Motilal Nehru College(MLNC) witnessed a two-hour-long protest organised by the Student Union; many students blocked the college gate, making it difficult for vehicles to enter or exit. The protest was called off and many students went down to the Delhi University Student’s Union (DUSU) office to protest again.

It all began from MNLC’s Student Union’s desire to have a high budget fest this season. Before this year; the cultural society of MLNC(M), the student union of MLNC(M), and the student union of MLNC(E) used to have separate fests with separate names. This year, all of them collectively decided to have a single, high budget fest. There were many issues within the organising committee itself regarding the name of the fest, given all 3 used to have different names, but more problems awaited them owing to lack of cooperation from the administration.

As it goes at any other college’s fest, the organising committee worked day and night to gather sponsorship and finalise an artist to make their event bigger and better. The union had finally locked down Punjabi Singer “Karan Aujla” and even a pseudo-MoU had been signed. Whatsapp Groups of the students of MLNC saw this graphic being circulated.


But shortly after, the administration office introduced several restrictions for this new fest, they demanded no other student apart from MLNC to be able to enter or attend the Star Night event. This caused a lot of backlash from the student community and only half an hour later, these two graphics were circulated amongst similar groups.


Next Morning, many students participated in the protest organised by the Student’s Union. The Student’s Union highlighted many incidents of Corruption from the Administration office, giving examples of Letterheads and lack of Nescafe booths in the college premises, and demanded for the star night to be brought back with their demands and for the administration to cooperate regarding the signatures on the MoUs.


An English Professor from MLNC said, “There is always a gap between the understanding of the advisory committee of the Student’s Union and the people from the Student’s Union. If they claim for the Administration (office) to be corrupt, you cannot ignore the fact that they are somewhat corrupt too and this might be the reason that they joined student politics in the first place.”

According to the Union and the organising committee, the administration office has not been really helpful or supportive regarding the annual fest ever, and this year has been way worse compared to previous years and the efforts being put in the Student Union.
The sit-in protest at the college gate lasted for almost 2 hours, during which only selected vehicles could enter or exit the gates. This led to disruption in the day-to-day activities of the college and after a while, the protest had to be called off because of pressure by the Police officials and the administration.

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Aadhar, the street theatre society of Motilal Nehru College recently organised their annual street theatre fest Mukaam 2016.  The nukkad natak festival took the centre stage, as huge number of students stepped inside the front lawns of the college to catch a glimpse of the participants. The ten teams which were screened through a preliminary round conducted on 6th, March 2016, participated in the final event on 15th of March 2016, and the venue was themed on the village “Safdarpur”, the imaginary land of Safdar Hashmi.   mukaam1 The judges of the event were Tanay Yadav, who is both, an ex student and an avid street play performer, the other judge was Ms. Shilpi, who is a faculty of the college. Shunya, the theatre society of Ramjas College bagged the first position for their production “Kaachu”, followed by Verve, The theatre society of SSCBS for their production “The Black Box “.  Kaachu is based on the moral that there should always be a society which leaves space for dissent and new ways of thinking. Navdeep Maggu from Ramjas College also won the title of the best actor (male) along with Tanya Maniktala from Shivaji College who bagged the best actor (female). “Much like last year, the participation was impressive and I’m very happy with the execution of the fest,” Ankit Kumar, the president of Aadhar told us. He also thanked all the participating teams for performing at the festival. Ishaan Sengupta [email protected]]]>

th and 25th of February on a massive scale. The fest was officially kicked off by the chief guest, DR Gautam Naresh, an honorary professor with Foundation for Public Economics and Policy Research, who gave a speech on urban issue and the financial management reforms in India. He was skeptical of the ‘smart city’ scheme introduced by the NDA Government. When asked about the policy of providing water for free till a certain limit, as exercised by the AAP Government, he said that it was okay, but only at a cost, that would have to be borne by people up the ladder. He also stated that Public Private Partnerships are the way forward for better public services. After the lecture and a ‘diya’ lighting ceremony, the events were started. The two day fest consisted of intense challenges and concepts that touch the subject of economics intricately. Each event tested abilities either in management, business acumen or current affairs.   IMG_20160224_122509_HDR Events like Young Managers, tested knowledge, teamwork and sales ability of the team whereas, events like Negocio tested the teams, ability to make create a brand, promote and advertise a new product on the spot. The winning team of Young Managers consisted of Kanika, Pratibha and Puneet from ARSD, while close in second position came Rishabh and Nishant from ARSD again. The winning team in Negocio consisted of a cross college team – Sanyam Aggarwal, Meghna Gandhi and Ankur Maharishi, while the second position was grabbed by Shubham Kalra and Divyanshu from Sri Aurobindo College (Eve.). Perhaps, the most creative event of fest, was Vertigo, where teams had to face multiple rounds, only to end in the sale of hard synthetic drugs like Cocaine, Heroin, Chrystal Methamphetamine etc. The winners in this event were Vishali Rawat and Himanshu Goyal from VIPS who came first, while Sonali Asri and Ashutosh from Motilal Nehru College bagged the second position.   Moot Point and Photonomics catered to a crowd, which enjoyed debates/group discussion and photography respectively. While Moot Point demanded the participants to discuss on issues like the Syrian War and Nationalism, participants of Photonomics were given the opportunity to click photographs pertaining to a topic. The winner of Moot point was Abhinav from IIMC while Ankur Maharishi from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College grabbed the second place. The winner of Photnomics was Sparsh Soni from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Ritika Sakhuja from MLNC came second and Arif from Shivaji College came third. IMG_20160224_132048_HDR Much like other departmental fests, Ecoverve also conducted Lights! Camera! Auction – an auctioning event. The winners were Vipul Dayma and Himanshu Modgil from MLNC, while close in second position was a cross college team consisting of Aayush, Ayushi and Nikunj. A Treasure Hunt event was also kept, which had three gruesome rounds. The winners were Satyam Gupta, Utkarsh Singh and Priti Kumar form MLNC, Prashant Thakur and Amit Yadav from ARSD grabbed the second place while Somveer Rawal and Nitish Yadav from MLNC bagged the third spot.   Sparkle Drive, a clothes donation campaign was also conducted in association with fulfilling dreams foundation in the college. Certain filler activites, like 7up-7 down and throwing the darts, was also conducted. The event was a crowded with participants, and turned out to be a huge success. When asked about what he gained from organizing such a fest, the president of the society, Harshit Bansal, a third year student said, “The sponsorships we generated were remarkable, the participation was good and the team worked extremely hard. I just want to leave a legacy for the future position holders of the society and educate them to be diligent and determined whenever they organize an event of this stature, especially because it has the reputation of being the best in the college.” Ishaan Sengupta [email protected]]]>

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” But do humans and animals in India really coexist in harmony? Not quite.

The plight of stray dogs in the country has been abysmal and is deteriorating by the day. This has resulted in the increase in the number of casualties due to a profound virus communicated by stray dogs called ‘rabies’. Due to lack of people’s active participation in adopting stray dogs and timely treatment with anti – rabies vaccination, rabies is killing 20,000 dogs every year.

Enactus Motilal Nehru College under its makeshift project – Project Parivartan – is working on eradicating rabies completely from Delhi, and eventually India. A team of roughly 60 students, Enactus MNC is working closely with PAWS, which is an NGO that works with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in sterilizing (controlling their population by removing internal reproductive organs) and vaccinating (anti-rabies) stray dogs under the Animal Birth Control programme devised by the WHO. In the last year they managed to get 12 and 24 stray dogs sterilised and vaccinated respectively and now their college is completely rabies free.

However due lack of government funding, organisations like PAWS that run on donations are being forced to shut down and hence cannot carry out their services to their full capabilities, much like Friendicoes had to shut down for a few days. Sterilisation and vaccination is expensive hence, Enactus MNC provides a sum of rupees 500 per stray dog to PAWS so that they can sustain their services.

To sustain these payments made to the NGO they have made different accessories which are sold in the market. However, these products are made by an informal cooperative of people from the underprivileged sections of the society. Handmade Dog accessories under the brand name – Be Desi – are made by orphans and unemployed women while wristbands are made by mentally disabled children of Asha School in the Delhi Cantonment region. They wish to expand their product line too. Currently 3 orphans, 2 unemployed women and 4 children are associated with the Project. Half of the proceeds from selling these products is provided to the NGO.

They’ve also been recognised by the Retd. Maj. Gen. AVSM R.M. Kharb, the Chairman of Animal Welfare Board of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests for their efforts. This year, Enactus Motilal Nehru College aims for getting at least 200 stray dogs vaccinated, which is both ambitious and achievable, according to Abhijit Das, a member of the society. They also intend to employ 50 people.

DU Beat wishes them the very best in their endeavour.

Ishaan Sengupta

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