Kirori Mal College Robophysicists were invited to Mars Society’s University Rover Challenge (URC), the world’s premier robotics competition held from May 29-31, 2014 at Mars Desert Research Station, Utah, USA. URC challenges student teams to design and build the next generation of Mars Rovers that will one day work alongside astronauts exploring the Red Planet. The team, represented by six students of B.Sc. hons Physics alongwith Dr. Sumitra Mohanty, Faculty Advisor, took their rover and competed with many International Universities, including Cornell, Yale, Warsaw University of Technology, York University and many more. Ours was the only non-technical Institute. The steering committee of URC comprised of highly qualified and skilled judges, some doing internships and projects with NASA. The competition featured multiple revamped tasks and KMC Robophysicists was among top three in the presentation task. The Judges praised the efforts and approach put up by the team. By participating in URC, the students gained real-world Systems Engineering and Project Management experience. The team interacted with many International University students and Faculties and exchanged a lot of innovative ideas in the field of science and robotics. On its way back, our students visited various Faculties in the University of Utah, and were particularly inspired by some inter-disciplinary arenas like the Environmental Eng & Microbiol. Lab and Waste-water Management. Some collaboration ideas were discussed.
Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, India in collaboration with University of North Florida(UNF), USA was selected and invited to NASA and National Institute of Aerospace’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts and Academic Linkage (RASC-AL), from 17-19 June, 2014 at Florida, USA. A team of highly motivated students pursuing BSc.(H) Physics, mentored by Faculty Advisor Dr. Sumitra Mohanty, Associate Prof in Physics, Kirori Mal College and Dr. Nirmal Patel, Associate Prof in Physics, UNF, submitted their abstract on “Enabling Long Duration Missions in Cis Lunar Space through Holistic Habitat Design”. The abstract was chosen as one of the 14 abstracts to participate at the RASC-AL Forum in USA. The team from DU was the only international team that got selected amidst entries from all over the world.
On being selected, the team was invited to present a full technical report through an oral and poster presentation. Two students, Aishwariya Girdhar and Rashi Monga of B.Sc.(H) Phys along with Dr. Mohanty travelled to USA where international universities like Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, University of Illinois and more were participating. The presentations were heard by experts and Rocket Scientists from NASA’s Kennedy and Johnson Space Centre, NIA, Boeing and Industry.
The challenge for the team was to design a reliable and cost-effective habitat that could house astronauts in cis lunar space for long duration. The team planned a safe and efficient launch-return trajectory and also ensured enough logistics supply for 4 astronauts for a minimum of 60 days. The Judges and organizers greatly appreciated the presentation and were full of praise for the hard work and for the technologies implemented by the team, the only team from a non-technical background.
The teams got a special treat as a guided tour to NASA including the NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building and the Launch Control Centre. The tour did not just kindle the curiosities of the students but gave them a close look at how NASA works.
Participation in RASC-AL gave the students exposure to real-time working and planning involved in a space mission. The students closely experienced this as they planned their own Space habitat and its journey to space.
B.Sc (H) Bio Chemistry
Sri Venkateshwara College student Shri Munish sharma, B.Sc.(H) Bio Chemistry (2004-2007) has secured second position in prestigious Civil Service Examination 2013, conducted by Union Public Service Commission.
Shilpa Bansal graduated from NCWEB Teaching Centre at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce with a score of 78.92% in B.A. (Prog.) in the year 2013, securing the highest marks in this course. She is working in a M.C.D School as a Contract Teacher in Swaroop Nagar. According to her, “What today I have achieved is all because of the dedicated teachers of NCWEB who always supported me”.
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
2013 JASNA Essay Contest First Place Winner College/University Division, Prashansa Taneja, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
A Publication by Jane Austen Society of North America - Lovers of their Time: Untimeliness in Pride and Prejudice.
Shreeya Umashankar, a student of DPS R.K. Puram, interned with the Vice- Chancellor’s Office in 2012, on a project initiated by the Vice-Chancellor to document the evolution of the University and the history of the area that now forms a part of the University’s campus, in context to the celebrations regarding the ‘100 Years of New Delhi’, under the mentorship of Dr Amrit Kaur Basra. She has been adjudged as the winner of the Mayborn National History Writing Contest, a prestigious international competition on national history narratives, sponsored by George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, USA. Her paper was a historical narrative titled ‘1857: Death of a Durbar’ and the jury consisted of Ron Powers, the renowned Pulitzer Prize and Emmy winner.
She was invited to and attended the prestigious international Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference 2013 (July 19-21), an annual gathering of the biggest names in the world of literature and journalism. She was honored before the Conference Speakers, to whom she also presented her paper.
Her paper will be published in the Dallas Morning News and on dallasnews.com.
Indraprastha College student, SAACHI SONI was selected to join the Everest Expedition, 6 April-1 June, 2013. Delhi University and Indraprastha College gave her financial support and plenty of encouragement for which she thanks the Vice Chancellor and the Principal of her college. In a team led by Col. Niraj Rana, Saachi finished 90% of the climb. Then due to extremely bad weather conditions and also because the team was in grave danger having lost some members, the mountaineers gave up the final summiting. Being the youngest member of the team, Saachi found the experience both challenging and philosophical. She speaks in her own words: ... Read More. Click here for Photographs
Nisha James, a former student Delhi University’s Lady Shri Ram College selected for the Indian Police Service (IPS)
Nisha James, a former student of the B.A. (Honours) and M.A. courses in English Literature at Delhi University’s Lady Shri Ram College (2003-2006 and 2006-2008) has recently been selected for the Indian Police Service (IPS), securing the 179th rank out of 998 selections made through the 2012 civil service exam.
She credits her success in the exam to the high-quality teaching she received at the university, which stood her in great stead in the civil service exam as she had English Literature as one of her optional subjects.
Nisha looks forward to a challenging and personally fulfilling career in the service of the nation.