Departmental Societies

SOCIETY REPORTS OF DEPARTMENTS (2021)

Arabic Society, Al-Nadi Al-Arabi

President: Dr. Mohd. Qasim

It gives me immense pleasure to present the annual report of the Department of Arabic and its Arabic Society Al-Nadi Al-Arabi for 2020-2021.

This year, also, despite the pandemic Covid-19, the Arabic Society has been able to organize a couple of events that can be attributed to the dedication and team spirit of the teachers of the department as well as the students.

A Condolence Meeting was held on 17 June, 2020, Wednesday, 11:00 A.M., online through Zoom, on the sad demise of Professor Wali Akhtar, (former Head of the Department of Arabic, University of Delhi) to condole his family members, colleagues, friends and his students and to remember his golden services which enriched the Arabic language in India. The meeting was presided over by the Principal of the College, Professor (Dr.) Masroor Ahmad Beg, and it was attended by many professors and academicians of several universities.

A Students’ Meet entitled: Quality Assurance was held with the students through Zoom on 04 September 2020 at 2:30 P.M. to discuss the importance of attendance, problems related to students during the pandemic Covid-19 and announcement of the Prize Distribution Program for the highest percentage of attendance.

A Special Lecture was held on “Stories and Language Acquisition”, on 11 September, 2020, at 2:30 pm, online through Microsoft Teams. The lecture was delivered by Mrs Omama Mustafa Al-Lawati (Oman) and the program was presided over by the Principal of the College.

The 6th Ghaziuddin Khan Lecture was held on 25 November, 2020, 11:30 am, online. The lecture was delivered by Mr. Abdulhadi Bepukaran, Head, Dept. of Arabic, Dr Zakir Husain College Ilayangudi, Sivagangai, Tamilnadu on the topic “Medical Translation: Techniques, Problems and Samples”. Prof. Mohammad Nauman Khan, former head, Department of Arabic, University of Delhi graced the event as a Chief Guest and Principal of the College presided over the lecture.

Freshers’ Welcome Party was held online on 10 December, 2020, 10:00 a.m. Dr. Naimul Hasan, Head, Department of Arabic, University of Delhi graced the program as Guest of Honour.

The 3rd Mamlukul Ali Lecture was held online on 28 January, 2021, 7:00 PM. The Lecture was delivered by Dr. Shams Kamal Anjum, Head, Department of Arabic, BGSB University, Rajouri, on the topic “Arabic Poetry: Reality and Expectations”, Prof. Naimul Hasan, Head of the Department of Arabic, DU graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The Principal of the College presented the presidential remarks.

Farewell Function was held online on 24 April, 2021, 11:00am, Dr. Jamaluddin Faruqi, Principal of WMO Arts & Science College, Wayanad, graced the occasion as Guest of Honour.

Weekly Oratory and Speech programmes were held which were organized by the students under the supervision of the teachers. The students participated and delivered speeches in Arabic and showed their oratory skills.

Besides, monthly Wall cum E-Magazines were published enthusiastically and creative writings of the students appeared on several topics.

2nd Online Special Lecture was held on the topic “Arab Culture and Its Reception in India” on 6 September, 2021, 11:00 am (Monday). The lecture was delivered by the guest speaker Dr. Md. Aftab Ahmad, Assistant professor, India-Arab Cultural Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Professor. Naimul Hasan, Head, Department of Arabic, Delhi University graced the occasion as chief guest. Due to prior engagement Dr. K K Arora, Principal of the College could not attend the program but his written message was received and read out in the program.

Ghaziuddin Khan Lecture -7 was held online on the topic “Arabic Language in India: Past and Present” on 28 October, 2021, 03:00pm (Thursday).  Prof. Mujeebur Rahman (JNU) delivered the lecture. Prof. Naimul Hasan, Head, Department of Arabic, Delhi University graced the occasion as chief guest. The Program was presided over by the Principal of the College Prof. K K Arora, and his message was conveyed in the program.

All these events could be possible because of the commitment and handwork of all the concerned, the college authorities, colleagues, teaching and non-teaching staff and the students. I owe a big thanks to all of them.

Bengali Literary Society

Bengali Literary Society

Coordinator- Dr. Sharmistha Sen
The academic year 2020-21 was not much eventful for Bengali Literary Society. We had just completed the 8th Gopa Dey Memorial Lecture on 6th March ’20 and the Covid-19 Pandemic struggle began.
The Department had managed to hold a Virtual Welcome Program for the students of the First Year on 17th February who were admitted online this year.
The Bengali Literary Society organized a 3-Day International Webinar on ‘Prabasi Jiban O Sanskriti’ (Bengali Diaspora life And culture) from 1st – 3rd February, 2021 with a collaboration of International Society of Bengal Studies.
A person cannot be confined to a particular geographical boundary of his birthplace forever. From time to time, he has to go out and venture for his wellbeing. Throughout the journey one carries with him/her one’s legacy, Language and past practices of homeland. He/she struggles to nurture the tradition there with hard work. But he is called a ‘PRABASI’ by the people of his native place which indicates his Pravaas– (a person driven out of his land). Thus, his sense of belongingness and identity hurts. We tried to put a question on this status of ‘PRABASI BANGALI’. for an answer— Is Bengali ‘Prabasi’ not a part of Bengali Life, Culture and Literature as a whole?
People from various parts and different walks of life came together in search for an identity through this webinar. Representations were there from North America to Japan, United Kingdom to Australia, Kuwait to Bangladesh and also people from all over India. Scholars and Cultural activists presented papers on PRABASI BANGALI. This webinar was inclusive in nature with participation of our colleagues from Bengali department of different colleges, University Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, our own colleagues from department of Hindi, English, Urdu, Arabic and Persian.
The Society along with its Department bid farewell to its Final year Students in an online platform the date being 9th May 2021.

Botanical Society (Nargis)

President- Dr. Babeeta C Kaula
Vice-President – Dr. Deepika Sharma
Secretary- Ms. Srota Satapathy
Joint Secretary- Mr. Biji Mathew
Treasurer- Ms. Preeti Mathpal

The Botanical Society ‘Nargis’ of Zakir Husain Delhi College commenced its activities for the academic year 2021-22 by appointing the office bearers of the society with Dr.Babeeta C Kaula as President, Dr. Deepika Sharma as Vice-President, Ms. Srota Satapathyas Secretary, Mr. Bijji Mathew as Joint-Secretary, Ms. PreetiMathpal as Treasurer. Furthermore, the society opened doors for more students to increase student participation. The team now has a content creator team, Ms. Khushi Pandey and Ms. Pragati Sakhya as content creators, Md. Asrar as graphic designer and  student volunteers as Ms. Ritu Dhillon, Ms. Lavanya Sharma, Ms.Khansa Mohsin, Mr. Sidhartha, Mr. Chetan Choudhary, Ms. Annanya Gupta, Ms. Jhanvi Singh, Mr. Anzar Shafi Magloo, Ms. Fathimi N,  Mr. Nakul Shokeen, Ms. Ananya and Mr. Mayank Raj . The society was extended to social media to have a larger reach and is efficiently handled by Ms. Asna Khan and Mr. Abrez Israil as social media Managers. The Botanical Society is actively involved in overall grooming of the students for their holistic development. Being a botanical society special emphasis was given to environment related issues and various inter-college events were organized throughout the year.

On World Environment Day, 5th June 2021, under the UNDP theme of ‘Generation Restoration’ the Botanical Society ‘Nargis’ organised many intercollege events like, interactive games – Build World, Build Ecosystem (an interactive quiz game having various rounds of riddles, jumble words and pictionary), Green Selfie competition (participant has to click a selfie with the greenery around), Floral Press Art and Challenge accepted (a mandatory activity to ensure the registration of each participant at UNDP earth restoration initiative). The event received an overwhelming response across the colleges.

On 10th June 2021 a webinar on ‘Pandemic, Paradigm Shift and Our Concerns’ was conducted by the Botanical Society in collaboration with IQAC of the college.

On 31st August 2021, the Botanical society in collaboration with the College Garden Committee organized a talk cum workshop on the entitled ‘A Route to Roots’ to acknowledge the ‘VRIKSHAROPAN’ initiative of University of Delhi. It aimed to address the decrease in tree cover in residential localities and spread awareness about the problem and possible measures.

The event was graced by Guest Speaker Dr. Karuna Pal Gupta. Her tales of interconnection of humans with Nature kept the attendees hooked to the lecture. She talked about a plethora of topics like curation of personalized gardens, propagation of plants, and caring of delicate plants and specific plants like Adenium, white lily etc.

The students were requested to take up a plant sapling as a friend, plant it in a pot and click a picture with it while hugging  a tree.

The society also organised entry based online competitions like meme and montage making competition and photography competition on the occasions of World Ozone Day, 16th September 2021 and World Wildlife Week 2021(1st October 2021 to 7th October) respectively. The competitions received astonishing entries from different colleges, departments as well as pass out students. Being an online event, the results were announced on our social media platforms along with the wonderful entries of the participants.

On 27th November 2021, the society organised the inaugural ceremony-cum-lecture for the session 2021-22. The lecture was delivered by Guest Speaker Dr. Reeta Khosla on ‘Waste- A Valuable Resource’. The primary aim was to make students familiar with the needs of the society, inspire students to learn the actual meaning of waste as a valuable resource at a crucial turning point of their lives.  The goal was achieved on the day itself as many first year students  joined the society as volunteers.

On 7th January 2022, the virtual fresher’s welcome ‘Parichay’ for the batch 2021-24 was organised.

On 2nd February 2022, World Wetland Day an online submission based slogan writing competition was organised. The theme  for the competition was ‘Wetland Action for People and Nature’.

On 5th February 2022Basant Panchami, an inter-college  and inter-university virtual Debate competition was organized on “Climate Justice- A Human Right?” . The event received an overwhelming response across various institutes.

On 12th February 2022 -Darwin’s Day, was marked with an IPR Awareness Programme. The lecture was delivered by our guest speaker Ms. PrachiPrateeti, IPO Delhi who familiarised the participants with various aspects of IPR and concluded the session with an engaging and informative quiz session.

On 8th March 2022 -International Women’s Day, the Botanical Society organised its annual fest 2022, Myrtle. Various submission based events were conducted such as Skit competition (theme- Woman and the Environment), Lady de Botanica- sketching competition (women in Botany), and collage making competition (theme- Woman and the Plant World).

On 12th April 2022 –Our Flagship Event –The Dr. Virender Kumar Rolling Shield Environment Quiz was organised. This is an annual inter-college event. This year the winners of the Trophy were the students of SGTB Khalsa college, University of Delhi

On April 26,2022 the Botanical Society organized  farewell ‘Safarnama’ for the outgoing batch of B.Sc (Hons.) Botany IIIrd year.

The society now plans to address a socio-environmental issue every month and has taken up the responsibility to move towards a zero waste life-style this month onwards. The society nourishes and trains the minds with a hope of making each of its students an ambassador of environmental protection!

Looking forward to a green and healthy future when the seed of our ‘Nargis’ dispersein faraway lands!

CHEMUNICATE Society

Convener: Mr. Ravi Kant 
Members: Ms. Leela Gautam, Dr.Jyotsna Ratan, Dr. Mamta Bai, Dr. Anubha Sharma, Dr. Manohar Lal

The Chemistry Society ‘CHEMUNICATE’ conducted various activities and events in the session 2020-2021 to promote overall holistic and academic development of students. This session’s activities were kicked off by celebrating Teachers Day on 5th of September, where students organized a cultural program for the teachers, recognizing and appreciating their efforts, especially through the tough times of pandemic.

Next up the society organized an inaugural lecture for the freshers, delivered by Dr Pradeep K. Srivastava, Former Dy. Director, Senior Principal Scientist at Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow, on ‘Scientoons and Scientoonics’. The Society also organised an international online workshop-cum-webinar on Visual Note taking in collaboration with IQAC which was delivered by Mr. Zaid Ali Alsagoff from Malaysia.

The chemistry department organized the S.P. Suri Memorial award function to recognize students for their commendable efforts. This function was followed by a motivating talk by Prof.Ved Prakash, Former Chairman, UGC. A three-day educational trip to Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh was also organized for the students.

The annual fest ‘ZUSAMMEN’ was conducted this year through online mode, but that did not dampen the spirits of the students and a huge turnout was recorded. Various fun activities and events were organized such as PowerPoint Presentation competition, General Science Quiz, Scientoons, Chemras and Murder Mystery. This intercollege fest was a huge success, and students took part in all the events with great enthusiasm.

Finally, the Farewell program for the outgoing batch of 2022 was also facilitated and the chemistry department wished the best to the students for their future endeavours.

The Chemistry Society ‘CHEMUNICATE’ would like to extend its gratitude towards our Principal, Faculty and Staff. None of the above-mentioned programmes and activities would have been possible without their presence and guidance.

Commerce society

President : Dr. Shivani Abrol
Members : Dr. Nidhi Dhawan, Dr. Mahmood Alam, Dr. Swati Aggarwal

Commerce Society (2021-2022)
WEBINAR- EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMERCE STUDENTS AFTER GRADUATION The Commerce Society organized a variety of programs and events throughout the academic session 2021-22, targeting fostering students’ holistic and academic growth. The year commenced with a webinar on 12th November 2021 titled “Employment Opportunities for Commerce Students after Graduation,” headed by Mr. Kamal Chhabra, CEO and legal instructor at KC Glob Ed. The subject of the event was centred on the career options available to students following their graduation. With same enthusiasm and cooperation observed, many more events are lined up for the future.

WEBINAR- “HOW TO KICKSTART YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY,”
On February 12th, 2022, the society presented a webinar titled “How to Kickstart Your Entrepreneurial Journey,” where Mr. Dhruvam Thaker, Founder of The SMART Taxi, elucidated his entrepreneurial journey, inspiring students to launch their own enterprises. The incoming batch was greeted with zeal at an online Freshers’ Party hosted on 19th February 2022.

FRESHERS’ WELCOME
Numerous events were organised by the seniors to ensure that the newcomers were greeted with tremendous excitement. They put on performances including dancing and singing, as well as a Bollywood quiz, and made it a memorable day of their college life. The students enthusiastically participated in the Mr. & Ms. Freshers’ competition, which concluded with the crowning of the winners.
COMFEST “INNOVISION’22
The Commerce Society organized two days Commerce-fest “Innovision’22” on 4th and 5th March 2022. On the former day, a webinar was marshalled on the topic of Cryptocurrency: its Concept, Essence, and Future value. Mr. Aman Agarwal, Director (rektor) of the Indian Institute of Finance, and Mr. Shishir Sinha, Senior Deputy Editor, The Hindu Business Line, were the prominent speakers at the occasion.
On the second-day students from different colleges of the University of Delhi participated energetically in various events such as Instagram Marketing, Quiz Competition, and Meme-o- logy which were organized on the college campus. Shark tank was one of the events organized by the society where students demonstrated their entrepreneurial skills and proposed innovative ideas and products. The event was a grand success.

FAREWELL With the same zeal and teamwork, the society is organizing a farewell on 27th April 2022 for the outgoing batch of 2019-2022.

Economics Society

Coordinator: Dr. Simin Akhtar

The Economics Society organised The Fourth Annual Economics Symposium of the department in March, 2015, flagged off by the inaugural lecture on ‘Indian Economy and the challenge of Human Development’ by Prof. Halima Sadia Rizvi, Dept. of Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia. The lecture was followed by a poster-making competition on the theme, ‘Poverty, Inequality and the great Indian Dream’ followed by other events including Inter-College Quiz, Debate on the theme ‘Budget 2015: Making the rich, richer’, and Essay Writing on ‘Inclusive Development for 1.25 billion’. The Fourth issue of the Department’s Annual Journal ‘Rise’ was released in the Symposium, along with the journal’s online version. The Society is also organizing a field-trip for selected members of the Journal’s editorial board to Pahalgam, Kashmir, for a seminar on ‘Women and Education’. The Society also takes pride in the selection of our student, Sukriti Hatgaonkar for presenting a paper entitled, ‘Empowering Indian Women through Self Help Groups’ in a Seminar on ‘Gender and Livelihood: Opportunities and challenges’, organised by Barkatullah University, Bhopal.

Electronics Society

President: Dr. P. K. Shishodia

We are pleased to inform that our department is part of DBT star college scheme and Prof. P. K. Shishodia is the coordinator of the program.
Student attended the program, under the scheme, under the aegis of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” launched by Honorable Minister of state of the ministry of Science & Technology and earth sciences on 8th Nov 2021, organized by DBT, Govt. of India. Electronic society facilitated online participation of the students and faculty in the webinar, Lectures etc., at the College level by different Electronics Societies or Electronics teachers.
Orientation Program for the B.Sc. (H) 1st year was conducted online.

English Literary Society

Under the convenorship of Dr. Rana Sami, English Literary Society of Zakir Husain Delhi College organized a number of programmes in the year 2021. The academic year began with an online farewell function for the outgoing batch of 2018-21 held on 3rd June 2021. Pre-recorded poetry recitation, dance performances, and mono act were the highlights of this programme. English Literary Society in collaboration with the Student Mentorship Committee of English Department arranged an interaction between the alumni, teachers, and students of English Department on 07 August 2021 immediately after ‘Meet the Alumnus Author: Siddharth Chowdhury’ event held the same day at 11.00 am on MS Teams. The alumni registration form and poster of the programme was shared in advance on the alumni forum of English Department so as to facilitate the entry and participation of former students on Teams. Siddharth Chowdhury, the author of the novel The Time of the Peacock, provided invaluable guidance to students with regard to the publication of creative works. The enthusiastic participation of alumni and students with the encouragement of English Department faculty members contributed to the success of the online alumni meet.

Hindi Sahitya Sabha Society

President: Dr. Vijender Singh Chauhan

In October, the Department organized a talk by Prof Hari Mohan Sharma of Department of Hindi, University of Delhi on ‘Globalization and Hindi’. In November, a discussion on ‘Hindi Bhasha ki Dasha Aur Disha’, was conducted by Mr Jaikant Mishra of the Bhasha Sahodari Sansthan. In March 2016, Prof. Apoorvanand from University of Delhi spoke on ‘Abhivyakti ki Azaadi Aur Sahitya’. In April, a seminar on “Abhivyakti ki Azaadi Aur Media” was organized. Mr. Dilip Mandal was the chief speaker in this seminar. The Hindi literary society actively participated in the organization of the biennial Bhisham Sahani book fair in March, 2016.

History Society

Coordinator: Dr. Pradeep Kumar

This year, the Department undertook an educational trip to Jaipur in February 2016. A talk by Dr. Srimanjari, Dept. of History, Miranda College, Delhi University, on ‘Understanding Ancient Society’, was organized on 18th February 2016.

Life Science Society (Fusion)

Coordinator: Dr. Malti Gupta                                                                    

The inaugural lecture of the society was delivered by Dr. Saurabh Raghuvanshi from South Campus, DU on ” The world of Micro RNAs” on 20th August, 2015.  The annual festival of the society “CHEMBOLOGY 2016” was a successful event with competitions such as  e-poster on Gene Technology & Gen 2030, Matki decoration on Biotechnolgy theme, Science quiz, Best out of  e -Waste. A National Symposium on “Biotechnology in Crop Improvement: Prospects & Challenges” was organised on April 1, 2016. Dr Malti Gupta was the convener of this symposium.

Mathematical Society

Coordinator: Dr. Mohd. Arif                                                                                             

In this academic session, the Mathematical society organized its annual fest OPTIMA-16 in February 2016. Prof. Nadeem Mohsin, visiting faculty, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, delivered a lecture on “personality development”. Other activities like  mathematics based quiz, rangoli, Sudoku, beg borrow steal, mock stock were conducted.

“ANJUMAN-E-FARSI” Society

President: Dr. Jameel Ur Rehman
Members: Dr. Malik Saleem Javed, Dr. Jamshed Khan, Dr. Farha Adeeba and Dr. Shahnaz Ara Begum

The department organized a lecture by Prof. Aleem Ashraf Khan. on “the role of Sufis in maintaining social harmony in the Medieval period” on March 31, 2016.

Pshycology Society

Coordinator: Dr. Khurshid Alam

Philosophy Society (The Monist)

Convenor: Dr. C.V. Babu

The Department of Philosophy, under the convenorship of Dr. C. V. Babu, through its society, The Monist, and the Editorial Board, Nazariyā, organized several events to engage the students with Philosophy.

Below is the list of programmes-

  1. Nazariyā, the Philosophy magazine, conducted a Webinar on Creative Writing Through a Philosophical Lens on 5th September 2020. The webinar helped the students to understand the nuances of philosophical writing and shed light on the ways and means to acquire the associated requisite skills. Speakers for the webinar were Dr. Divya Tiwari, Assoc. Professor, Department of Philosophy, ZHDC and Ms. Ariba Zaidi, Asst. Professor, Department of Philosophy, ZHDC.
  2. Starting from September 2020, the Student Council established the first mentorship scheme. In this, the first and the second-year students were matched with final year students for academic, and when needed, personal guidance.
  3. The Student Council organized two book club sessions reading and discussing “The Country Doctor by Franz Kafka” and “The Egg by Andy Weir” in October & November 2020 respectively.
  4. On 20th September 2020, an intra-department Essay-Art-Poem competition was organized on the following themes – “Animal Rights” and “Why do we respect the dead more than the living?
  5. On 15th November 2020, an inter-college Essay competition was organized. Themes for the competition are as follows—“Is it unethical to kill a philosophical zombie?” or “Should women be provided with financial reparations for being pushed to the side historically?
  6. On 19th November 2020, a movie screening of “A Serious Man” was organized. The 2009 comedy-drama film, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, had philosophical undertones and dealt with a man’s questions about his life and faith.
  7. From 2nd to 18th April, the society organized 3 competitions – Fiction Writing, Art and Photography competitions. The events witnessed enthusiastic participation from students from many colleges.
  8. Nazariyā, the Magazine of the Department of Philosophy, published the first edition of the magazine on the college’s website on 24th February 2021, featuring submissions from students across India.
  9. The Student Council organized two book club sessions reading and discussing the “Menmon, The Philosopher by Voltaire” and “Animal Farm by George Orwell” in July and October 2021 respectively.
  10. On 3rd July 2021, a movie screening of “Pervert’s Guide to Cinema” was organized. The 2006 documentary film, directed by Sophie Fiennes, has philosophical undertones and explores a multitude of films from a psychoanalytic theoretical perspective.
  11. On 31st July 2021, as a recreational activity between the first years and their seniors, a Game Night was organized. A number of games were played, and students of all the semesters were able to interact with each other in joy.
  12. On 7th August 2021, a movie screening of “The Art of Effortless Living” was organized. The 2019 documentary film, directed by Jason Gregory, has philosophical undertones and explains the principles of Taoism, also known as Wu Wei.
  13. From 10th August to 21st August, an inter-college online Art Competition was organized. The theme for the competition was—“What makes you free?”

The department also expanded its online presence by regular posts on social media, sharing philosophical ideas through words, art or any form in between. With time, the social media handles expanded to accommodate students’ experiences and the works submitted by the students from other departments as well. Online quizzes to promote curiosity in philosophy as a subject were also organized.

Physical Sciences Society 

President: Dr. Satish Kumar Rajouria
Members: Dr. Mohammad Fahim Ansari, Dr. Seema Rawat, Dr. Anita Katna and Dr . Gayatri Shishodia

The society organised its Inaugural Lecture on “Fascination of Nuclear Energy”, delivered by Prof. Vinod Kumar of Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi on September 17, 2015. Apart from this lecture various activities were organised in which witnessed enthusiastic participation from students. The Society also organized its annual fest “Enigma1.0” on February 9, 2016. Various events such as Inter Department Essay competition, Physics Quiz, General Quiz, Treasure Hunt and Volleyball Championship were organized during the fest.

Physics Society

Coordinator: Dr. Gayatri Shishodia

Physics society began its activity with a fresher’s welcome and appointed its office bearers for the year 2014-15. A talk by Prof. Vinay Gupta of Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, was held on “Material for energy Harvesting”. Subsequently, other activities such as poster making, quiz, pick and speak etc. were also held.

‘Political Science Society Avaam’

Department of Political Science Avaam, Zakir Husain Delhi College strives for the holistic development of their students by fostering a political consciousness and a critical analysis. To curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic the university opted for an online teaching format, forgoing the traditional classroom model of teaching. The department smoothened this transition, by organising ICT workshops for students through digital platforms such as MS Teams, Google Meet, Zoom etc. In the academic year 2020-21, the department has actively worked towards creating an engaging environment for the students. This feat was achieved through numerous interactive sessions with eminent speakers and panel discussions about varied topics of interest, which ensured learning beyond the classrooms. We attempted to connect the student community, by broadening the scope of opportunities available to them and by making learning an inclusive experience for every member.

Department Activities

  • Special Lecture on Political Theory : The first lecture of the academic session 2020-21, was an orientation lecture by Prof. Ashok Acharya, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi on ‘Contemporary Political Theory: Issues and Challenges’ held on December 4, 2020. It primarily sought to acquaint the first-year students with the constantly evolving and ever-challenging nature of political theory, a sub-discipline of Political Science. He deliberated upon the theme with rudimentary and fundamental approaches which helped the audience, especially the first-year students understand the complexities of the political world we inhabit.
  • Ist Ramashray Roy Memorial Lecture: To commemorate the contribution of late Prof. Ramashray Roy (founding member and former Director of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) to the discourse of Social Sciences and Politics of India, the department in collaboration with Ramashray Roy Foundation, New Delhi, organised the 1st Ramashray Roy Memorial lecture on the topic ‘Social Science in India: Major trends and Possibilities’ on 20 January 2021. The speaker for the session was Prof. Girishwar Misra, former VC, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, retired Professor of Psychology, DU
  • On January 28, 2020, a session on ‘A Critical Understanding of the Law-Making Process of the Parliament’ was organised. The speaker for the session was Maansi Verma, a lawyer and founder of Madhyam. Madhyam is a digital participatory policy making initiative.
  • In collaboration with Gandhi Study Circle, a session on ‘Farmers Movement and Reconstruction of Rural India – The Gandhi Way’ was held on February 15, 2021. The speaker of the webinar was Prof. Anand Kumar, an eminent academician and social activist. Prof. Kumar underlined that a collectively organised protest of any nature in a liberal democracy not only questions the ruling dispensation on account of its majority but also raises a new hope for the deepening of democracy in India.
  • On February 24, 2021, a lecture on ‘Right to Privacy and Diversity in the Constitution’ was organised. The speaker for the session was Amber Rana, a lawyer by training. The session attempted to understand the complexities of the privacy rights of citizens.
  • On March 5, 2021, a session was organised on the topic, ‘History of the Right to Property in Independent India’ by Namita Wahi, Fellow, Centre for Policy Research and founding director, Land Rights Initiative. The session attempted to explore the linkages between the histories and present felt need of land reform laws in India.
  • Book Discussion on UN Day: On October 24, 2021, on the occasion of the United Nations Day, a panel discussion was held on a recently published book ‘India in United Nations: Interplay of Interests and Principles’, authored by Prof. CSR Murthy, retired faculty at School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prof. Rumki Basu, Dept. of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia and Prof. Yeshi Cheoden, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Dr Uma Shankar, senior faculty member of the department, joined the discussion.
  • Freshers Welcome Programme: On 28th November 2020, the department organised a Retro Revival themed virtual Fresher’s Welcome. There was overwhelming participation with more than a hundred attendees. The event was followed by a host of performances, such as dance, singing, poetry recitation and mimicry. It introduced the freshers to the department and made them an integral part of Avaam.
  • Poetry Recitation Competition on Parakram Diwas: In memory of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation, the department celebrated Parakram Diwas by organising a Poetry Recitation Competition on the occasion of his 125th Birth Anniversary. The poems were recited both in Hindi and English.
  • International Women’s Day Talk: March 8, 2021, International Women’s Day Celebration was marked by conducting a webinar on ‘ Me-too Movement: Struggles and Achievements’. The speaker for the event was, Rituparna Chatterjee, a journalist, gender activist and curator of the India #MeToo. The talk was encircled around the very objective of identifying patriarchy within the private and public spheres.
  • Ambedkar Jayanti Special Address: In association with the Embassy of India, Seoul, Republic of South Korea and Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Seoul, the department on April 14 celebrated Ambedkar Jayanti on the occasion of the 130th birth anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar . A special address on ‘Dr Ambedkar’s Multifaceted Contribution to Modern India’ was delivered by Dr Narendra Jadhav, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and author of the book ‘Untouchables’.
  • A discussion on “Secularism, Cow-Slaughter and Communalism in modern India “was organised on 9th July 2021. Dr. Shabnum Tejani, from SOAS, University of London was the key discussant on this occasion.
  • From the new academic session 2021-22, the Department of Political Science has instituted a Lecture Series onthe theme ‘Changing dynamics of International Politics’. The inaugural lecture of this series was organised on August 25, on the theme ‘Afghanistan at Crossroads: Challenges and Prospects’. Suhasini Swamy Haidar, eminent journalist and Diplomatic Affair Editor, The Hindu delivered the key note address.
  • The second lectureof this series on the theme ‘The Rise and Rise of the Quad: Theory and Praxis’ was delivered Prof. Harsh V. Pant, Professor of International Relations, King’s College London on September 22.
  • A special Lecture on ‘Ambedkar and the making of the constitution of India’ was delivered by eminent political philosopher, Aakash Singh Rathore on September ,27.
  • The department celebrated the constitution day on November 26 by organising a preamble reading session and a special lecture on ‘working of Indian constitution ‘was organised on November 27 in collaboration with Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre and the institute of Indian studies, Hankuk University. Prof. Bidyut Chakrabarty, Vice Chancellor, Visva-Bharati University and Prof. Chanwahn Kim, the key invited panellists deliberated on the historical importance of constitution on this occasion.

Teacher- In -Charge

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar

Department of Political Science

Sanskrit Literaray Society

Coordinator: Dr. Deepak Kalia

The Sanskrit Parishad of the College celebrated the Sanskrit week from 26th August 2015 to 1st September 2015, and organized a lecture on ‘Sanskrit Avam Bhartiya Jeevan’, by Dr. Aloka Dasgupta, former Associate Prof. at Kamla Nehru College and our colleague Dr. Vibha Singh Chauhan. In February, 2016, inter class ‘Shlokh Lekhan patravachan and Prashnmanch’, competitions were organized. In March, Sanskrit Parishad in association with the Sanskrit Bharti conducted ‘Sanskrit Sambhashan Shivir” for seven days. Our college team won the 1st prize in the inter-college Shlokh- Sangeet competition at Miranda house.

Urdu Literary Society (Bazm e-Adab)

President: Dr.Mohd. Alam
Editor of Magazine (Fikre-Nau): Dr. Mumtaz Mujeeb                                                               

Bazm-e-Adab organized a series of events like Debate, Ghazal recitation, Seminars and literary discussion. Bait Bazi and a Ghazal Recitation competition were organized on 29th  October 2015.

Zoological Society (Inheritance)

Coordinator: Dr Satish Ganta

For its inaugural function the Zoological society invited Prof. Anand Prakash, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, and for its annual fest Dr. Subeer S. Majumdar, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi as guest speakers. In addition, an educational-cum-excursion trip was organized for B.Sc. (Hons.) zoology students to visit Jim Corbett National Park and Nainital.