DU admissions 2017: Varsity to release 8th and 9th cut off for reserved category

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University of Delhi has announced the special drive for reserved/ quota applicant category (SC/ST/OBC/PWD/CW/KM) including sports/ ECA for admissions to merit-based undergraduate programme. In this special drive, only those candidates would be considered for admission who are registered with Delhi University but are not admitted in any college irrespective of the category under any cut-off list.

DU has said no fresh registrations shall be allowed in this special drive.  The varsity has said corrections related to category changes are allowed from UR to SC/ST/OBC /PWD /KM/CW subject to verification of original certificates.

For the sports category applicants who are not admitted to any college, their request for modification in colleges/ course in sports/ ECA admission shall be permitted by the Delhi University. The corrections will be allowed from July 31, 2017 to August 2 at room number 1, Conference Center, Gate No. 4, North Campus.

Note: The applicants have to bring their registration/application form and original/copies of relevant certificates.

Moreover, the eighth cut off for the special category will be declared on August 3 and the admission process will continue till August 4. DU will release the ninth cut off on August 7 and the admission will start on August 8.

DU admissions: NCWEB seventh cut off released

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The Delhi University’s Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) on July 31 released seventh cut off list at du.ac.in. In a press release, the varsity has said, “Admissions will be done on 1 and 2nd August between 9.30  am and 1.30 pm at its respective teaching centres.” Among the colleges, the highest cut-off has been demanded by the Lakshmi Bai College for its BA programme (70 per cent) and at Satyawati College for B Com.

Even in the  NCWEB had released its sixth cut-off list on July 26 in which Lakshmi Bai College had announced the highest cut-off of 73 per cent for B A programme.

In the fifth cut-off too, Lakshmi Bai College and Jesus and Mary college had asked for 74 per cent for BA Programme and BCom respectively. The next highest cut off was at JDM and Miranda House at 72 per cent for BA programme.

In the merit-based admissions, the varsity has already released the seventh cut-off for the reserved category students. Most of the colleges have closed admissions for general and SC category students for BA programme, whereas admissions for OBC and ST are still open in many colleges.

The NCWEB is a non-formal system of obtaining a degree from the Delhi University with lectures being delivered only on the weekends. Only women students residing in the National Capital Territory of Delhi can enrol themselves as students of the Board.

Off the beaten track: Children from upper primary school in Varanasi get lessons from District Magistrate

The district magistrate of Varanasi dons a different role every Saturday when he reaches the upper primary school in Orderly Bazar to teach students.

DM Yogeshwar Ram Mishra adopted the school on June 27 and decided to teach children from classes 1 to 8.

“I adopted the school to improve the quality of education. As a part of the initiative, I teach students for about an hour every week. There is tremendous improvement in the knowledge and confidence of the students,” he said.

Mishra teaches arithmetic, English and science in an interactive manner. He enters any classroom randomly and asks students what they would like to study and teaches them whatever they ask for.

District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra taking class in Varanasi.

“Improving quality in primary and upper primary schools may be a challenge, but is not impossible. It can be improved with little efforts,” Mishra said.

He also discusses with students the importance of plants and trees in environmental conservation and asks the students to plant saplings on the school premises.

Children have a friendly interaction with Mishra. “Children interact with me and sometimes ask questions related to cricket and history. It is great to see that my effort has boosted the confidence of the students,” he said.

He said many students wanted to speak English. Mishra is also planning to take the children to a movie in a week or two to provide them exposure.

The school has just nine children each in classes 6, 7 and 8. As many as 44 students are enrolled in classes 1 to 5.

The school has poor infrastructure. After Mishra’s initiative, a corporate company has come forward and showed interest in improving the infrastructure of the school under its corporate social responsibility.

It would whitewash the school’s walls and would beautify the building. At the same time, Mishra is making efforts to equip schools with facilities like a mini-lab and projectors.

How to pull off the ultimate festival themed wedding

Festival style weddings have become a massive trend in recent years, with couples looking to recreate the carefree atmosphere of a music and friend-filled weekend for their big day.

Photo by Darek Novak www.photosligo.com

And the good news is, as a wedding theme, they’re fun to put together and fairly simple to pull off! Here are some top tips on how to make it work.

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Tin Hut Accommodation at Mount Druid, County Westmeath

The Venue

A festival theme hinges on the venue, and once you find something that reflects that understated, cool and carefree vibe you’re looking for, the rest should fall into place. Opt for a venue with a good outdoor space for the drinks reception, and make sure when you speak to the coordinator that they are open to the idea of adding decor such as festoon lighting, signs and outdoor games. Ask to see a few example of where a “chillout area” set up or lighting has been used to good effect, so that you have some inspiration of the venue itself to build on.

The gorgeous Loughcrew House in Oldcastle, Meath has been the setting of many a gorgeous festival themed wedding before, and with its beautiful open courtyard and garden marquee, it makes for a fabulous backdrop for wedding receptions. Boutique wedding venue Mount Druid in Westmeath offers the additional “glamping” experience for guests, who can stay in playful yurts or shepard’s or tin huts to really get into the festival spirit – but a far more comfortable one than you may be used to!

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Photo by Darek Novak www.photosligo.com | Venue: Loughcrew House

If you’re DIYing your big day, Ireland now has lots of great suppliers of unusual marquees, tents and teepees that will make for a dramatic setting for your scene. For something guests won’t have seen much of at other weddings, The Outdoor Wedding Company based in Dublin have some amazing stretch tents which set a cool tone and allow you to have an outdoor event without worrying too much about the weather. They also provide loos, heating, furniture and bar units to complete the look.

The Style

We are all pretty much au fait with festival fashion – it’s the time to break out the serious glitter-based war paint, don some Daisy Dukes and top it all off with a cute rain jacket.

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Photo by Darek Novak www.photosligo.com | Venue: Loughcrew House

Of course you could get away with that as the happy couple in question, but the safer bet is to go for the softly-softly approach instead. Fresh flower crowns, although declared “over” by contributors to Vogue earlier this year, are still a stunning option for brides looking to feel a bit Woodstock on their big day, and going for a floral print for bridesmaids should instantly establish a relaxed boho vibe.

Think boho designers such as Temperly London, Rue de Seine or Irish designer Emma Manley for the wedding dress and the groomsmen in cute bowties, cool hats or unusual colours and fabrics for suits (stripes, Tweed?) could work really well to give off that cool festival vibe. Wellies have almost become a wedding staple as much as a festival staple these days, and you’ll be thankful for them when you’re mucking around the grounds of your venue trying to get ‘the shot’ with your eager photographer!

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Photo by Darek Novak www.photosligo.com

The Details

A new idea for marquee and outdoor weddings is the idea of the “chillout area” to create a backstage-at-the-festival-feel. This space can come in lots of different forms with hay bails doubling as couches, swing seats, mix and match tables and lots of cushions and bean bags to make the area feel comfortable and ‘zen’. To set the tone outdoors, pop up some bunting or festoon lighting around trees and over courtyards. Make sure to discuss the ins and outs of this with your coordinator before; some will need to check insurance for hanging electrical items which you don’t want to find out about it on the day itself!

Signage is such a big wedding decor trend at the moment that you can even find it in high street stores like Penneys, but there’s nothing wrong with creating some yourself if DIY is your bag! Think bar directions, photo booth signs or use an old window or mirror for the menu of schedule or events – take inspiration from some of the amazing instillations at festivals such as Body & Soul and let your mind run free with ideas.

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Photo by Darek Novak www.photosligo.com

When it comes to after-hours, glowsticks will always  go down a storm with guests on the dancefloor, as will props like inflatable instruments, sunnies or hats – just give everyone an excuse to get posing!

The Food

Think festival, think food trucks. But don’t think those dry burgers or questionable hot dogs you might find yourself chowing down on at ungodly hours; Irish food trucks have come a long way since the unmentionable goings-on in The Van. With options like Canadian dish poutine – a delightful mix of chips, cheese and gravy – from Lala Poutine, crepes from The Crepe Box, wood-fired pizza from The Dough Bros and plenty of other amazing mobile chefs doing the rounds, you have plenty to offer hungry guests besides the traditional sausage sambos before midnight.

The Music

Of course when you declare your wedding a ‘festival wedding’, you better have the tunes to back it up. Put plenty of thought into your entertainment and curate a gig list that really works from the ceremony right through to the dance floor. If you’re having a non-religious ceremony use song lyrics as your readings, and for your entrance and exit songs, think bigger melodies to get your guests involved – you could even print the lyrics to your exit song on your ceremony booklet to make sure everyone joins in! For the drinks reception, look for a cover band with a difference – Trio Royal, a trio jazz and swing band who do unique takes on contemporary tunes and cool lounge music influenced by the old crooners, could be just the ticket.