Delhi government cuts funding of 28 Delhi University colleges

Manish Sisodia, Delhi govt, AAP

The Delhi government today ordered a freeze on funding of 28 Delhi University colleges which are either fully or partially funded by it following the varsity’s failure to appoint governing bodies since months.

As first reported by The Indian Express on July 20, even after 11 communications in the past 11 months yielded no result, the Delhi government has directed that “all funds” to 28 government-funded colleges in Delhi University be stopped by August 1 unless the university constitutes governing bodies before that.

Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia, while describing the delay as a “farcical” and “deliberate”. In a series of tweets, he said, “Hv ordered Fin Dept to stop funding for all Delhi gov funded 28 DU colleges, as DU not willing to hv governing bodies for last 10 months,” Sisodia said in a series of
tweets.

“I cannot allow unchecked corruption and irregularities to be sustained on Delhi govt funds in the name of education,” he added.

Earlier, the Delhi government had alleged that the varsity’s administration is under pressure from the Central government and therefore deliberately not constituting governing bodies of 28 colleges. While 12 of them are fully funded, the government provides 5 per cent grant to 16 others. The remaining 95 per cent is given by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Delhi University Registrar Tarun Das, who is authorised to speak to media, remained unavailable for his comments on the issue.

Change in hostel curfew irks students in Delhi

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Women students of a postgraduate hostel of Delhi University have expressed anger at new rules, which have reportedly brought forward the ‘curfew’ timing by an hour to 9 pm. The rules also state that hostel residents cannot interfere in the “management of the hostel”. But boarders said they cannot protest publicly since the hostel readmission process is on and they risk losing their place.

The matter pertains to the Ambedkar Ganguly Students’ House for Women in Mukherjee Nagar. The hostel has 100 seats, of which 50 per cent are reserved for students from the Delhi School of Economics. The rest are for students from reserved categories. “Residents are hereby informed that from August 1 onwards, attendance will be taken 8 pm to 9 pm… No resident shall leave the House premises after giving attendance. If anyone does not give her attendance on account of her physical absence, she will be deemed to be on night out,” reads a notice dated July 29, signed by hostel warden K Ratnabali.

Additionally, a rule in the alleged handbook reads: “Residents cannot interfere in the administration and management of the hostel by the hostel authorities”. According to boarders, the post of provost has been vacant since October last year, ever since last provost retired. “Since then, the warden has been acting on her own whim. We’ve been demanding a meeting with the management but she has been avoiding it,” alleged a boarder.

Warden K Ratnabali did not respond to calls and texts by The Indian Express. In a statement, women students’ group Pinjra Tod said the “denial of university housing is being used as threat to snub dissenting voices”.

About 28 Delhi University colleges to be audited over graft complaints: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday wrote to CAG demanding an audit of 28 Delhi University colleges, wholly or partially funded by the state government, after receiving complaints of corruption against them. The move comes a day after the Delhi government ordered a freeze on the funding of the 28 colleges following the varsity’s failure to constitute Governing Bodies (GBs) for over 10 months.

The Delhi University (DU) teachers, on the other hand, have written to Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, urging him to
complete the GB formation process so that students do not suffer due to funds freeze.

“Have written to CAG asking for comprehensive audit of 28 Delhi govt funded colleges, as I’ve received many complaints of corruption. 28 colleges need CAG audit as there are complaints of corruption; with no Governing Bodies for 10 months, there’s been no oversight,” Sisodia said in a series of tweets.

Sisodia, who is also the education minister, said, “It seems governing bodies have not been formed so that corruption and irregularities can go on. Public money cannot be wasted like this”. He also posted a letter from BJP MP Udit Raj on his Twitter handle, complaining of alleged irregularities in appointments to government funded colleges.

A college’s governing body comprises 15 members, out of which five are nominated by the state government. The body is responsible for taking several administrative decisions. Out of the 28 colleges, Maharaja Agrasen College,
BR Ambedkar College, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Bhagini Nivedita College etc are wholly funded by the Delhi government.

The College of Vocational Studies, Rajdhani College, Shivaji College, Motilal Nehru College, Aurobindo College, Kalindi College and Shyama Prasad Mukherji College are among those partially funded by the state.

“The university is in the process of completing the formalities and soon the bodies will be formed,” a senior DU official said.

Delhi University’s special admission drive to fill up vacant reserved seats

Officials said some colleges still have seats in the reserved categories, including SC, ST, OBC, Person with Disability (PwD), Children/Widows of Armed Forces, sports and extracurricular activities (ECA).

Delhi University will conduct a special admission drive for applicants under the reserved categories and bring out two more cutoffs for about 1,500 seats.

Officials said some colleges still have seats in the reserved categories, including SC, ST, OBC, Person with Disability (PwD), Children/Widows of Armed Forces, sports and extracurricular activities (ECA).

“There are some seats left in the reserved categories so we are running a special drive to make sure students are admitted on these seats,” said a university official.

The cutoff list for the special category will be out on August 3 and August 7.

But this opportunity will only be available for applicants who are already registered with the university and filled the online registration forms.

“Under this drive only such candidates would be considered for admission who are registered with the University of Delhi, but are not admitted in any college irrespective of category under any cut-off list. It is to be noted that no fresh registrations shall be allowed in this special drive,” said Tarun Das, DU registrar.

Registered applicants will also be allowed to make corrections related to the category change from unreserved to any other category which they belong to.

“Corrections related to category changes are allowed from UR to SC/ST/OBC /PWD /KM/CW subject to verification of original certificates,” Das said in a statement.

Admission committee chairman M K Pandit said, “The idea is to get those students into the university net who are registered but couldn’t seek admission for minor mistakes/choices they made at the time of filling an application.”

Applicants can make corrections by visiting room number 1 at the conference centre in North Campus with their relevant certificates from Monday till Wednesday.

“The applicants must bring their registration form and original/copies of relevant certificates. No further requests of correction will be accepted after these dates,” an official said.

For sports category applicants not admitted in any college, request for modification in colleges or course in sports or ECA admission will be allowed.

DU started the academic session from July 20 and released the seventh cutoff for all categories on July 26.

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Address: 3rd Floor, DLF Mall of India, Sector 18, Noida. 8860030323

Much like the city it is inspired by, the menu at Cafe Delhi Heights has no cultural or geographical segregation. A Sindhi Kadhi sits cheek by jowl with an Indonesian Lamb Rendang and a Nice-inspired Ratatouille while elsewhere an Amritsari Macchi dallies with a Mango Mayo chutney. The exhaustive document is a warren of melting pots and inspired dishes.

The décor is similarly cohesively chaotic with seating ranging from converted four-pillared beds to more contemporaneous options. Newly opened in the Mall of India, the restaurant also has a special section of dishes, curated specifically for the Noida clientele.

Lost among a plethora of options, we decide to begin in familiar terrain and get a platter of Galouti Kebab, followed by a Sticky Pork Belly Tawa Fry which comes served with a Raw Papaya Salad. So somewhat familiar terrain, anyway. The Galouti Kebab comes first, and served with pita bread, sets the tone for the rest of a irreverent but delicious meal. The kebabs are piquant little discs, firm at first touch but melting delicately when we prod further. Spread over the crisp pita and accoutred with the accompanying spiced onion lachcha, this is a version beyond Wajid Ali Shah’s wildest imaginings and still a fitting tribute. The only reason we don’t mourn its passing is the pork belly. Enrobed in masalas, the toothsome fatty bits of pork belly get along with the Som Tam-inspired salad like a house on fire – the chilled slivers of papaya enmeshed in a tangy marinade providing the perfect foil to the heady pork, with peanuts adding a crunch to the textured — all making for a gorgeous mouthful. Several, in fact, as the portions are generous, and then some.

For our mains, we pick Mom’s Buttered Chicken Tikka Masala from the aforementioned special Noida section and since we can’t pick between Italian or Thai, we go for the vegetarian Thai Red Curry Risotto. The Risotto comes swimming in a vast veramic bowl, the fiery red arborio rice studded with chunks of carrots, broccoli, galangal and water chestnuts, with a light dusting of cheese. The Italian rice enthusiastically absorbs all the flavour of the Thai curry for a comfort combo win. The Masala Tikka comes with an iceberg of butter floating on it, which soon melts into its hot depths. While the curry itself is the textbook flavour of Chicken Tikka Masaaler (as its known in its country of origin), its accompaniments of a jalapeno biryani and a capers raita alone with the more traditional kulcha, like a character out of the Twilight Zone, gives the dish a new dimension. Resembling a DTC bus by this point, stuffed beyond capacity, we soldier on to dessert: a chocolate mud cake with vanilla ice cream. A huge wedge of the cake comes with a ramekin filled with soft ice cream. After polishing off the last crumbs, we leave Delhi — the food, for Delhi — the place, vowing to return.

From apple jalebis to macarons: Six places in Delhi where you can eat amazing desserts

Gulkand Ice Cream at Dramz Whiskey Bar & Lounge.

Who doesn’t like to tuck into a plateful of sinfully gooey chocolate cakes, especially on a rain soaked day? It’s the stuff dreams are made of where you can just stare at the downpour through the window, share a laugh with friends and chomp away to glory! If you are from the Capital and a dessert lover you probably already know of The Big Chill Cafe’s Banoffee Pie or Elma’s Bakery’s Red Velvet Cake. But they are not the only places where you can add an Instagram post and devour every bit of sugar you can lay your fingers on.

Here are a few other places where you can get a sugar high too:

The Artful Baker: Can’t afford a trip to France? No problem. Instead, make a trip to Khan Market to try out the Monte Cristo, a concoction of Belgian chocolate and hazelnut chocolate on a bed of almond sponge. You won’t be disappointed.

Apple Jalebis at Cafe Lota. (Source: Flickr/Anita)Apple Jalebis at Cafe Lota. (Source: Flickr/Anita)

Cafe Lota: Their apple jalebis with coconut rabdi– crispy apple fritters, dusted with cinnamon and served with a coconut dip is a must have. It goes well with a cup of Attikan coffee – a Chikmagalur roast.

Groghead: Their Groggy Chocolate Fondue – melted Swiss chocolate with dark rum and chocolate liqueur, served with fruits, marshmallows, jujubes, churros and the Apple Cider Cake – pound cake, mascarpone, apple cider glaze will give you dessert goals.

Sugarama Patisserie: Enjoy little blobs of sugary goodness at this quaint little bakery. The Belgian Chocolate and Peanut Butter macarons are a must-have.

Macarons at Sugarama Patisserie. (Source: Facebook/Sugarama Patisserie) Macarons at Sugarama Patisserie. (Source: Facebook/Sugarama Patisserie)

Dramz Whiskey Bar & Lounge: You will love their Gulkand Ice Cream – traditional ice cream flavoured with rose preserve and their Kesari Phirni – ground rice cooked in milk, flavoured with cardamon and saffron.

Sakura: Try the Black Sesame Seed Ice Cream and the Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream at Sakura. It will nearly give you a food-gasm. It’s that good!

Hypertension and diabetes kill more people in Delhi than other diseases, says report

In 2015, 3,890 hypertension-related and 1,356 diabetes-related deaths were reported from hospitals and dispensaries run by the Delhi government and the municipal corporations.

Each year, more people die of hypertension and diabetes in Delhi than dengue or malaria, says a new report released on Wednesday.

The ‘State of Health of Delhi’ report was released by the NGO Praja Foundation.

In 2015, 3,890 hypertension-related and 1,356 diabetes-related deaths were reported from hospitals and dispensaries run by the Delhi government and the municipal corporations.

The year before, 1,962 hypertension-related deaths and 1,762 diabetes related deaths were recorded.

In the communicable diseases category, tuberculosis took the maximum toll, killing 3,635 people in 2015 and 4,350 the year before.

“In the same period, we found that the counsellors and the MLAs did not raise a single question regarding tuberculosis,” said Milind Mhaske, project director of Praja Foundation.

In the same period, dengue killed 486 during 2015, when Delhi had its worst ever outbreak, and 74 in 2014. Malaria killed 164 in 2015 and 160 in 2014, according to the report.

The data for the report was collected by the Praja Foundation through RTIs to various government institutions.

Diarrhoea affected more Delhiites than any of the other seven diseases for which data was collected. On an average, from 2014 to 2016, Delhi saw an average of almost six lakh cases annually and 41% of those who died of diarrhoea were under the age of four.

“During the last three years when Delhi saw an extremely high number of diarrhoea cases, the civic authorities received a high number of complaints about polluted water. Issues of water supply constituted 50% of all complaints on civic issues that were lodged in 2016,” said Anjali Shrivastava, assistant manager at Praja Foundation.

The zone-wise distribution of the data showed that between 2014 and 2016, Rohini was a hot spot for dengue (contributing 26% of all dengue cases), tuberculosis (33%) and typhoid (27%). Rural Narela contributed the highest number of diarrhoea cases (22%) and civil lines malaria cases (26%).

Through a sample survey of 24,000 households in Delhi in 2017, the report also found that only 24% of the people living in Delhi used the services of government dispensaries and hospitals.

This comes even as Delhi government has opened 100 mohalla or neighbourhood clinics and plans to open a total of thousand to bring in more people to the public healthcare system.

The poorest families in Delhi end up spending 11.5% of their family income on healthcare.

The report found that only 15% of Delhi families had at least one family member with some sort of health insurance to pay for their treatment.

The Delhi government also plans to start an insurance scheme for universal coverage which will work on cross-subsidy, meaning premiums of well-to-do people will discount the premiums of the poor.

Delhi government launches ‘merit cum means’ scholarship scheme

Delhi government on Tuesday launched ‘merit cum means’ scholarship scheme in the national capital, with an aim to benefit the students from poor and moderate means of income group.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, while making the announcement in New Delhi, said the scholarship scheme would be a fee waiver scheme for the needy students who pursue higher studies in any of the state universities of Delhi, namely GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi Technological University, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Ambedkar University, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technological University for Women and Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University (DPSRU).

Sisodia, who also holds education portfolio, said that to avail the benefit of the scheme the students must have secured at least 60 per cent marks in the class he/she has passed.

Delhi government on Tuesday launched ‘merit cum means’ scholarship scheme in the national capital, with an aim to benefit the students from poor and moderate means of income group.

“The scheme has been divided in three slabs — 100% fee waiver for category of students coming from a BPL family, 50% fee waiver for students from families with income upto Rs 2.5 lakh per annum and 25% fee waiver for students from families with income above Rs 2.5 lakh and not exceeding Rs 6 lakh per annum,” Sisodia told reporters.

He added the scheme would be applicable to all students in any of the undergraduate courses.

He also said that in case of SC/ST students, an additional 5% waiver in the fee would be given.

“It is a proud moment for the people of the national capital that Delhi will be the first state to provide fee waiver to students from families with income upto Rs 6 lakh per annum,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said.

He added that the scheme is expected to benefit about 20-25,000 students from poor and moderate means of income. The scheme has been framed under the framework of The Delhi Higher Education Aid Trust.

The scheme would also be extended to the Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) as and when the institution becomes a state university.

“AAP government is committed to ensure that no child is left behind in the higher education system for want of monitory resources. We have allocated a budget of Rs 10 crore for the academic year 2017-18 for this scheme,” Sisodia added.

Delhi University colleges announce fifth cutoff, 10% seats left for those yet to make the cut

Delhi University colleges released the fifth cutoff list for admissions on Monday, which saw most sought-after colleges close admissions to popular course choices.

With only about 10% of the seats still up for grabs, the cutoffs for the few seats that are still available at these colleges for the some of the more popular course choices has not dipped by more than a mark or two.

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Economics (Hons) has seen a dip of upto 3.5% points at Lakshmibai College, but is closed for admissions at most sought-after colleges such as Hans Raj College, and Indraprastha College for Women (IP College) in the fifth list. However, few seats have now become available at colleges such as Kirori Mal College (KMC) after withdrawals, where the cutoff is set at 96.5%.

Seats are still available at colleges like Ramjas College, Daulat Ram College, and Hindu College. Hindu College has set the highest cutoff for the course at 97.25%, which is the same as that in the fourth list.

Under the fifth list, BCom (Hons) has now closed at Ramjas College and Sri Venkateswara as well. However, the seats are still available at IP College, Gargi, Kamala Nehru and others. Most well known colleges have not reduced their cutoffs by more than 0.5% points.

Seats are still available at colleges like Ramjas College, Daulat Ram College, and Hindu College. Hindu College has set the highest cutoff for the course at 97.25%, which is the same as that in the fourth list.

HUMANITIES:

BA English (Hons) is now available again after withdrawals in colleges such as Hans Raj College and Kalindi College. It has, however, closed at Lady Shri Ram College (LSR), Ramjas College, and Maitreyi College under the fifth list.

The cutoffs for English (Hons) has also dropped by upto 3.5% points. The highest cutoff for English is at Miranda House, where the cutoff requirement is 95.75%, which is 0.5% points lower than that of the fourth list.

For History aspirants, seats have become available in the fifth list after withdrawals at colleges such as Kamala Nehru College, and the cutoff has dropped by up to 4% points. The highest cutoff for History is at LSR, which is the same as that in the fourth list, at 96.25%.

Seats for Political Science are also available at certain colleges such as Kamala Nehru College, Gargi College, and Ramjas College. Though the cutoff has dropped by up to 3% points, it has not dropped by more than a mark or two in most sought-after colleges that still have seats available. Ramjas has the highest cutoff with a requirement of 94.75%, which is only 0.25% points lower than the fourth list.

BA Programme is closed at most well known colleges. However, some such as IP College, Ramjas College, and Miranda House have a few seats remaining, with a cutoff requirement of 88.5%, 91.5%, and 93.25% respectively.

SCIENCES:

Chemistry (Hons) is still available at colleges like Gargi, Kalindi, and Hans Raj. However, the cutoff requirements have not dropped by more than 1% point.

IP College, Gargi, and Kamala Nehru have reopened admissions to Mathematics (Hons) after withdrawals.

Delhi Police, college students and authorities brace for day one of Delhi University

The new academic session at Delhi University (DU) begins on July 20. And freshers have mixed feelings — nervousness about whether they’ll ‘fit in’ and excitement to step into a more chilled-out phase of their lives. Some even fear being bullied. But here’s what: From the various college authorities and societies to student political parties and even the Delhi Police, everyone is working towards ensuring a smooth run for the anxious fuchchas.

“We’ll welcome the freshers with chocolates and roses, and brief them about the syllabus and course details, as there are minor changes in the syllabus every year that freshers don’t usually know of,” says Shauryaveer Singh, a student of Campus Law Centre and a member of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI).

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For safety and a ragging-free campus, the student political wing has made a list of locations where CCTV cameras are required. “University is planning to install cameras in the campus premises and have asked for recommendations as to where they should be installed. We have noted down 23 locations to ensure security, especially for the girls,” adds Singh.

Some drama always helps! So, besides orientation programmes, fuchchas can expect anti-ragging plays on campus. Dr Rama, principal of Hans Raj College, shares, “The seniors students will stage plays on the anti-ragging theme. A committee of teachers will also monitor the college premises.” She adds, “No one will be able to bully anyone and if any student faces any issue, they can contact me without any hesitation.”

Above all, Delhi Police plans to tighten vigilance. “We will deploy more female officers, dressed in casuals, in the campus. Women helpdesks will be established at Arts Faculty, Miranda House, Ramjas College, Kirori Mal College and Hans Raj College. We will coordinate with the anti-ragging committees of each college and department,” says Jatin Narwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North).

More so, “the Delhi Metro has been requested to make announcements in trains and stations about DU being intolerant towards ragging,” reads a release issued by the varsity.