Delhi University student Jasraj Bhinder from Sri Venkateswara College has been awarded the prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society’s INDIA HIGH ACHEIVER AWARD of Rs 2.5 Lakhs. The India High Achiever award is instituted by Golden Key to assist Golden Key members to further their education in India. “Jasraj Bhinder has demonstrated excellence in Academics and related academic activities during his undergraduate study. Jasraj also demonstrated how Golden Key’s Commitment to Academics Leadership and Service will be furthered by his Postgraduate study, Golden Key will award more such scholarships to deserving individuals in India” said Dr Abhiram Prabhu Golden Key’s University Relations Office For India.

“It is indeed a great honour to have received this prize and I would like to thank Golden Key for that. It is always nice to have your efforts in life to be recognised and appreciated and this award does exactly that. More importantly, it urges me to put in even more hard work in my endeavours in the future. The scholarship award will be very useful in covering the costs of my current postgraduate education and in funding my studies further in the future”.
Said Jasraj Bhinder after receiving the award from Golden Key.

  Kripa Chongtham, a gifted guitarist and a  music honours student at Hindu College committed suicide a few days back. His body was discovered by a roommate who came back to his room at around 5:30 am on Sunday, 14th April. He committed suicide by putting a Nokia mobile charger around his neck and twisting it with a hammer. Investigations reveal that he was suffering from depression and was under therapy for the same. A suicide note was also found in his room.    ]]>

It has been known since decades that St. Stephen’s College is a very unique college in campus, and that it follows its own rules and has always remained very set in its ideas. There is no denying the fact that it is one of the most sought after college in Delhi University, but it is also true that it has the image of being quite fixed in its ideologies.

This comes very evidently to us today after Unmukt Chand captain of India’s under 19 side, who just brought the country great pride by winning the world cup and hitting a 111 runs in the final match was detained by his college for low attendance. A student who should have been given great honour for his remarkable performance in the World Cup was shown a chit of no promotion in college shortly after he returned. Earlier also, Unmukt, a student of BA Programme was barred from taking the second semester exams owing to low attendance.

The entire Indian cricket fraternity is baffled at the state of affairs. MS Dhoni also tweeted “This incident shows the lack of importance and respect given to sports in India”. Unfortunately this incident has taken place besides the fact that Unmkut Chand has been academically inclined throughout the year, he had earlier secured a first division in his exams which is credible for a sportsperson with such hectic schedules. An international player who has dedicatedly played for the country can certainly be excused by the college for low attendance.

However, the Stephen’s principal Valson Thampu on his part said that he had no control over the University rules, and only the administration can make an exception. All are now geared up for the court hearing on 16th September that will decide our young captain’s fate.


Picture credits: Additi Seth


A new national-level students group has been formed to promote social causes and initiate the development of a new generation of social activists. The group namely Campus Front of India was formally launched on November 7 in New Delhi.  Students from various states across the country were present at this launch that took place at the India International Centre.

As A. Mohamed Yusuff, General Convenor of the Campus Front puts it , the aim of this group is primarily  to empower campuses and strive for the oppressed sections of society .

“Students are considered as an important section which can play a crucial role in building the society. Students are the privileged section of the society who has the power of education, vision and knowledge with them which is denied to most of the marginalized sections of the society. Unfortunately we have seen a decline in student activism among students for the last few decades. Students movements once considered one of the most powerful catalyst of any cause have now turned into mere pawns of their political mentors. In this critical juncture Campus Front will strive for the revival of student’s power and motivate students to lead social movements,” he added.

Delhi University, being one of the premier universities of our country has left no stone unturned to ensure that students get the right kind of exposure to education trends all over the world. Keeping this in mind, it has a number of international exchange Programs with renowned universities from various parts of the globe. It has long been in consortium with several universities through various projects, and provides undergraduate and post graduate students, as well as faculty members with several opportunities for exchange programmes, fellowships and scholarships. The main aim of these programmes is to give the students a chance to learn in a new, more global environment and facilitate inter- cultural interaction and understanding.

For undergraduate courses, the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Lot 15 for India provides funds to promote student and teaching staff mobility between 12 European universities and 8 Indian universities. It is available to all Delhi University students. Through EMECW15, successful applicants (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and post-doctorate students as well as academic staff) are also awarded a scholarship which covers costs of travel, insurance, possible tuition, living expenses and housing. The coordinating institution for the EMECW15 scheme is the University of Lund (Sweden). The yearly deadline for submission of applications is 15th February. For more information refer to www.erasmuswindow15.org .

Delhi University has also collaborated with the University of Heidelberg and the University of California and these ties having been strengthened further during the last five years. There is a successful student exchange programme between the University of Delhi and these Universities especially in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Apart from these, many exchange programmes in Delhi University are college specific.

LSR has collaborated with many international universities and at present has exchange programmes going on with Kinnaird College, La Trobe University and Smith College.

Brown College too has collaborated with LSR and St. Stephens, while NUS is in partnership with LSR and Hindu College.

Last year, a team of 12 students and four faculty members from the Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied sciences visited the University of Delhi for an inter-cultural interaction, the focus being provision of multi-cultural interaction on the academic platform. About 30 students from Miranda and SRCC participated in this programme.

The Centre of International Education at Ramjas College has also been greatly enhancing the prospects of students. At present, they are conducting jointly conducting a programme with Denmark’s International Study Program, Copenhagen. It also has to its credit an exchange program with the Department of Applied Economics, Antwerp, Belgium and Lahore University of Management Sciences.

In addition to this, efforts are on at present to build relationships with institutions in Sweden, New Zealand, Brazil and Chile, and discussions and other preparatory work for the same are in progress.

Information regarding exchange programmes for a specific course, if any, being offered in other colleges can be obtained from the concerned department of that college.

International exchange programmes have helped to establish a more global front and given a more holistic base to the undergraduate studies of Delhi University. However, the absence of a semester system and difference in the marking structure still limits the choice of Delhi University students to programmes in partner universities only, which is sometimes restricted only to specific courses. A student of Miranda House says, “I had been to the US this summer for a short term course. The Universities are keen to introduce more exchange programs but according to them, the technicalities of both the systems hugely differ”. Hopefully the possible introduction of the Semester System next year will improve prospects of collaboration with premier institutes and increase the choices in course and subject.

(This article has been equally contributed by Kritika Kushwaha and Geetika Sachdev)