The college administration cited the surplus staff strength as the reason following the calculation of the required ‘workload’.
University of Delhi’s Motilal Nehru Morning college released a press release on its official website on Tuesday stating the termination of three ad hoc teachers. Among the discharged was a teacher from the Computer Science department whose name could not be learnt in addition to Arunakar Pandey and Shashi Kumar from the Hindi Department. The teachers believe that the college used faulty calculation methods, as 41 teachers at the staff council meeting went on to complain the “wrong calculation”.
Workload is the number of a teacher’s teaching hours at the college. The workload at the University has been a cause of tussle between the Teacher’s Union and the University Grants Commission (UGC) ever since the Regulations introduced in 2010 which specified that the workload to be not less than 40 hours a week for 30 weeks in an Academic Year. Later it was further increased after the 2016 UGC gazette notification, leading to widespread protests last year. The Ministry of Human Resource Development had later intervened and asked UGC to re-examine the guidelines, leading to the University’s resolution on workload.
The sacked teachers opined that the college administration had infringed these guidelines in their case. “Blatantly violating the rules, the college sent me a termination letter late in the evening. Following protests against this calculation, the college principal said the standing committee is reviewing it,” The Indian Express quoted Shashi Kumar as saying.
The college administration could not be reached for any further response on the subject inspite of our repeated efforts. The student community was particularly disturbed with these developments. A student from the Hindi Department when approached by our correspondent said, “Mr. Kumar had been serving at the college from eight years. It is most unfortunate.”
The University of Delhi (DU) has always been recognised by its top league colleges, such as St. Stephens, Hindu, and SRCC. But of late, even its off-campus colleges have been garnering attention. What with their exceptional performance in both the academics and fine arts, these colleges have become just as worthy of a shoutout as any other college in DU.
Here’s a brief timeline about the highlights of the off-campus colleges in the last academic year:
Feature Image Credits: Lakshya, Kamala Nehru College
The Entrepreneurship cell in association with iMet Global and Campus Connect (powered by smartech labs) organized iSocial’s Career Awareness 2016 drive on New Age Jobs in Digita-Social media and E-commerce on 26th October, 2016 at Motilal Nehru College.
Various facts of a career choice and its determining factors such as aptitude and interest, lifespan of career, commercial resources, availability of opportunities, academic potential and other aspects such as digital and social media marketing were explained through relevant examples.
Digital Marketing is becoming a mainstream in India. A digital professional, or specialist is often responsible for developing strategy used in marketing a company’s product online, utilizing such techniques in the fields as social media, web analytics, email marketing and search engine optimization among others.
Here’s is a list of the various digital marketing positions available for those seeking a career in this arena:-
1) Digital Marketing Manager
2) Content Marketing Manager
3) Content Writer
4) Social Media Marketing
5) SEO Executives
6) Copy Writers
7) Web Designers and many more.
The workshop began with an introduction of our well-known speaker Mr. Nishant Sharma followed by Mr. Deepak Goel, a strategic driver of BFG Corporation. He suggests students to choose fields which suits their interest and how such choices make it easier for them to grow and build a successful career.
Thus, this was one of the most interactive and appreciated workshops. Overall, the session was very useful to judge one’s skills and move in the direction where one can achieve their ambition as well as enjoy their career.
Over the years varsity students have come together to celebrate free writing on the internet for the space it offers. Living the tradition, many platforms have sprung up in various colleges in the recent past. These platforms are essentially transforming the way in which writing as an art form operates. Here are some of the creative writing platforms that started at Delhi University and are now running successfully at a national level:
1.) An Inception
This platform is a brainchild of a bunch of students from Motilal Nehru College and aims at covering all the creative writing forms at one platform. It has sections on health, poetry, short stories, campus news and lifestyle with the poetry and short stories sections being the most consistent ones. The facebook page of the website has regular updates and anecdotes too.
This platform was started together by some students of Hindu College and IP University. It celebrates free writing and responsible expression. Major sections on the website include literature, poetry, short stories, politics, photography and cartoons. The website is also associated with Youth ki Awaaz, a major online platform in the country. What’s distinctive about this platform is its ability to include photography among other creative fields. The authors at this platform hail from across the country.
3.) Born of a Million thoughts
Started by a student of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, BOMT is the newest of all the platforms at the varsity but is growing at a fast pace. This platform is fairly diverse and has content ranging from interviews of eminent personalities to personal accounts of students. It also has sections on poetry, fashion, entertainment and food. Moreover, you are most likely to find a BOMT correspondent at every major festival in the city.
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. 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
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.
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.
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.”
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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.
The Delhi University Inter College Football Tournament, hosted at the Delhi Police Polo Ground and SRCC Football field between 20th Feb – 5th March, culminated in fine fashion for Motilal Nehru College (MLNC) Evening as an impressive 2-1 victory over runners-up Zakir Hussain College (ZHC) saw the defending champs retain their top spot in Delhi University. The most anticipated football tournament amongst DU’s footballing circles, the prestigious event this year included a total of 44 teams from all around Delhi University.
The match between the two finalists, started on a bright note as both teams approached the game with an attacking mind-set. MLNC’s (E) offensive build-ups and high pressing game soon gave them a deserved lead early on in the 8th Minute by a Sumit Rawat strike. However, the boys from Zakir Hussain responded well as they were also constantly putting Motilal’s defence under considerable pressure. Much to ZHC‘s dismay though, an 18th Minute equaliser by Nitesh Sharma was cancelled out by another goal from MLNC’s side, this time coming from the feet of Abhay Rana. An enthusiastic start to the finals, by the half hour mark,the match seemed to be very much in the balance.
By the beginning of the second half, the frantic burst of the game had seemed to consciously be slowed down, as both defences looked vulnerable to say the least. While possession seemed to be almost equal in both halves, MLNC in general seemed to be more controlled and organised in their play. A lot of this though, is credited to their manager, Mr. Sanjay Anand, whose constant shouting and yelling from the side-lines made sure players retained their positions and stuck to their formation. The energy again seemed to rise towards the last 10 minutes or so, as Zakir Hussain pressed harder for the ball and were involved in several gruesome challenges. A goal looked almost certain from ZHC after a 90th minute red card to MLNC player, Arvind, which reduced the defending champs to 10 men. Time, however, was not on Zakir Hussain College’s side as they lost the match 2-1.
This was also followed by another match. The two losing semi-finalists, Ram Lal Anand College and SRCC squared off in order to determine the third position. SRCC won the match by a comfortably cushioned victory.
Describing his feelings on successfully replicating their team success, Abhishek Rawat, Captain of Motilal Nehru College (E) said “I feel extremely overjoyed and proud at this point. We dedicate this win to all our supporters and the coach. Next year hopefully, we’ll make it three in a row.”