Keeping in mind the situation in the country, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has advised colleges in the University of Delhi (DU) to educate people about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

In a notice dated 3rd February 2020, Kedar Burande, from the office of the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, has directed colleges to host weekly CAA awareness workshops in order to “change and influence the perception of students so that they don’t fall prey to misinformation campaigns and instead focus on nationalistic activities that in the long run will benefit the nation.”

A contact from the Vice Chancellor’s office, who requested to remain anonymous, said “We’d been expecting this notification for some time now. A framework has already been decided on and we have informed colleges of the same. Colleges that do not make this compulsory will be penalised, both the University administration and the Government will be looking at this very closely.”

“It is important to understand that students need to move on from these petty issues and focus on their academics. These student protests have caused huge inconvenience to everyone and should stop.” said a member from ABVP.

What remains to be seen, is the reaction of the student community towards this manifestation. Are the students going to actively participate in the workshops, or are they going to completely boycott them, remaining indifferent towards these policies of the administration.

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Dr. Vishal  Gupta, Associate Professor in the Department of Management, University of Mississippi, USA was invited to speak at Dyal Singh College (Morning) on 19th May 2016 by Dr. Rupa Basu from Kamala Nehru College. Named “eCognitio: An Innovative E-learning Workshop Promoting Student Participation and Collaborative Learning,” this initiative has been taken up as a pilot study under a Delhi University Innovation Project.

Over the years, with the advent and growing popularity of internet and social media sites like Facebook and YouTube, the job of the faculty has become even more challenging as students can seem disconnected from the classroom experience. Bearing this in mind in his presentation, Dr. Gupta drew attention to several factors that often contribute to ineffective teaching and how the use of e-learning and collaborative learning tools can be used to make the learning process more engaging for students. 

Followed by Dr. Gupta’s informative session, the second session was presented by Dr. Anita Goel and Dr. P.V.Arya from Dyal Singh College’s the Computer Science and Zoology Department respectively. They spoke of Open Education Resources and MOOCs and how the use of videos and animation can assist in the teaching-learning process.

Though primarily meant for Delhi University professors, apart from an enthusiastic participation by professors from numerous colleges, the workshop saw participation by professors from Meerut as well as Hapur. Dr. I.S Bakshi, Principal, Dyal Singh College, also reiterated the need for change in the methods of teaching in order to meet the expectations of the present generation of tech-savvy students who have a number of distractions that students did not face a decade back. “Student engagement with their learning experience is the key to academic success,” said Dr. Bakshi. 

With inputs from Dr. Rupa Basu, Kamala Nehru College. 

The Reasearch team of the innovation project 2015-2016, Miranda House, Department of English and Elementary Education held a workshop, “Children’s Picture Books: Rethinking history, Story telling and Pedagogy” on the 15th of January. Some of the most renowned figures from the publishing industry were invited as speakers such as Deepa Agarwal, Indira Mukherjee, Sonika Kaushik, Bhuribai, Parul Kaushik, Navin Menon and Bharati Jagannathan.

Only Indira Mukherjee, Sonika Kaushik, Navin menon and Bharati Jagannathan could participate in the workshop. Shweta Sachdeva Jha from The Department of English, Miranda House was also one of the speakers.

The workshop was centered around childrens literature especially picture books. The discussion was engaging and it held the attention of the interactive audience for a long time. During the course of the workshop various observations were made. For instance, It was highlighted that wordless picture books need not necessarily have a text. The illustrations speak for themselves and their interpretations are also dependent on the socio economic background of the child reader. An analysis of the Adivasi Artists was also prompted by Indira Mukherjee.

A series of illustrations also suggested a possibility that modern art could evolve out of tribal, child and folk art.

Similarly other speakers, highlighted a shift from popular Soviet Children picture books to Iranian and South Asian ones in recent years. Issues such as irregular grading patterns, the moralising and didactic nature of Children’s literature were adequately discussed. A lot of interesting questions and observations were also pitched in by the audience. They narrated various accounts of their encounters with child readers of various age groups and their subsequent inferences.

The Reasearch team is still working on their project. They can be followed on their official blog, “Children’s Picture Books in India” Innovation project 2015-2016: https://childrenspicturebooksinindia.wordpress.com


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th and 17th of October, 2015 respectively. Conducted by the faculty of ‘Eptitude’, the events took place from 12 am onwards in the Seminar Hall of Maitreyi College and saw participation by more than 100 students from all different courses on both days. On day 1, the workshop was introduced by Mr. Abhishek Anand, the head Director of Eptitude, who, in the light of his own personal experiences of educational preferences at Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, shared his perspective on the strategies for making right decisions while choosing subject courses in universities. He further stressed the importance of ‘a correct framework’ before applying to professional jobs which, according to him, “must include a work experience of at least two years in the field of career one wants to pursue, along with tons of good internships in start-up business industries”. The event was preceded by a clear understanding of case studies and their essentiality in the employability space, which was done by Mr. Anand, an engineer by profession who studied Electrical Engineering from IIM as well. To help them gain a more realistic idea on case-based approaches, sheets of paper with a sample case study of growing television productions, were distributed among all students, who were then required to play the role of a marketer and decipher the solutions to all the problem statements of the case given to them. Through this process, they were not only able to garner a fresh outlook towards case discussions in professional meetings but also an assessment of each and every component of an industry set-up. Along with this, they were also given a brief recognition of key components such as business communication, etiquettes and dressing, the power of negotiations and resume holding in an office space. “Here at Eptitude,” spoke Mr. Abhishek Anand, “we not only focus on helping CAT or GMAT aspirants crack their entrance examinations, but also enlighten them with sufficient knowledge on cracking case studies during recruitment procedures. We strive to create a personality development in every student by building confidence levels and sharpening their analytical skills, for them to ace internships and job interviews at best management and banking industries.” Day 2 was followed by a case study contest, in which all the participants of Maitreyi College were divided in teams of two. Keeping in mind the techniques taught the other day, each team was then given a case study which was required to be solved within the time limit of one hour. Out of the participation of 50 teams and their submissions, the selected teams were now required to prepare a presentation of their cases in the centre of Eptitude along with the shortlisted team winners of other participating colleges of Delhi University, very soon. The Case Study winners of Maitreyi College are as follows:- Mohini Jindal and Aakansha Jain from First Year, and Shrutika Gupta and Megha Baid from Second Year Shagun Marwah [email protected] Image Credits: Aditi and Latika Sehgal]]>

th, “Mashgool”, the drama society of Symbiosis Law School Noida in collaboration with the Legal Aid Centre, organised a street play in Jesus and Mary College (JMC) on “Victimisation in Dating Abuse: Tale of Three Consensual Victims”. The fifteen-minute play created legal awareness among students about their indulgence into physical relationships too early in their lives. The play depicted a story of three girls who entered relationships and eventually became victims of rape and cheating. The court scene at the end of the play made them aware that a victim who had entered the physical relationship with consent has no rights to seek legal remedy. Through three different examples signifying rape, deception and threat, the play threw light upon on the implications one may face while entering into an immature physical relationship. [caption id="attachment_34879" align="aligncenter" width="428"]NSS JMC organised a workshop in collaboration with NGO Hope4U NSS JMC organised a workshop in collaboration with NGO HopeInU[/caption] On the same day, NSS JMC in collaboration with NGO HopeInU Foundation organised a workshop by the speakers Smriti Easwaran and Dwaipayan Majumder. The workshop, as a part of its new campaign in association with a Switzerland-based company, CrowdGuard, was about “Bystander Activation”. Through videos and interactive activities, the students were educated about the cause, effects and implications of being bystanders along with methods to break the prevalent practice. The speakers elaborated on the answers of how or when to de-escalate, intervene and stay safe. The students were then encouraged to give their support and join the mobile supported crowdgaurd movement to make Delhi a safer place to live in. HopeInU, being one of India’s women-centric organisations has been working for the betterment of young woman, with a special focus on Delhi University. For this purpose, they have organised talks and workshops in various colleges previously. Lovleen Kaur [email protected]   Photo credits: Nikita Gupta ]]>

The Psychology Department of Lady Shri Ram College For Women organized a body image workshop, “Mirror on the Wall: Am I the loveliest of them all” on 28th February as a pre-event for their upcoming Gender Knowledge Academic Congress 2014.

The workshop was conducted by Dr. Kanika Khandelwal, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology at LSR with the theme of challenging popular notions of beauty and the ideal body.

The workshop started with the introduction of startling facts and findings neglected by students on a daily basis. It involved a stirring debate on how media has redefined beauty with Photoshop and airbrush, followed by participants collectively defining the thin ideal. This led to critical discussion on the origin of the thin ideal, how it is perpetuated, the impact of messages about the thin-ideal from family, peers, dating partners, and the media, diet, weight loss and fashion and who benefits from the thin-ideal.

The focus was to highlight how media defines beauty, love and romance for us. The stimulating discussion brought to the fore how the media portrays an unrealistic ideal of perfection.

This was followed by the “Mirror Assignment” which required the participants to stand in front of a mirror, observe themselves and write down at least 6 positive qualities about themselves which included physical, emotional, intellectual, and social qualities. It turned out to be a ‘feel good’ activity with responses of beautiful nails to sexy butts!


On this, Neha Yadav, a second year psychology student quotes, “It made me appreciate those qualities that I normally don’t care enough to notice.”

The second activity that followed was a filling up a ‘verbal challenge’ form. It involved counter answering the statements related to popular notions of beauty and ideal body, which one encounters on a general basis. The most interesting one was, ‘My neighbor said, “You should always wear heels. You are short and that takes away from your looks” was countered with a satirical response like “And all this time I thought you needed to grow up!”

The workshop ended with reverberations of the pledge, “I can and I will…” According to Shuchi, a second year student participant, “The workshop was an eye-opener. It made me realize for how long I have been under-estimating myself. It helped me explore the origin of thin ideal, its costs, and challenge personal body concerns.

Psychology Department Union quotes, “It was a successful workshop, and we thank Dr. Khandelwal for helping us celebrate beauty and making it a fun-filled enriching event. It is indeed a perfect prelude to Academic Congress on the theme ‘Gender knowledge’!

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A creative writing workshop was recently held at the Oxford book store, Statesman House  on August 18th for students and teachers of Delhi University.  The workshop  called” Secrets of Good Writing’ was conducted by celebrated author Jaishree Mishra and witnessed enthusiastic participation from both North and South Campus colleges. Author of four books, including the best seller Ancient Promises, Mishra also spoke about her latest novel, ‘Secret and Lies”. Attended by the chief editor of Harper Collins India, the workshop primarily focused on the nuances of story writing, but questions pertaining to the field of publishing were also entertained.

Mishra spoke extensively about various writing techniques, genres of creative writing, and how to reach out to the intended audience . She also discussed at length the problems of this profession, right from tackling writer’ block to the difficulty in getting published. Calling resilience a virtue in the writing profession, she advised that prospective writers should consider getting day jobs to keep themselves afloat, since it’s largely impossible to live on an author’s income alone. This, she said would also serve in accumulating a range of interesting experiences, a prerequisite to any writer’s resume. Useful insights about the tone of narration, voice, characterization detailing and plot structure were also given.