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Ramanujan College pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

Under our scheme of instruction for IMBH (shown on the college web), all the 1st year students are supposed to visit Birla House, where Mahatma was assassinated. To facilitate the visit, buses on two consecutive days were arranged after their regular classes. And over 600 students, marking their attendance at the site, are now preparing their reports on life of Mahatma Gandhi.
Dr. Tushar K. Mishra
Coordinator, IMBH

International purple day for epilepsy awareness 2014  - 25 March 2014

International purple day for epilepsy awareness 2014 - SGTB khalsa college, University of Delhi partnering EKATWAM, the support group for Persons with Epilepsy

Celebrating the International Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College (University of Delhi) partnered Ekatwam, the support group for Epilepsy, to hold an awareness event on March 25, 2014 woven into a street play format.

With an audience of over 700 students, staff and members from the academic fraternity, dressed in purple, the event included enlightening deliberations by Dr Manjari Tripathi, Professor of Neurology, AIIMS and Mr Adosh. Datta, Secretary, Ekatwam. Ms Shivani Wazir Pasrich, actor, dancer, and former Miss India Worldwide anchored the event.

What touched the audience were talks by people who have epilepsy and brought out their life experiences; this included the 11 year old Anishka who braved the snide remarks of her classmates by saying, “I have epilepsy, do you have a problem?”

This was followed by a pledge taking ceremony where the entire audience pledged to support persons with epilepsy, and went on to sign their messages on the Purple Pledge Wall.

Dr Komal Kamra, faculty, host institute, thanked Ekatwam for having chosen SGTB Khalsa College to be the medium for spreading awareness on this medical problem which is mired in myths and discrimination.

Locating Gender in the New Middle Class in India  - 11-13 March 2014

Women's Studies & Development Centre of the University of Delhi in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, held a three-day international seminar on Locating Gender in the New Middle Class in India from 11-13 March, 2014 at IIAS, Shimla.

The Seminar was convened by Dr Manjeet Bhatia of the Centre, and chaired by Prof. Bharati Baveja, Director WSDC. The IIAS appointed a local coordinator to ensure the streamlining of logistics and the participation of Fellows and Associates. Among the eminent international and national scholars were, Prof Raka Ray, Prof Alice Clark (California university,Berkeley), Dr Jyostana A. Gupta ( University of Humanistic,Studies in Utrecht,Netherlands),Prof Sanjay Srivastva (IEG), Prof Indu Agnihotri(Director, CDWS), Prof Sanjukta Dasgupta(University of Calcutta), Prof Sonal Desai ( University of Maryland and National Council of Applied Economics, New Delhi ), Dr Sukrita P. Kumar (CIC, Delhi University), Prof Sarswati Raju (JNU), Prof Preet Rustagi ( Joint Director,IHD), Prof U. Kalpagam (G B Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad), Prof Abha Malhotra (Himachal University)

The participation of young scholars was also encouraged and brought in speakers from seven universities. Welcoming the collaboration, Director IIAS Prof. Chetan Singh highlighted the importance of the subject of the seminar. The participants deliberated on the theme of the new middle class from the perspective of various disciplines. Migration, desire, space, media, consumption, reproduction, home, work, safety, literary representation, and politics were addressed while discussing the changing gender relations. Papers ranged from ethnographic studies to those using rich national level data. It is proposed that an edited, peer reviewed publication will be based on the seminar theme.

Department of Physics, Emerging Area course “Atomic and Molecular Radiation Physics: From Astronomy to Biomedicine” -10 February - 5 March 2014

A four week lecture course on “Atomic and Molecular Radiation Physics: From Astronomy to Biomedicine” was conducted by the visiting Fulbright-Nehru scholar Prof. Anil Pradhan, and Prof. Sultana Nahar, from the Ohio State University, USA. It was facilitated by DU professors, Prof. Man Mohan (Alexander Humboldt Fellow, Germany), Prof. Amitabha Mukherjee (Head of Dept.) and Prof. R. P. Tandon. In addition, Prof. Nahar conducted a workshop on the state-of-the-art atomic R-matrix codes and Superstructure. The lectures were attended by 87 participants from different academic institutes such as the

Dr. Alok Kumar Singh Jha, Kirori Mal College, D.U. - Ist Rank
Gajendra Singh, Int. Un.Accl. Centre, IUAC. - IInd Rank
Dheeraj Chandvani, Int. Un.Accl. Centre, IUAC. - IIIrd Rank

IMBH Students’ Interactive Session on Gandhi Bhawan - 26 February 2014

In continuation of IMBH Students’ Interactive Session, on 26th February 2014, Gandhi Bhawan organized the programme for the students of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi University. Dr. Sita Bimbrahw was the resource person on this occasion. Dr. Anita Mehrotra of SSCBS accompanied the students. The students very enthusiastically participated in the lecture.. A documentary ‘Mahatma’ by Vitthalbhai Jhaveri was screened followed by a spinning session by Dr. Bimbrahw.
Some of the feedback:

‘It was a nice session. Got mental peace and enlightenment. A very nice session overall’ – Bhuwan Gogia

‘Its an amazing experience to be here. Its chance to understand Bapu more closely’– Shrishma Kudadah

‘The thing which attracted me towards the Gandhiji’s documentary is his power of patience and will power’ – Kapil Kushwaha

‘I also realized the need of the IMBH subject for us.’ – Mayur Dhikyan

University of Delhi & University of Edinburgh - International Partnership - 23 February 2014


Vice Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh will be conferred an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh at a special ceremony this summer. Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea gave this information at a meeting in Delhi on 23 February 2014 during his academic tour of universities in India. Edinburgh and Delhi university enjoy a rich and active partnership through an MoU. It has led to Edinburgh students participating in the Gyanodaya train, a tour to Edinburgh by DU students with disability, an international conference, exchange of e- lectures, and plans for a hockey camp. Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea complimented Vice Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh on the new initiatives taken at Delhi University and looked towards expanding collaborations in cancer research, technology courses and innovation projects

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“Women’s Studies in India: A Journey of 25 Years” launched on 20 February 2014

The book, Women’s Studies in India, was launched by Prof. Malashri Lal, Dean of Colleges, on 20 February 2014 to a packed audience in the conference room. A timely publication just ahead of the International Women's Day, these essays and notes remain perennially relevant. Women’s Studies and Development Centre (WSDC) at the University of Delhi completed its journey of 25 years in 2013 as this Centre was one of the first four centres sponsored by UGC in late eighties. During this journey the centre has developed many local, regional, national and international links. Scholars got associated with the Centre in various research projects, seminars and workshops and contributed to its academic and extension activities. This book, edited by Madhu Vij, Manjeet Bhatia and Shelly Tara, is an acknowledgement of this association and the collective effort of the scholars that have brought significance to the Centre.

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Norway's participation at the Antardhvani festival - 14-16 February 2014

Norway was a special international guest participant at DU’s mega event Antardhvani in February 2014. Having been welcomed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Norway is actively pursuing cooperation in higher education. A new bilateral programme is expected to be launched in April. Norwegian institutions were invited to participate in the Antardhvani festival, and to meet with Delhi University’s Innovation projects. An MOU on cooperation between Delhi University and the University of Oslo was signed at the festival, taking the cooperation a step further.

DU Innovation Projects creates SpineVeda, an android based mobile App for Persons with Spine Injury - 15 February 2014

A functional mobile App made by University of Delhi was unveiled at Antardhvani on 15 February 2014.
The App is for one and all to guard them against getting a spine injury as it has no cure and leads to lifelong disability.
It is specially for Persons with Spine Injury to guide them to lead a life of fulfillment and dignity, preventing complications.
Two functional modules were displayed after the launch by Ms Stuti Kacker, Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Prof Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, the Antardhvani team and the Innovation Project team.
Makers of the App: Team at SGTB Khalsa College.

Launch of Community Radio station DUCR FM 90.4MHz at new site - 14 February 2014

The Community Radio of the University of Delhi DUCR FM 90.4MHz has been shifted from SOL campus to new location in UIC complex in stadium. The 50 Watt FM transmitter with antenna has been installed on the roof top of CIC building. A small Airconditioned cabin has been constructed to accommodate the transmitter.

The studio set up of Community Radio consisting of Multipurpose Studio, Announcer booth and Editing Room have been constructed. All the studio equipment like Announcer console, Editing console, Phone in unit, Microphone and other equipment have been installed. The Community Radio was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh. After the inauguration Vice Chancellor had a lively interaction with students from different colleges. This programme was broadcast live. This Community Radio station will be “Students Centric Radio Station” as per the vision of the University.

Launch of The Delhi University Journal of the Humanities and the Social Sciences - 14 February 2014

The University of Delhi has begun to publish a new research journal. The first issue of The Delhi University Journal of the Humanities and the Social Sciences was launched by Professor Ved Prakash, Chairman of the UGC, on 14 February 2014 at the Antardhvani festival. This open-access online annual journal is double-blind peer-reviewed and has an international Editorial Advisory Board.

The first issue comprises eight research articles from a wide range of disciplines, and four book-reviews. Contributors include eminent international academics, and senior colleagues as well as young researchers from the University of Delhi and elsewhere in India.

To view the inaugural issue, please go to http://journals.du.ac.in/humsoc/

To submit contributions, please contact the editor at dujournals.humsoc@gmail.com

MoU between the University of Delhi and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) - 14 February 2014

On 14 February 2014 an MoU between the University of Delhi and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) was signed by Ms. Alka Sharma, Registrar, University of Delhi, and Mr. Jayanta K. Ray, Director, IGNCA, at the Art Gallery, Antardhvani Festival. The MoU entitles the two institutions to collaborate on teaching, MPhil and PhD supervision and the sharing of archival resources.

DU joins hands with J&K Police for Soft Skills Development Training of the Kashmir Police Personnel - 10-21 February 2014

University of Delhi and J&K Police have collaborated in the landmark initiative of providing training to the executive police of Kashmir on soft skills for better public police interface. The initiative was undertaken under the leadership of Dr. Pamela Singla, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work who coordinated the programme with her team comprising of 21 students from the University of Delhi; a consultant and three faculty who acted as the facilitators for the programme. The 21 students from various disciplines such as Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology and Law, underwent an intensive training of trainers (ToT) of five days (10th-14th February, 2014) at the Department of Social Work, before imparting the training to the Kashmir police. The programme schedule included both the theoretical and practical sessions on Kashmir, soft skills, communication, negotiation and leadership. A total of 11,000 police personnel have been covered in the training conducted in Kashmir (17th -21st February, 2014) in 14 districts spread over the three ranges of Srinagar, Baramulla and Anantnag. This programme of the Dept of Social Work is partnered by J&K Bank

Business Economics students from BRAC win Research paper award - 7-8 February 2014

Bhim Rao Ambedkar College BBE students’ paper received the Best Research Paper Award at the Conference : India at the crossroads : Indian Business Academy ; GNOIDA, 7-8 Feb 2014. Students Involved : Gaurav Sunal ,Vishal (BBE 3rd yr). Paper Title: ‘The Efficiency in the Indian Market in the weak form : Random Walk and Calendar Effect Investigation.’ Published in India at the Crossroads, LexisNexis India pp 95-104. Mentor and co-author, Dr Rakesh Shahani, Associate Professor in the Department of Business Economics


On 4th February 2014, The Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension (DACEE) invited Prof. Julia Gonzalez and Dr. Pablo Beneitone, of the International TUNING Academy of The European Commission regarding strengthening the departmental collaboration at the international level. The program was organized at the International Guest House of the University of Delhi. The aim was not only to focus at the academic exchanges and other innovative practices, but also providing utmost importance to spread learning beyond academic nomenclature, through ‘Extension’ activities. This is why; the DACEE also organized an inaugural ceremony of a Community Learning Centre (CLC) and an interactive session between the members of the communities with the foreign delegates.

The welcome speech was given by Dr. Rajesh (Head, DACEE, University of Delhi). He warm-heartedly welcomed Prof. Julia and Dr. Pablo and introduced them with the faculty, the research scholars, learners and people from the communities. There were representatives from the Non-Brothel Based Female Sex Workers. Dr. Rajesh informed all about the initiatives by the DAC EE to spread education, training for the empowerment of the vulnerable sections of the communities. In this regard, he reminded the importance of the third dimension of education; i.e. extension, which should go beyond the academic nomenclature of teaching and research and respond to the needs of the society. He then invited Prof. Julia and Dr. Pablo to officially inaugurate the Community Learning Centres, which are going to start operating shortly in the Shivaji Enclave, Raghuvir Nagar of Delhi, NCR region. In this regard, he also welcomed the members of the communities, their representatives from the ‘Manch’ NGO to share their problems, issues, and expectations from the Department.



Report of School Outreach Program organised by CIC & CSEC - 3-22 February 2014

DU and NTPC sign agreement for social upliftment projects - 3 January 2014

The Registrar, University of Delhi and AGM (CSR), National Thermal Power Corporation sign an Agreement that will lead to a financial support by the CSR wing of NTPC for some student projects being carried out at Cluster Innovation Centre. These projects aim at social intervention in areas and issues such as “Children in conflict with law”, “Water management at Kusumpur Pahari”, “Police redressal of grievances by the hearing and speech impaired women”, “Use of nukkad natak for gender sensitivity in Kusumpur Pahari” and "Conservation of lesser known languages in India" etc.

Report on Inauguration of Community Learning Centre at GB road for Female Sex Worker
(Under Vistaar : A Lifelong Learning Approach) - 1 February 2014

The Department has initiated Vistaar - a Lifelong learning approach under XII Plan, inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dinesh Singh on 21st October, 2013 in conference centre , University of Delhi. It was resolved to start Community Learning Centers(CLC) in the different communities among vulnerable population .The 1st learning centre was opened in Jankpuri for elderly population. The 2nd Learning Centre was opened on 1st February, 2014 in GB Road among female sex workers as part of good practice, The Department collaborated with Delhi Government and voluntary organization working in the area namely Shakti Vahini, and Indian Medicine Development Trust . The main objective of this intervention is to enhance literacy through non-formal education, skill development training, awareness generation and networking with various organizations for the betterment of community women. Dr Rajesh, Head of the department, Mrs. Rita Sen Gupta, Dr J. K. Misra and Mrs. Tamanna Khan along with the research scholars were present in the inaugural session. The women involved in brothel based sex work interacted with the faculty member and resource person. There were 65 women from the community present at the time of inauguration. The networking partners Shakti Vahini & Indian Medicine Development Trust (IMDT) representatives were present and managed the programme.

Mrs. Tamanna Khan Project Manager, Shakti Vahini welcomed all and given a presentation on the Joint Targeted Interventions (TI) Project explaining their work and interventions. Mrs. Khan informed about the steps taken by the NGO to spread awareness on health issues (HIV, AIDS, DOTS, Leprosy & other STDs) to female sex workers and the Bediya community. Shakti Vahini has been working at G.B. Road since 2004. The joint TI Project came into existence in May 2009 with IMDT. 3245 Female Sex Workers in the area are registered out of approximately 4000. Majority of the FSW are from A.P., Karnataka, W. Bengal and for a few months, girls and women from Nepal have been also working at G. B. Road.


"Capacity Building of SC/ST, OBC and Minority Programme" in Delhi University

The department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi, initiated Capacity Building Workshop for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Minority students of Delhi University as per XI plan Guidelines on life skills development of students in higher education.The programme was planned as per the needs of undergraduate students of Delhi University, which covers various aspects of personality development so as to enhance academic development and better career opportunities. The main objective of the workshop was to equip first year undergraduate students with self-confidence, improved communication skills, career planning and employability, awareness. Individual interaction and group presentation were mostly adopted as methods of interaction. It trained 840 students under XI plan of the University of Delhi.The department endeavors to include 20 colleges of Delhi Universityduring the XII plan period.The department conducted its first workshop in August,2013. It has covered nine colleges and a total of 157 students of Delhi University in last six months. Dr. Rajesh Senior Faculty and the Head of the Department co-ordinated the programme under XI and XII plan period of the University of Delhi.


Community Learning Course - 31 January 2014

The Extension Dimension in Higher Education System was introduced in 1977 with the objective to extend knowledge and other institutional resources to the community and to gain insight from a contact between knowledge resources and social cultural realities. The University Grants Commission supported the third dimension through the Department of Adult, Continuing Education & Extension since 1977.
In order to ensure continuity and sustainability, the Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension started Vistaar—Lifelong Learning Initiative in XII Plan. The objective of the “Vistaar” has covered four major areas such as Education activities, Information Networking, Social Empowerment, Economic Development.


Students with Disabilities Visit Korea Under International Educational Excellence Programme - 11-19 January 2014

An Educational Visit to Korea by Students of University of Delhi organized by Ministry of Health and Welfare, Korea & Korea Disabled People's Development Institute (KODDI), Korea. To actualize the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real”

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Orientation: Certificate Course in Counseling & Guidance - 16 January 2014

Chaired by: Prof. Girishwar Misra (Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi).
Inaugural Speech by: Dr. Rajesh (Head, Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, University of Delhi).
Vote of Thanks given by: Dr. Sayantan Mandal (Guest Faculty, Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, University of Delhi).

The 17th batch of the ‘Certificate Course in Counseling and Guidance’ has started at the Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension (DACEE) on 16th January, 2014. Presently, there are 34 learners enrolled, from different age groups and from multiple backgrounds; thus representing a truly versatile cohort. The Orientation program was organised at the DACEE premises, chaired by respected Prof. Girishwar Misra (Department of Psychology, University of Delhi).
The welcome speech was given by Dr. Rajesh (Head, DACEE, University of Delhi), where he congratulated all for joining the course, which will continue for 24-30 sessions. He highlighted the objectives of the Department, which spreads beyond the academic arena and focuses on the third dimension- ‘extension’. He reminded the responsibilities of the department to the society, especially to the underprivileged and marginal population and encouraged learners to keep a helping outlook. Dr. Rajesh then explained the course structure, evaluation procedures and class schedules, where he focused on making the course more interactive, progressive, and learner centric. In this regard, he asked opinion from the learners about their expectations from the course.


The Great Debate : Intercollege debating competition - 9 January 2014

The Great Debate, organised by the University of Delhi and the British High Commission was held successfully today in the University premises.
46 college teams participated. In the Preliminary round, which began at 10 am, students were divided into five groups, by their alphabetical order. Each group were given two motions, one for the first half of students and the other for the second half. The motions were: a) THBT ‘The internet does more harm than good’ b) THBT ‘The University should hold no written examinations.’ There were 3 eminent judges in each room.

The winning team from each of the five rooms qualified for the finals.

The final round started at 3pm in the Convention Hall, Vicregal Lodge. The motion was: ‘This is the best time to be young’. There were five eminent members of the jury:

  • Dr. Sonal Mansingh, Padma Vibhushan, eminent dancer and scholar, Honorary Professor to the University of Delhi.
  • Sh. Brij Bakshi, former Additional Director General Doordarshan, currently Visiting Professor, Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi.
  • Mr. Paul Rennie, Head, Political and Bilateral Affairs, British High Commission, New Delhi.
  • Ms. Kitty Tawakley, Press & Communications, British High Commission
  • Mr. Stephen King, India Country Director, Virgin Atlantic

The winning team was Ramjas College (Nikhil Saha and Akshay Labroo) who get a fully sponsored one week study tour of Britain.
First Runner-up was: Dyal Singh College (Bhushan Mansharamani and Zaid Abbasi)
The Second Runner-up : Miranda House (Navjit Kaur and Ananyaa Mazumdar)
The debate was presided over by the Honourable Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi, and His Excellency the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to India.
Robotics Boot Camp for School Children - 27 – 28 December, 2013, 3 – 4 January, 2014 and 6 – 7 January 2014

Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) and Centre for Science Education & Communication (CSEC), University of Delhi jointly organized robotics workshop for school students on 27th – 28th December, 2013, 03rd – 04th January, 2014 and 06th – 07th January 2014 at Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi.
Robotics, embedded systems, artificial intelligence and computer vision have been the key areas, which the Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) has been initiator to promote cutting edge research and development activities. CIC is one of the nodal centres tying up with EYANTRA, IIT – Bombay for the popularization of robotics education with its significant level of expertise.
CSEC with the mandate for promoting science education at School and University level can harvest the potentiality of robotics training in enhancing the capability of young minds to sparkle the spirit of science. With the vision of promoting such technologies, their application amongst the youth and spreading effective science education, CIC conducted these robotics workshops for school students jointly with CSEC.
A total of 110 students from different 25 schools of Delhi NCR region participated in the workshop and received training for two days regarding the essential concepts of robot building, programming the machine and do specific tasks.


Report - Annual Planning Meeting at 3 p.m. in the Department - 7 January 2014

The Department of Adult, Continuing Education & Extension conducted Annual Planning Meeting on 03/01/2014 at 3 p.m. in the Department Dr. Rajesh, Head, Dr. V.K. Dixit Faculty Member, Research Scholars and the students of Post M.A. Diploma in Adult, Continuing Education & Extension along with Counseling & Guidance course students participated in the interaction session. The session was scheduled to chalk out the Annual Plan of the Department.
Dr. Rajesh, Head while congratulating students, research scholars and the teachers on the New Year thanked everybody for continuous support in all the activities. He thanked the Vice-Chancellor Professor Dinesh Singh, University of Delhi and his team for all kinds of support including accepting the proposal of M.A. and Discipline II courses under Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). Professor Dinesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor also inaugurated “Vistaar” on 22/10/2013 in Conference Centre, a unique extension programme in which student research scholars and the teachers of the university and colleges are involved in Community Learning Centre. Dr. Rajesh discussed the proposal of M.Phil . Programme to be implemented by the Department. In the discussion Dr. J.P. Dubey, Dr. V.K. Dixit both Faculty Members and Professor N.K. Chadha and Professor Sanjay Bhatt participated as the Members of the Committee of Courses in the University Guest House.

A Street Play at Kusumpur Pahari by DU students - 23 December 2013

At Kusumpur Pahari, Vasant Vihar, on 23rd December 2013, when the students of Cluster Innovation Centre ended their street play on gender sensitization with the cheers of “Long Live Woman!”, the spectators at Kusumpur Pahari felt as if somebody had reflected the true image of life. This play was a glimpse of the problems faced by women at Kusumpur Pahari which are related to water, female foeticide, sexual harassment and domestic violence. This play was a part of one of the two hands-on projects in Kusumpur Pahari that a team of students of B.Tech. Humanities of Cluster Innovation Centre of the University of Delhi are engaged in. Kusumpur Pahari is the largest slum area in a posh colony of Delhi. The first project is based on the water scarcity in the area and the other is to create sensitivity towards gender issues among the people there through the medium of theatre. This street play was organized under this project.


THE AMAZING TRIP TO AJANTA AND ELLORA CAVES - Moments of Learning across Disciplines for DU Students - 17-22 December 2013

The trip to Ajanta and Ellora caves undertaken by the students and faculty of Cluster Innovation Centre this winter greatly surpassed everyone’s expectations regarding the learning that the tour yielded. From amongst the best World Heritage Sites, Ajanta and Ellora caves offer knowledge that defies narrow categorization.

A large group of sixty two, comprising teachers, students and non teaching staff from CIC travelled in a specially hired coach attached to Sachkhand Express for the long journey to Aurangabad and back.


Report of the Education and Employment opportunities for vulnerable population under Vistaar organized - 21 December 2013

The Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor Professor Dinesh Singh while introducing the Four Year Undergraduate Program in the University System emphasized that the primary duty of a university is to give direction to society and to channelize the energies of youth for productive and creative purposes.
Taking this vision along, the department organized day-long interactive session of the elderly population with the Youth/students of various colleges/departments. The session also got participation from various stakeholders, policy makers, and field functionaries.
The session was inaugurated by the head of the department Dr. Rajesh who gave brief about the vistaar and highlighted the department activities for the vulnerable population. Mr. Biresh Pachisia coordinated the elderly vulnerable population and Dr. J.K. Mishra and Mr. Aslam interacted with the vulnerable population.


DU signs MoU with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and IamSMEofIndia
Launches “IT Maha Abhiyan” for converting MSMEs to digital MSMEs - December 5, 2013

Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi on 5th December 2013 entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PHD Chamber and IamSMEofIndia to provide IT infrastructure to micro, small and medium level enterprises. Ms. Alka Sharma, Registrar, DU signed the tripartite MoU on behalf of the University.

The project, called 'IT-Maha Abhiyaan' is an initiative of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry to build capacities of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) by making them IT ready through an alliance of IamSMEofIndia and Cluster of Innovation (CIC) of the Delhi University.

Honorable Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dinesh Singh, who was the chief guest of the function emphasized the need to focus more on MSMEs instead of large scale industries and said the following:

“Concentration on a handful of large industries gives rise to migration, and such ‘social upheaval’ is not always beneficial. A few heavy industries in a huge country like ours would be like a few drops in the ocean; if you want reach, reach the micro level. And going to every village, home and door would only be possible if resources for that would be made available there.” He further said, "The students will apply the knowledge that they are picking up with us into a practical situation. When the knowledge gets into action, as Gandhiji has said, then it enters your heart and you become a better and more productive person and society benefits."

Drawing references from Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore's teachings, Prof. Singh said that the education system should not confine students within classroom walls, and they should have firsthand experience of working for society.

Director IamSMEofIndia, Rajive Chawla, said the MoU is "a win-win situation" as it would, on one hand, help the MSMEs inculcate technology and become more productive, on the other hand, it would make the students from CIC, DU "industry ready" and train them for the market. "The sector lacks IT support and that has created gaps. We all need to be networked to fulfil this gap," Chawla added.

Jatinder Singh, Secretary PHD Chamber and Madan Mohan Chaturvedi, Director, CIC were also present during the signing of the MoU.

CIMPA-ICPAM Research School 2013 - 25 November - 6 December 2013

Department of Mathematics, University of Delhi organized CIMPA-UNESCO-INDIA Research School 2013 during November 25 to December 6, 2013 at Conference Centre, University of Delhi. CIMPA (International Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics) is a UNESCO centre located in Nice, France with financial support from France, the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, Switzerland, Norway, Spain and UNESCO. It is a non-profit organization created in 1978 with an aim to promote international cooperation in higher education and research in mathematics and their interactions, as well as related subjects, for the benefit of developing countries.


Special Session of Prof. Thomas J. Sork from University of British Columbia - November 15 , 2013

Prof. Thomas J. Sork from University of British Columbia was invited by the Deptt. Of Adult Continuing Education and Extn., University of Delhi on 15th November 2013, to talk about the Curriculum which was attended by the students of courses of the department i.e. Post M.A., Guidance & counseling, research scholars Santosh Kumar Kappu, Biresh Pachisia, Pramod Kumar, Bani Bora, Ashok Kumar. All three faculty members Dr. Rajesh (HOD), Dr. V.K. Dixit, Dr. Jai Prakash Dubey also attended the talk.

Currently a professor of adult education and Associate Dean of External Programs and Learning Technologies in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Sork co-developed the online Master of Education in Adult Learning and Global Change involving four universities in Canada, Sweden, South Africa and Australia. This global master’s degree program received the Curriculum Innovation Award from the Commission of Professors in 2005. In recognition of his contributions to the development of this program, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Linköping University in Sweden in 2005.

He talked about how an effective curriculum could be developed and emphasized that, curriculum must promote trans-national outlook wherein he discussed the idea of global curriculum. He also said that a Curriculum must promote curiosity and critical reflection.


Australian delegation visits Delhi U - November 15, 2013

Senior administrators from four universities in Australia spent substantial time on 15 Nov at Delhi U to meet the Vice Chancellor and his team members to express their interest in the new academic programmes. Prof. Richard Steele, Pro Vice Chancellor of La Trobe University, Prof. Jellene Kyd, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost, Swinburne University of Technology, Prof. Heather MA Cavanagh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Charles Sturt University and Prof. Todd Walker, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Ballarat had queries on the interdisciplinary aspects of the four year undergraduate programme, specially the research component and the skills training. High end research in the biological sciences was also discussed in some detail. The delegation then visited a few key locations in campus with a view to understanding the infrastructural and academic link between undergraduate and postgraduate education in DU.

125th birth anniversary, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad - November 11, 2013

On 11 November 2013 and during the week, to encourage students to understated and appreciate the contribution of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in the freedom movement, the Culture Council of the University of Delhi showed 4 films to various groups of students, specially of the NCWEB and the Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies Discussions followed.

  • Maulana Abul Kalam Azad by Brijesh Sukumaran
    4 minutes (www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGF0MoPN6Ns)
  • Maulana Azad: Continuing Legacy
    13: 52 Minutes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KfUmc56sWI)
  • Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s last speech from Jama Masjid, 1947 
    10:22 minutes (www.youtube.com/watch?v=REPYdMw5r4Q‎)
  • Play: Maulana Azad acted by Tom Alter 
    5:48 minutes (http://youtube/aP6jcs5mNjM)

French Colloquium on ‘Postcolonial Francophonies’, brings international scholars to DU - November 7 - 8, 2013

The French section of the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies organized a colloquium on Postcolonial Francophonies: Texts and Contexts on 7-8 November 2013. The Inaugural session attended by 70 participants, had a global representation from French speaking scholars from Africa, the Indian Ocean rim countries, Europe, the US and Canada. Among literary writers were Carl de Souza from Mauritius, Sylvie Kande from NYU and Muriel Augry-Merlino.

Prof. Kusum Aggarwal, Head of the Department and Dean of the Arts Faculty says: ‘This colloquium represents a watershed in the history of French language learning in the University of Delhi as it looks outside the borderlines of the local to engage with societies and cultures that use French as a language of expression world wide. This colloquium is pretext to look outwards, to establish linkages with cultures and literatures that appear distant and yet mirror our shared history. The significance of these literatures must not be underestimated. Though habitually neglected for want of a symbolic capital, they do indeed constitute an essential feature of our contemporaenity characterized by an increasingly polycentric intellectual cartography and attempts to depict the now in ways that defy accepted norms of modernity.’

Welcoming the chief guest Mr. Max Claudet from the Embassy of France, and introducing the theme of the colloquium, Prof. Aggarwal presented a strong argument: “What brings Francophony and postcolonialism together however, is their common aim of bringing about epistemological and political decentering, of blurring the binaries that sustained imperial hegemony, of providing a platform of discussion for literatures from the periphery. This is precisely what impelled the project of the Indian school of subaltern historiography. Its concurrence with Francophone and Postcolonial studies makes them an interesting point of departure for opening French Studies in India towards a comparative perspective without denying the diverse localities to which these literatures belong. In providing articulation to our shared postcolonial predicament, they liberate the possibility of altering the prevailing regime of politics and aesthetics, and more specifically what the philosopher Jean Ranciere calls ‘distribution of the sensible’, by virtue of the fact that ‘there exists a specific sensory experience—the aesthetic—that holds the promise of both a new world of Art and a new life for individuals and the community’. And this is precisely what seems to be the need of the hour.”

DU students of B.Tech Humanities (CIC) synergize with Delhi Police!
Vow to Speak with Hands & Learn Sign Language - October 31 - November 1, 2013

Nearly 2000 Police personnel of varied rank and file were addressed by a team of students accompanied by their mentors from B.Tech Humanities, Cluster Innovation Centre of the University of Delhi on 31st Oct. & 1st Nov. 2013, at Wazirabad Police Training School and Delhi Police Training College at Jaroda Kalan, Najafgarh. Enthusiastic and highly disciplined crowds seated in long rows attended the two Orientation Programs on “The Need for the Police Redressal of Grievances of Deaf Women and the Use of Sign Language”. Mr. Robin Hibu, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police introduced the team of students doing the project at CIC; he invoked the responsibility of the police recruits in khakhi towards the safety and security of the citizens that included those who face different kinds of challenges of disabilities. Dr. Sukrita Paul Kumar, the program coordinator of B.Tech. Humanities, CIC, University of Delhi, emphasized the need for greater recognition and status of Indian Sign Language (ISL) in the society. The orientation concluded with the remarks by the Joint Commissioner of Police, Mr. Robin Hibu who commended the students of the University of Delhi for having undertaken a project which reached out to a real need amongst the police for the learning of sign language…a matter neglected by the society in general.


DS Kothari Memorial Lecture by neuroscientist Richard Davidson - October 25, 2013

Eminent psychologist and neuroscientist Prof. Richard Davidson delivered this year’s DS Kothari memorial lecture on 25 October 2013 on the fascinating subject, “Change your brain by transforming your mind.” Basing his findings on the studies conducted at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, Dr. Davidson spoke on how different forms of meditation have different neural and behavioral effects. Distinctions among three major forms of meditation practice: Focused Attention; Open Monitoring; and Positive Affect Training. Data from studies on long-term meditation practitioners as well as those with shorter durations of training were highlighted. Dr. Davidson said, ‘The overall conclusions from these studies is that one can transform the mind through meditation and thereby alter the brain and the periphery in ways that may be beneficial for mental and physical health, and for well-being.’

Prof Davidson’s talk was followed by comments by Dr. Alok Sarin, a practicing clinical psychiatrist who is currently attached as an Honorary consultant to the Sitaram Bhartia Institute, New Delhi.

The talk was organised by DU’s Centre for Science, Ethics and Education, Director, Prof. Meenakshi Thapan, Dept of Sociology.

Report, Photographs, Video

Play "Kabir Khara Bazar Mei" - October 23, 2013

Zakir Husain College students presented a mesmerising play "Kabir Khara Bazar Mei" to a large and appreciative audience on 23 Oct. Vice Chancellor, Professor Dinesh Singh as the Chief Guest lauded the production and congratulated the College on its continuing tradition of intellectual and cultural excellence. The play, directed by Surender Sharma, and produced by the Art and Culture Society of the college, showcased the talent of a cast of over 40 students. With 17 lyrics by Kabir,and a liberal pictography of slides on Benaras, the script came alive with fine acting, attractive choreography, authentic costumes and lilting music. It's message of community sharing and religious harmony remains as relevant today as it was in the words and experiences of Kabir. The play was based on a script by eminent Hindi writer Bhisham Sahni, who was, at one time, a teacher in the English Dept at Zakir Husain College.
Vice Chancellor has announced a grant of Rs 5 lakhs to Zakir Husain College in support of its cultural activities.

Report of Five Day Capacity Building Programme Course - October 21 - 25, 2013

Capacity & Life Skills Building of SC,ST,OBC & the Minority students of the University of Delhi from 21-25th Oct.-2013

The Department of Adult, Continuing Education & Extension, University of Delhi organized second programme on Capacity & Life Skills Building of SC,ST,OBC & the Minorities in the Department. The first training programme was held in Daulat Ram College in which 25 girls of the college were trained. In the second programme the Ist year College students of Lady Irwin College, Kalindi College, Indira Gandhi Physical Education & Sports Sciences, Miranda House, Moti Lal Nehru College, Indraprastha College for Women, Dayal Singh College, University College of Medcial Sciences & Ramanujjam College. Five students from each college were sent by the respective college for five days.

Professor Dinesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi, while inaugurating the Two-Day International Workshop also inaugurated five day capacity building programme.

The objective of training programme was to build the capabilities of the students, develop communication skills, provide opportunities for group learning, building self-esteem and to train them as peer educators. Trained students in this endeavour will be the torch bearers in the respective college of the University.


Department of Adult Education and UNESCO launch VISTAAR outreach to deprived communities - October 21-22, 2013

The Department of Adult Continuing Education & Extension, University of Delhi, organized a Two-Day International Workshop on Professional Development in Lifelong Learning & Extension on 21st and 22nd October, 2013, at the University Conference Hall. The Chief Guest, Professor Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor University of Delhi, inaugurated the workshop, Prof. Anita Sharma, Dean Faculty of Social Science, welcomed the dignitaries which included Prof. C.V. Yuvonne Hemsley, University of Sheffield, U.K., Dr. Alisher Umarov, Chief of Education, UNESCO Regional Office and Dr. Rajesh, Head of the department introduced the theme of the workshop. Prof. Dinesh Singh emphasized the importance of learning in one’s life. He stated that adult education and lifelong learning should be an integrated approach of the university. He appreciated the initiative of the department in reaching out to the community and making their participation visible in the workshop. The Department launched a programme, ‘Vistaar’ which will go beyond classrooms to teaching and extending help to deprived communities such as sex workers, transgenders, drug users, elderly population etc. ‘Vistaar’ will involve students, research scholars, teachers, professionals and the community stakeholders



DU faculty makes a mark at NKN Workshop - October 17- 19, 2013

The Second NKN Annual Workshop was held at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore from 17th October to 19th October 2013. It was jointly organized by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. The workshop was well attended by around 500 representatives from all major academic institutions across the country as well as overseas......

Report of Participation by Dr. Pankaj Tyagi

Delhi University signs MoUs with Universities in Belgium - October 3, 2013

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh recently participated in a MOU signing ceremony at Brussels in the presence of Honorable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 3rd October 2013. Three MoUs on Academic Cooperation were signed by the University of Delhi with the University of Ghent, Group T, International Engineering Academy, University of Leuven and University Liberal of Brussels in Belgium during the visit of Hon’ble President of India to Belgium in October 2013. The three MoUs deal with a wide gamut of issues for cooperation that DU may commence to implement soon.

Orientation Programme on Issues of Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities at LC-1 - September 19, 2013

Legal Services Society and Equal Opportunity Cell of Law Centre-1 organised an Orientation Programme on Issues of Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities on 19th September 2013 in the Conference Hall of LC-1. This Orientation Programme was focused on the National Trust Act for Persons with Autism, Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Disabilities. The primary aims of the programme were:

  • To get educated and sensitized on issues surrounding equal opportunities
  • To find ways in which students of LC-1 can work with National Trust to promote its objectives

The speakers for the programme included Ms. Poonam Natarajan, Chairperson, National Trust; Mr. U.K. Shukla, Assistant Legal Advisor, National Trust, Ms. Ummul Khair, member, Local Level Committee under the National Trust Act; and Mr. Nilesh Singit, Researcher on Local Level Committee. Ms. Natarajan raised the issue of neglect by parents when the doctors say that nothing can be done about the disability suffered by the child and the biggest hurdle in recognising the evolving capacities of the child with these disabilities. Mr. Shukla apprised the students about various scheme being run by the National Trust. Dr. Gireesh, Assistant Professor, LC-1 familiarised the audience with the UN Convention on Persons with Disabilities.

Ms. Ummul Khair and Mr. Nilesh Singit both are also persons with Cerebral Palsy. Ms. Ummul Khair’s presence was very inspiring as she is a person with cerebral palsy and has just completed her LL.B., having started her education at the age of 20! Mr. Nilesh Singit, an internationally renowned activist for rights of persons with disability and a person with cerebral palsy himself, emphasized that the group of persons with disabilities covered by the National Trust Act are the most marginalized among the disabled and there is urgent need to mainstream them in institutions of higher education.

‘Africa needs Gandhi’. Talk by Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh at Gandhi Bhawan - September 5, 2013

Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh,a Gandhian from Cameron, Central Africa delivered a speech from his book on Africa needs Gandhi at Gandhi Bhawan on 5th Sept.2013. Fr.Jude has published various articles on Gandhi, some of them being 'Gandhi's philosophy of non violence',' I love you Christ...and 'Relevance of Gandhi to African Democracy'. Fr. Jude talked about various problems in Africa and the relevance and necessity of Gandhi's way of living emphasizing fasting, nonviolence, honesty and goodness as methods of combating injustice and promoting equality. Students and teachers from various colleges of Delhi University and other Universities attended and participated in the interactive session after the talk.

Gandhi Bhawan Poster Making and Slogan Writing Competition - September 4, 2013

A Poster making and Slogan writing competition on ‘PEACE’ was held at Gandhi Bhawan on September 4, 2013. With a mindset for peace, 71 students from 18 colleges of Delhi University participated to give expression to their thought.

Five Day Workshop on Life-Skills Building of SC,ST,OBC & Minority Students of Delhi University.- August 26-31, 2013

The University of Delhi under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Dinesh Singh,Vice-Chancellor initiated several academic, research & innovative programmes at University of Delhi. The focus of curriculum reform and innovations for the Undergraduate students enrolled from the various parts of the country for academics development. The Department of Adult,Continuing Education & Extension initiated training programme for SC,ST,OBC and Minority students under XI Plan and continued in XII Plan of the University of Delhi. Dr. Rajesh, Head & the Associate Prof. coordinated and gave visionary direction to the academic skill development programme .


DU students invited to visit the Parliament - August 26, 2013

Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Ms Meira Kumar, meets students and Principals of colleges from the University of Delhi. The group attended the discussion on the Food Security Bill and was given a detailed tour of the Parliament on 26 August, 2013.

Delhi School of Economics conference on 'Indian Economy' - August 23-24, 2013


D-School in collaboration with TIES organised a significant conference on 'Indian Economy: Issues and Perspectives' on 23-24 August 2013 to bring out the complex, contemporary challenges facing the nation. The inaugural session with a welcome by Prof. Pammi Dua, Head of the Department recalled the glorious tradition of public colloquiums at D-School which discussed and debated policy. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh spoke of the need to address the concerns of the real world and to connect with the aspirations of the young people.

The Inaugural address by Dr. C. Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, drew attention to the relatively slow growth in the Indian economy in the recent past but showed how external events have caused this situation. He said that, nevertheless, the performance of the current fiscal year in India at a projected 5.5 percent, was higher than in many other countries. The public sector may be a likely catalyst for private economic development, he said. Dr. Rangarjan spoke of govt . policies in relation to land acquisition and environment protection, often seen to be in contradiction, and commented on the 'need to strike a balance between the two.' The talk brought about a lively discussion on the key issues: taming inflation, controlling current account deficit, and attempting fiscal consolidation.

The next principal speaker, Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Chairman, Planning Commission, seemed to take on and extend the key issues as he elaborated on the promise of the XII Plan. He spoke of the role of political will and the need for inclusive growth in the country. He asked three questions on how to assess policy impact: Are you increasing inequality? What are the variations between states? What are the variations within a state? Real life problems in India are often the result of rapid growth which can be a disruptive situation, he said. Today, economists have to address issues relating to the agricultural sector, water management, power and energy supply, low growth in the manufacturing sector, and they have to review the policies on govt subsidy.

The opening session of the conference had set a firm path on which the further sessions would build. It is hoped that D School will publish the proceedings of this timely and purposeful event.


Debate at Gandhi Bhawan - "Future Depends on what we do in the present" - August 23, 2013

A debate on a quote from Mahatma Gandhi – “FUTURE DEPENDS ON WHAT WE DO IN THE PRESENT” was held on 23rd August 2013 for Delhi University students in which 63 students (individuals and teams) of 17 colleges and 1 department participated and spoke for and against the motion. The Judges Dr.Sita Bimbraw (Retd.) Associate Professor, Kamla Nehru College, Dr.Ved Mitra Shukla, Assistant Professor, Rajdhani College and Dr. Ramesh Kumar, Associate Professor Shyamlal College (eve) were ‘impressed by the diverse number of stream and participation of students’. Dr. Ramesh commented that all participants were debaters par excellence.

Mohit Soni, a student of Law Faculty, touched by the enthusiasm of the debate, wrote:

Independence Day Celebrations - August 15, 2013

Vice Chancellors’ Interaction with College Teachers - August 14, 2013

A few weeks into the new academic session, on 14 August, the Vice Chancellor addressed over 3000 teachers at the Indoor stadium. With a focus on issues concerning the four year undergraduate programme, Prof. Dinesh Singh enumerated the steps taken by the university to enhance several academic initiatives. New appointments in colleges, travel grants to teachers for attending conferences, study abroad scheme for teachers, Innovation projects, collaborative research support were some of the programmes mentioned. He thanked the teachers of the University for their high quality work in bringing together the four year undergraduate programme.

The Foundation Courses, the Vice Chancellor said, offered the scope for knowledge building in an interdisciplinary manner. The teaching methodology here should be participative and student- centric. To demonstrate the possibilities in this mode, Prof. Dinesh Singh logged on to three colleges, Hindu, Miranda House and Indra Prastha and conducted short teaching modules on- line. With engaging questions such as ‘What is a city?’, ‘How do you calculate the path of a rocket to the Moon’ and ‘Can ice can be made without electricity?’ he had a lively and engaging conversation with the students.

In the Q & A session with the teachers that followed, the Vice Chancellor addressed queries about pedagogy, evaluation, college infrastructure and other factors.

Quiz on M.K. Gandhi, My Experiments with Truth - July 30, 2013

A quiz competition based on The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi was held at Gandhi Bhawan, on 30 July, 2013. Through the questions an effort was made to acquaint students with Gandhiji’s reflections on truthfulness, moral instruction, and an inclusive approach in life, people and events. Gandhi Bhawan received a large and heartening response from 77 students from 27 colleges and four departments of Delhi University. The students who participated were deeply impressed with Gandhiji’s philosophy and practices. As an example is a response from Raubinash, a student from Deshbandhu College, who wrote, “I realized he was born a common man…became great with his hard work and passion for Truth……certainly it will have an impact on my life.”

National Workshop on Vision and Action Plan for Collaboration between Universities and National Literacy Mission Authority - July 11-12, 2013

A National level workshop was organized by the Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, University of Delhi, on 11 -12 July, 2013 at the International Guest House, on the theme NLMA Universities collaboration on Lifelong Learning and Extension. The programme was sponsored by NLMA.
Dr. Rajesh, Head , Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, chaired the inaugural session. Mr. J.S. Raju, Director General, NLMA was the Chief Guest and Prof. M.M Chaturvedi, Director Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi was the Guest of Honour. Dr. Rajesh welcomed the guests and participants and presented the broad objective of the workshop. He stated that the main objective of the consultation was to facilitate the preparation of a Vision and Action Plan for Collaboration between NLM institutions and Universities with a view to augment the effective implementation of Adult Education and Life Long Learning agenda in the 12th Plan.


DU Maths group at Newton Institute, Cambridge - July, 2013

Delhi University's winning team for the Ramanujan Prize, visited the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge. Students from Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Ramjas College and St. Stephen’s were guided on the tour by Dr. Sachi Srivastava, Associate Prof. of Mathematics, and Lt. Parminder Sehgal, Dy. Proctor. The Isaac Newton Institute is a national and international visitor research institute which runs research programmes on selected themes in mathematical sciences. It attracts leading mathematical scientists from the UK and overseas to interact in research over an extended period. The DU students met faculty and learnt of the various programmes at Newton.

Delhi University students with disability enjoy educational tour London and Edinburgh, UK - July 4, 2013

Students with disabilities have been supported by the University of Delhi for an educational visit to UK, to King’s College, London, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The host institutions and the British Council have collaborated in significant ways to link the 22 undergraduate students with international institutions where they would gain first-hand knowledge about newer technologies in the field of disability rehabilitation. Also, the visit broadens their intellectual horizon through interaction with students with disabilities, teachers and professionals abroad. The programme provides ample opportunity for the groups to establish contacts and exchange ideas, bring knowledge of good practice and disseminate shared experiences, thereby paving the way to joint programmes and joint research in the future. The overall purpose of developing a holistic model for persons with disabilities is served by such a journey.

The students are accompanied by University officials and helpers. The delegation leader is Shri Z.V.S Prasad, and the coordinator is Dr. Bipin Tiwary.

Edinburgh Diaries: DU Students with Disability write from UK

Maths team from University of Delhi visits King’s College, London - June 24, 2013

Students from the University of Delhi visited King’s on Monday 24 June and were hosted by the Department of Mathematics.

The visit was a prize following the University of Delhi’s competition as part of the Legacy of Srinivasa Ramanujan Conference, which took place in December 2012. The fourteen winning undergraduate students were awarded a trip to the UK to visit eight Universities, including King’s.

The students and their academics were given a Strand campus tour, delivered by first year undergraduate Mathematics student, Max Wells, accompanied by Dr Alexander Heinz, Deputy Head of International Programmes and Dr Alexander Pushnitski, a Reader in the Department of Mathematics.

The School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences was delighted to welcome the students and academics, and looks forward to working closely with the University of Delhi in the future.

Launch of course related books in Hindi medium - June 13, 2013

On 13 June 2013, a long standing academic demand for reading material in Hindi was fulfilled at the University of Delhi. The Directorate of Hindi Medium Implementation has commissioned and published 14 new books and these were released by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dinesh Singh. Mentioning how the collection will greatly enhance the capabilities of Hindi medium students who are enrolled in large numbers, he said that these books are a welcome addition to the material being created by teachers of the university. The authors and editors were warmly congratulated. Prof. Ramesh Gautam, Director, said this collection marked the beginning of a dedicated programme of encouraging study material of high quality and in everyday language. Dr. Asha Gupta reiterated the goals of the Directorate and described its range of publications. The book launch was attended by all senior administrators of the university and about 300 teachers and students


World Environment day - Cleanliness drive organized at Gandhi Bhawan - June 5, 2013

On the World Environment Day, June 5, 2013, Gandhi Bhawan organized a cleanliness drive in which the participants actively stood by the motive. Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia, Member, Managing Committee, Gandhi Bhawan also actively participated in the drive along with the volunteers and the staff.

Academic Council and Executive Council approve the Four Year Undergraduate Programme - May 9, 2013

On 8 and 9 May 2013, historic decisions were taken by the Academic Council and Executive Council of the University of Delhi when they approved the Four Year Undergraduate Programme after a long consultations. Signalling a transformative change in curriculum and pedagogy, this programme makes every student a potential Bachelor Honours graduate with a specialisation after four years. It also offers exit options for those who wish to leave earlier with a formal qualification of a Diploma after two years or a Bachelors degree after three years. Such students can resume their studies within a span period. The main features of the FYUP curriculum are 11 Foundation Courses that are mandatory, subject specific Discipline I courses that are offered according to the student’s eligibility and enhanced through skill based Applied courses, Discipline II or minor subjects to expand a student’s area of secondary interest, and non credit courses for sports, culture and value based education. Details are available on the website.

DU Vice Chancellor meets School Leaving Students - May 2, 2013

On 2 May, 2013 at the spacious indoor stadium of the University of Delhi, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dinesh Singh, addressed almost 3000 school leaving students and their school teachers to explain the simple procedures for joining and benefiting from the Four Year Undergraduate Programme. He said that every student enters with the potential of graduating with an honours degree after 4 years. The student chooses a subject for specialization in a systematic way. The student first takes up foundation and language courses; then takes up an increasing number of Discipline I / (Honours level) courses (total 20) which give in-depth knowledge. He/she also takes 6 Discipline II courses which give secondary learning in another subject. In the final year, the student gains research capability through 2 courses.
Referring to students who are accomplished in sports or cultural activities, Vice Chancellor said that some of their absence from class can be condoned according to proposed new rules.
The school leaving students who are potential entrants to DU took notes and enthusiastically stayed on for counseling at help desks. The feedback forms completed by students show 90% endorsement of the FYUP on the three counts of

  • Understanding the new programme.
  • The expected outcomes being “good for me”
  • Employability.

The Vice Chancellor, saying that all new students will be given a laptop loaded with software for e-learning, elaborated on the technological support in the new curriculum. The emphasis remained on the “choices” that a student has in the new system to give expression to individual potential. Whether it is a Bachelor’s honours degree, or a Bachelor’s degree or a Diploma, everyone can, for the first time at an Indian university, pursue higher education with multiple degree options and an undergraduate study programme that combines theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Delhi U Celebrates 91st Foundation Day with Chief Guest, Smt. Sheila Dikshit - May 1, 2013

The University of Delhi celebrated is 91st Foundation Day on 1 May 2013 in the presence of the Chief Guest Smt. Sheila Dikshit, the Chief Minister of Delhi. She unfurled the insignia flag of the University, purple in colour and carefully re- created from written and visual material discovered lately in the Archives. Dean Academic opened the programme with a brief explanation of the crest. In his welcome speech, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dinesh Singh, emphasised the dedication of the university to academic excellence and social inclusiveness. He spoke of the new pedagogy in the four year curriculum which combines knowledge systems with hands-on projects. The Vice Chancellor requested the Chief Minster’s help in acquiring a “College on Wheels” a railway train that would be used as a classroom and journey through India. It would follow the Gandhian principles of integrating mind, body and heart.Smt. Shiela Dikshit in her Address spoke warmly of her long association with the University of Delhi as a student and later as a political leader. Praising the new directions taken in transforming the higher education curriculum, she said : “What the University of Delhi does today, other universities will follow tomorrow”. She assured the Vice Chancellor of her support for a sustainable programme for the “College on Wheels”. Speaking of responsible citizenship and employability of students, Smt. Dikshit asked the university to keep striving higher and to continue delivering the quality that makes DU the “best university in the country and among the best globally.” Dean of Colleges offered a gracious vote of thanks assuring Smt. Dikshit that this premier University will fulfil the responsibilities devolving upon it.

The tea in the picturesque courtyard of the Viceregal Lodge carried the discussions further.

Delhi University Flag

When the Archives were relocated in late 2012, a small sized original flag of the University of Delhi was found among the papers. Minutes of an AC meeting held in 1962 reiterates the old design and colours. Hence, the purple flag and crest has been painstakingly created from written and visual material discovered for the Foundation Day. According to the old note, the University colour is a deep ‘royal’ purple, the elephant and lotus are in a soft gold, the river painted in ‘Cambridge blue’ and the book in white. The symbolic design reflects many aspects of a scholar's life.

DU-UoE On-Line Lecture Exchange Programme - April 22, 2013

The second installment of the pilot lecture exchange series between DU and UoE was held on 22nd April 2013 with enthusiastic and energetic participation from the students of both Delhi and Edinburgh. Leading the discussion from our end, Prof. Harish Trivedi kept the audience enthralled with his extensive and insightful knowledge of the place of Indian literature in an increasingly interconnected world. The lecture, entitled "Reading Indian Literature in a Globalized World", was screened for the students on 18th April at The Studio. Prof. David Farrier, Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh, initiated and moderated the discussion for Edinburgh and also contributed to it with his extremely versatile understanding of postcolonial issues. Dr. Sukrita Paul Kumar, who also participated in the discussion, enriched it with her profound and balanced observations on the questions of Indian literary canon and other forms of artistic articulations. An exchange of this kind reflects on a positive integration of the creation and dissemination of knowledge sources in ways that transcend spatial and temporal restrictions.

Antardhvani 2013 - A Multi-dimensional festival - February 22-24, 2013

The University of Delhi held its cultural festival “Antardhvani 2013” from 22-24 February 2013. This multi-dimensional festival showcased talent, achievements, and innovations at DU. Information sharing, group activity, healthy competitiveness, sportsmanship and a cultural array were presented. Given DU’s leadership position in India and its global reputation, the schedule included activities which captured the many facets and social diversity of this university. “Antardhvani 2013” began with the inauguration of the Flower Show and continued into NCC parade, exhibitions, food, international and national cultural events etc.


In ninety years of its history, the University of Delhi celebrated its Foundation Day for the first time on 2 May 2012. A celebration is a remembrance and a coming together of the past and the present. Prof. Dinesh Singh said that the University was founded in 1922, but the correct sequence of dates had to be found in the historical records. Dr. Karan Singh, Member of the Rajya Sabha who is also an alumnus of the University was the Chief Guest on this auspicious occasion. Dr. Karan Singh took his M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Delhi with such high scores in his M.A. that it became a University record that remained unbroken for many years.

The programme commenced at the entrance to the Vice Chancellor’s office with the hoisting of the University flag by the Chief Guest. It was an evocative moment for the audience as a shower of rose petals wafted gently from the flag as it unfurled. The rich dark colour of the flag and the bright University emblem in its centre hold a significance for this renowned University whose history is linked to the builders of this country.

The Chief Guest, Vice Chancellor and other dignitaries proceeded to the Convention Hall where a simple programme marked the day with elegance and sobriety. With the lighting of the lamp and a welcome song by students of the Music department a beautiful ambience was created. The Vice Chancellor gave an inspiring speech welcoming the Chief Guest, introducing him as a statesperson and an artist. He spoke of the commitment that a University must have towards the growth of the nation. They share a goal and a vision, he said.

The Chief Guest, Dr. Karan Singh in his thoughtful address described the ‘four pillars’ of wisdom: Learn to Know, Learn to Do, Learn to Live Together, and Learn to Be. Elaborating on each, he spoke with deep feeling. He emphasized that today it is not the lack of manpower, resources or technology but lack of love and mutual relationships among people that bring obstacles in the path of the nation. The development of a person, society, country and the world in wider terms depends upon human understanding, he said. He cited the teachings in the ‘Upanishads’ and recommended several books which could lay the foundations of character.

Prof. Vivek Suneja, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University gave a vote of thanks, highlighting the concept of ‘four pillars’ in the education system in a University. He spoke of knowledge sharing and spreading the idea of compassion for one another.

With this celebration in 2012, it is expected that the Foundation Day would become an annual feature in the University’s calendar of events.

More Events and Initiatives

National Level Workshop on Counseling Skills for the Street Educators - March 30, 2013 - April 3, 2013

The Department of Adult Continuing Education and Extension to further strengthen teaching, research and extension activities with the University system organized Five-day National Level workshop from 30 March 2013 to 3 April 2013 at International Guest House University of Delhi for working NGO and Civil Societies on the issue of counseling skills for Street Educators. The workshop was sponsored by National Institute of Social Defense, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment Government of India. Prof. Dinesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor, provided his best wishes to the Department for this National Level Workshop. This was the second Collaborative programme with NISD coordinated by Dr. Rajesh at National Level. The main objective was to enhance the counseling skills of street educators on the issue of health, education, psychological well-being and child rights. For this, participatory learning approach was adopted to facilitate and enhance the knowledge on counseling skills through role play, group activities, slide shows, field visit, group discussion and presentation. The participants were from Madhya parades, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, and west Bengal. Total 40 participants from different states of India participated in the work shop. The issues in details covered were counseling skills for health related issues like, HIV/AIDS, Substance abuse, growth and development, reproductive health of adolescent, formal & non-formal educational, vocational guidance, psychological well-being and Rights of children. To facilitate the workshop the resource persons were invited form different organization like Delhi University, UNESCO, Plan India, National Minority Commission and Civil Societies working on street and working children. Dr. Giriraj, Dy. Director, National Institute of Social Defense was the Chief Guest in valedictory session.


Hackathon @ DU - April 6-7, 2013

The Planning Commission and the National Innovation Council are organising the first ever Hackathon on the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) on 6th – 7th April 2013.

The event was held at University of Delhi South Campus, simultaneously along with 10 more locations around India as well as through online participation, and prizes were awarded to the winners in each category. The event took place at University of Jammu, IIT Delhi, Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, TISS Mumbai, IIIT Hyderabad, IISc Bangalore, IIT Madras and IIM Shillong. Thousands of young creative designers, coders, film-makers along with policy and development enthusiasts has visualised and narrated the 12th Plan through infographics, short films, and support the initiatives proposed in the Plan by developing software applications.

The Hackathon lasted for thirty two hours during which participants gathered in teams across India and competed in three categories - mobile/web applications, infographics and short films.

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Edinburgh-Delhi U Lecture Series, On-line - April 3, 2013

3rd April 2013, Professor Roger Jeffery’s lecture on ‘Population: how much of a problem?’ opened a new way of learning at the ILLL, University of Delhi. The online lecture was viewed earlier by about 30 undergraduate students. Today, Prof. Jeffery was linked from Edinburgh to THE STUDIO at ILLL, and answered questions in an interactive mode. Prof. Jeffery has been a leading person in building the partnership between Edinburgh University and Delhi University.

Prof. Roger Jeffery’s interest in India has been reflective of both his intellectual and personal commitment. He has been engaged in a variety of research projects in India since 1972, including research in villages and small-towns of north India looking at how religious group membership and caste interrelate with childbearing, fertility behaviour, gender politics and schooling. Since 2005 Prof Jeffery has been involved in a series of projects on contemporary issues in public health in India and elsewhere. His most recent publication includes Degrees without Freedom: Education, Masculinities and Unemployment in north India.

Report: “The Legacy Of Srinivasa Ramanujan” - An International Conference, University of Delhi - December 17-22, 2012

The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh declared the year 2012 as the “National Mathematics Year” and the date December 22, being the birthday of Srinivasa Ramanujan has been declared as the National Mathematics Day. At the culmination of the yearlong celebrations, an international conference titled “The Legacy of Srinivasa Ramanujan” was organized by University of Delhi. This international conference was a six-day programme that held from 17 December to 22 December, 2012 at the University of Delhi.

The conference was open for all the teachers, students, researchers from India as well as abroad. The conference was widely publicized. Every information related to the conference was made available on the Official website of University of Delhi as well as the official website of the conference. As a result, an overwhelming response was received from all parts of the world. Around 525 participants were registered from India as well as abroad.Every registered participant was provided with a kit on the inaugural day of the conference.

The conference was inaugurated by Dr. M. M. Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India on 17 December, 2012. The Inaugural function was held in the majestic Convention Hall of the Viceregal Lodge, University of Delhi.

The academic programme of the conference consisted of 2 Public Lectures of 1 hour duration each, 18 plenary talks of 50 minutes duration each, 22 sectional talks of 40 minutes duration each, 20 contributed talks of 15 minutes duration each and 1 SASTRA award lecture of 1 hour duration. Apart from the academic events, the conference had two cultural evenings, one being a Kathak recital by Ms. Rachana Yadav and the other being a dance drama “Parikalpana” by Loreto Public School. A film on Ramanujan was also screened.


Inaugural Session of the International Conference on “The Legacy Of Srinivas Ramanujan”, University of Delhi - December 17, 2012

The six-day International Conference on “The Legacy of Srinivas Ramanujan” organized at the University of Delhi was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr. M.M.Pallam Raju on the 17th of December, with nearly 500 delegates from India and abroad participating in the celebrations of the National Mathematics Year. The year 2012 has been declared as the National Mathematics Year as a tribute to the great mathematical legend Srinivasa Ramanujan on the occasion of his 125th anniversary. In his first university function after assuming charge, at the outset, the minister lauded the efforts of Delhi University in maintaining its heritage building so well. Describing Ramanujan’s journey as a triumph of talent over formidable obstacles, he urged the youth of today to follow the steps of Ramanujan.


Ten-Day National Level Research Methodology Workshop Report - December 2, 2012 to December 11, 2012

The academic reforms initiated by Professor Dinesh Singh the dynamic Vice- chancellor of University of Delhi since two years motivated the Department of Adult Continuing Education and Extension to further strengthen teaching, research and extension activities with the University-system. To focus on interdisciplinary researches, Dr. Rajesh, Head and Course director organized Ten days National Level workshop sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The objective of the workshop was to build the capacities of Ph. D scholars. The Department received 150 applications out of them 35 were selected for the workshop. The participants represented University of Maharashtra, Kazakhstan, Tamil Nadu, Madhaya Paradesh, Kerala, Jharkhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Pondichery, West Bengal, Meghalaya, and National capital of India.
The input provided were on qualitative and quantitative research, mainly on the research design, hypothesis, formulation of research problems, sampling, types of sampling, correlation and regression, SPSS Theory and practical, writing research report or thesis and field visit were organized in Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), and Indian Adult Education Association.
Professor Grieshwar Mishra Dean Research inaugurated the workshop. Dr Rajesh, Head and Course Director provided the welcome address. The workshop included participatory session group work and individual presentation to clarify the concept of research methodology. Professor Anand Prakash, Dean, International Relations, Chaired the valedictory session. Research methodology workshop is important in view of the proposed 4 year undergraduate course in which research will be important area of the intervention. Mr. Pramod Kumar and Mr. Biresh Pachisia both Research Scholars were involved in facilitating the workshop along with other research scholars of the department. The participants highly appreciated the workshop and requested to undertake follow-up session in future. In this National Level Research Workshop the research scholars of SC,ST, OBC and the Minorities were provided preferences.


A Report On-Open House Session "Enabling Young For Better Career Option" - October 26, 2012

The Department of Adult Education faculty of Social science University of Delhi organized open house session on Enabling young for better career option on 26th Oct. 2012 in Arts Faculty University of Delhi with the objective of sensitizing and stimulating youth for better career options in new millennium in radiance of Higher Education Reforms and New Curricula for undergraduate students. The programme was to motivate youth and make them equipped with new skills and curricula reforms. The strategy adopted were interaction and open house discussion on the issue of career planning and available options. More than 150 students and research scholars from different streams participated in the programme. Dr. Rajesh , Head while introduing the topic said that the university under the dynaic leadership of prof. Dinesh singh vice- chancellor started curricula reforms especially at the undergraduate level. The Department trains students on counseling and guidance and mentoring. Prof. Gireshwar Mishra, Professor Anand Prakash, Professor Shankar Choudhary, UNESCO provided their input.


Interactive Session with Prof. Soren Ehlers from Copenhagen, Denmark - October 22, 2012

Department of Adult Education University of Delhi organized interactive session on 22nd October, 2012 Monday, with Prof. Soren Ehlers from School of Danish School of Education, Copenhagen, Denmark. The students of the Department had interaction with Prof. Soren Ehlers on ‘International Perspective of Lifelong learning’. The objective of the program was to interact with the students and faculty to facilitate about the future perspective of lifelong learning and university exchange programme like available fellowship for undergraduate, Post graduate and Ph.D. for Indian University students. Participants were from different streams interacted with Prof. Soren to elucidate their academic quarries.

He began his lecture with three simple interrogations ‘What’, was the purpose of having the lecture. Why’, was there a need to understand the European and Indian society? ‘How’, can the relation be made to be understood? He went on to explain the relations with the help of three cultural Maps of an American Social Scientist..


Student Community Interaction - October 1, 2012

The University of Delhi after the highly successful Academic congress to set the agenda for the academic reforms under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Dinesh Singh, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi, the Department of Adult, Continuing Education & Extension organized ‘University Community Interface' mobilizing nearly 400 teachers students, community representatives and the voluntary organizations. The agenda was to involve college students in the community development focusing marginalized and vulnerable sections of the society.

Student community interaction was organized to explore the field-work and community development activities in Sangam Vihar near Biodiversity park, Jharoda of Delhi. The Students and Research scholars of the department including Dr. Rajesh,(HOD) Participated in Community Interaction.

Dr. Rajesh, Head while explaining the objective reminded of setting up of model Community Learning Centre to empower vulnerable sections of the community in terms of educational opportunities, health awareness, Stress management and Skill enhancement. Nearly 45 women and adolescent girls of the beautician, tailoring and non-formal education participated who were the beneficiaries of Deep welfare foundation, a community based organization had networking with the Department. Mr. Makker a post MA student distressed participants by Yoga and health lifestyle. Dr Manoj Behera, Mr. Promod Kumar and Mr. Ajay Pandey (General Secretary of Deep welfare) actively participated and provided their valuable input along with the students and research scholars of the Department...


Popular Lecture by Prof. Harish Trivedi “Reading Indian Literature : Reading Ourselves” - September 25, 2012

After the inaugural lecture on Mathematics, next comes Literature, a subject that holds the capacity to not only rejuvenate the imagination but also to soothe the heart. We were glad to have Dr. Harish Trivedi, former Professor of English, currently Advisor on Academic Publications, as the speaker for the second Popular Lecture for the year with his talk titled “Reading Indian Literature: Reading Ourselves” on 25th September, 2012.

In her Introduction, Dean Academics, Prof. Malashri Lal, distinguished the Popular Lecture Series from the University Lecture Series saying one featured speakers from our University, the other presented speakers from other institutions. Regarding Prof. Trivedi, she shared an endearing comment that if any one ‘dares’ to call him on his mobile, the tune -“Main Zindagi ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya…” will be heard as his caller tune, and that philosophy best describes Prof. Trivedi’s intellectual journey. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dinesh Singh, presented the eminent speaker saying that Prof. Harish Trivedi throws his spell...


"University – Community Interface, 2012" Organized - September 8, 2012

University of Delhi is already geared up to introduce various innovations to reform the higher education system in tune with the contemporary international trends and demand of the future. The organization of “Academic Congress” on 6th and 7th September, 2012 was the corollary of the efforts made in this direction for the first time in the history of Delhi University...


Popular Lecture Series 2012-13 Commence - August 16, 2012

Prof. Dinesh Singh, “Infinity and the Art of Counting”

Mathematics, a subject that generates curiosity in the hearts of many and a sensation of fear of the unknown in some, was put to rest when Prof. Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi, and a renowned Mathematician, spoke on the subject “Infinity and the Art of Counting” at the Popular Lecture series at its first lecture for the year 2012-13, on 16th August, 2012 at the Conference Centre, University of Delhi.

Everyone from the University, specially students, were invited to attend the lecture. Dean Academics, Prof. Malashri Lal, introduced the Popular Lecture Series and the Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vivek Suneja, presented the eminent speaker to the large gathering that had eagerly came to the lecture.

Prof. Dinesh Singh, an eminent professor of Mathematics, with a great felicity explained the concept of INFINITY in a simple form beginning with some philosophical terms and examples. He connected ‘Infinity’ to God and elaborated how this God can be thought to be Greater than another God i.e. an Infinite set which can be proved to be greater than another Infinite set keeping in mind the concepts of Set Theory propounded by the great German mathematician Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor, best known as the inventor of Set Theory, which has become a fundamental theory in mathematics in the modern world due to its many applications.

Throwing light into Cantor’s work, Prof. Singh emphasized the importance of one-to-one correspondence between the members of two sets and defined infinite and well-ordered sets explaining how Cantor proved that the Real numbers are"more numerous" than the Natural numbers. Further, the major concepts of Continuum hypothesis and Paradoxes of Set Theory was beautifully presented and explained through fascinating examples that illustrated Prof. Dinesh Singh’s immense knowledge of the subject. Infact, Cantor's method of proof of the theorem implies the existence of  “infinity of infinities" thus making the topic of the lecture justifiable as aparadox that Infinity could be made countable.

With his elegance and exquisite communication style Prof. Singh articulated the intricacies of the subject making it comprehendible for even the lay person who absorbed every single detail. Students from maths and non-mathethmatics background were totally engrossed in the lecture and notes were rapidly jotted down. At the end of the lecture, many students and teachers asked questions which led to a lively discussion.

To recall those moments for those who attended and for those who missed the lecture, simply click: here to view the webcast.

- Ms. Nisha Kumari

Equal Opportunity Cell: Orientation Programme - August 7, 2012

To inform students with disabilities of facilities and services available to them at the University of Delhi, the Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) held its orientation programme on 7 Aug 2012 in the Conference Centre. Nearly four hundred students attended the event and were greeted by a beautiful display of assistive devices and handicrafts.

A panel of specialists and University administrators came forward to interact with the students. This panel comprised of Prof Dinesh Singh( Vice Chancellor, Delhi University),Prof Usha Rao(Coordinator, EOC), Dr. Bipin Tiwari (O.S.D, EOC), Mr. P.K. Pincha (Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities), Mr. Dipendra Manocha (Director, Saksham Trust) , Mr. Ashok Arora (Advocate , Supreme Court) and Ms Shivani (Director, Accessibility India)

It was an auspicious start with the lamp lightening ceremony and saraswati vandana which was followed by a power point presentation on EOC, which showcased all the services offered and also gave the procedure for availing the facilities. Thereafter, Honorable Chief Guest, Prof. Dinesh Singh, addressed the students and announced many amenities such as a feeder bus service, better accommodation facilities, funding of metro travel etc to support the disabled students in their day to day activities. Touched by the over-whelming response by our specially-abled students, Vice-Chancellor met many of them personally to understand their problems and promised to attend to them. Furthermore, Mr. Dipendra threw light on the availability and use of assistive devices. The disabled students were overjoyed to know that there will be a provision for some differently-abled students to travel in the Gyanodaya express train of Delhi U. There was an open house discussion coordinated by Dr. Bipin Tiwari where everyone could voice the concerns in their respective colleges.

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks to all the dignitaries and participants and filled all the people present there with hope, encouragement and good spirit.

- Dr. Bipin Tiwari

DU Celebrates Foundation Day - May 2, 2012

In ninety years of its history, the University of Delhi celebrated its Foundation Day for the first time on 2 May 2012. A celebration is a remembrance and a coming together of the past and the present. Prof. Dinesh Singh said that the University was founded in 1922, but the correct sequence of dates had to be found in the historical records. Dr. Karan Singh, Member of the Rajya Sabha who is also an alumnus of the University was the Chief Guest on this auspicious occasion. Dr. Karan Singh took his M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Delhi with such high scores in his M.A. that it became a University record that remained unbroken for many years.

The programme commenced at the entrance to the Vice Chancellor's office with the hoisting of the University flag by the Chief Guest. It was an evocative moment for the audience as a shower of rose petals wafted gently from the flag as it unfurled. The rich dark colour of the flag and the bright University emblem in its centre hold a significance for this renowned University whose history is linked to the builders of this country.

The Chief Guest, Vice Chancellor and other dignitaries proceeded to the Convention Hall where a simple programme marked the day with elegance and sobriety. With the lighting of the lamp and a welcome song by students of the Music department a beautiful ambience was created. The Vice Chancellor gave an inspiring speech welcoming the Chief Guest, introducing him as a statesperson and an artist. He spoke of the commitment that a University must have towards the growth of the nation. They share a goal and a vision, he said.

The Chief Guest, Dr. Karan Singh in his thoughtful address described the 'four pillars' of wisdom: Learn to Know, Learn to Do, Learn to Live Together, and Learn to Be. Elaborating on each, he spoke with deep feeling. He emphasized that today it is not the lack of manpower, resources or technology but lack of love and mutual relationships among people that bring obstacles in the path of the nation. The development of a person, society, country and the world in wider terms depends upon human understanding, he said. He cited the teachings in the 'Upanishads' and recommended several books which could lay the foundations of character.

Prof. Vivek Suneja, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University gave a vote of thanks, highlighting the concept of 'four pillars' in the education system in a University. He spoke of knowledge sharing and spreading the idea of compassion for one another.

With this celebration in 2012, it is expected that the Foundation Day would become an annual feature in the University's calendar of events.

- Ms. Nisha Kumari

Admiral Nirmal Verma meets DU's NCC Students - March 27, 2012

On 27 March, the NCC cadets of the University of Delhi presented a Guard of Honour to Admiral Nirmal Verma, Chief of the Indian Navy. It was for the first time that an NCC event had been given such prominence in the university campus. NCC cadets from more than twenty colleges were drawn from Air, Naval and Army wings. Smartly turned out and marching to the Naval band, they saluted the Chief Guest and proceeded on a designated route through the campus. They returned to witness a cultural programme which was focused on fitness and discipline. It included yoga exercises, street play, ambush attack, first aid by students of different colleges. Alongside, a photographic exhibition on "The Uprising: 1857" captured a military past and the University students were reminded of the sacrifice made by our national leaders who had been wrongly dubbed as rebels. Moreover, today the university stands on the same ground where significant events of 1857 happened. Vice Chancellor of the University of Delhi, Prof. Dinesh Singh, reminded everyone about the 1857 Kranti and the legacy of commitment to nation building. Taking the philosophy further, Admiral Nirmal Verma spoke about inculcation of leadership qualities in students through NCC and other disciplines. He said that NCC is the largest forum for students in uniform and it creates a lasting impact. After the formal programme Admiral Verma mingled easily with the NCC cadets making their day memorable with exchange of talk and experiences.

- Ms. Nisha Kumari

Interview With Dr. Sonal Mansingh, Padma Vibhushan, Performing Tagore's "Naayika" - March 24, 2012

On 24th April, at the University of Delhi, the eminent dancer Dr. Sonal Mansingh, the first woman in India to be awarded the 'Padma Vibhushan' presented Rabindrantah Tagore's depictions of 'Naayika'. The shastras have classified the basic emotional status of woman as the Naayika, into eight images, called Ashtanayika bhavas. These divisions portray...


- Ms. Nisha Kumari

89th Annual Convocation - March 24, 2012

The University of Delhi held its Eighty-Ninth Annual Convocation for conferment of PhD and other degrees to the successful candidates of the current academic year. A grand function was convened on Saturday the 24th March, 2012 in the Convention Hall, Viceregal Lodge, University of Delhi. Dr. Sam Pitroda, Advisor, Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations was the Chief Guest at this Convocation.

Prof. Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi, presided over the function and conferred awards in all disciplines to those present and in absentia which included 414 Ph.D. degrees, 12 D.M. degrees and 11 M.Ch. degrees. He delivered an inspiring speech in which he welcomed and introduced the Chief Guest highlighting the achievements and contributions of Mr. Pitroda in the development of the nation. The honourable Chief Guest gave 142 medals and 52 prizes to the meritorious students for the year.

In the Convocation Address delivered by Dr. Sam Pitroda he urged the young graduates to explore their potential for knowledge creation and asked them to aim for 'inclusive' participation in their endeavours. He also emphasized the need to identify the 'power of the self' and strengthen it, in order to remain steadfast and committed in the pursuit of one's dreams. Dr. Pitroda narrated his journey as a young man from a small village in Odisha to the metropolis of Chicago and how, during his visit to India in subsequent years, he was not able to connect with the US due to the paucity of telephone links in the eighties. It was at that time that he decided to help shape India's telecom revolution, which brought about an augmentation in the number of telecom connections from two million in mid-eighties to 900 million at present. The Chief Guest also shared his current mission of connecting universities, research institutes, schools and panchayats in India though the National Knowledge Network which he believes is an essential tool to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.

It was an evocative moment to see the Convocation Procession with all the dignitaries and the University officials and faculty. On this solemn occasion, students stand reminded of the true meaning of education and of the ideal of serving the nation.

Excitingly, provision for live webcast was made for this Convocation, for the parents and guardians of the degrees recipients and the public. The programme could be seen on the Delhi University website: www.du.ac.in, and on a display screen at the University Conference Centre. The live webcast was viewed by approximately 600 parents and guardians and about 1800 concurrent users while approximately 1000 persons attended the Convocation.

- Ms. Nisha Kumari

University Information Centre - March 3, 2012

It was a special day when on March 3, 2012 the Vice Chancellor inaugurated a new operational department named the University Information Centre (UIC). This Centre aims at satisfying queries from students and their guardians on all matters related to the university and functions from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday). This much needed service hopes to provide a single link to the public with information on this vast university. This Centre is located at the University's North Campus. The following telephone lines 011-27006900 and 155215 (without any code) have been dedicated for the service. Queries will also be answered through e-mails addressed to infocentre@du.ac.in.

At present several Information Executives are managing this Centre at any given time under the guidance of Deputy Dean in-charge of UIC, Dr. Satish Kumar, and are responsible for providing satisfactory responses to queries. Thus far most of the queries relate to entrance exams, colleges, courses and examinations although some calls have also been received communicating grievances, which, the UIC team have tried to handle with dexterity. On an average, a hundred calls are received and attended to by each member of the team. Information generated by them is obtained from colleges and from University sources. Queries are also received from university offices. It is a pleasure to note that despite the volume of work, no single query remains pending at UIC. The team expects a huge workload in the coming months especially during the admission season starting in June, and is preparing well for the task.

- Ms. Nisha Kumari

DU Flower Show and 'Antardhvani' Chief Minister Mrs Sheila Dikshit Inaugurates - March 2-5, 2012 -

We are happy to report that for the first time in its history, the University of Delhi organized an Annual Cultural Festival "Antardhvani 2012" along with the colorful Flower Show at its North Campus from 2-5 March.

Mrs. Shiela Dikshit , the Chief Minister of Delhi inaugurated the event. The ceremony commenced with a Guard of Honor for the Chief Guest, Mrs Dikshit, by the NCC cadets of different colleges of the University, followed by a march-past encircling the University Stadium i.e. the venue of the festival. Subsequently, the Chief Guest inaugurated the Flower Show - a much-awaited annual affair of the university wherein prize-winning entries from various colleges and rare exhibits from the Presidents Estate were displayed. Special attraction of this year's (54th) Flower Show were eye-catching species of Cacti, Orchids, Succulents, Herbal Plants, Botanical quiz, cut flowers as well as the regular sale of flowers, plants and gardening material. The best outputs of 'On-the-Spot Painting Competition' for school students, held at the Arts Faculty lawn on 24-25 February, were displayed and also made available for purchase. A vibrant Cultural Programme was organized to mark the beginning of an event which was to continue for three days.

The participation at the Cultural Festival was open to all the undergraduate and postgraduate students of Delhi University. The details of the programme and the rules and regulations of participation were made available at the university's website www.du.ac.in/fest. Participants could apply online to reduce the processing time. Over 2500 students applied for various competitive events out of which 900 were shortlisted in the preliminary round. The three days witnessed stimulating, enjoyable and varied events such as Popular songs, Instrumental music, Classical dances, Choreography, Popular bands, Street play and Street dance, Ghazal singing, Film making using cell phone cameras, Photography and Painting Competition, Debates and Creative writing. Adding to the knowledge of students were a photograph exhibition titled "1857: The Uprising" and a Philately Exhibition and a telescope to see the Solar flares and Sun Spots. The added attraction to the festival was the food street at subsidized rates and the souvenir corner where T‐shirts, caps, personalized mugs etc. were on sale.

The festival was a resounding success and we hope this be an annual feature on the University calendar.

- Ms. Nisha Kumari

Student Internship Programme, February 8, 2012

An internship programme has been recently introduced by the University of Delhi for its undergraduate and postgraduate students. This kind of initiative has been taken by the university for the first time in its history.

Interns from different colleges and departments of the university will be associated with the Vice Chancellor's office for a day during which they will participate in activities such as:

  • Understanding the functioning and day-to-day engagements of the Vice Chancellor's office;
  • Assisting the Vice Chancellor and his team members in managing their daily affairs such as noting appointments, making phone calls, receiving and recording letters, taking notes, drafting letters, maintaining files etc.;
  • Interacting with visitors by assisting and ushering them within the complex;
  • Exploring and understanding the history of the Vice Chancellor's office complex and, upon request, narrating it to the visitors.

The intern's presence will be suitably acknowledged by the Vice Chancellor's office.

This year two students, Devaang Sibal (Hindu College) and Vrinda Gupta (Ramjas College) undertook the internship programme.

The schedule for this day started from 8:30 a.m. Their engagements included helping the Vice Chancellor and his team in their everyday work. The Vice Chancellor spoke about the dignity of labour and he, along with the interns, helped to clean the premises. Attending to visitors at the central reception and answering their queries, receiving phone calls, drafting the VC's mails and preparing his itinerary for a couple of days were some of their duties. The interns were delighted with their online web chat with several DU students who were intending to apply for the programme. They patiently handled queries and said it was a mere coincidence that both of them were from the north campus. The selection of interns was on a random basis they told the listeners. When asked about their experience, the students expressed deep satisfaction at what they had accomplished. A certificate was given by the Vice Chancellor's office for the work they had undertaken during their memorable day. Although the internship programme allows just a single day to the selected students, it is a matter of great privilege to be a part of the Vice Chancellor's office and to serve the University. Students would gain rich experience by working at such a key place in the University.

- Ms. Nisha Kumari

Celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev - January 24, 2012

To mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Noble Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, the University of Delhi organized a function titled "An Evening with Tagore" to revisit the writings of the great litterateur and relate the political climate of the times to incidents of his personal life. It was an occasion to reflect on the individuals and the circumstances which influenced Tagore.

This programme was held at the University Convention Hall in collaboration with the Bengal Association. It was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Delhi, who in his address referred to the affinity and good will that Tagore shared with the Father of the Nation whom Tagore respectfully named the 'Mahatma'.

Jayati Ghosh's presentation titled the 'Making of Gitanjali' was a combination of songs and narration. It was followed by Pranab Kumar Chakraborty, who read a well-known short story by Tagore. Minoti Chatterjee and Ruma Ghosh recited invigorating and heart-rending poetry of Tagore that evoked nostalgic moments. In conclusion, Ashish Ghosh staged a graceful performance by way of a dramatic enactment named 'Mukti' depicting the liberation of human spirit.

The evening came to an end with an informal interaction of the exponents of Tagore's works with the faculty, staff and students over High Tea.

- Ms. Nisha Kumari

MoU Between DRDO And DU - January 23, 2012

A Memorandum of Understanding between The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of the Govt of India and the University of Delhi was signed on 23 January 2012 for joint collaboration on Enhanced Academic Interaction and Research & Development.

A galaxy of academicians and top scientists including the Director of Human Resources Development, Directors of Delhi based laboratories of DRDO, the Vice Chancellor, Director of the Cluster Innovation Centre and the Registrar of the University of Delhi were present at the ceremony to mark this historic moment. Welcoming the gathering, Dr Bhujanga Rao, distinguished scientist and Chief Controller R&D (HR), DRDO stated that coming together of these two great organizations will provide synergy and the MOU will offer excellent opportunities for all the stakeholders.

During a brief ceremony Prof. Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi spoke of the eagerness of university students to collaborate with the scientists. He described the day as a Red Letter one in the history of the University as DRDO was a place where the country's best minds worked to develop technologies to defend the country. Further, he emphasized the importance of this collaboration by stating that it is imperative for Universities to serve the country and this MoU is a step in that direction. Mentioning the University's newly set-up "Cluster Innovation Centre" he described it as a programme that is changing the learning methods of students and the style of pedagogy.

In his address, Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat highlighted the longstanding relationship of mutual collaboration that has existed between DU and DRDO right from the days of Prof. D.S. Kothari, an eminent physicist from the University of Delhi. He congratulated the gathering and described the MoU as a step in formalizing the collaborative efforts between the two great institutions. Emphasizing the role of academic institutions in the development of newer technologies, especially in areas where the maturity level of technologies was low (0-3 on a 10 point scale), he briefly discussed the ladder approach that was evolved and followed in DRDO for developing new products. He set the roadmap by identifying certain key areas of collaboration such as laser physics, cyber security, cryptography, nanotechnology, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems), and sensors for specific applications.

The MoU was formally signed by Dr. V. K. Saraswat, Secretary, DRDO and Prof. Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor. According to the terms of the agreement, the partners shall actively initiate a process to identify core technology research areas of mutual interest and work to establish a Centre of Excellence at the university.

A Monitoring and Assessment Committee has been constituted to work on the objectives defined. This MoU will enable scholars and researchers to take up sponsored projects with both long-term and short-term goals, keeping in view the interest and philosophy of their respective institutions.

- Ms. Nisha Kumari