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Meal for two: Rs 1800 (including taxes)
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.

‘Professor Yash Pal made science easy for the children’

Pal was also honoured with Indira Gandhi Prize for Popularisation of Science in 2000 and The Meghnad Saha Medal in 2006.

Professor Yash Pal is someone who brought science to the children. He became a household name through his TV show “Tuning Point” where he simplified even the most intricate scientific phenomena.

His focus was on simplifying learning that made him immensely popular as a teacher. He took an active interest in the education of children. I’m aware he took personal interest in the education of his employees’ children, often picking and dropping them to school.

He had a knack for presenting complex ideas in a simple way. It is this quality that helped him translate the vision of University Education Commission (1948-49) into reality by way of establishing high-end common research facilities for university teachers. During his tenure as the UGC chairman in the 80s, he set up the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, Consortium for Educational Communication, Delhi and Inter-University consortium for Department of Atomic Energy facilities at Indore and INFLIBNET, Ahmedabad. He had an unassuming personality and he was able to lighten up even during testing situations. His recommendations to lessen the burden of the school bags and shift from rote learning to more engaging learning techniques are still relevant.

His another contribution was in the form of a report on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education wherein he reiterated some of the recommendations of Kothari panel which were not implemented but they are as relevant then as they were in 1964

DU admission: Last day to get a seat if you made it to third list, fourth cutoff on July 12

If you meet the cutoff under the third list at Delhi University colleges but have not taken admission yet, then you should rush as admissions at morning shift colleges will close at 1pm and at evening shift colleges will close at 7pm.

Monday is the last day of admission under the third cutoff list, admission under which was started on July 7. The fourth list is expected to be released on July 12.

Under the third cutoff list there are still options available with many Delhi colleges in popular honours courses such as economics, BCom, English, political science, history and mathematics.

Colleges such as Hindu, Hans Raj, Ramjas, Kirori Mal, Miranda House, Sri Venkateswara, LSR, IP College for Women, and Daulat Ram still have seats left in the popular courses.

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“Students meeting the cutoff under the third list will be given admission till 1pm and 7pm today for morning and evening shift colleges respectively. We advise students to reach college on time with all documents,” said a DU official.

For document verification and approval for admission, the timings at morning shift colleges are 9.30am to 1pm and for evening shift colleges it is 4pm to 7pm.

Commerce and Economics

Under the third cutoff list, Economics (hons) is closed at nine colleges, including Sri Ram College of Commerce. But it is available at colleges such as LSR, Hindu, Hans Raj, Ramjas, Kirori Mal, Sri Venkateswara, IP College for Women, and Daulat Ram. The highest cutoff is at LSR at 97.5 per cent and lowest is at Sri Aurobindo Evening at 91.5 per cent.

BCom (hons) is closed at 11 colleges including, SRCC, Hindu, and LSR.

But it is open for admission at colleges such as Hans Raj, KMC, Ramjas, Sri Venkateswara, IP College for Women, and Daulat Ram. The highest cutoff is at Hans Raj at 96.75 per cent and lowest is at Aditi Mahavidyalaya at 89.5 per cent.

Humanities

English (hons) is closed at four colleges – Dyal Singh, Gargi, Mata Sundri and Satyawati College Evening. The highest cutoff is at LSR at 97 per cent and lowest is at Zakir Hussain College Evening at 88 per cent.

History is closed at 18 colleges, including Gargi, Hindu and LSR. But it is available at colleges such as Kirori Mal, Hans Raj, LSR, Miranda House, Ramjas, Sri Venkateswara, and IP College for Women. The highest cutoff is at KMC at 95 per cent and lowest is at Swami Shraddhanad at 84 per cent.

Political Science is closed at 14 colleges, including Hindu and Kamla Nehru College. The highest dip for the course is at SGTB Khalsa, where it dropped from 97.25 per cent to 95.25 per cent.

But colleges such as LSR, Ramjas Miranda House, Kirori Mal, Sri Venkateswara, and IP College for Women will give admission in the course. The highest cutoff is at LSR at 97.25 per cent and lowest is at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College Evening at 85 per cent.

Sciences

Mathematics is closed at 13 colleges, LSR and KNC. But it is available for admission at colleges such as Hindu, Hans Raj, Miranda House, KMC, Sri Venkateswara, IP College for Women, and Daulat Ram. The highest cutoff is at Hindu at 96.75 per cent and the lowest is at Vivekananda College at 90 per cent.

Physics is closed at nine colleges, including Gargi, Hans Raj and Hindu. But it is open for admission at colleges such as KMC, Ramjas, Miranda House, Daulat Ram, Sri Venkateswara.