Aranya Shankar


100 Applications Received: For transgenders, IGNOU fee waiver gives new hope
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

The Indian Express spoke to three transgender students who have taken admission in various courses in IGNOU about their lives before this historic change in admission procedure and how they think their lives will change.

JNU V-C M Jagadesh Kumar wants an Army tank on campus as inspiration
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

The idea of showcasing a military tank to “instill nationalism” was first brought up in the aftermath of the February 9, 2016 event on campus, where the alleged raising of anti-India slogans led to students being arrested for sedition.

Dyal Singh college students clash over bifurcation of the campus
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

While teacher representatives who were present in the meeting said the Chairman promised that evening college classes wouldn't be held in the morning in the current session, DSC (Evening) principal said classes would begin as soon as minutes of the Executive Council (EC) meeting – where the final approval for conversion was given – reach the college

In DU, students from out of town share their worries
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

For them the first day of college was not only about getting familiar with the space but also about learning a new language, adjusting to food habits, people and managing studies alongside work.

Ruckus at DU college over cut-off ‘misprint’
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

DU officials did not respond to calls by The Indian Express seeking a comment on the issue. College president Deepanshu Lohia, from the ABVP, however, claimed there was no violence.

Police called in as DUSU protest over ‘mass failure’ spirals out of control
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Around 50 students, led by the former DUSU president Satender Awana and current DUSU president Amit Tanwar from ABVP, allegedly barged into the university conference centre around noon and started misbehaving, DU officials said

Universities cannot be govt departments: Amartya Sen
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee reflected back on India’s ancient history and said it had a “dominant role in higher learning” which had eroded over the years

SRCC teacher assaulted for awarding zero marks to student with ABVP links
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

While the principal of the college, R P Rustagi, said he was given zero because he never attended classes, the student, Pradeep Phogat, has alleged that he was being discriminated against because he was “politically active” and was from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

IGNOU to offer three distance courses on solar applications
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

The courses will target international students. ISA is an international alliance of 120 ‘sunshine countries’ (abundant in sunlight) with a focus on solar power utilisation.

SFI students send sanitary pads to Arun Jaitley to protest 12% GST
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Backed by women activists from the All India Democratic Women's Association, the students have decided to continue their campaign of sending sanitary napkins with messages to Jaitley till July 14. It is being undertaken in other states and cities as well.

Vivekananda statue in JNU for a ‘pleasing look’
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

The administration has decided to install the statue to give the university a “more pleasing look”.

Relieve us of admin posts: 8 IIMC faculty members to DG
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

The faculty members, who did not wish to be named, have also written to the IIMC chairperson alleging that longstanding academic and administrative issues were not being discussed by the administration.

DU admissions 2017: In third list, cut-offs above 90 per cent in popular colleges
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

DU admissions 2017: The cut-off still remains above 90% in popular colleges, with a drop ranging from 0.25-1.5 percentage points from the second list.

Ambedkar University outdoes DU with 100 per cent cut-offs in first list, second list on July 10
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Commerce students from outside NCT will now require 100 per cent marks to get admission in BA (Hons) with a major in History, Psychology and Sociology. Similarly, those from Science background from outside NCT will need the perfect score for BA (Hons) with a major in Sociology.

No UGC NET in July 2017 throws student plans in turmoil
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Clearing the NET is an essential qualification if someone wants to become an Assistant Professor or get into research. While NET is generally held twice a year, this year, the July round has been skipped, and instead, a single exam is being held in November.

Delhi University admissions round 2: Many colleges almost full, Khalsa College yet to fill 50 seats
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Even among the 50—odd admissions, most are from the minority community as the college reserves seats for Sikhs. “Most admissions are expected to take place after the third cut-off is released.

Transgenders can now study all IGNOU courses for free
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

The university’s regional centre at Kochi had recently conducted a special orientation programme for transgender students. Kumar said the document proof was being asked for only to keep away impostors.

Delhi University: 200 B.Com Programme students fail final-yr exam
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

According to students, while the marksheet issued for the fifth semester results showed they had passed the practicals, the final marksheet released on June 25 showed they had failed.

DU admission 2017: Sharp drop in cut-offs at off campus colleges
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

In fact, many sought after courses and colleges closed applications after filling up the seats with the first cut-off itself — as is the case in Hindu College and LSR College this year.

Shabnam Hashmi returns award to minority panel
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

Hashmi returned her award to NCM director T M Skaria on Tuesday, along with a letter to the commission members, saying that she was returning the award because the NCM had “lost all its credibility”.

Students complain: Can’t pay fee on Delhi Univeristy site
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

On the basis of the first cut-off, applicants have until 2 pm on Thursday to pay the fee. Failure to do so will lead to cancellation of admission.

DU admission 2017: Chaos over original marksheets, varsity allows provisional
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

DU admission 2017: The university eventually issued an advisory to principals around 3 pm, asking them to admit students on the basis of a provisional marksheet, provided they submit their original marksheet within 10 days.

DU Admissions 2017: Minnows throw up big surprises in first cut-offs
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Khalsa College declares hightest cut-off across most streams, some subjects see marginal dip.

Students stressed, IIT-Delhi considers online counselling
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

Two suicide-related incidents this year prompt move. On May 30, PhD scholar Manjula Devak was found hanging in her room. The IIT Director, however, had said cited “personal problems” as the reason. In March, a first year student had allegedly jumped from the hostel building, but survived. Some peers had alleged it was due to academic stress.

First ‘Human Library’ in Delhi: People replace books, narrate their stories
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Delhi’s first ‘Human Library’ managed to catch people's fancy on the day of its inauguration.

JNU AC meet: Students’ union, teachers allege harassment
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Student union representatives and several teachers have alleged that they were “heckled” by certain faculty members at an Academic Council (AC) meeting of JNU.

Dyal Singh evening college could soon function in mornings
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

DSC (Evening) has suggested that upon conversion, the college be named after Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.

Minister’s message to colleges, varsities: Ask students to use BHIM app, go digital, says Prakash Javadekar
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Another 2,400 institutions have been sent a letter commending them for successfully carrying out digitisation on their campus

Denied promotion, JNU Professor alleges caste bias
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Saitya Brata Das, who teaches at the Centre for English Studies, alleged his “different caste (Das is a Dalit)” or differing “political views” may be behind the decision.

Delhi boy comes third in IIT-JEE Advanced 2017
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

His aim is to “focus on the basics” and make sure that “he does the simple questions quickly and accurately,” so that he “has more time to focus on the difficult ones”.

JNU has some ideas for interview process
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

Rector Chintamani Mahapatra said the recommendations — submitted by a panel set up by the V-C — had been “approved by the competent authority” and that they would be tabled in the Standing Committee for Admissions.

Soon in DU: 5-year journalism course, PG in cyber security
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

If approved by the Academic and Executive Councils (AC & EC), the decisions will come into effect from the current academic year.

Top-ranked in India, IIT-Delhi says global ranking ‘not spectacular’
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

QS Rankings are based on six parameters: academic reputation, employer reputation, student-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty and student ratio.

RSS leader Indresh Kumar asks Muslims to ‘give up gosht’
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Students of Jamia Millia Islamia meanwhile protested against the presence of Indresh Kumar at an iftaar party at the university

Ummul Kher didn’t let rare disorder, family pressure stop her from cracking UPSC Civil Services
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

The PhD scholar from Jawaharlal Nehru University is now more focussed than ever to realise her dream of doing “social work and touching people’s lives”. Originally from Pali in Marwar, Rajasthan, Ummul Kher’s family shifted to Delhi when she was five.

6 JNU students punished for ‘confining officials’
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

The students’ academic process has also been blocked till they comply with the punishment. However, they have been given the option to appeal against the punishment to the vice-chancellor.