DU Admissions: Cluster Innovation Centre has many choices for you

Delhi University offers unique courses at the Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC), with a keen focus on innovation.

The courses are not just aimed at preparing students for a fast-changing innovative world but they also use unique concepts such as ‘meta college’ and ‘meta university’ to allow them to experience multiple colleges and universities during the course.

The CIC offers two undergraduate programs, BTech in Information Technology and Mathematical Innovation and BA (Hons) in Humanities and Social Sciences, and a postgraduate course, MSc in Mathematical Education.

BTech in Information Technology and Mathematical Innovation:

This four-year undergraduate degree course, which has been on offer in DU since 2012, is open to all who have studied Mathematics and have secured a best four score of at least 60%.

The course looks to provide students with practical knowledge, in addition to theoretical prowess, when it comes to innovation and technology. The curriculum is evaluated on the basis of both projects that students are expected to complete and theoretical exams.

“The course was designed keeping innovation in mind. DU is the only Indian university that provides a course of this kind,” said Jogeswar Purohit, an assistant professor for the course.

Admission to the 40 seats for this course will be on the basis of an entrance test expected to be conducted early next month. The entrance exam will be based on mathematics and science subjects.

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Interested students can apply to the course on the DU online admission portal, under the entrance-based undergraduate programs application.

However, the CIC does not have a placement cell and does not invite companies and others for recruitment. “Almost all of our students have been placed but we do not have a placement cell,” he said.

“We encourage students to link up and think of their own start-ups. In fact, after they complete their degree, a selected few students are allowed to incubate their projects up to one year at the centre. Students even get funding up to two lakh rupees from ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises,” said Purohit, while explaining how the course nurtures an entrepreneurial spirit.

BA (Hons) in Humanities and Social Sciences:

This three-year undergraduate programme is one of its kind, as it is a ‘meta college’ programme. “Students will be able to choose classes from different DU colleges and design their own degree,” explained Geetanjali Kala, an assistant professor at DU and the woman behind the course.

Students can tailor their degree to their needs, as they are allowed to take courses from any of the DU colleges, other than St Stephen’s college. If admitted to one of the 40 seats available for the course, students will be assigned a mentor, who will help them ascertain their interests and pick courses best suited to their passions.

In the first and sixth semester, the students will be expected to attend classes at the CIC.

Anyone who has a 60% best four score, which includes a modern Indian language or English, are eligible to apply, and will be selected based on an entrance test.

“The entrance exam will look at subjects like history, geography, political science and include some general science and mathematics. We take current affairs seriously here, and students should expect a few questions related to this, especially news related to marginalized communities,” she said.

Question papers from previous years’ entrance exams are also available on the centre’s website for any who may want to peruse it.

MSc in Mathematics Education:

This two year inter-disciplinary course would be best suited for those who are looking to teach mathematics in the future.

“Degrees usually teach you one or the other, how to teach or mathematics. This course is tailor-made to ensure students not only learn mathematics but also know how to teach it,” explained Pankaj Tyagi, the coordinator for the course.

The meta university course, jointly run by Delhi university and Jamia Milia Islamia, allows students to utilise resources available at both colleges. Graduates can apply to one of the 20 seats available through DU’s online PG application, before registrations close on Wednesday.

The course is evaluated with 60% for projects and 40% for theory, and works in tandem with JMI’s AJK Mass Communication Research Centre. “This is where the inter-disciplinary aspect of the course comes in. Students are trained in how to use media to teach mathematics as well,” said Tyagi.

Yale sues Connecticut over gender-neutral restrooms

New Haven, Connecticut — Yale University in the US is suing Connecticut over its plan to turn single-user restrooms into gender-neutral bathrooms at its law school.

The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/2sL2QyH ) that the state building inspector’s office previously denied the school’s request for an exemption from the state building code requiring that a certain number of bathrooms in every building be assigned by gender.


Yale argues that removing gender-specific signs would increase the number of bathrooms open to either gender. Many students at the law school agree with the university, with some complaining that many of the existing gender-neutral restrooms are inconveniently located.

The school says amending state law would “prevent discrimination on the basis of gender identity.”


NEET 2017: Kashi’s Aryan bags AIR 9, aims research

Aryan Raj Singh from the temple town bagged All India Rank (AIR) 9 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the result of which was declared on Friday. He wants to do medical research after completing MBBS.

Aryan also secured AIR 11 in the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses.

A brilliant student, 18-year-old Aryan is fond of playing football and guitar in his leisure time. Sharing his success mantra, he said focused study under the guidance of his teachers helped him crack the NEET.

“I started preparing for NEET soon after passing tenth standard. In the beginning, I dedicated five to six hours to studies daily. Later, I increased it to nine hours daily,” he said.


“In preparation, continuity is most important factor. I focused on clearing concepts, instead of cramming chapters or formulae. All this helped me in getting a good score,” Aryan said.

Aryan said playing guitar helped him in enhancing his concentration which, according to him, is a must during studies. He also focused on time management during preparation.

Along with complete focus on studies during classes, Aryan also took coaching for guidance. He said blessings of his parents and their motivation played a key role in his success.

Aryan’s father is a joint registrar at the Banaras Hindu University. Aryan completed his intermediate from Delhi Public School, Varanasi this year with 96.2% marks.

College rockstar to sports dude: Ten types of students you’ll meet in Delhi University

Delhi University (DU) is a different world altogether! A complete shift from school life, you can equate your life in DU to that of a sitcom. You get to taste awesome food, find new hangouts, learn the new tricks of being a college-goer, but what really makes it all interesting are the fun characters that you meet (some of whom become BFFs).

From the social media queen who loves to update her followers about every second of her college life to the nerd who lives to score well in exams, we bring you a list of ten types of DU students that you will surely come across on your first day of college.

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Gym is life for this one. You can recognise him from afar, flexing his muscles in tight T-shirt. His conversations, mostly, would revolve around supplements and how much he lifts. This one mostly rolls with his type only, unless of course, he is mentoring you to get out of your skinny (or fat) form and become one with the gym rats.



If you see someone strutting their stuff like they’re at a fashion week, you know you’ve spotted the DU fashionista. With their branded ensembles, perfect hair, makeup and expensive perfume, they have a million giveaways. But, be cautious when you approach this one… they already have all the attention they need.



This variety is mostly chilled out, and is only active only during certain phases in the academic year. You can spot them in comfortable clothing (mostly in what they slept); they are great at taking power naps and are the ones who have the most pull in college ( all thanks to the bond they form with their hostel seniors). Resourceful and sloth-like, all at the same time.



Always on time, ready with all the answers and mostly the ones to remind the teacher about assignment submissions, the nerd express is an easy spot. They’re always bringing their A-game on when it comes to scoring high. Befriend them early on, and you would surely reap the benefits.



They love attention, and will go to any length to ensure the spotlight stays on them. Shrill screams, loud laughs and dramatic narration (sometimes fights, too) are their defining features. Ignoring this one is a hard task — you’ll mostly fail, but if you do succeed, they might just create a scene about that.



Freshers’ party, club hopping and various chill scenes at Hauz Khas Village are just some of the things this one will always talk about. ‘Where’s the party, ya?’ is like common punctuation with them and will be dropped in almost every conversation you have with them. They’re also your one stop when it comes to finding the best party spots with amazing deals (they might just have contacts their too!).



Click, caption, update, repeat — consider this the mantra of this type. You’d find this one on every social media platform possible, and they also will be your one stop for all things Internet. Real life is just an extension of their virtual life, and long conversations without checking the phone might only be possible if they run out of mobile data.



College life for them is mostly limited to the field. They join college through sports quota and spend a majority of their time skipping classes to better their game. The coach is the one faculty person in their life and hard routines are worse nightmares for them than college exams. If you do befriend this one, keep them on speed dial for the classic DU fight.



Popular among the ladies, this one leads the college band. You’d mostly spot him strumming his guitar, preparing for the next big performance or just moving in the popular crowd. They’re mostly clad in the trendiest of clothes and most of their look (tattoos and hairdo included) are a tribute to their favourite band. You know you’re one of the popular ones if you befriend this one!



One of the most important entities to roam the college grounds, this one is indispensable if you want college to be a smooth ride. From last minute fest passes to all the proxy attendance, this one will have a contact for everything (or at least a solution to it). Treat this one nicely and enjoy the perks!

Have more to add to the list? Tell us in the comments below.



Want to look your best on the first day of college? Fashion experts tell you how

Be it in life, or on your first day in Delhi University, first impressions are everything! We know that moving on from the monotonous school uniform to choosing the perfect ensemble can be pretty confusing (thanks to the myriad options available), but that isn’t a reason to fret.

College starts mid-July, so we have fashion experts at your aid, to help you ace your day one outfit.


Pocket your style wisely

Classic patch pocket shirts (where the pockets are sewn-in) are a complete no-no. You’ll have all the time to wear them when you start working. College wear needs to be fun, experimental and very ‘you’. So, don’t be afraid to change things up. Go for fun, graphic prints or shirts with interesting front or collar detail.

Blur gender lines

Why stick to the usual options when you can choose to mix it up? In college, get set to bend the rules. Go for an androgynous silhouette (example: boho-chic flared pants) for your first day of college, and don’t be afraid to blur gender lines. You’ll stand out for being different.

Fun footwear for the win

When it comes to perfecting your ensemble, every detail matters. So guys, ditch styles that have been done to death and opt for exciting options. Burn the floaters with socks combo and opt for something refreshing. From plimsolls to summer boots — there’s a world out there to choose from.

Handbag > Backpack

Backpacks and jholas might go with the stereotypical DU image, but our expert wants you to avoid them altogether. Invest in a killer handbag (or manbag, as you prefer!). From printed canvas variations to crafted faux leather — choose something that’ll last long.

Throw some shade

Well not literally! But, there’s no denying, that you shouldn’t limit yourself to just one pair of eyewear. There are so many exciting shapes and styles out their. Feel free to experiment with them — whether they are to keep the sun out, or your prescribed glasses. Clear frames are all the rage, so opt for a pair.

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Your denim needn’t be boring

Skip your usual pair of daily denims or shorts for a well-fitted pair of white jeans. Choose white jeans — the pair will help you break away from boredom. Pairing white jeans with a crop top is a no-fail combination that will make heads turn. You can even go for patchwork denims for a fun twist.

The pyjama look — napleisure chic

Pyjamas are not only for a good night’s sleep! Taking cue from nightwear-inspired dailywear, the revamped pyjama look can prove a winner. Go for a floral upper with matching bottoms (co-ords) to make for a relaxed outfit. Accessorise it a minimal way and you’ll be good to go.

Embrace the bandana

When it comes to accessorising, our expert feels that the classic bandana is an affordable must-have. Bandanas are affordable, come in various trendy prints, and apart from looking great, they come to your rescue if you’re having a bad hair day.

One scarf, many styles

Another important accessory is a scarf — a great way to combat the heat. Also, your scarf can serve many a purpose. Turn it into a turban, use it as belt or style it like a sarong with a T-shirt dress — the scarf will never fail you.

Invest in red

When it comes to catching everyone’s eye, a bright red dress works wonders. If you want to make sure you are noticed for your style on day one, red will do the trick. But, don’t go for a club variation — a breezy red number, ilike a kaftan dress, A-line, a shift or a maxi will work wonders.



Faculty quota for SC, ST, OBC candidates in BEd varsities and colleges

The government will reserve faculty positions for SC, ST and OBC candidates in BEd colleges, universities and teaching institutes across the country.

A notification to this effect has been issued by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE), the apex regulator for pre-service and in-service teachers in the country, a copy of which is with HT. There are over 12,000 teacher training institutes in the country offering programmes, including BEd and MEd.

According to sources, although NCTE regulations, 2009, had a section on reservation, the 2014 regulations did not clearly define these.


The regulator, through the notification issued on June 12, amended its 2014 regulations. “A clause has been inserted in the norms related to appointment of teachers in teacher education institutions to specify the existing reservation policy for Scheduled caste and Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward classes,” a senior official said.

In addition to this, a National Eligibility Test (NET) qualification issued by the UGC is now mandatory for a job in BEd colleges. A teacher education qualification such as bachelor of education is required for teaching in a school in the country. Faculty appointments in teacher education colleges will henceforth be left with no option but to implement the government’s policy on reservation.


Delhi University admissions: Get your best four score right to book your seat

Now that the Delhi University has announced its first list of cutoffs for admission in its colleges, all that is standing between applicants and a seat in their preferred college is your ‘best four’ score.

Students have until June 28 to visit colleges and secure a seat in these highly sought-after colleges. However, one must first calculate the ‘best four’ score to ascertain if they have cleared the cutoff grade to be eligible for one of the 56,000 seats available in 63 DU colleges.

DU asks its students to calculate the aggregate of the ‘best four’ subjects, to see if they qualify for admission based on the cutoff. This may sound simple enough, but with different courses having different requirements for calculating the best four, this process can get daunting.

You can find the different guidelines for different courses given below:

Science courses

For most Bachelor of Science courses, Physics and Chemistry are mandatory. If the course has a Biology component, such as Zoology or Botany (Hons) courses, then you would need to have done Biology too. For some other courses Mathematics is mandatory.

A few courses such as Biotechnology, etc, will require both Biology and Mathematics.

These courses will be used to calculate your best of four score and the scores for these subjects should have been on a 70/30 basis, where 70% of the marks is for theory and 30% is for practical. If it does not follow this division, then the scores will be adjusted to fit this ratio.

Mathematical Science courses

There are four Mathematical Science courses, such as Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences. Mathematics is mandatory to apply for these.

The best of four for these courses is calculated as the aggregate of your scores in one language subject, Mathematics and the scores of any two subjects from List A.

List A is a compilation of academic courses, published by the DU. If any of the elective courses do not fall in list A, then 2.5% will be deducted from your aggregate.


Arts Courses

There are many BA (Hons) and BA programmes that applicants can choose from. The best of four for BA (Hons) programme is calculated as aggregate of the scores in a language subject, the subject in which you would like to do your honours program in and any two subjects from List A.

If you do not include the subject in which you want to do the honours programme in, or if your electives are not from List A, then 2.5% each will be deducted for these.

Commerce courses

Delhi University is well known for its B Com (Hons) and B Com programmes. Students should have studied Mathematics to apply for BCom (Hons).

Students need to use their scores in one language subject (either English or Hindi) and select three subjects from lists C1 or C2 to get their best four score. Like List A, these are compilations of subjects that are prepared by the DU.

However, here there is a small catch. If all three elective courses are from List C1, then the student would not face ant deduction. But for each subject taken from List C2, there will be a deduction of 1%.


DU admissions: Keep your documents handy, get the best of four calculation right

Gear up to grab a seat at their dream college as Delhi University (DU) released its first cutoff list on Friday evening.

The admission process for the first cutoff list will be on from June 24 to June 28, following which the university will release its second list on July 1.

HT spoke to a few DU students who shared their experience of struggling to find the way to offices in colleges, losing their original certificates to hiring e-rickshaw drivers as guardians to get rooms in hostels.

Many students recounted the first day of admission to be full of struggle. “The first day of admissions was such a blur. I kept getting lost in the college campus and had to try really hard to find my way back to the admin office each time,” said Divya Ahuja from Shri Ram College of Commerce.

Akshay Mehta from Hans Raj College said that many out-station students, who did not go through the dates and guidelines, faced many issues. “I am from Kolkata and I didn’t know that the day the cutoff list is out, it is also the first day of admissions. So, one day I’m sitting at home and the next, I’m boarding a flight to Delhi because I am already a day late for admissions,” he said.

On a lighter note, an outstation student further said, “I have friends who have had to hire e-rickshaw drivers as local guardians to get admission into the hostel as that is a requirement.”

The best four calculations can leave the best of applicants stumped, so you may want to pay close attention to the norms to avoid mistakes.

“After confirming my admission in a college after the first cutoff by four teachers in the panel, getting my documents attested for BSc (H) Statistics, waiting for four hours and completing the whole procedure, the last teacher in the panel says ‘Sorry, you are 0.25% short’,” said Anjali Sharma, a student of College of Vocational Studies.

Many students also reported losing original documents during the admission process.


Nikita Gupta from Lady Shri Ram Collegeg said, “When the second list of cut offs was released, I had gone to a DU college to withdraw my admission so that I could migrate to LSR. It turned out that the college had lost my original documents and I had to search for them all by myself.”

Unfortunately, Gupta is not alone; students like Vaishnavi Gosain from Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College have also had similar experiences.

“I cried for an hour in front of the administration staff of the college because after standing in a queue for three hours to get myself admitted, I found out that they had misplaced my original certificates. They found them later but till then I had made up my mind to not to take admission in this college,” she said.

There were some who faced issues as they had uploaded incorrect documents, while others had to prove that they were aspirants and not parents to enter the college.

“In my DU form I uploaded my original birth certificate as proof of birth and completed the process, only to realise a day before the deadline that it was the Class 10 marksheet which was required as date of birth proof. I had to redo the form all over again,” he said.

Sanket Aggarwal from CVS was stopped at the gate just because of his appearance. “I have a very tall and muscular build and I like to keep a well groomed beard. So, when I went to Maharaja Agrasen College, the guard stopped me and asked ‘Aapka bacha kahan hai? Parents are not allowed inside.’ I was stunned and had to show him all my documents to prove that I was a student,” said Aggarwal.


French Development Agency Loans Morocco EUR 80 Million for Education

Minister of National Education Mohammed Hassad and the French ambassador to Morocco, Jean-François Girault, chaired the signing of two financing conventions with the French Development Agency (AFD) Thursday morning in Rabat.

Aimed at supporting the Moroccan education sector, these agreements are in the form of a concessional loan of EUR 80 million and a grant of EUR 500,000.

This new loan aims to support three key axes of the Moroccan strategy. The first pillar of this program, “Ensuring equity in access to quality education and equal opportunities for all pupils,” is intended help to reduce gender inequalities, and raise female university enrollment rate from 34 to 42 percent in rural areas.

French Development Agency Loans Morocco EUR 80 Million for Education

The second axis entitled “Promoting diversified paths towards excellence and professional integration in response to Morocco’s economic and social development needs,” is expected to allow the program to increase the number of pupils in sections from 12,493 to 77,100, the majority in French sections, and from 2,700 to 30,000 the number of pupils enrolled in vocational baccalaureate programs.

Finally, the third axis of the program called “Modernizing the governance of the education system” supports the AREFs, particularly in rural areas, where EUR 8 million will be dedicated to the rehabilitation and creation of new institutions in the two new AREFs in Draâ Taffilat and Beni Melal Khenifra.

The EUR 500,000 grant will finance the training of teachers, particularly in French, on the basis of a partnership between the French and Moroccan ministries of education.


‘Our recruitment system is clear as mud – references are not worth the paper they’re written on’

We’ve reached the point in the recruitment crisis where fiendishly unpleasant references are written just to keep teachers in post. There has to be a better way to retain teachers, writes one celebrated head

Teachers decide to move schools for a variety of reasons: to further their careers, to leave the school they are in because they are unhappy, or perhaps simply as a genuine move out of the area with their loved ones.

There are also a whole plethora of reasons for choosing the school we then decide to join. We apply for a new post, we look around the school, we study the school’s website and ask colleagues about its reputation. Having decided it’s the one for us we take the interview, have an observed lesson and the rest…

And then the worst bit: the dreaded reference.

This week I was asked by a colleague to look at the two references she had received for a teaching post at her school. She is a new head and wanted my opinion.

The first painted a picture of a difficult individual hell-bent on destruction of the school, with few teaching skills and no love of the job; the other talked of a caring, hard-working individual who was a vital member of the staff team – parents and children loved her and they were sad to lose her.

Simple, you would think. But the truth is, we have reached a situation where references are now not worth the paper they are written on. Do they actually help a teacher get a job? Emphatically no. But they do stop their appointment going through.

I’m not alone in believing that some fiendishly unpleasant references are only written as a way of keeping the teacher in post – such is the recruitment crisis. And as for the ‘off the record’ phone call references, or the ‘agreed references’ to enable staff to leave amicably, it certainly appears a minefield.

Referential treatment

Undoubtedly, references are badly abused in our recruitment system. One bad reference and you may never teach again. And what redress have you got? Pretty much nothing.

The system is as clear as mud.

There must be a better way, especially as we can ill afford to lose any teachers at the moment. Perhaps the answer lies with the teacher standards. It surely wouldn’t be difficult to establish a system whereby the reference is success against the standards, perhaps in an online system.

This evidence might then include images of the classroom, what impact was made in the school and probably the most important references: from parents, children, governors and colleagues. Of course, senior staff would have input too – but not in the life or death fashion you see now.

This system could be open to abuse like the present one, but it has to be an improvement on what we have now.

Colin Harris led a school in a deprived area of Portsmouth for more than two decades. His last two Ofsted reports were ‘outstanding’ across all categories.