Sri Aurobindo College (M) organised an educational tour of students to Saket District Court, Delhi giving them practical knowledge of the legal system prevalent in the country. The Principal of the College, Shri Vipin Kumar Agarwal made sure that students got to know the actual criminal justice system. Two teachers accompanied the students. Students were received by the court administration and shown around. 30 students were taken to criminal court, civil court and mediation centre where they witnessed the actual proceedings of the court and saw justice being dispensed.
Ms. Asha Menon, District and Sessions Judge, South addressed the student community and said that Indian society has always given importance to one’s duties, however, of late we have harped more on rights than duties. She used an Indian proverb to portray her take on the right and duty mix, “jahan meri naak khatm hoti hai, wahan aapki naak shuru hoti hai.” Ms. Shreya Arora Mehta, Secretary, South District Legal Services Authority and a judge interacted with the impressionable minds as well. She informed the young minds about the importance of legal aid and about the functioning of District Legal Services Authority. Ms. Mehta said that DLSA has plans to start certificate course in legal aid in Delhi University colleges and that the first college could be Sri Aurobindo College, DU, at Malaviya Nagar.
Department of History had organized an educational visit to the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), for the students of BA (Prog.) VI semester on 13 April 2017. This visit was a part of their course work which deals with understanding of Indian Modern Paintings and works of famous artists. The visit included a brief introduction to art history, art appreciation and art criticism by the professional guide of NGMA. The students got an opportunity to understand the sequential development of modern Indian art through different galleries exhibiting the original works of pioneering artists since 1857 such as company paintings, Kalighat paintings, works of Raja Ravi Verma, Amrita Sher- Gil. The visit helped the students appreciate the work of the artists while they could visually experience the vital expressions of human spirit.
The commerce department had organised visits to Securities and Exchange Board of India on March 21, 2017 and March 23, 2017 to attend the "Investor's Awareness Program" in their New Delhi office. The workshop was conducted by the manager of the Northern Regional Office, Delhi who discussed a wide array of topics like rules and regulations under SEBI Act, working in securities markets, various initiatives taken by SEBI fore empowering investors, , investor protection and grievance redressal mechanism etc. the various career opportunities in the securities markets were also highlighted. the workshop proved to be very informative and fruitful for the students.
The Department of Chemistry of Sri Aurobindo College organized two-day National Seminar on "Recent Innovations in Chemical Sciences and Environment Technology" on March 3rd - 4th, 2017 sponsored by UGC and supported by DRDO, ONGC and SERB, DST. The event recorded a high foot step of a number of dignitaries and distinguished speakers and attended by number of participants from across the entire country. The seminar marked its beginning with the lamp lighting and worshiping of goddess Saraswati and an opening speeches by chief guest, Prof. K. P. Singh, Vice – Chancellor CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, Guest of Honour, Dr. J. S. Sharma, General Manager (Chem.) IHead Environment, Corporate HSE, ONGC, Dr. P. V. Khatri, Principal, Swami Shraddhanand College and Dr Vipin Kumar, Principal, Sri Aurobindo College. They highlighted the significant roles that of chemical and technology together to establish the sustainable models of development and shared an insight into the innovation, inventions, models of development and that had provided the participants an opportunity to analyze advancements in the field of science and technology.
Various Speakers from different backgrounds were together on the same platform such as Prof. Harmeet Rehan, Head, Lady Hardinge Medical College, who discussed about the development of drugs and its impact in great detail whereas Prof. Rita Kakkar emphasized on the development and use of nano-materials. An opportunity of listening the talk of Prof. V. K. Jain, Vice –Chancellor, Doon University was obtained to the audience consisting of faculties and students as well. Prof. M. R. Maurya, Head of Chemistry Deptt, IIT Roorkee highlighted his work and discussed the catalytic aspects of polymer supported vanadium complexes. Prof. M. Thirumal stressed on the progress and challenges hold by Sustainable Chemical and Materials Science. Dr. Vandana Mishra talked about an emerging threat to ecosystem, economy and society by the release of synthetic dyes in environment. Over the period of two days, more than 50 papers were presented as poster and oral presentations which covered different fields of chemistry by UG students, scholars and faculty members from different parts of the nation. The program was concluded with a valedictory session which began with the release of the proceeding of the seminar. The session was graced with the presence of chief guest, Kunwar Bhartendra Singh, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Government of India and Guest of Honour, Prof. Agnikumar G. Vedeshwar, Chairman, SAC. They inspired the youngsters and talked about the recent innovations to be carried out for the development. At the end, he appreciated the organizing team and the college for organizing the event and enriching the academic discussion. Dr. Pravita Kumar, Convener, warmly thanked all the speakers, faculty members, participants and the principal congratulated the team of organizers & volunteers for making the event a great success.
Department of Zoology organised an Educational Lecture cum Visit to Regional Centre, Central Silk Board Delhi for the students of B.Sc. Life Science II year students as on 9th March 2017.The visit included batch of SEC Zoology students accompanied by Ms. Parul Puri as a part of coursework towards B.Sc. Life Science II year CBCS Skill Enhancement Course (SEC) Sericulture conducted at the Department of Zoology. The visit included lecture from eminent scientists in field of Sericulture from across India along with elaborate display of commercial varieties of silk and techniques involved in Sericulture. Students were also elaborated about the testing methodologies and entrepreneurship aspects of the subject. An overwhelming panel discussion with the scientists enriched knowledge of the students. In all, the visit was a wholesome experience for both the students and participating faculty bringing us all better understanding about the subject.
The Department of Commerce, celebrated its annual festival -"TRGOVINA'2017" on 1 st and 2 nd of March incorporating a range of exciting and thrilling events organized by "AAKRAYA", the commerce association, Sri Aurobindo College. The first day of the fest commenced with the event "GOOGLY- The Financial Cricket" followed by "PUBBLICITA PAZZO"- Ad-Mad Show and concluded with an intellectual event on Case Study Analysis-"Crack your Brain". The second day of the fest took off with a clash of opinions-"RAZPRAVA: The debate Competition" which centred around Trump's Protectionism Policy followed by the craziest event of the day-"Treasure hunt" and clinched with "Stags not allowed" and "Business Quiz". The events were well executed and winners went delighted with pleasing goodies and cash prizes worth Rs.89000. The festival saw vigorous participation of students from various colleges, making it even more splendid. The fest ended with an exemplary speech by our guest of honour Chartered Accountant Amarjeet Chopra, who not only addressed the students with his words of wisdom but also distributed prizes to the winners of various events. The unparalleled efforts of commerce association convenor Dr. Anjali Bhatnagar, the presiden Rohan Johar, the office bearers, volunteers, faculty members of commerce department and above all, supreme support of Principle sir, Dr. Vipin kumar Aggarwal made this festival a huge success.
The Department of Commerce and the Department of Economics of Sri Aurobindo College jointly organized ICSSR-sponsored two-day National Seminar on “Reforms for Transforming India: A Road Ahead” on February 17-18, 2017. The programme was graced by the presence of an array of dignitaries and distinguished speakers from across the entire country. The inaugural session began with Prof. Virendra Kumar Malhotra, Member Secretary, ICSSR, Prof. Kavita Sharma, Head, Department of Commerce, University of Delhi and Mr. Shishir Sinha, Editor, ABP News. They highlighted various aspects and nuances of reforms being implemented by the Government of India and also debated on the reforms needed in the future. The speakers explicated reforms made in latest union budget and also stressed upon the need of a model that ensures sustainable and inclusive development so that the benefits filter down to the marginalized section of the society. Sh. Rajeev Jayaswal, Business Journalist and Mr. Ashish Abrol, CIT discussed demonetization policy and its impacts in great detail.
The issue of structural reforms received special attention as Dr. Ashwani Mahajan contended that country’s ongoing need for reforms is a consequence of India’s indiscriminate adaption of policies made in developed parts of the world. He also termed structural reforms, such as FDI as fallacy as these are more of impositions on us. Prof C.L. Bansal highlighted the need to overhaul the Indian legal sector to make it conducive to the reforms. Dr. S.P. Aggarwal emphasized direct relationship between structural reforms and their imminent benefits for the economy. The speakers, however, unanimously pegged institutional reforms as the backbone of economic growth. Over the period of two days, more than 40 papers were presented on various reforms by scholars and faculty members from different part of the nation. The two day event concluded with a valedictory session chaired by CA C.J.S. Nanda who apart from discussing the need for reforms, also appreciated the colleges endeavour for organizing the event and enriching the academic discourse. Dr. Vipin Kumar Aggarwal, Principal, Sri Aurobindo College, warmly thanked all the speakers, faculty members, students and participants for making the event a great success.
Students from Sri Aurobindo college were selected for "Samiksha", a survey programme initiated by Developing countries research centre, Delhi university. Survey programmme included visit to rural India and having a wide study of certain aspects of Rural India.
The faculty and students of Commerce Department of Sri Aurobindo College were invited as participatory audience in the famous talk show - Janpaksh, to share their views on Union Budget 2017- broadcasted on Lok Sabha Channel on 10.02.2017.
Sri Aurobindo College organized two-day Health Check-up programme on 7 th and 8 th of February, 2017. A team of specialist doctors examined the student and staff members. The medical team provided services like lab facility, general physician, dentist, dietician and eye-specialist. The health check-up was widely appreciated by the students.
SACs First Annual Convocation and Second Alumni meet was held on Sunday, February 5 2017. Honorable Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha from New Delhi constituency was the chief guest. The programme was a huge success.The Convocation began with registration followed by lighting of the lamp invocating the blessings of the Goddess Saraswati. The Chief Guest addressed the packed Seminar Hall and was hugely applauded.
More than 200 graduate students were awarded degrees in nine different courses. The day also witnessed its Second Alumni Meet, a program to facilitate, consolidate and coordinate with our Alumni. Over 400 Alumni participated and the event was stimulating and enjoyable. There was special enthusiasm in the batches graduating from year 2013 to 2016. More than about 250 alumni from this group attended the Meet. It was a great pleasure to know about their accomplishments. Most of them were visiting their Alma Mater for the first time since their graduation. The organizing team kept the day interesting with cultural programs and fun events, giving away many prizes. The senior Alumni were felicitated on the stage. There was bonhomie and camaraderie everywhere and the Alumni thoroughly enjoyed the events.The day concluded with a sumptuous lunch and on a note to meet again.
On 25th of January, “Aakraya” - the commerce association of the college conducted a session of "Chat with a Diplomat". Mr Mark Azua from the US embassy, gave an engaging and interesting speech and answered the questions of the inquisitive students. The session was interesting and useful to all attendees. We also gave away the certificates to the winners of PowerPoint Presentation.
The college inaugurated its three-day Cultural Festival ‘’Mehak 2017’’ by organizing a Spic Macay evening by Rajasthani Folk singers ‘’Khan Brothers’’.
The College successfully held its annual Cultural Festival “Mehak-2017” on 19th , 20th and 21st January . It was very well attended by guests and students from various colleges.The Chief Guest of the event, Delhi state BJP Chief Sh. Manoj Tiwari ,encouraged our students and his performance proved be a rage for them. Yajur Band put up a scintillating performance for the audience. At least 25 of the Delhi University Colleges participated in various events. Teams from Jesus and Merry, DaulatRam College, Maitreyi College, Ramjas College, Hindu College and many more took part in the Street play competition “ Pratibimb”. The various Cultural Societies of the college held inter college competitions. Battle of words , Tresor chase, Intricacies, Urbanity, Laughistan, Contagior, Swarigini, Mystique, Chritrakari, and Doodle were some activities which saw number of participants captivating the judges as well as the audience .
The college also witnessed a star evening performance by pop singer Hardy Sandhu and saw an overwhelming footfall of almost 6000 students.
The Commerce Association of Sri Aurobindo College organized one day industrial visit to National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), Okhla, and New Delhi on 17/1/2017. Students have visited Incubator Centre for practical Knowledge of Entrepreneurship Development where they were showcased with various models of industrial tools and machines. A training lecture was also given by faculty of NSIC in which they have enlightened about Make in India, Start up India, Skill India to the Students.
The college association held a reception to honor and celebrate four decades of Mrs. Upkar kaur’s unstinting and inspiring services to our institution as she retires from the department of Economics and sets out for another wonderful journey. Various colleagues shared their pleasant memories of Mrs Kaur and her self-effacing personality. In her farewell address, she heartily thanked everyone and wished all them very best for the future.
ONE DAY WORKSHOP
The Department of English, under the guidance of the Teacher-In-Charge Dr. Meeta Mathur, organized a workshop on ‘Graphic Resistance: A Dissection of Bhimayana’ on October 26, 2016 in the Seminar Room. Mr. Shalim M. Hussain from Jamia Milia Islamia conducted the interactive workshop with the second year English Hons. students. The workshop aimed at acquainting the students with the growth, development and method of interpretation of a new visual form, the graphic novel and the comic. The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Raj Kumar Verma, Associate Professor, Department of English.
Sri Aurobindo College organized ICSSR – sponsored two-day National Seminar on "Emerging Issues in Climate Change: Sustainability and Economic Implications" on 21-22nd October, 2016. The event saw an array of dignitaries gracing the occasion with their eminent presence. The Chief Guest and the keynote speaker for the event was Mr. Chandra Bhushan, renowned environmental expert and the Deputy Director General at CSE. Madam Queen I. Worlu, Nigerian ambassador to India presided over as the Guest of Honor.
Mr. Bhushan stressed that political economy across the globe is not favorable to environmental challenges, a glimpse of which can be seen from total absence of rural landscape in policy making. Any attempt to tackle climate challenge must strive to revitalize rural economy. Furthering these ideas, Madam Worlu argued that our approach to climate crises is flawed because it is largely urban-centric. She called for a greater cooperation between the Third World countries to safeguard the future of our planet.
Satish Chandra Garkoti, Pro-Vice Chancellor, JNU, deliberated upon the importance of ecosystem. Sudheer Chaudhary, Editor and Channel Head at Zee News, called for a pro-active approach to protect our environment. He also stressed that there should be a concerted effort to raise environmental consciousness among the people.
Providing insight into energy security and its nexus with climate change, Prof. N.C. Gupta from GGSIP University, Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra, Rector at JNU, Prof. Shri Prakash Singh, DU, and Dr. Yogesh Dhoble, Principal Scientist, CSIR apprised the audience of imminent perils of ignoring the implications of climate change. The last session concluded with presentations made by scholars and teachers from various universities. Dr. Vipin Kumar Aggarwal, Principal of the college, thanked the delegates and the participants for making the event a great success.
(Dr. Hansraj Suman)
To celebrate the 147th birth anniversary of the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, SAGE, debating society of our college, under the guidance of Dr. Aprajita Chauhan and Dr. Raj Kumar Verma, organised a bilingual- English as well as Hindi – essay writing competitionentitled “ Relevance of Gandhism in Contemporary World”on 29th September.
On the next day, 30th September a debate Competition on “Importance of Non-violence in Contemporary World” was held. The contest saw vibrant participation from students cutting across all the academic streams. The best debater was given a prize of Rs. 750/- and the second best debater was given an award of Rs. 500/-.
In a display of their heartfelt understanding of the Gandhi and his ideals, students highlighted the importance of Gandhian teachings as they convincingly put forth their views that in times of wars and conflict, Indo-Pak hostilities, Gandhian Fundamentals of non-violence, tolerance appreciation of each other’s humanity offers a ray of hope to the world.
At the close of two-day event, Dr. Vipin Kumar Aggarwal, Principal also spoke on Gandhian philosophy and its pertinence to our world. He, along with Dr. Meeta Mathur exhorted the student community to derive inspiration from Gandhian Principles and taken his lineage forward. The event was successfully Co-ordinated by English , Hindi and Physics department along with members of SAGE society.
Dept. of Physics, Sri Aurobindo College organized a fest "RAINBOW 2K16" on 28th of September 2016 in the seminar room. The fest was highly successful as enthusiastic students participated in huge number and were having gala time. The fest consists of four events namely 1. Poster making and presentation, 2. Circuit Rangoli making 3. Science extempore and 4. General Science Quiz. It was encouraging to see that students came up for poster with highly intellectual and burning topic being in news these days such as Gravitational Waves, Dark Matter, Big Bang etc. Circuit Rangoli was very unique and creative event as students made beautiful Rangoli but using physics circuits as theme. Quiz and Extempore was equally well received and students have fantastic time.
In the later half of the fest there was a talk by Prof. Patrick Das Gupta from Dept. Of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi on the topic "Origin of Universe". He discussed in details starting from very basic physics principles such as Kepler's Laws to the recent advancement in astrophysics. In particular he talked about formation of Stars, Galaxies, Black Hole etc and answered questions of enthusiastic students gleefully.
Dept. of Physics highly appreciate College Principal Dr. Vipin Aggarwal for all the help without which it has not been possible. Our ever energetic Principal praised Prof. Patrick Das Gupta for keeping the content of talk so interesting which attracted physics and non-physics students alike and everyone were able to grasp it and were enchanted to know more about Origin of Universe. He seems equally enjoying the event as he visited each of the poster and Rangoli stalls along with distinguished Judge and Guest Prof. P. Das Gupta. Students seemed enjoying the fest throughout as there was full house in each of the event and there was a lot of positive wooing and exploding joy all around.
The students of B.A. (Hons.) Political Science participated in a sensitization programme for the Blind at PHD Chamber of Commerce, Hauz Khaz, New Delhi and organized by National Association for the Blind, Delhi in support of Access India Campaign. The programme was marked by cultural extravaganza which was appreciated by all. The students volunteered in the programme which was appreciated by the management of National Association for the Blind, Delhi.
The students of B.A. (Hons.) Political Science went to Lok Sabha studio and participated in the discussion on judicial collegium system. In this programme they asked several relevant questions to the Supreme Court advocates regareding the collegium system. This shows the intellectual sharpness of Sri Aurobindo College students who are always keen to participate in such events.
The Department of Environmental Science celebrated the ‘International Ozone Day’ on 16th September to create awareness about ozone layer depletion and other environmental issues. The programme started with a ‘Nukkad Natak’ (Street Play) related to the ozone day theme in the college premises followed with a rally by the students and teachers which started from the College gate to Malviya Nagar market. In accordance with the theme, students prepared posters and participated in rally with full devotion. During the rally students chanted slogans and also distributed pamphlets to the general public on the way in order to create environmental awareness and discoursed and highlighted the contributions that can be made at an individual level. The rally did attract a lot of attention from the local people as they were curious about ozone depletion. The play was again staged at the Malviya Nagar market place which drew the local crowds. The event was concluded after the rally came back to the college.
The Dramatics society led by Dr. Veena Rani Malhotra and Dr. Sudhir Pratap Singh, successfully participated in Mega Nukadnatak Festival “UDAAN” from 20-22 Sept. 2016. The play entitled “Main Padhungi Main Likhungi Main Shiksht Banugi” was performed by college team amidst huge round of applause from the audience.
A member of the team Sumit Arora clinched couple of awards from the Jury. He was adjudged third best director and second best actor of the event. As a token of appreciation of our team’s performance, six students have been extended an invitation to attend a six-day workshop at National School of Drama.
The Department of Commerce, Sri Aurobindo College organized a one day event on 3rd September 2016. The Chief guests for the occasion were Mr. Ishwar Singh, DCP(South) and Ms. Nupur Mahajan, Additional DCP (South). The Chief Guests in their speech addressed to the students, highlighting the importance of maintaining discipline and sanctity of the campus with a special emphasis on saying no to drugs, violence and eve-teasing. The Principal of the college, Dr. Vipin Kumar Aggarwal welcomed the first year students to the college and promised to provide them with all the necessary facilities for the overall development of the students. After that there was a special lecture on "HOPE for Success" conducted by Mr. Sandeep Ray. The session was indeed enriching and motivational for the students. The lecture was followed by various activities and competitions for students including a contest for Mr. Fresher and Ms. Fresher. The program was thoroughly enjoyed by the students.
An orientation programme for the first year students of B.Com (Prog.) and B.Com (Hons.) was held on July 19, 2016. Dr. Vipin Kumar Aggarwal, Principal, extended warm welcome to the students and assured them that the college shall provide them with all suitable opportunities and resources for their overall development. Dr. Meenakshi Gupta, Teacher-in- charge, welcomed all the students and briefly acquainted them with the course structure and the faculty members of the department. The programme concluded with the distribution of time-table and refreshments to the students.
I welcome you to the family of my college. My message is simple. Have ambitions and aims and let your hard work, enthusiasm and resilience take you to any height you desire. Our endeavor is to channelize the energies of our youth enhancing the connectivity between heart, mind, body and soul.