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Ministry of Human Resource Department (MHRD) Secretary,  Amit Khare addressed issues of ad-hoc teachers and filling up of scores of vacant positions in his inauguration speech at  Shivaji College, University of Delhi (DU). 


Shivaji College witnessed Mr Amit Khare,  Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) during the inauguration of the New Wing of the college. Khare’s inauguration speech mentioned the importance of teachers,  asserting that teachers are the backbone of any education system and while working for quality education the challenges faced by the teaching community need to be resolved as well. He stated that detailed discussions were held with Yogesh  Tyagi, Vice-Chancellor, Delhi University to take steps for filling the vacant faculty positions and for promotion of teachers.


 The MHRD has asked the Varsity to resolve the problems faced by ad-hoc teachers and also fill up the scores of vacant positions that lie unfilled. The issue has been a  cause of concern to many after the controversial letter dated 28th August 2019 came into existence which involved the appointment of ad-hoc and guest lecturers. DU teachers have demanded one-time regulation for the absorption of ad-hoc teachers. 


“Our ad-hocs have been pestered by such actions. One of our ad-hocs once advised us not to go into their line of career during our tutorials, this shows the frustration that has risen.  A university of such a high accord is expected to be sensitive to the needs of people involved in the structure. The speech by Amit Khare gives some hope.”, says a student from Lady Shri Ram College for Women who wished to remain anonymous.


The transformation of Khare’s words into concrete actions are awaited. 


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DU Beat photographers mistreated at the hands of faculty at Shivaji College. Read on to find out more.

The cultural event of Shivaji College, Vibrations, was held on the 20th and 21st of February, 2019. While it hosted several programmes, what also unfolded were unfortunate experiences that became horrifying for the photographers here at DU Beat.

DU Beat, as the official ‘Media Partner’, went to cover the Star Night featuring Benny Dayal. Despite being given the official access pass and barricade entry inclusive of the stage, the faculty turned out to be unwilling to let them stand and perform their task. The barricades placed were at a very close proximity to the stage allotted to the photographers. The teachers and faculty were also accommodated within this restricted region.

The photography team was present to deliver on a string of tasks, this process was hampered by the faculty who felt they were “blocking their view”. This agitation intensified. Surabhi, a photographer at DU Beat, was pulled by her arm and dragged away by a male teacher. Two other photographers, Simran Sawhney, and Adithya Khanna suffered the same ill treatment of being pushed by teachers.

The horrors of the event extended further when Mahi, a member of the team, was approached by a security guard from Shivaji College who came “dangerously close” to her and said, “Peeche hatt yaha se” (‘Move away from here’ in a derogatory manner). Despite standing at a reasonable distance from the stage she showed him her id-card to make him realise that she was with the press. He replied with the same cold response.

Janesh Sahni, a videographer from DU Beat said, “I suffered a major loss when this teacher overstepped her bounds and pushed my camera away. The lens which costs Rs 43,000 was damaged in this chaos.” The photography team who were simply present to do their duty were man-handled and mistreated. This turned out to be a horrible experience for the entire team.

The authorities at Shivaji College responded to this with justifications. An absence of evidence of the camera lens being damaged by a professor meant there was no proof for the institution to bear its cost. While the possibilities of such proof existing are impossible. The infrastructural limitations were justified on grounds of bad weather conditions and thus the event had to be moved to a smaller venue. The representatives agreed to provide a formal apology from the institution and the professors responsible, once identified. No comments were made on the man-handling of the two female photographers but what was discussed were suggestions to ensure such incidents did not emerge in the future.

DU Beat is a student-run magazine, such behaviour from faculty members of the same university is unacceptable. This association was built on an agreement with the Cultural Committee of the college and demands certain standards of respect be upheld and decorum to be maintained. Under this, it becomes the prerogative of the college to take responsibility for such actions, something that remains ambiguous.

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ghazal performance by Dr. Radhika Chopra, who lit the whole hall with radiance and lightened the mood and the ambience with her amazing and melodic performance. This marked the end of the 10th annual Jijabai award ceremony, who promised to return next year to recognise more people who are working to make this country and its women move forward. Feature Image Credits: Shivaji College Haris Khan [email protected]]]>

The second day of the event on 16th January 2019, began with the 3rd technical seminar of the four seminars on Gender Parity: Issues and Challanges, titled “Barriers of Entry for Women in State and National Politics” which was to be a seminar conducted by Dr. Gilles Verniers, yet due to some problems the Doctor had to cancel and the day started with the fourth Technical seminar, titled “Media from Women’s Perspective” chaired by Ms. Pamela Philipose and Ms. Navika Kumar.
The first speaker was Ms. Kumar, who is the Managing Editor, Politics at TIMES NOW. A post graduate in economics, she has equal command in covering economics as well as political issues. She initiated her talk with asking a simple question, “Are we seeing enough gender parity in jobs?.” She talked about how there are more women in reporting but not in editing or other technical jobs in the media field. There is scope for gender parity and the glass ceiling that had been holding women back has begun to crack, but the final push needed to break it is still missing. She continued to give the example of the parliament, the apex institution, which is the core of empowering, hasn’t empowered women, talks of 33% reservation for women seem futile and unachievable. On a better note however gender parity in the classroom has become better, the HR ministry research has shown that in higher education women are taking bigger strides and it is men who are falling behind. She invoked and praised the new woman of India, who doesn’t hold back. She also however criticised the research nos. as skewed because they only look at women in urban centres where as the majority of population and women are still in rural areas where change Is yet to come. She finally ended with an example of a problem that she herself had to go through, of women having to prove themselves after coming back from maternity leaves or women having to prove themselves to be as good as any other male anchor and raising the voice that men and companies need to help women going through childbirth not make life harder and provide necessary benefits.
The second speaker was Ms Philipose, she is one of the most respected names in Indian Journalism at present, working as an Editor at the Indian Express. She started her talk with a personal experience about the condition and need for proper washrooms in all organisations for women. In India there is a 4-1 ratio of male is to female in the media field jobs. This changes how news forms. The people in power in India decide what is news and hence there should be an equal representation and parity. Not just women but other people from disadvantaged people like dalits and tribals etc. Who are outside of this sphere. She urged us to ask ourselves “Whose voice is being representated?” Some powerful people controlling the narrative and some powerless people who are being ignored. She then moved on to detail some stats that being, difference between women media personnel in urban (50-50) and district areas (2.5% women only). She then further discussed the issue that Ms. Kumar had discussed that of women should be entitled to some benefits like maternity ones. She told us about the first question that she was asked when she went for a job interview in the 80’s “You just got married will you be having children?” A company will have to invest more in women if they need maternity needs and benefits. It’s slightly better now as men are also slowly and slowly partaking in child rearing and care as well. Management cutting down on security and benefits increases the risks on women she said, to prove this point she gave examples of the Indian TV journalist who was shot when going back home at night 2 o clock, a Mumbai photo journalist subjected to gang rape by a large media house. When women speak out, they cross a red line. Gauri Lankesh was killed because she spoke out and expressed her views. Rina Pongum was shot because she dared to write about mining contracts in North East. Raksha Kumar reporting from bastar would always be asked that as a woman does she know anything? she doesn’t even know how to carry a gun how can she report from a conflict zone. Most common form of abuse is abuse of authority and most of these oppressors are male.
She talked about a silent pact between different media house heads that they don’t show oppression in each other’s organisations aren’t shown, and that’s how these oppressions are invisibalised. She took a moment to commend the “Me too” movement that became a milestone in taking the fight back and gender parity. Social media became a tool to help women speak out while being anonymous as well. She also told the audience about the magazine from Bundelkhund ‘Khabr Lahriya’ talking about women oppressions and storied etc. Government had to act. Mainstream media is having to catch up with social media. Smartphones have become empowering to those who are oppressed. She also lay down a slight warning about data as the new oil, which will fuel the next wave if information revolution that is Artificial Intelligence. She finally addressed the issue of the sticky floor that holds the women back from even reaching the glass ceiling let alone breaking it. She ended on a high note however by saying that “Women have also shown that they can negotiate in the public space understanding the risks and building partnerships.”
At around 2 o’clock for the Jijabai award ceremony, awards were presented by the principal Dr. Shashi Nijhawan to men and women who are working to improve the ground condition of women and empowering others around them. This year’s winners were:
1. Dr. Shyam Sundar Paliwal
2. Vidya Nambirajan
3. Sister Annie Jeasus
4. Lakshmi Menon
5. Dr. Manish Gupte
After the awardees were presented with their awards, the day finally came to an end with a ghazal performance by Dr. Radhika Chopra, who lit the whole hall with radiance and lightened the mood and the ambience with her amazing and melodic performance. This marked the end of the 10th annual Jijabai award ceremony, who promised to return next year to recognise more people who are working to make this country and its women move forward.

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TedX Shivaji organised its first event on Friday, 24th August. DU Beat brings you the highlights along with a sneak peak of the performances.

Shivaji College, University of Delhi (DU), organised its first ever TEDx Event on Friday, 24th July 2018 in their college campus in Shivaji Enclave, Raja Garden, Delhi.

The event lasted for five hours, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and saw a turnout of over eighty students from all across the Delhi University. The theme being F5 (refresh), the event saw eight speakers who kept the audience on their feet and ready for more.

Niladri Chatterjee, a professor at IIT Delhi, was the first speaker of the event and spoke about the importance of human intelligence in the era of artificial technology. “We have to be smart so that the machines that we use be more human-like,” said Chatterjee. Suhani Jalota, CEO/Founder at Myna Mahila Foundation and recognised by Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia, spoke about the importance of women healthcare and sanitation.

The event also saw an enthralling performance by Amrut Bhat, Founder of the Drum Circle, who brought the audience to their feet, cheering to the rhythm of his music.

Another speaker at the event, Rudrani Chettri, a transgender model and activist and founder of the MITR Trust for the sexual and reproductive awareness of the LGBTQ+ community in India, talked about her struggles and her aim to make the fashion and art industry more gender fluid.

On Rudrani’s talk, Namrata Randhava, a first-year student of B.A. Programme at Gargi College, said “She was so amazing that she almost made me tear up. I was completely mesmerised by her talk. It was a great combination of light-hearted and powerful words!”

“Everything that is happening in your life is building up to something,” said Mohammad Kaif, captain of the World Cup Winning Under 19 Indian Cricket team in 2000 who was a speaker at the event along with his wife, Pooja Kaif, a corporate anchor.

The event also witnessed talks by Shruti Sharma, founder of Books on the Delhi Metro, Anamika Singh, a performer/ dancer and the founder of Ada,, and Divya Prakash Dubey, an author and storyteller. There was a lunch break from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. which stretched on too long and exhausted the audience. The event dragged on a little longer till 4 p.m. but the stories kept the audience engaged.

Anmol Sharma, a second-year B.Com. Programme student of Shivaji College and a member of the organising committee of TedX Shivaji, said, “We were not expecting the event to be completely sold out and have such a wide turnout since Shivaji is an off-campus college and does not attract a huge audience.” “This was our first TEDx event and all of us, along with the administration, are really happy with the response we got. We’re all geared up for another TEDx event next year,” he added.

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Feature Image Credits:  Namrata Randhawa  for DU Beat

SPADE, the socio economic society of Shivaji College, University of Delhi, organised a Policy Dialogue session on the topic “Economic Freedom and Liberalism” in association with Centre for Civil Society on 26th October 2017. The seminar covered various aspects of liberalisation and economic freedom and a different perspective was kept forward.

People attending the event
People attending the event

The session started with Mr. Mitra introducing a quiz, an exercise that tests the political inclination of a person. He then explained the concept of economic freedom and brought to notice the events of 1991 where the Liberalisation, Privatisation and Globalisation policy was introduced.

He talked about the global economic freedom levels where India ranks at 95 and how the lack of political stability affects the freedom levels. He drew out different parameters that affect the economic freedom of a country such as the protection of civil rights and political rights, the ease of doing business, world Competitive Index, Global Hunger and Press Freedom. Stating “Democracy is not a majority rule, it is the right to respect and protect those in the minority, it is a process, a negative feedback check” he explained how India has come down from being a full democracy to a flawed democracy.

Talking about liberalism he mentioned about the Right to choose and Right to Property and how it has a deep impact on the global Liberalisation. He emphasized drawing the relationship between the Right to Property and the historic disputes stating “75% of civil court cases are property disputes”. The event marked a great success for the society.

Vibgyor, the Fine Arts Society of Shivaji College, in association with sponsorship partner Shopper’s Stop and media partners DU Beat, DU Express, DU Vibe, and DU Updates, was successful in conducting their second annual fest, Acrylica 2.0, on 20th September, 2017.
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Starting from competitions to the workshop conducted by Mr. Abhimanyu Sinha to exhibition, there was never a dull moment for the participants. They also introduced their first online competition, Sketch-Doo-Paint, reaching new heights. Digitoons, the workshop by Mr. Abhimanyu Sinha, a Digital and Political Cartoonist, gave an insight to what Digital Cartooning is all about through live showcasing using the medium of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
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The event ended on a relaxing note with everyone admiring and enjoying the exhibition put up by the society members.
The Women’s Development Cell (WDC) of Shivaji College, in its efforts to generate awareness about gender equality, organized a workshop entitled ‘Gender and Media: From Margins to Mainstream ‘ on September 19, 2017, in collaboration with Breakthrough and Alliance India. 
Ms. Simran Sheikh representing  Alliance India, a not-for-profit Indian organisation with expertise in a range of disciplines including HIV, sexual & reproductive health, human rights, resource mobilisation, and advocacy to name a few, enlightened the students with her words. She engrossed the audience in her interactive session, starting with a question – “Who am I?”
Pointing towards the society and their acceptance of the ‘other gender’, she said that they can call her ‘A woman with a Man’s voice’, and also said, “Just because I am wearing a sari does not mean I am a woman.” She continued with the idea that in their community, their identity is expressed by their claps or plating. “Meri pehchan tali hai,” she said. She pondered over the idea of this identity in a society. She also elaborated how culture,  traditions, family, and neighbours bind us in some specific roles, admitting “although it’s  not bad to follow them,” their imposition certainly becomes a problem. She reinforced the fact that one must not be judgmental on seeing another person’s appearance. Her community, she believes, is “visible yet invisible”. In the end, she concluded with a trio vision of “Inclusion, Humanity, and Justice”.
The other guests, Mr. Pavel Sagolsem and Ms. Priyanka Sinha from Breakthrough, enlightened the students about the role of media in gender discrimination in India. They explained how a non-profit organisation challenges the status quo and takes bold action for the dignity, equality, and justice of all. The interactive session also included a bunch of videos explaining the audience how advertisements can bring a change in the outlook of the society towards many orthodox norms. Ring the bell, Titan Raga, and many other ad campaigns which have been seen on television over the years, were shown. In this session, the speakers also took inputs from the audience about their thoughts on these videos, and how they felt about the ads. Few volunteers from the audience weredivided into groups and were asked to prepare an advertisement on gender equality. The volunteers took up the task with great enthusiasm and witnessed great work from young creative minds. The speakers ended their session with a hope thatwould help the young minds change to a path of equality and justice to all.
The interactive session brought a change in the vision of the students,inclining them to mull over the mainstream norms.
Image credits: Team WDC, Shivaji College
Team WDC, Shivaji College

‘Jeevita Chellave’ | Lok Kala Manch, New Delhi |27th August 2017 | 7:00 PM

Vayam started off as the theatre society of Shivaji College, University of Delhi in 2006, when a handful of like-minded and creative students decided to form a dramatics society in their college. The society that was formed on the ideals of unity, togetherness and creativity, grew bigger and better by each passing year. Gradually, Vayam started making a mark on the DU theatre circuit by winning laurels and appreciation. Today, the organization has ventured into the sphere of performing arts and boasts of a strong foothold in Mumbai and Delhi with several professional performances under its credit.

With a total of 26 proscenium and street plays based on various social issues, that have won many accolades on competitive and non-competitive platforms across India including National School of Drama, National Centre for Performing Arts, Prithvi Theatre, Jana Natya Manch, Kamani, Siri fort, India Habitat Center, Shri Ram Centre, Sahitya Kala Parishad, FICCI Auditorium, Hindi Sahitya Academy (Indore), IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kanpur, IIM-Ahmedabad and the like; Vayam is constantly growing. The society comprises of a group of hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals consisting of actors, directors, scriptwriters, technicians and working professionals.

The White Saree‘ is crafted in the most beautiful, daunting and hypnotising manner, giving away parts of the current reality. The truth of gender roles, identity, sexual urges and the prolonged female oppression and how people need to make some difficult choices to escape the judgments of the society. The play is carved to capture the daily struggles that women have to go through expressing their true feelings of subconsciousness. The drama is filled with anger, love, emotion, dilemma, reality and fiction. It is that essence of sexual expression and the desire to express it freely comes with the constant suppression and emotional discrepancies. As the protagonist struggles  with emotional adherence along with the society’s antagonism that stands in the way of their inner motives we find her chocking onto her own desires.


The play engages the audience with dance and theatrical musical aura with jaw dropping plot, facial omissions, and the thrust to remotely claim a woman’s sexual urges and erotic fantasies through liberal expression rather than their lives running parallel to the alter ego which generates contrasting images of sexual motivation which are spurring to be satisfied which were otherwise hidden. The play finds the characters in a maze with suffocating lives inducing hindrance in their individual progression.


Event Details

Play: The White Saree

Organisers: Vayam Performing Arts Society

Written and Directed by Amit Tiwari

When: Sunday, 27th August 2017 | 4PM and 7 PM

Where: LTG Auditorium, Mandi House, New Delhi

Closest Metro Station: Mandi House Metro Station

For Tickets and other queries:

Rahul Garg: +91 9873 889 919
Amit Tiwari: +91 9718 358 345
Rahul Saini: +91 9968 997 049

BookMyShow Link: https://in.bookmyshow.com/national-capital-region-ncr/plays/white-saree/ET00060668

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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

Deepannita Misra
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