Around two to three professors from the paramount DU college will be on their way to Mumbai in April to instruct newly recruited officers who will join the RBI cadre, in the ‘Application of Fundamental Micro – Economics’.

Delhi University’s Shri Ram College of Commerce which successfully held its Economics summit was contacted by the government agencies to send professors to teach and help the new employees of the Reserve bank of India on basic Micro – Economic concepts.
The nation’s no. 1 college for studying economics shows its astonishing stature as it was selected from amongst thousands of options to send two to three professors (who, not decided yet) in the month of April to Mumbai for a 5 – day program. During the duration of the programme, new officers who shall have joined the ranks of the RBI office will be guided and lectured by them in the concepts of micro economics like ‘Demand’, ‘Supply’, ‘Inflation and ‘Depression’.

The principal of the college Dr. Simrit Kaur told The Indian Express, “Since people who are not necessarily economists join the RBI, we were invited for this consultancy programme with them. We have been told to send teachers who are rich in applying these basic theories, which is a requirement for their operations. This will hopefully take the form of a series of training programmes, which will depend on feedback we receive. It is a big honour as an undergraduate college to be invited by RBI for such a programme.”
People who get recruited by RBI come from various different backgrounds like MBA, PGDBA, PGPM, PGDM, and postgraduate degrees in economics and commerce. Some of these recruits don’t necessarily have the understanding of economics needed to function efficiently hence such a plan has come into action.

College authorities said that this is the first time the institute will work with the government in training its employees. Dr. Kaur further shared that various other similar programs are also in the pipeline with the Memorandum of Understandings yet to be signed.

Neither the College Principal nor faculty members were available for a comment.

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Yogi Sadhguru paid a visit to SRCC recently, as a part of his campaign titles ‘Youth and Truth’. An analysis of the advice given by innumerable motivational speakers in The University of Delhi reaped interesting outcomes.

Sadhguru, a renowned yogi, mystic, and founder of the NGO Isha Foundation, was at Shri Ram College of Commerce on 4th September 2018. The biker and English-speaking guru was accompanied by his entourage, following a suspension of lectures and extensive police barricading, extending from SRCC till Patel Chest Institute (bit much for a yogi, perhaps?). Contrary to popular belief, he wasn’t there to preach, and true to the essence of his campaign, ‘Youth and Truth’, his session included but wasn’t limited to, genuine advice about goal setting, relationships, confidence building and parenting. Once the initial aura of celebrity had subdued, and snapchat stories had been uploaded, people started to really listen. This was probably succeeded by the realization that the speaker hardly partook in original preachings, instead, like most motivational speakers, he simply validated already existing feelings and knowledge. This is a common occurrence, and it is this validation and connection that students seek from motivational talks/speakers, in the University of Delhi.

Celebrities, leaders, motivational speakers, members of the elite academia, and those who made it big by pure chance; the students of Delhi University have stood firsthand witness to it all, via panels, seminars, conferences, conclaves and other events similar in nature.

Students flock to these events in large numbers, seeking motivation, inspiration, enlightenment, or to simply catch a glimpse of a famous entity. However, when reconsidered, it seems as if all of these speakers, regardless of their field of expertise, are making the same point. You seldom come across anything radically enlightening, rather receive recycled gyaan.  If you’ve heard the terms ‘hardwork’, ‘leadership’, ‘innovative thinking’, ‘bringing something new to the table’ and ‘being humble’ one too many times; congratulations! you have unwittingly become a victim of nebulous direction.

Everything makes sense and nothing makes sense. Vague and nebular advice is the new preaching. Nothing anybody says adds any intrinsic value to the lives of students, their leaders themselves often presenting recycled ideas while simultaneously urging students to be ‘innovative’. One reason for the same is that there is no set path to success, and students are often too delusional to realize that. Students are burdened with the desire and/or pressure to overachieve, and often this desire arises not from within, but as a result of environmentally generated competition.

Leaders and speakers are an important part of college culture, but often, making examples of the small fraction of people who ‘made it’ advertises a lifestyle that is probably already out of stock. There is no market equilibrium; the demand and supply are poles apart, and in the end, students are suffering.

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As SRCC’s Youth Conference 2018 progressed, the stage was graced by many more brilliant speakers from varied backgrounds, with equally varied thoughts, views, and opinions, to share.

The second day at the Youth Conference 2018 at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) started with an enthusiastic first session. Manoj Kohli, the Executive Chairman of Softbank Energy, a global company with the aim of spreading and enlarging renewable energy, addressed the gathering. An alumnus of SRCC, Mr. Kohli talked about his college days at SRCC almost 40 years ago (he graduated in 1979). After his graduation, he also talked about his work in the telecom industry including his stint as the Managing Director and CEO (International) at Bharti Airtel.

Mr. Kohli spoke about the ways in which he believes success can be attained by students. Using what he called the “Four-C’s formula of Character, Courage, Creativity, and Circus (striking a balance), he gave a lengthy exposition based on his experiences. “However, success and happiness has to go together,” Mr. Kohli said, underlining the importance of family values, personal relationships, and ethics in the professional life. He left with a standing ovation from the audience who were visibly enthralled by his speech.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, added to the list of famous personalities to share their experiences at the conference. He talked of his days at SRCC. “I am a storyteller. The drive to tell my stories is what keeps me going. I have come a long way and there is a long way to go,” he said when asked about his days and dreams. On being asked about Rang De Basanti, he said, ”All the seven characters are original inspirations. It was a life we lived at University of Delhi.”

The next speaker for the day was Arjun Vajpai. This 25-year-old mountaineer from Noida talked about his experiences climbing six eight thousand meter mountains of the world. On being asked what kept him going, he said, “If you are not living on the edge, you’re taking too much space. It’s that simple.” Arjun  Vajpai is the youngest to climb 6 peaks above 8,000 m.

Following next was Anu Aga, social worker, billionaire and Chairperson of Teach for India. In her address, she recounted her experiences and journey from a Fulbright scholar to the chairperson of Thermax.

Next up was Political scientist, and a University of Delhi faculty, Bidyut Chakrabarty. He talked about the inspiration of Indian Constitution and its derivation from sources like Vedas and the Enlightenment philosophy.

In an anti-climatic wrap, the band of Awaaz which was supposed to be the last act of the day could not perform as the conveners abruptly shut down the programme. The organizers cited security issues for the abrupt cancellation.


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It’s almost synonymous with DU, chai. However, chai-wallas here are not limited to being mere service providers; they’re ingrained into students’ lives.

On 19th August, the iconic Tea Stall inside the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), endearingly referred to as ‘Irfan’s’ by students, accidentally burnt down. There was an approximate loss of assets worth INR 1,00,000, excluding the initial shock factor, and the low spirits that prevail around that area now.
The students and faculty members of the college sprung to action, with a collection drive (which is ongoing) led by faculty member Mr. Santosh Kumar. The sweet little shop is undergoing restoration, and is expected to start functioning again soon. The overwhelming response on behalf of the students, faculty and non-faculty members of the college stands proof of the value and importance of this dear tea-stall. DU Beat contacted Mr. Santosh Kumar but he was unavailable for a comment.

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Ananya Jain, a second year student at SRCC expressed her concerns to a DU Beat correspondent, and said, “We can’t deny the fact that Irfan uncle’s Bhajiya Patti was a savior on one too many days. I can’t wait for his shop to become functional again.”
Another student from SRCC, Parikshit Batra, a first year hosteler, said, “My daily Anda-Bread-Chai fix will be missed, but this is not about my breakfast. I was touched by the organisation of a collection drive to help Irfan Uncle; it’s like a little family here that takes care of one another.”
This spirit prevails all over the University of Delhi and extends from Chai wallahs to Co-op book store owners providing crucial assignments and reading at subsidised rates and even letting students borrow books during desperate times. They hold immense importance in students’ lives, adding to the quality and comfort of campus life. Sadly, they often go unnoticed and under-appreciated, their presence is taken for granted, and the same way sound and lighting teams in Dramatics Societies often are. The drab nature of the past week at SRCC has proved how Irfan’s was an irreplaceable part of the college campus. Campus chai-wallahs have forever been a part of any DU student’s life, and their stalls are the very birthplace of the phenomenon called chai pe charcha. Their chai making is almost akin to artistry; tea, milk, and ginger at their best.
These places resemble the eye of the tornado in any college; offering an INR 10 cuppa and peace of mind
amidst the surrounding chaos. Be it the election time or protests, or a regular day, these places are always thronged by students. They stand witness to conversations about subjects ranging from politics to societies and academics to love life. It never happens that a development from the University or the Arts Faculty doesn’t reach them. Barring their timeless charm, these places also have a devoted fan following, just try to criticise Sudama Tea Stall in front of a Hinduite, or talk down Ganga Dhaba in front of JNU Students. Go on, we dare you.


Feature Image Credits: Ramkrishnan, Click- The Photography Society, SRCC.

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(Corrigendum: This is to correct wrongful accreditation to DU Beat for the feature image used in this article, in the fifth print issue, published on 29th August 2018. The rightful credits of this image belong to Ramakrishnan, who is a member of the photography society of SRCC, Click.)

After filling over 15,000 seats in the first round and completing a hassle free second round of admissions, the University of Delhi is all set to begin with the third leg of the admissions process.

Shri Ram College of Commerce, one of the leading colleges for Commerce in the country, has announced admissions closed for general category in the third cut-off list. Shaheed Bhagat Singh College was the first college to declare its third cut-off on its college website. From now, colleges have begun updating their respective individual websites. Follow this space for live updates! This article will be updated as and when a college uploads its list.

Click here to check the cut-off for Shaheed Bhagat Singh College.

Click here to check the cut-off for P.G.D.A.V. College (Eve).

Click here to check the cut-off for SRCC.

Click here to check the cut-off for Gargi College.

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Click here to check the cut-off for Sri Aurobindo College (E).

Click here to check the cut-off for Kirori Mal College.

Click here to check the cut-off for Zakir Husain Delhi College.

Click here to check the cumulative cut-off for arts and humanities courses.

Click here to check the cumulative cut-off for science courses.

Click here to check the FIST cut-off for NCWEB.

The third cut-offs are in sync with the previous two cut-offs released for this academic year, as they appear to be more realistic than previous years.
Please Note – The Delhi Metro may be closed due to a strike on 30th June, 2018. Therefore, parents and students planning to go to seek admission across Delhi University colleges should look for alternatives for commuting.

Various University of Delhi (DU) colleges, released their first-cutoff lists. SRCC and Hindu were amongst the first to do so. 

Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) was the first college to release the first cut-off list for admission into undergraduate courses to mark the beginning of admissions season this year. The cutoffs in 2018 have registered a minor dip of 0.25% in comparison to last year when the cut-off for B.Com Hons was 98%.

Following SRCC other colleges too started posting their cut-off lists on their respective websites. A little before midnight on June 18th, DU released the first official, cumulative cut-off on its website. The same can be accessed using the link given below.


Click here to check the cut-off for SRCC.

Click here to check the cut-off for Hindu College.

Click here to check the cut-off for Kirori Mal College.

Click here to check the cut-off for Shaheed Bhagat Singh College.

Click here to check the cut-off for Janki Devi Memorial

Click here to check the cut-off for Shivaji College

Click here to check the cut-off for Zakir Husain College

Click here to check the cut-off for Vivekananda College

Click here to check the cut-off for Gargi College

Click here to check the cut-off for Ramjas College

Click here to check the cut-off for JMC.

Click here to check the cumulative cut-off of all DU colleges for Commerce and Humanities courses.

Click here to check the cumulative cut-off of all DU colleges for Science courses.


This article will be updated real-time as and when a college uploads its respective cut-off.

So what happens after the founder of the company who is like beer in a bottle flows out after being opened? Does he end up in a wine glass or in a glass which is not there at all?
That was exactly the dilemma of Shawrya Mehrotra, he flowed out of the beer bottle into the perfect glass but just like beer needs chakna to be enjoyed with it, he too needed a co-founder.
After spending months looking for his co-founder Shawrya finally roped in Rajan Luthra. Initially Rajan joined as the influencer head, but Shawrya soon found his chakna and Rajan was made the co-founder.
In a nutshell TVF|Pitchers never stopped inspiring Shawrya and Rajan.
A platform which defines people near you isn’t a new idea, but looking at our generation caught up with the crave and lust for electronic screens, Shawrya was aspired to bring nostalgic face to face interactions back. He wanted a platform where technology brought people together for a real conversation, quickly and conveniently.
Within months not only did he come up with Metvy but made it one of the most sort after internships for summer on the Delhi University campus with more than 30 students interning from SRCC, St. Stephens, Kirori Mal, LSR etc. in various departments.
Metvy is a real time networking platform focused on making strangers in the same vicinity with similar interests and networking needs interact face to face. Currently its being mentored and backed by Mr. Alok Jain, former vice president of Wipro Technology, Founder of various companies like CareerCo and BootStrap Foundry.
The idea has won many B-Plans in the past year and in the past couple of weeks has received attention from various premier and international institutions including NASSCOM, London Business School, London School of Economics, IIM-Ahmedabad etc.
Releasing in August 2018 Shawrya’s idea has already gained traction and is being approached by multiple VC’s and Angel Investors.
Do checkout Metvy and give them a shoutout.


With yet another academic session almost coming to an end at the University of Delhi, it is time to look back at the year that has gone by, before all of us get busy with semester examination preparation. Going by the thought, DU Beat brings to you its exclusive series ‘Colleges’ Round Up (2017-18)’, where we present the highlighting incidents of numerous DU colleges that took place over 2017 and 2018.

From welcoming their first woman principal to hosting the varsity’s biggest fest, Crossroads, successfully for yet another year, Shri Ram College has had quite an eventful year.

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The placement season this session at the University of Delhi touched new heights in terms of the number of companies involved and the number of students securing placements. Because of the initiatives of the various placement cells, this year witnessed a rise in the average pay packages offered.
The highest placement offer this year of Rs. 31 lakhs per annum (LPA) was bagged by a student of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), offered by the consultancy giant Parthenon-EY. This placement marked an exponential improvement for the Placement Cell of SRCC as their highest placement for the last academic session 2016-17 was Rs. 30 LPA. Kirori Mal College and Shaheed Bhagat Singh College both witnessed their highest placement offer at Rs. 19 LPA. The highest offer in St. Stephen’s College was Rs. 19-20 LPA in terms of cost to company (CTC) by the Boston Consulting Group. Hansraj College observed a boost as well since their highest offer increased from last year’s figures of Rs. 16 lakhs per annum to Rs. 17.5 LPA this year.

The average pay packages this year start off at Rs. 3.9 LPA at Daulat Ram College. Kirori Mal College, where over 90 students were placed, and Sri Venkateswara College, where the current number students placed is 146 (subject to increase), both received average salary packages of Rs. 4.1 lakhs. Shaheed Bhagat Singh College observed an increase to an average of Rs. 4 lakhs per annum from the previous year’s Rs. 3.2 lakhs, out of the 170 students placed. Hansraj College yet again managed to increase their average package amount from Rs. 5.02 lakhs to Rs. 6 lakhs. SRCC also observed an average salary package of Rs. 6 LPA this year.

St. Stephen’s College, Hansraj College, and Sri Venkateswara College witnessed 85+ companies visiting their campus for placements this season.

Notable names like KPMG (India), KPMG (Global), Hindustan Times, Inshorts, Decathlon, Bain and Company, Barnes & Noble Loudcloud, Zycus Infotech, Fidelity Information Services (FIS), Accenture, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, and TATA Power, recruited the most number of students. First time recruiters like Hindustan Times, Inshorts, Byjus, and Saavn, among others, were also involved this placement season.

The most popular job profile remains Audit Associate or Analyst for commerce students. However, this year noticed a trend of inclusivity of companies branching out to the humanities and science streams as well. There were a plethora of job opportunities for science and humanities students. Companies like NIIT, IdInsight, FRR Forex, StartupEd, Decathlon, Bain & Company, Dell, Teach for India and Urbanclap, recruited from all courses. The profiles offered for humanities and science students ranged from business development, research, marketing, content writing, human resources, etc.

Communication skills, practical knowledge, achievements in academics and extracurricular activities, analytical skills, quick and out of the box thinking, strong logical and reasoning abilities, and academic proficiency are some qualities that hiring companies look for in a student.

(All information is based on the data received from participating colleges in a DU Beat survey)


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It is the season of examinations, and along with it, is also the season of uncertainty and apprehension for the students who frequent their colleges like a blue moon frequents the sky.

 According to the Varsity mandated rules, students of the University of Delhi (DU) need to maintain at least 67% attendance in order to sit for the end semester examinations. For those who don’t, pleading the professors to consider their Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) attendance, or visiting a shady doctor for a medical certificate are some of the extreme choices one has, since the college is technically bound to act under the rules of the University and detain those with less attendance.

Things look especially uncertain for the third year students in some colleges, like Miranda House, as they have been told that they won’t be able to sit for the examinations if they do not have the required attendance.

In South Campus, Sri Venkateswara College has not been given the admit cards till now. Prabal Khatri, President of Sri Venkateswara Students’ Union, told the DU Beat correspondent, “There are no issues for third year students. Earlier, the 67% attendance requirement used to apply to the final year students as well. But this year, our Union has been able to bring it down to 0%, providing huge respite for them.”

When asked about whether the college administration is lenient for the first and second year students as well, Khatri remarked, “For them, even if the required attendance is 67% according to the Varsity mandated rules, our union has brought the benchmark down to 35%. However, there are some students who never show up to class, neither do they have ECA’s, nor medical certificates to justify their low attendance. Those people are of course not given the admit cards.”

In Miranda House, a meeting to determine whether third year students with below 40% attendance will receive their admit cards is slated to be held. While in the past years, the administration would not withhold the admit cards for the final year students, this year, the college has constantly maintained, right from the beginning of the semester, that they would be more stringent with attendance requirements, even for final year students.

In a phone call conversation with the correspondent, Mahi, a final year student from Miranda House remarked, “The final year students have coaching and have to prepare for entrances. So the administration is usually more understanding with us. However, I do not know about the changes brought about this year.” Since none of the final year students have been given their admit cards till now, a cloud of uncertainty looms over their futures.

It is to be noted that, amidst the first and second year students who have already received their admit cards, there are students with attendance below 40%, who are still struggling to get their admit cards. A member of the college administration told DU Beat on condition of anonymity, “Even as the college is prepared to be flexible with the final year students, we have instructions to be uncompromising with the first and second year students.”

Nestling in the heart of North Campus, is Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), boasting cut-offs that rise as high as 99.25%. SRCC is surprisingly not as strict as some of its neighbours in campus, when it comes to attendance issues.

The Corporate Communications Head of the Students’ Union, Shrimann Adhith, held that until last year, the 67% requirement of attendance in order to be eligible to sit for the exams was not followed. It is only from the current academic session that students require the aforementioned percentage of attendance to get their admit cards. Shrimann went on to say, “Even if they do not maintain the required attendance, the students would eventually be given the admit card. However, they would be made to sign an undertaking.”

Sonul, a sports student from Gargi College, does not seem stressed about getting her admit card. She says, “If any of the third year students does not have the required attendance, they will be made to sign an undertaking. At the most, their parents will be called. But they will eventually be allowed to sit for the exams.”

Contrastingly, in Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Himansh Pandey, current President of ‘Anhad’, the Music Society of the college, told  DU Beat, “even if you are a part of a cultural society, you do not get ECA attendance. After a lot of protest, the Principal promised us that they will bring down the bar of required attendance for students of cultural societies to 30%. However, for other students, 67% attendance requirement is strictly followed, without which they do not get their admit cards.” However, he also added, “The worst case scenario is that your parents are called. But the final year students are given the fated sheet of admittance even if they have to stand in lines from 9 to 5, and fight with the administration.”

For the students of Lady Shri Ram College, things appear uncertain as there has been no word from the administration. When the DU Beat correspondent asked Amita Yadav, the President of the college, whether the third year students with below 67% attendance would be allowed to sit for the exams or not, she said, “There has been no word from the side of the administration till now.”

One common trend witnessed in most of the colleges is the lack of communication from the side of the administration. With less than 10 days left for the exams, students are still uncertain about whether they would receive their admit cards or not.

With most colleges having already celebrated their farewell, is this lack of communication justified? As the final year students gear up to step into the outside world of jobs and higher studies, isn’t keeping them second-guessing about their examinations a sheer lack of transparency?

These are some of the questions we need to pose to the administration departments of the colleges.


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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak

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