressive behaviour towards each other. As a group committed to work for peace and nonviolence, we intend to learn and use the Gandhian principles of nonviolent communication to bring change and greater understanding in the society.” Ankit Kumar, a first year student of Maharaja Agrasen College and also a Peace Gong youth member said in the coming weeks they planned totake up issues like road rage etc to address issues of rising intolerance in the society. Other members of Abhinay like Vinay Sharma, Vihaan Pathak, Neha Singh, Sahil Vashist and others expressing their concern on the rising intolerance said they hoped their medium of street plays would contribute to create some awareness on the significance of mutual respect. Image Credits: Vishal Bhandari and Abhishek Ranjan Guest Post By Abhishek Ranjan  ]]>

A Norwegian Instrumental Music concert was organised by the SPIC MACAY Chapter of Maharaja Agrasen to promote international exchange of culture. The Karl Seglem Acoustic Quartet performed with Karl Seglem playing the saxophone, Sigurd Hole the bass, and Andreas Ulvo and Jonas Howden Sjoevaag at the keyboard and drums respectively. The Manipuri Folk Dance Recital by Panthoibi Jagoi Marup was another star attraction to grace the event.


Yuvaan’14 witnessed a prominant increase in the number of participants from preceding years. Students from all over Delhi NCR particpated in competitions like Classical Music, Classical Dance, Creative Writing, Debate, Folk Dance, Group Dance, Stage Theatre and Quiz. 7 teams competed in the most sought- after event, Battle of Bands, to win the title of Best College Band.]]>

Maharaja Agrasen College organized its 2nd National Student Academic Congress on 6th and 7th February, 2014. While the theme of last year’s congress held in March was “Educational Reforms – The Way Forward”, the discussion this time was focussed on “Power of Ethics”.

The two-day conference was inaugurated by Prof. Sudhish Pachauri, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi in the presence of Dr Sunil Sondhi, Principal, Maharaja Agrasen College who said that such conferences serve as a great opportunity for the students to not just compete with one another but also to increase their knowledge by listening to the views and suggestions of others. Prof. Pachauri in his address spoke at length about the recent reforms at the University of Delhi. He reiterated the need for holistic development of students which skilfully integrates mind, body and heart.

Not just students pursuing graduation and post-graduation, even research scholars and school-going students submitted paper presentations on topics like Life Management & Gita, Morality in Education, Globalization & Relevance of Gandhi, Role of Media in Raising Women-Centric Issues and Impact of Kashmir Conflict on Women and Children. 65 research papers were presented by students from Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Delhi, Mumbai University and Jamia Milia Islamia.

Principals of Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, Atma Ram Sanatana Dharma College and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies judged the congress which was spread over 4 sessions. The two- day event came to end with the distribution of certificates to the winners during the Valedictory Session which was chaired by Prof. MM Chaturvedi, Director, Cluster Innovation Centre,University of Delhi.

rd January 2014. The competition titled “Open Day” was divided into two broad categories which were art and photography.  In all, a dozen competitions were held which included painting, sketching, caricature, rangoli, Best Out of Waste, Photo Story and on the spot photography. The event turned out to be a resounding success as it clocked over 200 participants from 44 colleges belonging to 10 different universities in 4 cities. Tasavvur, which literally means “imagination”, was initiated in March last year when MAC hosted its first Student Academic Congress. Tasavvur functions under the banner of MAC-NSS and has so far hosted three exhibitions. Open Day happened to be the first national level art and photography competition organized by Tasavvur and coincided with the completion of 10 months of Tasavvur’s existence. Co-founders of Tasavvur, Aman Agrawal and Viranchi Singh, presently serving as President and Vice President of Tasavvur respectively stated, “The competition cum exhibition was Tasavvur’s tribute to young artists and photographers whose skills often go unnoticed because of the excessive stress placed on academics in higher education.” The duo hoped that with the implementation of the FYUP, the university would seriously consider giving its artists and photographers the required exposure which would in turn enhance their creativity. The creative contest came to an end with the distribution of certificates and trophies to the winners by Dr Shirin Bakshi Raina and Ms. Sonia Sachdeva, Teacher Coordinators, Tasavvur in the presence of Dr Amit Pundir, Convener, MAC-NSS and Mr VP Singh from the Delhi Photography Club who happened to be the organizing partners of Open Day 2014. Photographer Anshul Verma from Tasavvur is optimistic about the success of Tasavvur’s coming events as Open Day ended on a grand note after recording a footfall of over 500 people. Saif Ahmad Khan  ]]>

Delhi University has been facing arrant chaos and bedlam ever since admissions to the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) started. It’s the first time ever that many colleges closed their doors for admissions to courses before time due to over admissions. The forking for equality, selection and caliber has been reducing with the admissions to FYUP. Colleges have been soughing under the stress. There was a torrent of applications from students at some colleges due to lower cut-offs and consequent to the same there were admissions over the ratified seats. For instance, there were 55,000 applications this year compared to 2,200 last year for the Journalism Course. By retaining the original certificates and unnecessarily detaining admission process, many colleges have also been accused of. Besides some colleges also admitted students on first-come-first-serve basis, which is out of the bound of rule books.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) casts about the aftermath of the delving by Delhi University. The University, after all, has resolved to appoint a high-octane committee headed by a retired judge to inquire over the alleged matters regarding infraction of admission norms by some colleges during the ongoing admissions. An inquiry into the issue has been originated by J.M. Khurana, the Dean, Students’ Welfare.

Six colleges namely College of Vocational Studies (CVS), Sri Aurobindo, Maharaja Agrasen, Swami Shraddhanand, Shyam Lal and Atma Ram Santan Dharma (ARSD) had promised seats to aspirants eligible in first cutoff and denied later. Applicants had to visit Dean’s office (Student Welfare) to settle issues, although many of which could be tackled at the colleges themselves. CVS confronted problems regarding English Honours admissions whereas ARSD, Maharja Agrasen College and Sri Aurobindo faced trouble at B.Tech in Computer Science, B.Tech in Electronics, Physics and Chemistry, respectively. Also, students and parents, calling for justice, brought out strike at CVS, unfortunately which had no positive upshot.

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’?

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