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Best of 2017: Delhi University

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DU Express wishes it’s readers a very happy new year. As we welcome 2018, let’s have a look at the year which has passed by.

1. DUTA celebrates 50 Years

Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) celebrated it’s 50 years in an event on 11th December’17 in North Campus’s Conference Centre. The¬†day-long conference was aimed at remembering and mapping the history of its struggles and the teachers‚Äô movement in the country.

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2. DU Wall of Heroes

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Under the campaign,Vidya Veerta Abhiyan¬†(Knowledge and Warrior Campaign) by the HRD Ministry, Delhi University inaugurated the wall of Heroes at North Campus’s Conference Centre in June’17. It includes the portraits of 21 Param Vir Chakra Awardees and is to function as a temple, to inculcate patriotism among the students.

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3. Adam Gilchrist visits campus colleges

Former Aussie wicketkeeper was in Delhi in June and gave a talk on ‘Life As A Sportsman’ to the students of Kirori Mal College where he talked about balance between his education and cricket and the importance of keeping the right and positive attitude regarding anything that one pursues in life.

Former Australian Cricketer Adam Gilchrist during the talk at conference hall at north campus (Photo by Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Gilchrist also played a friendly six-over-a-side match with Jesus & Mary College cricket team, which was the winner of first ever Women’s cricket league in the lawns of Australian High Commission.

4. Dyal Singh College gets renamed as Vande Mataram College

Dyal Singh Evening College was converted into Vande Mataram College which will operate in morning shift after a decision by the governing bodies of the college. It has been mired into controversy ever since relating to the allocation of resources. Recently HRD Minister Sh.Prakash Javadekar said in Rajya Sabha that decision to rename the college has been put on hold.

5. SSCBS Enactus win Enactus World Cup in London

Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies’s Enactus team won the 2017 edition of Enactus World Cup in London in October this year. The team presented two projects at the World Cup:¬†Project Raahat and Project Udaan, that are in line with Prime Minister‚Äôs Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Digital India Mission. Honourable President of India also organized a reception for the team recently.

6. Miranda house gets own community radio and becomes disabled friendly

Credits: Asian Age

In a first for Delhi college, Mirada House installed over 100 QR code signages around the college which help the visually challenged students. Lakshita, the college’s enabling unit helped implementing it and it works like a navigation system only based on the number of steps you need to take. The QR code can be read through a customised-for-college app called ‘Digital Vision’.

It also launched its own community radio with the help of DUCR 90.4 MH in June’17.It has been introduced with an objective to connect with the audience by sharing about the ongoing and upcoming activities in the college.

7. The Ramjas Clash

Credits: LiveMint

The event unfolded as Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad(ABVP) protested an event organized by the literary society in which JNU student, Umar Khalid was to speak on the topic¬†‚ÄúThe War in Adivasi Areas‚Äù. The protests turned violent as students of Ramjas sat on peaceful protests the next day and there were clashes between Ramjas students and ABVP members. This happened in February’17.

8. LSR Student featured in TIME

LSR Student Gurmehar Kaur Features In Time Magazine's List Of Next Generation Leaders For 2017
Image Source-Hindustan Times

Gurmehar Kaur, Lady Shri Ram College For Women student has been featured in Time Magazine’s List of ‘Next Generation Leaders’ for the year 2017. The magazine called her a “free speech warrior”. She supported students when she protested against the students who caused disruption in Ramjas issue.

9. Gwyer Hall gets first digital library

The inauguration of digital library took place in the Gwyer Hall, the oldest boys hostel of Delhi University in October’17.This e-library has become first such library in a government run institution in the country. Students can access over 10 Lakh e-resources including online books, journals, research books and literature.

10. Delhi School of Journalism inaugurated

DSJ was inauguration this September. It is situated in University Stadium which also houses Cluster Innovation Centre(CIC) in the North Campus and is five year integrated masters course for journalism. Recently was inaugurated recently in December by Honourable Vice President of India, Sh.M. Venkaiah Naidu.

Credits: HT

11. PGDAV(Evening) College launches smart card for students and air monitoring system

The smart card has been issued to all the college students in a bid to go digital and it includes College Identity Card and Library Card. It also functions as an e-wallet to make payments within college premises.

To create awareness among people on the rising levels of air pollution in the Capital, Delhi University’s PGDAV College, in collaboration with the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), has decided to install an “Air Quality Monitoring Station” at its campus. It will¬†provide real time air quality data, both for scientific analysis and public awareness. It is a¬†first of its kind initiative by any educational institution in Delhi.

12. Websites of colleges hacked 

Many college websites were targeted this year by hackers, including that of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce in April , Gargi College in May. These websites were vulnerable due to sharing a common hosting platform and were injected with pro-Pakistan slogans by hackers.

13. IPCW inaugurates Music Archives & Listening Room

Indraprastha College For Women inaugurated a Music archives and Listening Room (MALR) in August’17. The college‚Äôs aim is to revive the old Hindustani classical music and to encourage the ‚ÄòBaithak‚Äô culture that is disappearing gradually. The centre will have an elaborate catalogue of digitised music where students can listen to them.

14. IP Student conquers Khardung La, breaks record

Riya Yadav, a second-year student of Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University recently created history by making a new record. She is now the youngest female rider to conquer Khardungla Pass, the highest Motorable Road in the world, situated at an altitude of 18,379 ft on her bike (Royal Enfield Classic 350). Sarah Kashyap (an off-road rally racer) accompanied her in this 13 day long trip.

Cheers and Adios 2017 !¬†Let’s look forward to greater beginnings.

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