In a bizarre and never before witnessed move, the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) has issued a letter which reads: “DUSU hereby authorises Nanu Girls PG to promote their respective PG accommodation within the north campus. They are allowed to distribute pamphlets.” Furthermore, its letterhead bears the logo of the University of Delhi (DU). Meanwhile, Priyanka Chhawri, the office-bearer who issued the letter on behalf of DUSU, defended her stance as a well-intended measure to reach out to outstation students. However, the move seems not to have gone down too well with the University officials.

“No one can do such a thing. How can a university recommend a private accommodation? We will look into the matter,” commented a senior official in the proctor’s office, as reported by The Indian Express. The officials seem to have been unaware of the decision. Meanwhile, Chhawri is adamant in denying the allegations that her personal “stakes” are involved in any way, seeing as the letter promotes Nanu PG specifically. “If other PGs approach me, I will look into it,” she says. She maintains that this is her way of “helping” the hapless parents and students sending her repeated queries, asking her for details regarding “good” and “affordable” paying guest accommodations in the vicinity of north campus.  Meanwhile, other DUSU office bearers have denied having any knowledge of the same.

With the admission process already delayed and a row being created over the availability of seats in some colleges, this fiasco comes across as yet another obstruction in the way of the not-so-smooth sailing admission season. For many of the unsure, unfamiliar outstation students, life in DU is still an uncharted territory. It is a race to the finish line involving both parents and students, which does not end merely at getting admission into a college. With few hostel seats available, feasible accommodation remains a major source of worry and hassle for many. In these times, a callous move coming especially from a body of responsibility such as DUSU, comprising of representatives elected by and for the students, reflects poorly on the student organisation’s management of the admission season. If anything, it seems to add to the chaos and has the potential to leave the university officials red-faced.


Delhi University Student Union(DUSU) has come out with an official statement saying that the Union is against the system of private accommodation in the University. It further stated that DUSU is committed to fighting for an increase of University Hostels seats and aims to provide University accommodation to as many students as possible.

Copy of the permission of the letter
Copy of the permission of the letter

With inputs from The Indian Express.



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Deepannita Misra

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After a long wait, the University of Delhi has finally announced a tentative schedule for the entrance test based admissions for Master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D.

The online registration for admissions to these courses will start from 12th June and will continue till 22nd June, 2017.

There are approximately 9,000 to 10,000 in postgraduate programmes such as M.A., M.Sc., etc. The number of seats in M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses is still being calculated due to the departments not yet confirming the number of research students a faculty member can take.

The schedule for entrance tests for the postgraduate programme is as follows:

Saturday, 1 July

  • B.Ed. Special Education (Visual Impairment)
  • M.C.A.
  • B.Ed.
  • M.Sc. Botany
  • M.A. Sociology
  • M.A. History
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Sociology
  • M.A. Urdu
  • B.P.Ed. (Department of Physical Education & Sports Sciences)
  • M.A. Punjabi

Sunday, 2 July

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • M.Phil./Ph.D. in Italian
  • M.A. Political Science
  • Ph.D.in Philosophy
  • M.Phil./Ph.D. in French
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Political Science
  • Ph.D. in Arabic
  • M.Phil./Ph.D. in German
  • M.Sc. Zoology
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology
  • LL.B. M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Zoology
  • M.A. Sanskrit
  • M.A. Persian
  • Ph.D. in Sanskrit
  • M.Phil. in Persian
  • M.Sc. Operational Research
  • M.A. /M.Sc. Applied Operational Research
  • M.A. French /M.A. German,
  • M.A. Italian/M.A. Hispanic
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Operational Research
  • LL.M.
  • M.Sc. Food and Nutrition
  • Ph.D. in Law
  • Ph.D. in Home Science
  • M.P.Ed. (Department of Physical Education & Sports Sciences)
  • Ph.D. in Business Economics
  • M.A. in Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology

Monday, 3 July

  • M.A. Economics
  • M.Sc. Environmental Studies
  • M.Sc. Fabric & Apparel Science
  • M.Phil. (Department of Home Science)
  • Ph.D. in Economics
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Studies
  • M.Sc. – Ph.D. combined degree in Biomedical Sciences & M.Sc. Degree in Biomedical Sciences (Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research)
  • M.A. Japanese
  • M.A. East Asian Studies
  • M.Sc. Development Communication and Extension (Department of Home Science)
  • Ph.D. in East Asian Studies
  • Master of Library & Information Science
  • Ph.D. in Library & Information Science (Deptt. of Library & Info. Sc.)
  • M.Phil. in Library & Information Science (Deptt. of Library & Info. Sc.)
  • M.A./M.Sc. Mathematics
  • M.Phil./ Ph.D. in Mathematics
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences
  • M.A. Applied Psychology
  • M.Sc. Microbiology
  • M.Sc. Electronics
  • Ph.D. in Microbiology
  • Ph.D. in Electronics
  • M.A. Tamil
  • M.Sc. Resource Management & Design Application (Department of Home Science)
  • M.A. Bengali
  • M.A. Comparative Indian Literature
  • M.A. Russian
  • M.Phil. in Modern Indian Languages & Literary Studies
  • M.Phil. in Russian Studies

Tuesday, 4 July

  • M.A./M.Sc. Statistics
  • M.Sc. Physics
  • B.Ed. Special Education (Mental Retardation)
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Statistics
  • Ph.D. in Physics
  • M.Phil. in Karnatak Music
  • M.Sc. Geology
  • M.A. Philosophy
  • M.Com.
  • M.Phil./Ph.D. in Geology
  • M.Phil. in Philosophy
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Commerce
  • M.A. English
  • M.A. Arabic
  • M.A. Linguistics
  • Ph.D. in English
  • M.Phil. in Arabic
  • M.Phil./ Ph.D. in Linguistics
  • M.Sc. Informatics (Institute of Informatics & Communication)
  • M.Sc. Anthropology
  • M.Tech. Microwave Electronics
  • Ph.D. in Informatics (Institute of Informatics & Communication)
  • M.Phil. in Anthropology
  • M.Phil. in Hindustani Music
  • Ph.D. in Persian
  • M.Sc. Genetics
  • Ph.D. in Russian
  • M.Sc. Human Development and Childhood studies (Department of Home Science)
  • Ph.D. in Genetics
  • M.A. Environmental Studies
  • M.Sc. Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
  • M.Ed.
  • Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • M.Phil./ Ph.D. in Education
  • M.Sc. Mathematics Education (Cluster Innovation Centre)
  • Ph.D. in Modern Indian Languages & Literary Studies
  • Ph.D. in Bio-Physics

Wednesday, July 5

  • M.A. Social Work
  • M.A. Buddhist Studies
  • M.A. in Life Long Learning & Extension
  • M.Phil./Ph.D. in Social Work
  • M.Phil. in Buddhist Studies
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Adult Continuing Education & Extension
  • M.Phil. in Hindi
  • M.A. Geography
  • Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies
  • M.Phil./ Ph.D. in Botany
  • M.Phil. /Ph.D. in Geography
  • M.A. Hindi
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in History
  • Ph.D. in Urdu
  • Ph.D. in Hindi
  • M.Phil. in Urdu
  • M.Phil. in English
  • Ph.D. in Punjabi
  • M.Phil. in Sanskrit
  • M.Phil.(Biotechnology) (Faculty of Applied Sciences- offered by Departments of Microbiology, Genetics, Biophysics and Biochemistry)
  • M.Sc. Biochemistry
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry
  • M.Phil. in Punjabi
  • M.Sc. Forensic Science (Department of Anthropology)
  • Ph.D. in Financial Studies
  • M.A. Hindustani Music
  • M.A. Karnatak Music
  • Ph.D. in African Studies
  • Ph.D. in Hindustani Music
  • M.Phil. in African Studies
  • M.A. Percussion Music
  • Ph.D. in Karnatak Music
  • Ph.D. in Music & Fine Arts


You can download a PDF version of the schedule here.

50% of the total seats in most postgraduate courses in the varsity are reserved for direct admission for students who have completed their undergraduate degree from the University of Delhi itself. This direct admission is based on the marks scored by the applicants in their undergraduate courses. The remaining 50% seats are given to applicants who qualify in the entrance examinations. Some departments also choose to conduct interviews or group discussions after the entrance exams.


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Niharika Dabral
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Pinjra Tod, which is a movement to secure non-discriminatory and affordable accommodation for women students, recently reported a case of fraud and harassment by a PG owner in Hudson Lines, North Campus, and the subsequent measures taken by the students of the PG.

The students of this women’s PG had been regularly facing harassment on several accounts, according to Pinjra Tod’s report. Rent agreements and receipts for rent paid were denied to them. The agreement initially had been for 11 months, after which the landlord was to reimburse the security deposit. Later, when the students were due to return home after their semester examinations, he began to insist that they stay for 12-13 months to receive reimbursement, else they would lose their deposit. Further, the students were forced to pay inflated electricity bills. Suspecting fraud, the students had turned off all electrical equipment to find that inspite of no use of electricity, the meters continued to run. The landlord and his family would also enter rooms and taunt or abuse the women.

Due to continued threat, abuse and harassment, 9 students of the PG filed a complaint with the police, after which the landlord called their parents up, accusing the women of ‘smoking’ and ‘drinking.’

A confrontation at the Mukherjee Nagar Police Station resulted in a victory for the women. The landlord had to return the security deposit to all 9 students, and the students have registered a complaint with the NDPL, refusing to pay the inflated electricity bills.

“This kind of harassment is very rampant throughout Delhi,” says Subhashini Shriya of Pinjra Tod. “Due to dependency of the students on the PG owner and vulnerability of the students, combined with misinformation by the PG owner to parents, students find it difficult to come out with such cases.” On the reaction of the authorities to Pinjra Tod’s demand for regularisation of PGs, Subhashini says, “DU administration says that since these are private accommodations, it is beyond the scope of their authority. There are several PGs that are not registered with the police and most PGs give no receipt on receiving rent. Neither the university nor the police has taken this up.”

Pinjra Tod has decided to prepare a blacklist of PGs based on information given in by students on cases of sexual harassment, interference of the landlord, receipt for rent paid and rent agreements. “When students seek accommodation in PGs, they must have a better understanding of the comfort and security of these places. The blacklist will serve this purpose,” says Subhashini.

Pinjra Tod is also working towards ensuring that the University implements a standardisation of rules and rents in this regard. “We would like to set in place a system where students should be able to approach the university for redressal of such grievances,” says Subhashini.


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Abhinaya Harigovind

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Game of homes Initially we all sympathised with Walter White’s decision to cook meth due to his poor circumstances no matter how wrong the decision was on moral grounds. It is time to stop for a moment and think about all the hassles you faced in your day to day lives while living in PGs and hostels. The leaking pipes, the malfunctioning of the AC, the breaking ceiling gives you goosebumps all the time. The time and cost spent in getting all these things repaired for sure had made you ponder to follow in the footsteps of Walter White at least once for sure. breaking bed   And the rents of course. The ever increasing rents and broker fees leaves you no choice but to end up in the vicious circle of borrowing from your friends in order to survive. To make yourself feel better about it, the least you can do is compare yourself to a television star and who better when it comes to borrowing than Penny? Bazinga! big rent theory   Apart from all these hassles that we just talked about there is a brighter side to living in a rental room if things turn out in your favour. Who doesn’t fantasise about living the life like F.R.I.E.N.D.S? We all end up relating our buddies to Chandler, Joey, Rachael, Ross and Monica and if we are lucky we sometimes find exactly the bonds to carry for a lifetime! The late night Maggie sessions, the economical shopping spree and the nonstop chatting make the worst of days worth reminiscing! friends4_v  copy On Netflix we become spectators to ruthless pragmatism, manipulation and power in the House of Cards and enjoy all the drama that surmounts the storyline. However we don’t like to witness any of it in reality. Time spent in hostels with buddies gives you an opportunity to escape the harsh reality and rejoice in good company. You have endless laughter moments, late night talks and so much fun that can cheer you up even when you’re in the saddest mood. House of Laughs   Who doesn’t want to have an awesome roommate experience like Ted and Marshall? Every teenage dreams of finding buddies that they can bank upon in the years to come and grow old with. Time spent in hostels and PGs give you an opportunity to make friends with whom you can play video games, do stupid talks and have an awesome college life. Your life becomes legen wait for it dary! True story. himym It comes as no surprise how well we can relate with these television celebrities. Even in the most depressing moments our favourite characters give us a reason to cheer. CoHo.in, an innovative tech platform pioneering the concept of coliving spaces for the first time in India bring all the good elements you need for a #betterliving experience tailor made for you. Enjoy the best of rooms and roommates in fully-furnished managed spaces offered by CoHo.in, at affordable price points absolutely broker-free. And who knows you meet your fantasy television star like friend right there! Conceptualised by Chirutha Kalra Designed by Amaan Hassan Khan]]>

Students from different Universities of the capital gathered for a jan sunwai in Jantar Mantar on 10th October as a part of the Pinjra Tod campaign. The jan sunwai vocally presented the grievances and the demands of this expanding group of students protesting against the restrictive and biased hostel/PG rules. The event saw eminent academicians and feminists like Piyoli Swatija, Uma Chakravarti, Mary John and Janaki Abraham as the jury of the public hearing. A representative of the Delhi Commission of Women was also present to assess the demands of this campaign. The Jan sunwai started with a powerful poem by a student of Miranda House. It was followed by a song, composed and performed by two male students who have also joined this women’s movement.

Students from different hostels and PG’s presented their cases of moral policing, sexist and restrictive curfew timings and issues such as the number of late nights and the concept of local guardians. These included residents of hostels of St Stephens, Miranda House and Jamia Milia Islamia to name a few. In addition, residents of private hostels and PG’s such as Aparna Girls Hostel, Undergraduate Hostel for Girls and others also voiced their anger against the oppressive rules and regulations of their hostels as well as the conduct of their wardens.
The speakers left the crowd as well as the jury baffled with their stories. For instance, one of the student from Jamia Milia Islamia said, “Jamia Milia Islamia requires their foreign residents to seek permission from their respective embassies for a late night leave.”  Numerous cases of moral policing and use of abusive language by wardens was also voiced by the students of Delhi University.
The discussion was followed by a powerful Protest Performance, called Khol do. This was followed by the comments of the jury, who found it surprising that the condition and the rights of women have not really changed over the time. Uma Chakravarti, revered feminist historian said, “The university treats hostels as the extension of fathers control”. Janaki Abraham also exposed, ” the paternalism of the new UGC guidelines “

It was also highlighted that the Pinjra Tod campaign is not looking for freedom in a Utopian world and that the models of free and egalitarian spaces are present not very far, in the residences of institutions like JNU. The Pinjra tod activits read out their charter of Demands and handed over a petition signed by over one thousand supporters to the representative of the Delhi Commission Of Women, Farheen Malik. The Charter of Demands along with the petition was accepted by Farheen Malik,who termed all the demands ” genuine”
The Jan sunwai commenced with both male and female supporters shouting slogans such as,

Pitta sapta dhoka hai,
Dhaka Maro Moka hai
Gulami se samjhota karna chhod
Pinjra Tod  Pinjra Tod
Hostel ke darwazay khol
Pinjra Tod, Pinjra Tod

The crowd dispersed after having danced to a Greek freedom song. The core members of the campaign thanked the supporters and also urged them to support the Pinjra Tod campaign in it’s future endeavours.

Read all about the Pinjra Tod movement here.

Photo by Uzma Rehman

Tooba Towfiq

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With the admission hurdle almost past, the next thing that is now on the minds of outstation DU freshers is looking for the right accommodation to spend the coming four years in. Since most colleges don’t provide a hostel facility, students are obligated to look for alternative accommodation like PGs, and so begins the rather difficult task of finding an affordable and comfortable PG.  Following is a compilation of the details of some PGs in North Campus-

  • Aanchal Residential Accommodation for Girls offers facilities such as A.C. rooms, WiFi enabled premise, medical and first aid facilities, housekeeping and laundry facility and other necessary facilities. Address: G-14, Single Storey, Vijay Nagar. Contact: 9899554491, 9911554454, 9213786744, [email protected]
  • Home-2 is a PG accommodation for girls, offering single/ two/ three-seater rooms and A.C. rooms with boarding and lodging. Other facilities include television, refrigerated water, security guard services and a hygienic, homely and secure environment. It is walking distance from the Campus and from the Metro (GTB Nagar and Vishwavidyalaya). Address: E-9, Vijay Nagar, Single Storey, Nr. Community Centre, Polo Road, New Delhi-110009. Contact: 9310365050, 9350685050, 9350615050, 011-20467231.
  • Shakun Sadan is a PG for girls. It is newly built, with a posh set up and a roof garden. Facilities like A.C./non-A.C. rooms, WiFi, T.V., full security are provided. Electricity and water are free and there also a provision for a kitchen. Address: E-134, Kamla Nagar Contact: Prof. M.L. Gupta 9810083501.
  • Garvita Niwas is a girls’ PG offering services like WiFi, four meals a day, A.C. rooms, attached toilets and laundry facilities. Address: F-55/56, Kamla Nagar, near Stellatoes, behind Udipi, New Delhi Contact: 9312838925.
  • She Dreams is a girls’ accommodation with fully furnished rooms, providing all necessary facilities. Address: 5-UB, Jawahar Nagar Contact: 9310013035, 9818805788.
  • Anand Niwas is a PG for boys offering services like WiFi, four meals a day, A.C. rooms, attached toilets and laundry facilities. Address: 30-UB, Jawahar Nagar, near McDonald’s, Kamla Nagar, New Delhi Contact: 9873242883.
  • Sawhney Niwas is a boys’ accommodation with fully furnished rooms, providing all necessary facilities. Address: A-9, Kamla Nagar Contact: 9310013035, 9910907258.
  • Bhagwati Niwas is a girls’ PG providing all necessary facilities. Address: 37, 1st floor, Bunglow Road, Kamla Nagar, opposite Amitabh Banquet Contact: 011-47046104, 9899965598, 9213990212.
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If you happen to roam around North Campus, there are two things you won’t miss seeing: one, a fast-food corner and two, students. They are everywhere, be it Kamla Nagar, Roop Nagar or Aadarsh Nagar. This is not news since North Campus is all about DU colleges. With these students, comes the question of their accommodation as more than 70% of them are outstation residents. It is here that these ‘fancy’ PGs play their role, and how! The students are provided with a fully air conditioned room, a gym, “all kinds of beauty treatment facilities”, Maggi and cold drinks a phone call away, 24 hours power back up, Wi-Fi, personal bathrooms, any time cab facility and so on! The rates of such PGs range from Rs 14000 to 20000 per month.

“In our times a student’s life was considered to be one filled with hardships, where a good result was the fruit of multiple sacrifices that the student made by leaving the comfort of his home and by surviving the brutalities of the world outside. And look at the scenario now!” comments a DU teacher. The students, away from home, live in much luxury now, and their parents think nothing of the 20 or so grand they lavish on their kid each month. The worst part is that the quality of all these PGs tops the scale during the first few months, but it’s downhill after that. Reportedly, the Wi-Fi stops working, the food quality deteriorates and the AC does not work half of the time. “We don’t have an alternative to leave the PG and move elsewhere since that would result in us forfeiting the security the landlords take in the beginning (which is rent of two months)” says Ridhima, a paying guest.

Most of the PGs are not even registered, meaning that they are not legally permitted to carry on a commercial business. The tactics that they use to exploit the comfort-seeking students is deplorable. Just half a decade back the maximum a hostel or a PG charged was Rs 7000.

However, a respite from these fraud PGs is DU hostel. The newly opened Undergraduate hostel and the Rajiv Gandhi hostel for girls are not only cheap but far better than these PGs.  They are clean, spacious and the food is hygienic and delicious. And all this in around Rs 24000 per year! The admission to the hostel is however on merit basis since they provide accommodation only to 800 girls.


Aishwarya Chaurasia
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