After the big shots McKinsey and Bain, came the much awaited Deutsche Bank in the placement scene. It has always been pristine in every sense, as far as the job and pay package goes. Contrary to the jaw dropping odds which come to the front whenever Deutsche Bank comes for campus placements (of only one or two odd applicants being selected from a huge pool of hundreds and he/she being offered a whooping figure of 49 lakhs p.a.) this year they adopted a different strategy by employing more number of people and offering a lower package than what they usually offer.

Deutsche Bank visited SRCC campus on January 2, 2012 and invited candidates from SRCC, St. Stephens and LSR. The speaker of the day was Mr. Amit Bordia. The profile they offered was that of an analyst in the investment banking sector (domestic placement). Fortunately, there was no cut-off stated by the company to decide the eligible applicants. The package was an astounding figure of 10.5 lakhs + 3 lakhs + bonus (yearly). This pay package ranks as the highest so far in the brigade of dream companies with others like Bain offering 8.3 lakhs p.a and McKinsey giving 7.5-9.3 lakhs p.a.

50 students from SRCC were shortlisted for the final round of interviews which took place on January 7, 2012 at the Imperial hotel, Janpath. Out of these 50, 6 applicants (all from SRCC) got through and were offered placement in the Mumbai centre of Deutsche bank. The remarkable league which got through is – Mehak Nanner, Vijendar Aggarwal, Jennifer Sung, Chinmay Golecha, Tanvi Agarwal and Mayur More. With its 100% cut off, and 99% Economics Honours first semester toppers, SRCC surely continues to set newer and higher benchmarks. The dynamic students, who got through, help reiterate the same.

Mannat Sandhu
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The 4th edition of Histrionica, the annual theatre festival of the Shri Ram College of Commerce is here, but with a changed format. A four day festival, it will be held from the 16th-19th January 2012. The previous editions of the festival were competition based, but this year, productions won’t be competing for any prizes but the participating teams would instead be felicitated with certificates, cash, and mementos.

The four day festival is slated to see performances of nine stage plays including three by the dramatics society of SRCC, eight street plays, ‘Groove’ the choreography competition and a number of filler events which include Shutters- the photography competition, Ad-Mad, Imagery-the poetry writing competition, ‘This, then that’- the act and react competition, Mimmikry Gimmikry. Along with these events, there’ll be a street play performance on the ill effects of tobacco by the children of NGO Hriday. These children were subjected to tobacco torture and have now been rescued. As a part of its roadtrip, Lok, the theatre group from Kolkatta will be performing its musical. It will also be conducting workships during the fest.

The festival received 21 stage play entries out of which 13 were shortlisted based on the content, and the idea was to select a spectrum of genres. The judging at this level was done by the faculty of the dramsoc of SRCC and certain alumni. These teams went through another round of selection in which they showed a few select scenes from their play. Acting, direction, execution, basic lights, music and use of the sets were some of the parameters on which they were evaluated. The judges’ panel in this round included two alumni of the dramatics society of SRCC, and one each from that of Sri Venkateswara College and Hindu College.

The plays that will be performing are ‘Mr Kolpert’ by Ramjas College, ‘Us Paar’ by Ibtida, the Hindi Dramatics Society of Hindu College, ‘Ek tha Gadha’ by Hansraj College, ‘Skeleton Woman’ by LSR, ‘Park’ by Ramjas College, ‘The Blue Moon’ by KMC. Plus, SRCC’s own dramsoc will be putting up the plays titled ‘The Untitled’, ‘Three Blind Mice’, and the ‘Studio Ruins’.

‘Skeleton Woman’ by LSR is a story about two people who defeat fantastical odds to be together. Swinging between reality and make believe it weaves together an Inuit folktale and a modern day story about a young fisherman turned writer with a potent imagination and his long suffering wife. Raksha Thakur plays the young man, Saumya Deojan plays young woman one and Garima Jaju plays young woman two.

‘Us Paar’ by Hindu College revolves around Meera, an ordinary homemaker, a mother but an extraordinary wife who sees a hero in her poet husband – Sagar, whom the world has conveniently tagged a failure. To reassure Sagar of his greatness, Meera takes it upon her to make him believe that he will essentially complete that one composition with which he has been struggling. The play is directed by Aarushie Sharma and the charcters are played by Anuran Das Gupta, Vishakha Singh, Vedi Sinha, Shreya and Animesh Panwar.

For the street play part, nineteen entries were received out of which eight were selected. The plays that would be performing during the festival are ‘Tu Maar De Seeti’ by CBS, ‘Zarurat Kya Thi’ by Hindu College, ‘Albert Pinto ko Gussa Kyun Aata hai’ by IP College, ‘Mehfooz’ by DRC, ‘Praathmik’ SRCC, Dharm by Khalsa College, Laalsa by Hansraj College and ‘Ugte Suraj ka Sapna’ by SGGSC.

DHARM- the street play of Khalsa College tries to question the concept and relevance of religion in the contemporary world. The focus of the play lies on the creation and establishment of religion/religions and their interpretations in today’s times. The play tries to explore the control on and fear of religion in the common man. The play is an attempt to look for answers to a few difficult questions like-‘Is religion a creation of man’, ‘Has religion become an escape for us’, ‘Has man become a puppet in the hands of his own doing’ and ‘Do all religions preach the same things’

‘Albert Pinto ko Gussa Kyun Aata hai’ by IP College disapproves the apathetic outlook to daily news headlines of rape, murder and abuse and questions human nature.

The theme of the play ‘Tu Maar De Seeti’ by CBS primarily revolves around the phenomenon of ‘Whistle-Blowing’. The motivation for the play came from the tragic fate of Sh. Satyendra Kumar Dubey, who was murdered for raising his voice against the corruption in NHAI. The play aims to awaken the conscience of the masses and encourage them to speak out against anything wrong.

Histronica is one of the finest and the most popular theatre festivals in campus. It was started four years back by four of the alumni members of the society. Talking about changing the format of the festivals, Medha Bankhwal, organizer, Histrionica says, “ The idea of holding a performance based festival is to bring together theatre enthusiasts to appreciate the art and not rank them as first, second and third. Street plays can’t be judged. Because you can’t label one social issue as more important than the other”.

Street theatre today, as we see has evolved a lot. Its not only about a group of young men and women performing a street play using danda, chunni and daffali as props. Today we see innumerable musical instruments, jute sacks, powdered colors, placards, banners, huge cloth pieces, et al being used as props. Talking about this change, Dhruv Raj Gupta, an alumnus of SRCC dramsoc says, “If using different props makes conveying the message of a play easier, then why refrain from using it. Theatre after all has no boundries”.

Medha agrees with him, “Street theatre gets audience who aren’t even vaguely interested in theatre. It spreads a message through entertainment. So if using certain props makes the play more interesting, then why not use it. And anyway there isn’t any hard and fast rule that you have to stick to a chunni danda and daffali as props”.


Over the years, Delhi University hasn’t exactly won accolades when it comes to infrastructure in the colleges. Freshers don’t expect much, and soon, like the old students, acclimatize to the infrastructure, or the lack of it. However, it seems that all this is going to change. Various colleges have begun to plan and implement various new projects to give a boost to the infrastructure in the academic session. From Wi-fi enabled campuses to snazzier sports facilities, improved hygiene conditions to better security around campus, Delhi University certainly seems to be on a revamp drive. While the over all atmosphere in the university is one of satisfaction, the occasional murmur of complaint cannot be ignored. DU Beat did a survey on the emerging face of DU.

The Sri Ram College of Commerce seems to be leading this change as it is the first college in DU to have started computer based learning in the classroom with the teachers using laptops and projectors to conduct classes. Says, Professor S. K. Aggarwal, “This new way of teaching is extremely convenient. It is easier to explain and easier for the students to understand as visual aids leave an impact.” The college has provided the laptops to the teachers at a subsidized rate. They are currently trying to tie up with companies like Dell and HP to extend this facility to the students. The students are very happy and welcome the change. Says Priyanka Bagai, a first year student pursuing Bcom honors in the college, “It’s a nice change and it saves a lot of time because now teachers don’t have to write on the black boards. Moreover, everything is there on the screen in the form of bullet points which makes it easier to understand.” The SRCC campus is also Wi-fi enabled and the classrooms are centrally air-conditioned, providing a comfortable classroom environment. Sri Venkateswara College is also making its Science block air-conditioned which they plan to extend to the Arts Block by next year.

The revamp drive is not just restricted to the classrooms. Some colleges have also renovated facilities like auditoriums and canteens that gives a facelift to the image of the college. The Hans Raj College Auditorium has been transformed from a decrepit building to a beautiful hall, which is fully air-conditioned. The auditorium, which wasn’t much to write home about, is now a source of pride for the students.

Hans Raj College, reputed for its brilliant sports infrastructure can boast of having the only electronic shooting range in DU to help hone the sport that has fetched India medals in the Olympics. Another boost to the sports infrastructure will be given by the construction going on for the commonwealth games. SRCC, along with other colleges like Hindu College and St. Stephen’s college in North Campus, has been the center for construction for the Commonwealth Games projects. Various sites have been dug up in north campus, which are to be the sites for the Aquatics Complex and for Rugby events. The University will be allowed to use the facilities after the Games. This will provide world-class facilities for the budding sportspersons in DU.

With sports facilities being adequately taken care of, the question on many students’ minds is that will basic facilities like toilets be given similar treatment. Now some colleges are beginning to look into this matter. The washrooms have been renovated in Miranda House and Hans Raj, much to the relief of the students there. Says a student of Hans Raj College, “The toilets were in a pathetic state and were generally frequented by the dogs in the college more than us. The stench used to be unbearable and they were used as a last resort. Renovation was long overdue.” Not only have they been made clean and hygienic, they have been given a swanky new look, which the students find very appealing. However, students from Sri Venkateswara College, Hindu College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College have expressed their displeasure with regard to basic hygiene conditions in their college. On conditions of anonymity, they have that the problem with toilets is particularly bad as they are filthy and stink. Moreover, it is reported that there is a problem with the water taps as well, as some of them are dry, while some do not turn off and thus inundate the surrounding area with water

The death of a class twelfth student in a posh south Delhi school due to the alleged lack of medical facilities should draw attention to the fact that many colleges on campus face a similar problem. Many colleges on campus don’t have any sort of infirmary or a medical room. The few that do don’t have a trained doctor manning it. Take Jesus and Mary College for example, where the nurse nurse also doubles as a storekeeper. Lady Shri ram College is one of the few colleges where there is a medical room with a trained nurse in attendance. Reputed colleges all over the University do not have such facilities. If they do, none of the students are aware of it, which defeats the whole purpose of the room. Students from St. Stephen’s College, Hindu College, Miranda House, Hans Raj College, Sri Venkateswara College and many others were unable to confirm whether their college had such a facility, let alone provide details. Many a time, students requiring medication for some minor ailment have been unable to find it within their colleges

On the whole, the infrastructure situation in the University has ameliorated, drastically. Even as these measures are being perceived as a definite step in the right direction, but some students feel DU still has a long way to go.

St. Stephens College

Faculty: Of all the departments at St Stephens College, Philosophy, Economics, and Physics have the best faculty. Because of an on-going court case, the college cannot appoint permanent teachers.

Atmosphere: Stephens is often thought of as an elite college, but the crowd here is almost exactly like any other college.

ECA and Sports: The College has a large number of societies, many of which, like the Informal Discussions Group, the Social Service League, the Campus Placement Cell, etc are very active. The Shakespeare society is still alive and reasonably well known. It has one of the best football and basketball teams in the university

Café: The Stephens’ cafe had been stagnating over the years, and is nowhere near its counterparts in many other colleges. The mince and the nimbu paani are popular, but that’s been the case for the last four decades or so.

Mehak Agarwal, St. Stephens College

Shri Ram College of Commerce

Faculty: The College prides itself in having an extremely illustrious faculty. Authors like Dr. P.C. Jain, Dr. C.B. Gupta, and others-whose books you revered in school as holy inseparables- will tutor you at SRCC.

Atmosphere: When some of the sharpest minds of the country congregate at SRCC to further their career interests, the atmosphere is bound to get competitive-yes, sometimes immensely cut throat at that. But in the due course of time, one realizes that the most distinct quality of College is that it never let you feel you’ve achieved enough.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Sports: The College encourages co- curricular activities through its various societies and clubs, of which only a few are active through the year while others pop-up during the winter fest and disappear with its closing ceremony. SRCC is also proud of its Placement Cell which acts as an ideal link between the academia and industry. The college fest ‘Crossroads’ is by far ‘the’ most important date in the college calendar, perhaps a notch more important for an SRCC student than the university examinations too.

Canteen: There are no two opinions about the fact that the canteen needs massive improvements, in terms of variety and quality of food, and ambience too; however that never deters an SRite from spending hours at the canteen in blissful vela.

Sourovi De, Economics

Hans Raj College

Faculty: Although the media seems to celebrate only some of the departments here, truth is that most members of faculty across departments are more worried about academia than their students!

Atmosphere: With new faces each year, new trends keep developing. But generally speaking, the atmosphere at Hans Raj is chilled-out and very friendly.

Extra Curricular Activities and Sports: ECA and sports add color, but don’t yet occupy centre-stage. Dramatics, debating and dance are amongst the most popular activities. Besides these, each department has its own society. In sports, Hans Raj is best known for its basket ball team.

Canteen: The canteen is not much to talk about, although the spring rolls, fried rice and the chole-bhature are worth a try. Its prime location right across the LP makes it the most crowded and colorful places on the college campus. There is also a Nescafe counter in college.

Vasundhara Sharma, Economics
Anchit Jain, B. Com (Hons)

Hindu College

Faculty: The Maths, Economics and the English Faculty of the college are simply excellent. The commerce faculty of Hindu is also worth mentioning.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere in Hindu is pretty chilled out. Most of the students are seen hanging around in the lush green lawns of the college armed with their guitars and endless conversation.

ECA and Sports: The Sports of Hindu has deteriorated in the past few years. However this is not the same in ECA. The Music, Theatre and Debating Societies of the college are brilliant.

Canteen: It’s quite famous for it’s seekh kebab rolls. The new additions of naan with shahi panner and momos have been a spectacular hit.

Oindrilla Dutta, Hindu College

Kirori Mal College

Faculty: The English and Economics faculties in KMC are absolutely outstanding. Being a student from English, I have had the privilege of interacting with faculty members that are extremely helpful and take a personal interest in one’s progress as a student. Also, an inconspicuous Urdu department is one that cannot be ignored.

Atmosphere: Rubbing shoulders with other North Campus colleges, KMC has its own blend of the intellectuals and the non-conformists. It certainly doesn’t compel you to make academics your only priority, perhaps allowing you to explore other aspects of your personality.

Extra Curricular Activities and Sports: KMC is most known for its widespread interest in extra-curricular activities and performing arts like Theatre and Music have long since been DU favorites. Home to excellent soccer and basketball teams, KMC has made its presence felt in Inter-College sporting competitions as well.

Canteen: The KM Canteen doesn’t seem to give its students any respite. The food remains inedible with what one can only call an almost sadistic consistency.

Adhir, Kirorimal College

Indraprastha College for Women

Faculty: It boasts of one of the best faculty in Delhi University. The Department of Mass Media and Mass Communication also has guest faculty that consists of professionals from renowned media houses of the country.

Atmosphere: Being a girl’s college, IP ensures such an atmosphere that ensures that you can walk around the campus comfortably in a skirt, a pair of shorts or even pyjamas! Also, the student-teacher relationships are frank enough for the girls to discuss their love lives with the teachers.

ECA and Sports: The endless facilities provided by the college urges the students to improve their sporting talents and physical fitness. In fact, it is the only women’s college with a swimming pool, a gymnasium, a well-equipped health club, a shooting range and an extensive play-field.

Canteen: Just outside the college gate, sits a bhelpuri-wala who serves a wide variety of mouth-watering items. From fresh fruit juice to burgers and aloo-chaat; he makes plenty of quick-meals for the laborious girls of IP college.