Maitreyi College


Leading by Bushnell’s quote, “The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” the Enactus Society of Delhi University’s Maitreyi College has grown, within only two years of its inception, into a well established platform of social transformation that aims to achieve a holistic development of all the weaker sections of the society and help them attain a sustainable livelihood through various development programs and social entrepreneurial projects.

Founded by Sanchila Arora in 2014, the society consists of some forty members who together took on their very first entrepreneurial initiative – Project Unnayan. Adhering to the purpose of the word ‘Unnayan’ which means ‘Upliftment’, the project works towards the process of improving the living conditions of all women residing in the socially and economically backward sections of the society by training them in making and selling liquid dishwashing products, Clean Ninja.

Clean Ninja
Clean Ninja


There are many areas in Delhi where economic trends are extremely weak which not only lessens economic opportunities for all but also leads to low incomes, poor living conditions and health of families and low levels of sustainability due to unemployment. There have also been several instances, as confessed by women to the members of Enactus Maitreyi, in which their husbands have spent all their income in consumption of alcohol and even became violent when tried to be stopped, further leading to the deliberate wastage of all their money on unruly wants instead of being used for basic requirements of care for their families.

The members of Enactus Maitreyi therefore, get together with the targeted set of women in a safe and hygienic working environment on a regular basis, and train them in the basic techniques of producing the liquid dishwasher, Clean Ninja. They do so by teaching them the methods of measuring and mixing all the ingredients correctly with the help of different apparatus and neatly packaging the products simultaneously once they are created. Once they are familiar with this art of producing the dishwashing liquid, they are guided to the process of marketing and selling the products as well. Apart from the production, the women employed under Enactus Maitreyi are also taught about the basic necessities of wearing gloves and masks during the whole process and the uniqueness of these products which lies in their quality and uniformity along with the environment-friendly aspect adjoined with it. In short, the team members do everything they can to help them gain proficiency in all the essential skills and knowledge required for becoming strong, self sufficient and economically independent women in the society.

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Rashmi Verma, President, Enactus Society of Maitreyi, strongly believes that “There aren’t any people, who wouldn’t want to make a change in the society, but there are indeed, very few who successfully create a difference. More than dreamers, we are the ‘do-ers’. Being an all girls team, we have learnt the strength and courage each one holds within us. There is nothing in the world which can deter our unity now and stop us from turning any idea into a reality once we put our mind to it. Through Project Unnayan, we provide women a platform where they can explore new arenas of life and start living a life they never believed they could experience. All women employed under our initiative are thus, working voluntarily and are extremely happy with this effort crossing their lives.”

The Enactus Society of Maitreyi College has also recently won the KPMG Grant Competition 2015, where they have been awarded with a grant of Rs. 50,000.

Due to the consistent positive response gained for their results of Clean Ninja, once their current project becomes stable and the women of the community gain complete self reliance over their work, the Enactus Society of Maitreyi College has decided to come up with the production of many more variants of the same product with a new set of workforce, and would also be seen creating many more successful projects in the near future.

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Chemsophy was organised on 3rd March 2016 by Department of Chemistry, Maitreyi College. The fest received a participation of around 150 students from various colleges like KMC, IIT Delhi, Sri Venkateswara college, Gargi, DCAC, IGNOU.

The fest started by lighting of the lamp by our chief guest Dr. S. C. Mittal, Executive Director, Premier Forensic Sciences Institute and Labs. An informative lecture was delivered by the chief guest on the topic “Forensic Science: Solving White Collar Crimes”. The lecture made students aware of fingerprint extraction, detection of fake documents under UV rays and more.

The lecture was followed by Paper Presentation on the topic was Forensic Science or IPR. The competition was judged by the Chief Guest. . The best speaker went to Nancy from Sri Venkateswara College. In Poster Making Competition, the topic was given on the spot – Forensic Science or Green Chemistry.  During the second half of the day “Quizeolite” – A scientific quiz which organised by Quizcraft Global, one of the largest quizzing company took place. A cross team from Kirori Mal College and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce emerged as winners.

Shortly after, “Fun in Lab” was organized where different techniques of chemistry were being used to detect the knowledge of participants under very legitimate rules and regulations. The first prize was bagged by Miranda House and second by Gargi College. All the winners were awarded cash prizes, coupons and goodies.

The Sociology department of Maitreyi College hosted their annual fest, Imagine on the 29th of February. The morning program, hosted in the seminar hall, started off with an introductory address by the Head of Department, Mrs. Mala, who welcomed the students and the guest speaker for the day, Prof. Nivedita Menon from Centre for Competitive Politics and Political Theory, JNU.

The students then proceeded to present a rendition on Audre Lorde, an American author of colour and activist for women’s rights. The students recreated a few excerpts from Lorde’s autobiography, picking up some bold instances, highlighting the lesbian circles of 1950s America and reading them out in front of the audience. Keeping in mind the theme of the fest ‘Sexualities’, their performance highlighted not only the issue of misogyny against people of different sexual orientations, but also brought to light the clear divide that race creates within these circles.

Following the performance, Prof. Nivedita was invited to address the audience and in her words, the students had delivered a “brilliantly conceived” performance. Picking up instances from their performance she went on to construct her talk around the idea of sexuality as an individual’s identity. Taking the example of Audre Lorde, who was marginalised in two ways, for being a black lesbian, of which she was self critical in the passages picked up by the students. Prof. Nivedita then went on to talk about the hegemonic norms dominant in our culture which forces us to fit ourselves in the oppressive definition of ‘Normal’.

Ending a very engaging talk, she said that there is no silence about the topics of sex and sexualities. At all times people are talking about it even when they are telling us to be home safely by six, because indirectly all they are implying is to avoid having sex, whether it is with your consent or without.

The morning session then ended, followed by the competitive events of the day, first of which was the debate, based on various topics surrounding feminism. Suyash Kumar from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College won the best speaker for the motion and Deepak Jha from SGTB Khalsa won for against the motion, while Pallavi from Janki Devi Memorial College bagged the best interjector. Expressions, the slam poetry competition, was the main attraction of the day and saw Miranda House shine at the top with Poonam Mumu and Aamina Rahim bag the first position.

A few other informal events included photography and face painting and collectively made the day a successful one.

Featured Image Credits: Bayar Jain from Maitreyi College

With a vehement passion to take the discipline of Sociology beyond classroom levels and create a strong platform for change in the society, the Department of Sociology of Maitreyi College released its very first Newsletter- ‘Sociologue: Aao Baat Karein’ followed by a talk on ‘Why Gender? Need for Feminist Thinking’ by Professor Rajni Palriwala on the 27th of October, 2015, from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. in the Seminar Hall of Maitreyi College, New Delhi. The programme began with a short speech by Dr. (Mrs.) Yamini Gautam, Vice-Principal of Maitreyi College, on the great value of newsletters in today’s times for disseminating information and spreading awareness on various issues around the world, which are otherwise left unvoiced. Professor (Mrs.) Maala was then, called on the stage to give a warm welcome to the guest speaker, Dr. Rajni Palriwala, who is a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. Her research interests include gender, kinship and marriage, care, citizenship, feminist theory and politics, agrarian and development studies and comparative sociology. She is also an eminent author of many novels and journals, some of which include Changing Kinship, Family and Gender Relations in South Asia; Planning Families, Planning Gender; and Marriage, Migration and Gender. [caption id="attachment_35899" align="aligncenter" width="767"]DSC_0101-001 copy Dr. Rajni Panriwala[/caption]   The event was followed by Dr. Rashi Bhargava, Assistant Professor and Editor-in-chief of Sociologue, who explained the true purpose of their newsletter, which was to initiate a platform for social discussion and dialogue, and to promote interactions and liberation of ideas on issues of everyday life which must be confronted, but are mostly neglected. A presentation on an overview of the whole newsletter was thus, demonstrated to give a brief on all the major Editorial features such as Feature Articles, Editors’ Choice, Department Updates, News Headlines, Reflection Box, and Letters to the Editor and Issue Specific Features which would include Stories/Poems/Reviews, Comic Strips/Visual Pieces and Food For Thought, built around one particular theme, every year. DSC_0162 copy   The entire team of Sociologue, including the Editorial Board, Creative Team and Publicity Team along with Dr. Rajni, Dr. Yamini, Prof. Maala, Dr. Rashi, Associate Professor Dr. Gopi Tripathy and Prof. Koyal were then, all, invited on the stage to perform the inauguration ceremony. Having run the theme ‘Gender Matters’ this year, it was crucial for someone as prestigious as Professor Rajni to address her few words of wisdom during the launch of Sociologue. She started by reminiscing her childhood days wherein she was surprised to observe that despite being treated equally in the arena of education, her family would always create differences among her siblings when it came to cooking, and every time, she would persuade her family into finding her a groom who could cook instead, a wave of laughter would fill the air. Growing up, she realized that such differences, which she earlier took as being natural, were in fact, cultural- that is, made by the world around us, and which have always been prevalent, ever since the times of Suffrage and the Indian National Movement.   DSC_0021-001 copy She explained that the reason “Why Gender?” is debated upon so much is because of the fact that people always took gender differences as being natural, especially in the dimension of work. She said, that, “People always required women to cook, take care of the ‘unpaid domestic work’ and become the bedrock of their families. They thought that women did all this naturally, and it was thus, considered as their ‘real job’. Even if middle-class or poor women did go out for work to subsist their family, they were still required to finish their entire household ‘work’ as well.” She then, emphasized that the reason why unequal treatment of women in the public sphere of education and employment is still very much prevalent in our society, is because our constitution has only acquired formal equality for women, and not a substantive one. She referred to the popular saying, “Personal is political” by justifying that our lives are deeply political as it’s all about the personal ‘power’ of a person, whether it’s men who may dominate their power over others or women who may succumb to the oppression of powers by others. She further elucidated that many women have now become victims of the ‘Stockholm syndrome’ which means that after being imprisoned or bounded by the dominant structure of the society for so long, women have started accepting such ways of life where they no longer feel the urge to break away. This is also one of the reasons why most of them do not raise their voice anymore and choose to stay silent despite being treated unfairly repeatedly by anyone. She also enlightened everyone with the fact that the equality which women ask for is not of being treated exactly as men, but of that in which men and women of all castes and classes must be different. She said that, “the idea of true equality does not call for exact sameness, but of enhancing and appreciating the idea of differences among them, and being treated with ‘equal’ dignity and respect.” She, therefore, encouraged all the girls to continue the fight against unjust treatment and to continue discussing such topics with those having opposite perspectives until they realize that they are wrong. According to her, there must be a very strong sense of collectivity and uniformity among women, or a need for Feminism, as the battle to remove all gender inequalities may be slow and hard, but will eventually bring about an epicenter of change. Shagun Marwah [email protected] Image Credits: Bayar Jain and Vibhana Kanwar, Members of Vista- The Photography Society of Maitreyi College]]>

th and 17th of October, 2015 respectively. Conducted by the faculty of ‘Eptitude’, the events took place from 12 am onwards in the Seminar Hall of Maitreyi College and saw participation by more than 100 students from all different courses on both days. On day 1, the workshop was introduced by Mr. Abhishek Anand, the head Director of Eptitude, who, in the light of his own personal experiences of educational preferences at Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, shared his perspective on the strategies for making right decisions while choosing subject courses in universities. He further stressed the importance of ‘a correct framework’ before applying to professional jobs which, according to him, “must include a work experience of at least two years in the field of career one wants to pursue, along with tons of good internships in start-up business industries”. The event was preceded by a clear understanding of case studies and their essentiality in the employability space, which was done by Mr. Anand, an engineer by profession who studied Electrical Engineering from IIM as well. To help them gain a more realistic idea on case-based approaches, sheets of paper with a sample case study of growing television productions, were distributed among all students, who were then required to play the role of a marketer and decipher the solutions to all the problem statements of the case given to them. Through this process, they were not only able to garner a fresh outlook towards case discussions in professional meetings but also an assessment of each and every component of an industry set-up. Along with this, they were also given a brief recognition of key components such as business communication, etiquettes and dressing, the power of negotiations and resume holding in an office space. “Here at Eptitude,” spoke Mr. Abhishek Anand, “we not only focus on helping CAT or GMAT aspirants crack their entrance examinations, but also enlighten them with sufficient knowledge on cracking case studies during recruitment procedures. We strive to create a personality development in every student by building confidence levels and sharpening their analytical skills, for them to ace internships and job interviews at best management and banking industries.” Day 2 was followed by a case study contest, in which all the participants of Maitreyi College were divided in teams of two. Keeping in mind the techniques taught the other day, each team was then given a case study which was required to be solved within the time limit of one hour. Out of the participation of 50 teams and their submissions, the selected teams were now required to prepare a presentation of their cases in the centre of Eptitude along with the shortlisted team winners of other participating colleges of Delhi University, very soon. The Case Study winners of Maitreyi College are as follows:- Mohini Jindal and Aakansha Jain from First Year, and Shrutika Gupta and Megha Baid from Second Year Shagun Marwah [email protected] Image Credits: Aditi and Latika Sehgal]]>

Abhivyakti, theatre society of Maitreyi College organised Intifada – the 2nd annual street theatre fest along with Rhapsody – the annual cultural fest of the college on 10th March. The street festival saw various societies from all over the university coming and participation in the competition. 10 teams presented their annual street productions. Participating colleges were Keshav Mahavidyalaya College, Gargi College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College, P.G.D.A.V. College, Indraprastha College for Women, Ramanujan College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Shivaji College, Hans Raj College and SGTB Khalsa College. IMG_0969 With the fest season coming to an end, each team had performed a lot in the recent past. But certain plays like Bas Samajhne ki Baat hai by Shivaji College left the audience crying. Their play was based on old age problems. SGTB Khalsa’s We, the people based on politics surprised the spectators with its different elements. Radhika, an avid follower of street theatre said, “It is great to notice that every play has some changes incorporated for their performance compared to the last one. With performances happening each day, this shows how much teams are working hard towards improving their production.” Rehaayi by Hansraj Dramatics Society bagged the third position at the festival whereas the first runners-up team was Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce for their play Chidiya ki Kahaani. The winners for Intifada was Gargi College for their production Joota.


Former Convener of Sri Venkateswara College, Dr Manish Sharma was one of the three judges for the event. Mr. Nilesh Deepak, an eminent theatre artist, who was also a judge said that, “Theatre in DU circuit is still alive and happening. It feels great to know that there is an uprising and this looks like a change.” Head of Commerce Department of the host college, Ms. Nilima Chaudhary was the third judge for Intifada. Minna, the president of Gargi Dramatics Society said, “It feels great when a very simple production like Joota gets so much appreciation from the audience. This shows how quality matters more than the quantity of the subject.”]]>

The first day of the annual fest of Maitreyi College, “Rhapsody”, was held on 27th February. The fest started with a wonderful inauguration ceremony followed by breath taking dance performances by dance societies of various colleges under the western dance competition.IIT Delhi once again bagged the first prize in this competition.  The first day of this two day cultural festival had a lot to offer for everyone in a mood to enjoy. The debate competition also witnessed huge participation, where speakers enthusiastically debated on the topic “juvenile rapists should be tried as adults”. The “one act play “event attracted a large participation and a keen audience.  Various exciting food joints and fun games also thrilled the students. “Snap shot”, a unique photography competition and exhibition was one of the most delightful events of the day. The best part of the fest was the DJ session with the famous Sumit Sethi who rocked the students with his exhilarating beats and gripping music. The union president along with her committee put up a fabulous show with great hard work. Today’s events includea fashion show and a performance by “Neeraj Shirdhar“ with Bombay Vikings, promising to take your breath away.]]>