Caste Away is the only AIESEC initiative in the world that addresses a unique form of prejudice and discrimination that affects the Indian Society (over 1/6th of the world's population) and afflicts a community of the oppressed caste or 'Dalits' (17% of India's population). . .At this very moment, this project strives to spread awareness and help eradicate caste based prejudice amongst the student community of Delhi. International interns, AIESECers and other student volunteers from Delhi work with the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) and other caste-based NGOs to create a social campaign through which they hope to initiate a domino effect of sensitization towards casteism. On 19th March, 2013, a poetry night was organized by the Caste-Away  in Hauz Khas village, Delhi. The evening was colored in poetry and noteworthy views on the related issue were shared by the participants in form of touching words. Prominent personalities like Meena Kandasamy, first Indian woman writer, who writes Dalit poetry in English and Dr. Jaipraksh Kardam shared their views on the issue. It was one of those much needed awareness campaigns against the evils like untouchability that can transform the insular mindset of the society indisputably, and it was definitely a success.


From the Editor's Desk
University Express

 
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The University of Delhi has an old, unbreakable and rock solid relationship with numbers. From the hot cut offs to the cold marks and numerous insensible innovations like merging of courses such as BBE, BBS and BFIA; the list just goes on.

Recently the biggest Central University in India has come up with the revaluated mark sheet and yet again the DU bosses gave away an artificial smile by delivering highly inflated marks. The result speaks clearly that a student who scored 12/75 in one of the theory papers, witnessed an increase of about 30 marks to get into 40s. Most of the papers that went under the revaluation process got cleared with a huge margin. We are not questioning the capabilities of the students but we are questioning the authorities of an esteem University who claimed that their checking process undergoes a refined process.

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Few months ago, the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Dinesh Singh claimed that the answer sheet will undergo a 3 stage correction process which would eliminate any scope of errors that might arise otherwise. 3 stages – a number game, yet again! No wonder, DU is led by a mathematician, Dr. Singh himself!

Critically analyzing the reign of Mr. Singh, we saw numerous innovations on the positive side. However, most of them being illogical turned the coin completely. The disorganized semester system where the syllabus is confirmed after a month when the semester starts was already under the hit list of many students. The haphazard syllabus was enough to take away the freedom and destroy the flexibility of the students, but the authorities are not yet relaxed. From wrong papers to inflated marks to non serious checking is doing no good to the education system. Feel for a student who worked hard the entire semester and got an ER in one of the subject. We live in a country full of competition where people still give importance to marks and less to knowledge. Such lazy attitude of the authorities thrashes the confidence of many students who do not get what they actually deserve.

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Recently the authorities have taken away the specialization from the undergraduate management courses. Yet another step to change the system positively, maybe! The 4 years undergraduate degree in humanities sounds good but has its own negative side. Are we moving in a society where people are literally jack of all and sufferer of number games? Only future can tell.



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The authorities must try to improve the existing system rather than experimenting new ones. Either the papers that went under the 3 stages of checking delivered incorrect results and exposed the casual approach of the DU bosses OR the inflated and revaluated marks are incorrect proving DU a diplomatic institution.


I might not be a good mathematics student; maybe a zero but one cannot imagine mathematics without a zero!

The golden question remains unanswered and we still close our books hoping for a better future.


From the Editor's Desk
University Express

 
The Debating Society of NSIT (Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology), University of Delhi invites you to its first ever Debating Festival COLLOQUIUM’13 to be held from 29th to 31st March

Colloquium has in store a plethora of events and activities that aim to create an interactive space between young enthusiasts and distinguished personalities, taking literary indulgence to a whole new level. Living up to its pioneering zeal, the Debating Society of NSIT, is organizing aJoint Parliamentary Committee for the first time at the collegiate level. The participants will get a sensational opportunity to simulate a JPC, represent a ministry, take a stand on the topic in question and debate to build viable solutions. Further, renowned personalities, Mallika Sarabhai and Ashwin Sanghi will be gracing the event, taking part in a Panel Discussion that aspires to enlighten the audience on burning world issues.
On a lighter note, an exhilarating treat awaits the lovers of Graphic Novels as Pran, the creator of the iconic Chacha Chowdhary, is expected to attend the Graphic Novel Workshop organized by Colloquium. A multitude of other events namely NSIT Model United Nations '13, The Netaji Subhas Memorial Debate, Literary Quiz, Case Study Competition, Group Discussions are set to be held and promise to offer the perfect amalgam of learning and fun. 


Savor every argument, every case, rattle your brains and enjoy to the fullest! It is our aim to provide you with an environment that is conducive to intensifying competitiveness, that’ll stir your grey matter. In view of that, here’s the line-up of the events at Colloquium’13:


NSITMUN’13

After the immense success of NSIT MUN'12, the Debating Society of NSIT takes pride in inviting you to the second edition of the NSIT Model UN Conference.

The committees to be simulated at the conference are as follows:

1) General Assembly - VI

2) Shanghai Cooperation Organization

3) Security Council

4) Human Rights Council


JOINT PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE

Joint Parliamentary committee is an Ad hoc committee of the Indian Parliament, investigating ongoing national crisis of utmost urgency and importance. 

At Colloquium, participants will get the opportunity to simulate a JPC, represent a ministry, take a stand on the topic in question and debate to build viable solutions.

A first ever, in any debating circuit, we promise to provide you something challenging.


NETAJI SUBHAS MEMORIAL DEBATE (The Conventional Debate)

The age old, tried and tested, one on one debate. The rules are as simple as they get, 2 speakers from each team taking different stands, 3+1 minutes speaking time.

Prizes to the best speakers.


THE LITERARY QUIZ

The Debating Society is hosting the Lit Quiz as a part of Colloquium'13, bringing together the top quizzing teams of the Delhi-circuit and of India at one place to participate in a one-of-its-kind Literary Quiz. The quiz is open to Undergraduate students and the top three teams will win the prizes.


CRACK THE CASE

Colloquium'13 brings to you Crack the Case - The Case Study Competition, where in we challenge the participants to create heaven out of hell, order out of chaos.

The participants will be presented with a predicament pertaining to an existing business. The team(s) that are able to present the most creative and effective solution to the problem, win the coveted title.

 
GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP

"Growing up, all of us have had a fascination… for comics and cartoons." Extending our pent up passion to graphic novels, this workshop aims at exploring the nitty-gritties of the narrative works in which a story is conveyed to the reader using sequential art. 


GROUP DISCUSSION

As the name suggests, group discussion requires you to only speak your mind. There will be two rounds to decide the winners.


JUDGEMENT DAY         

Say you were Hitler or Jack the Ripper, how would you defend yourself? Play one of these characters and save yourself from your doom.


NEWSHOUR DEBATE

Have you also, like countless others, spent hours of your family time watching drama unfold on television sets with heated debates, allegations, denigrations, snide remarks and superb comebacks? Welcome to our set of Newshour debate and be the hour long drama yourself. This event gives you the chance to assume the role of an eminent personality and discuss a burning issue, pitching in your ideas and opinions.


We hope that we’re able to satiate your hunger for intellectual brawls.

Please find attached the complete details regarding the rules of procedure of every event.

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!!

To register, Kindly visit our website: http://colloquiumnsit.org/

You can also follow us at our facebook page www.facebook.com/colloquiumnsit or write to us at team@colloquiumnsit.org.

Hope to see you there!!!


The NSIT Debating Society 

Aastha Chhabra                                   Nilanjana Goel

President, Colloquium'13                  General Secretary, Colloquium'13

+91-9999737389                                  +91-9818317262

 
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The analogy of the corporate world has never failed to excite the senses. Wearing formal suits, attending boardroom meetings, giving presentations about matters that can make or break a company and leading the group,  are some of the many things that envelope this profession with the enigma that unfailingly entices us to its charm. But can everybody embrace the power and authority that it imbibes one with, in the way it ought to be?

Synergy, a society of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies began the quest for this answer by conducting D’Apprentice National from 16th-19th March. This popular venture of SSCBS crossed the boundaries of the National Capital Territory this year to find out the best lot of the entire nation.

Three rounds were conducted to filter out top 100 students from the huge lot of applicants from the entire nation. The first and second rounds were conducted online by way of forms testing the logical and analytical reasoning, and the subjective choice and interpretation of conflicting situations, respectively. The students who had cleared these two rounds proceeded further to the Group Activity round, which then extracted the top 100 students for the four days lined up for their corporate nourishment. Day 0 sought to bring together the experiences of the industry with the youthful energy of the country by means of a Corporate Dinner. The Chief Guest was Mr. SN Rai, Co - founder & Director, LAVA International and the four panellists were Moraad Ali Khan, one of the top shooters of India and Arjuna Award winner, Ish Kapoor, owner of Dhanpat Rai Publications, Pankaj Mohindroo, President of Indian Cellular Association, Apex Telecom Body and Editor in Chief of My Mobile Magazine and Hemant Misra, CEO, Publicis Capital in India. The panellists interacted with the top 100 students regarding business and management.

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The main events to test the business acumen and strategical orientation of these students began from Day 1 itself. Day 1 saw Ajay Chaturvedi, Founder and Owner of Harva, interacting with the students regarding innovation ground up. After this, the teams, top 100 students divided into 8 teams were given a case study revolving around a problem in a village background. These teams were then asked to design a mobile application to solve the problem. A technical analyst then gave scores to these teams on the basis of innovation, feasibility and the pitch used by them to sell it to villagers and to him.

Day 2 grew more interesting as students were asked to select a theme from Entertainment category and were given Rs. 4000 to purchase materials on the basis of the chosen theme from any market in Delhi and return to the venue in the stipulated time. The twist in the picture was when these teams were told that the materials they had purchased were not their products and all the teams had to auction for it.  Two teams were eliminated on the basis of the scores of these 2 days. Also, the one weak team member from each team was eliminated on the basis of the convergence of the judgement of their own team members and the organizing team. The teams were asked to sell their products the next day and start social media marketing from the same day.

Simran Ahluwalia
Correspondent

 
A mix of the familiar and the new - Mauritius packs quite a punch with its hospitable culture, familiar residents who resemble Indians, multi cultural history (French, Dutch, Portuguese and British), exotic food, lilting French dialects and of course, the many beaches with their glittering sand and sapphire water. A country which is a heady dose of scenic spots, natural beauty, nightlife and rich heritage. Waiting for a chance to explore this sun-kissed country? Go for an internship with AIESEC Delhi University! Its Global Entrepreneurs Program offers you the opportunity to work on social development in Mauritius in the convenience of your vacations. With a suitable duration of 5-6 weeks and the chance to work on projects to help the underprivileged, such as diagnosing diabetes in young children, an AIESEC internship is necessary for both your soul and your CV! It is also an affordable way to explore a foreign nation, as accommodation is provided free of cost. Why wait, you only need to 17 and above! Log on to http://www.aiesec.in/join-aiesec/and register yourself!

 
Colloquium'13 brings to you the centre stage of all debating events, here is your chance to battle it out in a fierce war of words to prove your point.

Cash Prizes
Best Team : 4,000/-
Best Speaker For : 2,000/-
Best Speaker Against : 2,000/-

12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m : Author’s Isle - Session with Ashwin Sanghi

Come and meet from the man himself. Ashwin Sanghi takes the listeners through the exciting journey of his award winning novel 'Chanakya's Chant' and his latest work, 'The Krishna Key'.

1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m : Literary Quiz

Colloquium'13 brings to you the centre stage of all debating events, here is your chance to battle it out in a fierce war of words to prove your point.

Cash Prizes
Best Team : 4,000/-
Best Speaker For : 2,000/-
Best Speaker Against : 2,000/-

12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m : Author’s Isle - Session with Ashwin Sanghi

Come and meet from the man himself. Ashwin Sanghi takes the listeners through the exciting journey of his award winning novel 'Chanakya's Chant' and his latest work, 'The Krishna Key'.

1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m : Literary Quiz

9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m : NSIT Model UN (day 1)

We are back with the second edition of the NSIT Model UN. The following four committees will be simulated.
General Assembly - VI
Security Council
Human Rights Council
Shanghai Cooperation Organization

9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m : Joint Parliamentary Committee

Joint Parliamentary committee is an Ad hoc committee of the Indian parliament investigating ongoing national issues of utmost urgency and importance. The participants will get an opportunity to simulate a JPC, represent a ministry, take a stand on the topic in question and debate to build viable solutions.

9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m : NSIT Model UN (day 1)

We are back with the second edition of the NSIT Model UN. The following four committees will be simulated.
General Assembly - VI
Security Council
Human Rights Council
Shanghai Cooperation Organization

9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m : Joint Parliamentary Committee

Joint Parliamentary committee is an Ad hoc committee of the Indian parliament investigating ongoing national issues of utmost urgency and importance. The participants will get an opportunity to simulate a JPC, represent a ministry, take a stand on the topic in question and debate to build viable solutions.

Cash Prizes
Best Speaker: 5000/-
First Runner-Up: 3000/-

31 March (Day 3)

9:30 - 5: 30 p.m : NSIT Model UN (day 2)

10 a.m. - 2 p.m : Crack the Case

The participants will be presented with a predicament pertaining to an existing business. The team(s) that are able to present the most creative and effective solution to the problem, win the coveted title.

Cash Prizes
Best Team: 10000/-
Second Runner-Up: 4000/-

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m : Newshour Debate

This event gives you the chance to assume the role of an eminent personality and discuss a burning issue, pitching in your ideas and opinions.

Cash Prizes
Best Speaker: 2000/-
First Runner-Up: 1000/-
Second Runner-Up: 500/-

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m : Judgement Day

Say you were Hitler or Jack the Ripper, how would you defend yourself? Play one of these characters and save yourself from your doom.

Cash Prizes
Best Speaker: 1000/-
First Runner-Up: 600/-
Second Runner-Up: 400/-

Visit www.colloquiumnsit.org for more!


Press Release
 
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Misha: Representative from AIESEC International
Young people from 33 cities and 4 countries have come together in national capital for the first of its kind BRIC Conference hosted by AIESEC for international youth leaders from Brazil, Russia, China and India.

The first day started with arrival of international delegates from their various different countries. The day then proceeded to kick off by an introductory seminar on ‘BRIC Relations - Challenges and Opportunities Ahead’ by Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah, Assistant Professor (International Relations, School Of Liberal Studies – PDPU, Gandhinagar. Dr Borah introduced the delegation at the conference by establishing the common ground of GDP growth and how these economies need each other’s support today from more than ever. 

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Panel of youth leaders from the four countries
The introductory note followed by a panel discussion moderated by Pierre Fritter who is currently the Assistant Editor of India Today Group and is also a proud AIESEC alumnus. The discussion witnesses young leaders from these four countries discussing cultural and historical diversities and yet how stark similarities have made it more than necessary for the young people from these nations to know about each other.

The discussion also took politics in its purview and worked on conclusions of how global understanding and governance. “More open communications and international relations can help all of us benefit better”, said Enoch Wong – Vice President Organization Development for AIESEC in China.


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Pierre Fritter - Asst Editor of India Today Group & AIESEC Alumnus moderating the discussion
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Question and Answer round
The AIESEC entities in these four countries have also started to build and work around how AIESEC as an organization can build its international community development and internships programs through serious call to actions. This conference will also serve as a platform for these young people from these four countries to network and work in collaboration over projects to take AIESEC to more young people. The four day conference starts on 20th of March and goes on till 23rd of March.
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Question and answer round (2)
BRIC conference will host 50 plus student leaders of AIESEC in these four countries, facilitating discussions and debates of how the world can develop young entrepreneurial and responsible leaders.  The conference will discuss the future of young people in these four countries and bring out the global youth voice in true sense.  The conference will kick start with a panel discussion on BRIC Countries and our shared values. The conference will also host an international gala dinner inviting corporate houses from all nation. The conference will end with a collective statement from these young people of how world would look like by end of 2015 and how we would create images of future and beyond. 

More about AIESEC:

What is AIESEC?

AIESEC (pronounced as Eye-sec) or Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales* as it used to be called, is the largest student-run organization in the world. It is a non-political, not-for-profit, independent and an entirely student-managed organization. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC develops the youth’s leadership potential by providing a series of learning experiences through activities linked to a diverse field of issues such as sustainable development, education, enterprise and social responsibility.

*Nowadays, the french acronym AIESEC is no longer used by the organization, since in the history AIESEC expanded to other backgrounds different to Economic and Commercial Sciences. Please use AIESEC simply as is.

What we envision?

Peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential

Our Impact?

Our international platform enables young people to explore and develop their leadership potential so as to achieve a positive impact on society.

How we do it?

AIESEC provides its members with an integrated development experience (The AIESEC Experience) comprised of leadership opportunities, international internships and participation in a global learning environment.

For further information on AIESEC & BRIC, more quotes and to be put in touch with international delegates:  please contact:

Smriti Sant (09324619179),

PR & Comm Manager
AIESEC India

If you wish to participate in our Gala Dinner on Friday, 22nd of March, wherein you can meet & interact with these global delegates, please do contact us for the same. 
 
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 Contributing to more than 25 percent of global GDP, BRIC nations have been predicted to take control over of the global economy by year 2015. 2.5 billion people and 40 percent of the young population have been remarkably adding a surge to this global power.  When the whole world was tackling the global downturn these developing countries was adding statistical and real value to global consumer composition. These are a few mentions out of many, of how these global economies are making a difference on the world map.

Inarguably entrepreneurs and organizations have been growing at a rapid rate in these countries, governments and policy makers have also been looking at collaborative spaces where the similar nature of growth stories can be heard in the rest of world. 

Following the suit of many such organizations, AIESEC hosts its first ever BRIC conference. Young student leaders from Brazil, Russia, China and India have come to our nation capital – Delhi. Through this conference AIESEC seeks to find solutions to the global issues and translating them into actions with its community development and corporate internship programs globally. This conference will also serve as a platform for these young people from these four countries to network and work in collaboration over projects to take AIESEC to more young people. The four day conference starts on 20th of March and goes on till 23rd of March.

BRIC conference will host 50 plus student leaders of AIESEC in these four countries, facilitating discussions and debates of how the world can develop young entrepreneurial and responsible leaders.  The conference will discuss the future of young people in these four countries and bring out the global youth voice in true sense.  The conference will kick start with a panel discussion on BRIC Countries and our shared values. The conference will also host an international gala dinner inviting corporate houses from all nation. The conference will end with a collective statement from these young people of how world would look like by end of 2015 and how we would create images of future and beyond.

Here is what Ramita Vig, 24; President AIESEC India has to say about BRIC Conference “It is our pleasure as AIESEC India to be the hosts of the first ever AIESEC BRIC Conference and we hope that this is the start of many more to come. Brazil, Russia, India and China like in the global economy are the spear heading countries in AIESEC globally and with the National and Local Presidents in the next 4 days we look to create growth strategies that will enable AIESEC in these countries and hence these countries via the leadership AIESEC creates move forward faster and stronger.”

AIESEC is a global non political, entirely student run organization.  AIESEC is an international platform your young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. We are 5000 strong network of people in India and are committed to deliver high quality experience to our members and service our stakeholders with our international HR solutions. AIESEC enables leadership in young people through team experiences and international exchange.

 
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Maths might be boring for most of us,but some people can make even maths fun and this is precisely what the Mathematics department of Miranda Housedid with their annual department fest- Origin’13.The hard work put in by the organizing committee could be clearly seen on the day of the fest which was filled with lots of fun and engaging events.


It was a one day fest which was held on the 20th of March and commenced with an inaugural talk.Dr Geetha Venkatraman delivered a speech on ‘Cryptology’ which was attended by a number of students.Dr Geetha’s speechwas extremely informative and a great learning experience for those who attended it. A number of games were also organised by the maths department such as ad mad, shuffle the glass, lucky 7, etc. An investor awareness programme on financial literacy was organized for the students by the Bombay stock exchange which was an excellent opportunity for the students to enhance their knowledge on investment. The Mat lab event (paper presentation) was another event which challenged the students to prove their mettle in the field of mathematics. Papers were presented by a number of students on various topics such as Millennium problems, Monty Carloproblem, Paradoxes and Mathematical biology among others.This was followed by three fun events -The Scavenger hunt, Logical quiz and Pictionary.

 ‘Avenger and the rise of numbers’- The scavenger hunt was the most interesting and theawaited event. Participants could participate in pairs and they were given fabulous team names such as Hulk, Thor, Spiderwoman, Black widow and so on. Basic knowledge in maths was all that was needed to win the event. The logical quiz was the other fun event which gathered a lot of participation. The quiz had two rounds; the first round was a preliminary round while the second round was an interesting out of the boxquizzing round. As far as Pictionary is concerned, it was an event full of fun, giggles and math-ness. Prizes of worth Rs. 20,000 were given to the winners in both cash and kind.

Origin 2013 was a huge success owing to its excellent organizing committee and brilliant participation. The fest ended on a positive note and good memories and people already have high hopes set for the next year.


Shivani Singh
Correspondent



Photo Credits: Shivani Singh
 
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The Mathematics department of Miranda House is organizing their fest ‘Origin 2013 on the 20th of March’. The event is the perfect stage for those who want a learning experience along with loads of fun and math-ness.





The schedule for the one day event is as follows:

9:00                      : Inaugural Talk

9:30-11:00         : Talk on ‘Cryptology’ by Dr. Geetha Venkatraman followed by career counseling.

11:30-12:00    : Investor awareness program on financial literacy by Bombay Stock Exchange

12:00              : MATLAB event paper presentation “Avengers and the Rise of    Numbers”-The   Scavenger Hunt

1:00                 : The Logical Quiz

3:00                 : Pictionary

Venue               : Miranda House, Room no. : 149

Come and experience a  perfect blend of learning coupled with loads of fun.

Pooja Singh
Correspondent