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Padman, The superhero! To Visit DU This Month

Apart from the women’s Marathon for tax-free sanitary napkins, DU students have planned something more to offer with a visit of Akshay Kumar to the University on 12th January. His upcoming movie Padman will also be a part of the run, organised by DUSU secretary for tax-free sanitary napkins.

Mahamedha also tweeted to Akshay, but then wrote a formal mail to the actor’s team a few days back, and guess what, got a confirmation on Saturday night.

“This marathon is a run for solidarity among girls. Through this, we are going to question the tax imposed on sanitary napkins by the government. Also, I will be preparing a charter for more demands, by going to the ground level class to class college campaign, where we will the ask the girl students about their real issues in the college. We have over three thousand registrations and hope that girls participate in huge numbers for this marathon”, Mahamedha added.

So, guys, if you are excited to see Akshay and wanna meet him in DU then do share your feelings on the same in the below comment box.

Pakistan’s Defence verified Twitter account suspended for tweeting morphed picture of DU student

After being left red face at the United Nation General Assembly after Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations made an embarrassing faux pas when she attempted to pass off a photo of a Gaza girl as that of a Kashmiri. Pakistan, again, has given the world one more reason for being left red-faced in the eyes of the world.

In the latest gaffe, Pakistan’s verified Twitter account of its defence forum (@pakdefence) has been suspended, following the complaint lodged by the Delhi University student Kawalpreet Kaur, and a leader of All India Students’ Association (AISA), that her photo has been morphed and misused by it.

Pakistan-based Twitter account posted a photoshopped image of Kawalpreet Kaur holding a placard, which read, “I am an Indian but I hate India, because India is a colonial entity that has occupied nations such as Nagas, Kashmiris, Manipuris, Hyderabad, Junagadh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Goa,” and the description on the tweet read ” Indians are finally realising the truth, their country is a colonial entity.” Had Kawalpreet not noticed it and reported it, it would have gone viral soon.

Photoshopped Image used by @pakdefence Twitter account which now is suspended

However, the actual text read, “I am a citizen of India and I stand with the secular values of our Constitution. I will write against communal mob lynching of Muslims in our country. #Citizens against mob lynching.”

Following the controversy, numerous Indian Twitter users complained about Pakistan Defence Forum’s handle for posting the doctored image, which Twitter suspended its verified account.

Kawalpreet has further requested not to communalise the issue and use it to spread hatred against Pakistan.

DUSU elections 2017: In the midst of ideological clash, Delhi University goes to poll

The polling for the Delhi University (DU) began on Tuesday for the next match of student representatives. The voting for the morning students is open from 8:30 am to 1 pm while the evening classes students will get the chance to vote from 3 pm to 7:30 pm.

The candidates have been campaigning long and hard, with posters plastered across almost every inch of the campus, and have been looking at issues such as transportation and accommodation.

This election will also see the ideological conflict as the violence at Ramjas where the Left-leaning student outfits clashed with the RSS-backed ABVP.

The major players in the fray include the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Congress’ student outfit National Students Union of India. The left wing All India Students Association (AISA) is also one of the more vocal participants.
“For the college union elections, I will vote for the candidates who came and met us personally; those who helped us out during the admission time and the first few days in college, about accommodation, books, exploration of the campus. For DUSU, I think I will have to rely on which candidates the seniors in my college are supporting,” said Girish Kumar Gudda, a first year Life Sciences student at Ramjas College.

After the thumping majority in Jawahar Lal Nehru Student Union’s (JNUSU) election to the left union, where the polls are contested on national and political issues, the DUSU polls many times determined by muscle and money power and grassroots issues.

For DU students, connectivity, accommodation, drinking water and canteen facilities still remain major concerns. However, this year, many believe what happened at Ramjas College earlier this year and the allegedly growing violence on campus will have a direct impact on their decision when they reach the polling booth.

Divyanshu Gupta, a student of Ram Lal Anand College said, “This year it will not be just about local issues but students will ideological preference at the back of their mind too while voting and there are high chances of polarisation of votes among two main students ‘outfit in the campus politics.”
The ideological battle lines are drawn mainly between the ABVP and AISA, who had clashed at Ramjas earlier this year; but many say it might actually be the NSUI who might emerge the winner in the midst of the tussle

Teachers’ body slams UGC proposal to mandate hiring of 20% foreign faculties in Universities

Following the proposal from University Grants Commission (UGC) to increase the number of foreign faculties in universities, Delhi University teachers have been creating an uproar, vastly criticizing the statutory body’s move. In its recent draft regulations, the UGC proposed for a mandatory hiring of foreign teachers in up to 20 per cent of the total number of faculty posts in Category I universities/ Higher Educational Institutes (HEI).

As reported by the Catchnews, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) strongly criticized UGC’s draft regulation and replied with a feedback mentioning that the proposal to hire more number of foreign teachers is ‘unacceptable’. The feedback by DUTA further mentioned, “The provision for hiring, without approval, Foreign Faculty in up to 20% of the total sanctioned faculty posts in Category I universities/ HEIs is an unacceptable assault on the younger generation of post-graduates who are already suffering from years of contractual and ad hoc employment and lack of job security due to insincere and inadequate initiative in the filling-up of substantive vacant posts.”

The teachers association also stated that the proposed provision will be affecting the standard of teaching-learning in the institutions. As reported by Catch news, DUTA, in its feedback added, “Instead of increasing the allocation of substantive teaching and research posts in universities/HEIs in accordance with the need to offer wider academic choices to students, the UGC will end up curtailing and discouraging local talent at the national and state levels even further, unless this provision is withdrawn.”

Further adding to the rage of the teachers, UGC in its draft regulation, mentioned that the foreign teachers will be hired on a contractual basis and that their payments will be negotiated and paid by the university itself. In strong words against the regulation DUTA president, Nandita Narain was quoted by Catchnews saying UGC is apparently reducing the funding of the universities by 20 percent. And while the extra funds required for the payment of the 20 percent of the foreign faculties will eventually be taken from the students by increased fee structure, the parents and student will have to take the extra burden.

Narain further pointed out that the UGC regulations are aimed towards privatization of higher education institutions and are trying to convert universities into money making organizations, thereby compromising the quality of education.

Raising voice against the UGC regulation, other teachers’ associations like Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) claimed that the government is not interested in paying attention to feedbacks and the draft regulation will be made final anytime soon. Rajib Ray of DTF stated that while there are many accomplished scholars in India, the need for foreign faculties to teach subjects like Indian history, political science, geography or sociology is pointless.

Delhi University To Teach ‘How To Post On Facebook.’ What?

With the emergence of social websites, especially Facebook, people are not only now more connected with their friends, but also can share what they are up to. With the popularity of Facebook, people may not know how to post and what not to. Though some people know the art of self-censoring, others aren’t so lucky. Like these people featured here, you go WTF and know why there’s a need to study ‘How to post on Facebook’

And to tackle that, Delhi University is now to include a full-fledged course on how to post on Facebook. Yes! After announcing Chetan Bhagat’s novel ‘5 Point someone’ to be included in the subject in the course, students at Delhi University will now be learning how to post on Facebook.

 

DU to include this course as a part of the Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC), students will also be taught to write blogs, cover letters, and proofreading. The idea has been proposed by the English department’s choice-based credit system core committee, which wants Facebook posts to be part of a course on “academic writing”. Facebook has emerged as the favorite hunting ground of aspiring writers, poets, and artists. It allows them to reach a wider audience and find a publisher too.

 

Christel R Devadawson, head of the English department, said changes could be made after receiving feedback. “Skill enhancement courses, in general, are meant to take the emphasis from just literary-centric teaching to broad-based, everyday, contemporary concerns,” she said.

 

Some teachers had concerns about the structure of SEC and those “will be addressed based on the feedback we receive”, Devadawson said.

 

The recommendations will be sent to the academic and executive councils for approval.

After Getting Being Considered For Delhi University English Syllabus, Twitteratti Had A Field Job Trolling Chetan Bhagat.

Delhi University students who are pursuing the course of English Hons may soon start reading ‘5 point someone’ in their course.  According to a post shared by a Delhi University student, Chetan Bhagat’s 2004 book “Five Point Someone” will be part of the ‘Popular Fiction’ section of the syllabus. Some other authors in the section are Louisa M Alcott, Agatha Christie and JK Rowling. A comment on the post says that the book is part of suggestions for new English literature syllabus and has been sent to colleges for feedback.

 

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The author also took to twitter to express his gratitude for the ‘honour’ while fighting off critics of the supposed move.

Meanwhile on Twitter, many questioned the supposed proposal to include Chetan Bhagat’s book in the new syllabus. The author said critics who said his books were not ‘good literature’ have failed.

Chetan Bhagat has written nine books, many of which have been bestsellers since their release. Some of his books have also made into Bollywood films. The author has been at the receiving end of criticism for his books. Many say his books lack literary value.

Girl Power! This Girl Thrashes Khiladi Kumar. Watch Video

Sending the message for women to learn the art of self-defense and to make them more confident is what Khiladi Kumar is up to. In an event at Gargi College of Delhi University, Khiladi Kumar showed a lesson of self-defense to the audience present. Sharing the small clip on his twitter account, Khiladi Kumar showed how to haul down the molester. Promoting his upcoming film ‘Naam Shabana’, Khiladi Kumar shows the trick.

 

Watch the video here:

 

Smriti Irani fake certificate row: what if the certificates actually turn out to be fake?

Since the day when Smriti Irani was given the responsibility to handle the HRD ministry, the lady and controversies became best friends. Where there is Smriti, there is controversy. After all that melodrama she created in the Parliament, now the lady landed into another trouble. She has to prove her education qualifications. Assumptions are that Smriti’s certificates are fake. The court will give the final verdict today.

But let’s imagine, what if the degrees are actually fake? Will Smriti lose all her power and credibility from the government? Well if this turns out to be true, our very own ‘tulsi’ will be under heaps of troubles.
Let’s take a look at the backdrop of the case

The complainant , Ahmer Khan, a freelance writer had alleged that Irani had deliberately given discrepant information about her educational qualifications in affidavits filed before the poll panel in 2004, 2011 and 2014 and not given any clarification despite concerns being raised on the issue.

Khan had alleged that Irani had knowingly furnished misleading information about her qualifications in affidavits filed before EC and that a candidate, deliberately giving incorrect details, could be punished under provisions of the IPC and under section 125A of the Representation of the People Act (RPA).

Section 125A of RPA deals with penalty for filing false affidavit and entails a jail term of up to six months or fine or both.

What happened in last hearing?

Earlier on October 1, the court had reserved its order after hearing arguments advanced by complainant, and going through the reports submitted by the Election Commission and Delhi University regarding Irani’s educational degrees.

The court was earlier told by an official appearing for the poll panel that the documents filed by Irani regarding her educational qualification while filing nominations were not traceable. However, the information on this was available on its website, it had said.