Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi

kamla_nehruAbout the college:

Founded in 1964 this all girl’s college is named after Ms.Kamala Kaul Nehru, the eminent freedom fighter and wife of the great leader Jawaharlal Nehru.  The college is located in a posh South Delhi area and shares it boundary with Gargi College, yet another girl’s college. Over the years the college has been successful in establishing its base in the Delhi University and is considered among the prominent colleges of South Campus. The connectivity to the college is also great. The nearest metro station is Green Park on the yellow line. The college also has a bus stand named after it from which the buses operate at frequent frequencies making commuting cheap and easy.

Courses Offered:

The college offers a variety of courses under the Delhi University curriculum. The various undergraduate courses offered include Journalism Hons, B.A. HONS Economics, English, Geography, Hindi, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sanskrit, Sociology, B.A. PROGRAMME- Bengali, Economics, English, Geography, Hindi, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sociology, B.A. PROGRAMME- Advt. Sales Management and Sales Promotion, B.COM. Honors and B.COM. PASSAlong with these courses KNC as it is famously called (abbreviation of Kamala Nehru College) also offers post graduate courses in various disciplines. The various post graduate courses offered are M.A. (Hons) English M.A. (Hons) Hindi M.A. (Hons) History M.A. (Hons) Political Science M.A. (Hons) Philosophy and M.A. (Hons) Sanskrit. Along with these courses KNC also provides with add on certificate courses in French and Ecotourism which are a big hit among the students.

images (1)Infrastructure:

The college has a well maintained clean and green campus with a king sized playground. The classrooms though don’t have an AC are airy and spacious. Most of the classrooms are equipped with modern teaching technologies like speakers and projectors. The college has a beautiful and well designed fully air conditioned auditorium which has a good seating capacity. The 3 storey library is like an icing on the cake. The library is very spacious with one floor especially dedicated for reading which boosts of a pin drop silence. It is a well maintained and stocked library. The students can access 24×7 Wi-Fi on their phones and laptops without any restrictions. The college also boosts of an in-house photocopy shop which photocopies notes and books at a nominal price. The college provides with a gym with all the latest equipments, a common room where girls can sit and discuss, a student union office, NCC, NSS and sports rooms.

Canteen and Hangout Point:

The canteen is considered the most important and lively corner of KNC. It offers amazingly tasty food at very affordable prices. It has a large indoor and an even larger outdoor seating arrangement. The canteen offers dosa, idli, vada etc with rajma rice and macroni being the hot favorite. The campus also has a coke station and a Nescafe joint. A famous in campus hangout zone is ‘chaupaal’ which is always buzzing with the constant chit chats and chirping voices of girls. There are many outdoor hangout options for the KNC girls as the college is located at a prime location in South Delhi. The nearest and most famous being Mithaas, a high end restaurant. The other hangout options includes the Ansal Plasa which is just a 5 minutes bus ride away, the Hauz Khaz Village, and Sarojni Nagar and Lajpat Nagar markets. The famous Sirfort complex and theater are also just a 5minute walk away. There are a lot of hangout options available in and around KNC that one can never get bored.

Cultural Societies:

The college has a lot of all DU famous cultural societies which include Adagio –the choreography society, Engima-the western dance society, Glitz the fashion society, Lakshya-the dramatics society, Wide Angle-the film society, Snapshots-the photography society to name a few. The societies provide a platform to students to express and discover themselves. All these societies keep the campus afresh and lively all throughout the year.

 Annual Fest:

The college has a 2 day annual college fest named ‘Ullas’ which is one of the most famous and awaited college fests of south campus. The fest has various food, clothes and accessory stalls where the stuff sells like hot cakes. A different type of atmosphere engulfs KNC during the fest time. Students from different colleges and universities participate in different competitions which are held as a part of a festival. There is a special DJ and celebrity night also held. It is a fun filled fest which comes as a welcome break for students from studies.

Faculty and Placements:

KNC has one of the finest and well experienced faculty members in Delhi University. The faculty is an interesting bunch of old, new, young, junior and senior lecturers. The faculty is easily approachable and is very helpful. The college also boosts of an active placement cell which was established in 2006 to make the students aware about the various opportunities available in the job market.

Verdict:

Overall the college is a good institute and counted among the top Delhi University colleges.

First Published On http://www.du.universityexpress.co.in/

REVIEW: HP ENVY 23 TOUCHSMART – ALL IN ONE PC!!

l_17392843This new PC from HP has revolutionized the way traditional computers are looked at. Hp Envy 23 Touchsmart is a smart looking touch screen desktop computer which combines in some really interesting features. It is a computer which is envied by all its counterparts in the same league and hence has been cleverly named Envy by HP.

Full Product name: HP Envy 23 Touchsmart

Price: Around 70000 INR

This new offering from HP Company has been successful in breaking the traditional ways in which a desktop computer was looked at. It is a smart, sleek and attractive looking touch screen desktop. The computer has a beautiful looking AIO with a large 23″ HD display. It runs on third-generation Intel Core i5-3470S processor and has 4GB of RAM. It also comes preinstalled with Windows8 .It comes with an Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics card which helps it to give a decent graphic performance. The computer has an intuitive touch which makes its usage even more interesting and easy.

A standard wireless mouse and keyboard are provided with the desktop. The big optical wireless mouse like any other typical mouse has a scroll wheel and two buttons. The mouse overall is accurate and responsive. The large black keyboard on the other hand has regular style keys. It also has a plastic border which is black in color around the edge. The lower left corner of the back of the screen mainly consists of ports. The ports on the left side include two USB 3.0 ports, a card reader and microphone and headphone jacks. The back ports include a lock slot and four USB 2.0 ports. On the other hand the right side of the screen consists of a HDMI output, plus, minus buttons to move through the menus, and a Blu- ray drive.

The 23-inch touch screen comes with 1080 x 1920 resolutions. The computer has a DVD-RW player and a built-in Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi. As a touch screen the computer works pretty well, its touch is very smooth and quick. All the pictures and videos look and sound fairly clear and nice on touchsmart. All in all this new experiment from the HP Company is a big winner as it is easy, sturdy and fun to operate.

Ratings

Performance: 6/10

Features: 7/10

Pricing: 7/10

Specifications 

*Windows 8, 64-bit
*Third-generation Intel Core i5-3470S processor.
*4GB of RAM
*An Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics card.
*1 TB HDD
*23-inch touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 resolutions.
*DVD-RW
*Built-in Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros

Large 23″ 1080p HD screen. 10-point touch.

Cons

Glossy screen. USB 2.0 ports.

Bottom Line

A beautiful looking AIO with a large 23″ HD display, but gives an average performance.

(First Published on Youth24x7)

Health—is it your wealth?

images (8) For many of us health is just being fat or thin , if a person is thin he or she is healthy and if fat well he or she is FAT enough said. But what many of us don’t realize is that health is just not all about  a person’s physical outlook..it has a  much deeper complex meaning which all of us need to understand in order to lead a healthy lively livelihood. The word “health” comes from the Old English word hale, meaning “wholeness, a state of being whole, sound or well,”. Health is wealth is a  very old saying but have we ever pondered is health really our wealth?  Even if it isn’t  no need to panic .Here we come to your rescue and list  some important tips which you can incorporate and follow in your daily life so as to become a healthy wealthy human being.

1)    images (4)Don’t skip that breakfast : Are you one of those who regularly skips breakfast in order to reach your office, college on time and then crave throughout the day and deal with mood swings. According to various studies skipping of breakfast leads to unhappiness which in turn leads to mood swings which ultimately leads you to eating more. So in order to avoid this vicious cycle avoid skipping your breakfast as it is the most important meal of the day.

images (5)2)    Exercise:  No I am not telling you to spend your precious time and money on those magically expensive gyms  but  instead having a simple brisk walk after eating  your meals can  also help  you attack those extra calories and cut down  that extra flab.

3)    Sleep: After eating and exercising comes sleep. An average adult needs about 6-8 hours of sound sleep per night . Sleep is a great cure ,it is a time when your body relaxes and recovers, and when your immune system is improved. Sleep also helps our digestive system to work properly which in turn affects our health.images (6)

4)    Remain hydrated:  H20 is not an important formula only in science but it holds a special significance in our daily lives too. Drink at least 8 glass of water in a day. Water is often the drink of the wise man and  our bodies are made up of 60% water. It is involved in every function in the body, including circulation, digestion, absorption of nutrients and the transmission of electrical currents in the body which control our nerves, muscles and hormones. So water is the secret drink for a healthy being.

 

So all those lazy people out there from today put on your sneakers and  start the walk towards a healthy you!

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Century of Cinema!!

12Lights! Camera! Action! – These words were first heard by the Indian audience’s long back in 1912. Since then Indian cinema has travelled a long way from Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harischandra. Cinema which is the lifeline of many Indians turned 100 years on 21st April, 2012. Indian cinema has indeed come a long way from what it used to be a century ago. It is now not merely about running around the trees and emotional outburst. Films nowadays have more character and a strong storyline to depend upon to become a box office hit.

The Mumbai based film industry nicknamed as Bollywood is the largest producer of films over all world. It is soon catching on to its English counterpart in terms of business, technology and content. It’s primarily because of the fact that now the new generation does not eat everything which is served on their plate like it used to do ages ago.

Now the audience demands content and that too good one. Of course there are exceptions like ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Rowdy Rathore’ in the recent times which became runaway hits but that was probably because of the huge fan following of Salman khan and Akshay Kumar rather than the content.

100 years ofCinema has matured in terms of everything ranging from acting to music to content but one thing over the decades has remained constant the concept of hero worship. Indian cinema has seen some magnificent actors ranging from the great Raj Kapoor to evergreen Dev Anand or the ever charming Dilip Kumar. People back then would throb to the theaters just to watch their favourite hero or heroine doing their signature step or gig. But with the changing times the script has become the new hero. Earlier films had more emotional content in them which used to hit the audience straight in the heart and they used the feel the pain which the protagonist used to go through.

Cinema during its impeccable journey of hundred years has witnessed a vast range and mix of movies from romantic to action to emotional. Whether it was Ramesh sippy’s out and out action film Sholay or K. Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam they all had a certain charm about themselves and thus were able to engrave their names in the heart of cinema lovers for lifetime. The music which is considered as the soul of a film was much more calm and melodious at that time as compared to today’s music which is more towards the rock and pop genre. Songs back then were abruptly placed rather forced in a movie completely out of the sync of the story but now with the advent of new media and technologies songs in a movie are much more appropriately placed and somehow help to take the story forward. Cinema whether old or new has survived the test of time.Bollywood Plans To Celebrate 100 Years Of Indian Cinema

Over the years, it has also been a source of great entertainment for the general masses, a form of relaxation which anybody would love to enjoy on any given day. Things would come and go but for Indians the love of cinema would never die and as for all the cinema Minacs out there we can only hope that our cinema hits many and many more centuries and we never get to hear those dreadful words “Pack up”!

(First Published in Youth 24×7)

Bye! Bye! cracked phones says, Samsung.

images (3)In the mid of a boring lecture..Suddenly you hear a beep sound, you realize it’s your Smartphone and you reach out for it with all enthusiasm..and Oops! It just slipped out of your tender hands leaving the screen all cracked. Naah..no need to cry over spilled milk. Samsung has got a magic wand for you. Samsung in Korean means “tristar” or “three stars”. The word “three” represents something “big , numerous and powerful”, the stars on the other hand mean eternity. Proving true to its meaning stands Samsung’s latest invention . This very technology could mark the end of cracked phone screens. The company debuted its flexible phone prototype recently at the International CES in Las Vegas. Made of  organic light emitting diodes famously known as the OLEd’s , this new phone by the technology gigantic is like a breath of fresh air which would swap plastic for glass in screen. The phone comes with a 5 inch, 16.9 resolution screen which is quite impressive. According to a Samsung spokesperson, the screens will be “foldable, rollable , wearable and more. They will allow for a high degree of durability through their use of a plastic substrate that is thinner ,lighter and more flexible than the conventional LCD technology . Though the concept of creating flexible electronics sounds very amusing it is not the first. This very idea has been touted since the 1960’s when the first flexible solar cell arrays appeared .Since then many companies have been working on the idea though now it seems that Samsung has surely walked away with the cake. The company though hasn’t yet announced the price of the “unbreakable” phone but according to the gadgets pundits it is going to cost a hefty amount keeping in mind its extraordinary features. The phone can be expected to hit the international markets somewhere in the first half of 2013but as far as the Indians are concerned they may have to wait a bit longer. Whatever the technology may be, it certainly seems that very soon our phones will not just be smart but bendy too. So, all those gadgets freaks out there…Be ready to attack!!!

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Donate Blood, Donate Life!

  IMG-20130212-WA003A voluntary daylong blood donation camp was organized by the National social service department of Kamala Nehru College in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross Society on 12 February in the college premises.  The whole campus was buzzing with posters and balloons to encourage the students to come forward and donate blood. Some 250 red and white balloons adorned the whole campus. This is an annual exercise conducted by the NSS department of the college for last 15-20 years and has remained a big hit with the students. In this fast paced world where people don’t find time for themselves, blood donation comes last on their list. But such camps organized at their door steps really encourage them to come forward and do their bit of contribution for this noble cause.

Mrs. Mandeep Kaur, the teacher coordinator of the event talked about the importance of such camps in colleges and how the younger generation should be encouraged to engage themselves in such noble causes.  The camp started at 9 in the morning and lasted till 3 in the afternoon. Initially the turnout was not that good but as the day progressed the crowd swelled in numbers.  Around 300 students registered for the event but quite a few got rejected because of low hemoglobin count. Niharika Singh, journalism honors, 1 year was left disappointed when she was turned back for having low hemoglobin count. She said ‘I was really looking forward to it. It was going to be my first time. I am really feeling sad and disappointed. Nevertheless I hope I am able to donate blood next year’.  The first timers were both enthusiastic and nervous at the same time as they didn’t know what to except. Charu Gupta who was donating blood for the first time said ‘I am both nervous and excited at the same time, nervous because I don’t know what exactly is going to happen, excited because this is going to my first time. She also added that she always wanted to donate blood but somehow couldn’t find time to do it.IMG-20130212-WA006

The donors went through a series of medical checkups before donating blood. Throughout the event a high level of hygiene was maintained. The donors were given refreshments consisting of juice, sandwiches and biscuits after they donated the blood. The experts present in the donation van advised students to follow a healthy life and assured the nervous ones that their withdrawn volume of blood would be restored within 24 hours. To keep the momentum going and boost the confidence of the donors a nukkad natak by the students of IIT Delhi was also organized.  Their play “har ek boond zarrori hoti hain” was centered on the importance of blood donation in today’s scenario. Their performance was highly appreciated and applauded by all the spectators present there. It even encouraged some of them to overcome their fear of needle and go ahead and donate blood.  The event concluded by the organizers taking the handprints of each donor on a chart so as to keep as a memory of the camp. The entire event was a huge success with large number of people turning up for the noble cause.IMG-20130212-WA002

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IS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT A DETERRENT TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT?

SNN2505GX1-280_441898aEvery time I venture out I feel scared, every time I walk a mile I feel scared, every time I see someone walking behind me I feel sacred. This is perhaps not only my personal feeling but a mutual feeling shared by every single women of this oh so independent country India. India is known as the spiritual capital of the world.  Really?  Where does the spirituality of these monsters go when they are snatching away someone’s innocence?  Every day I read countless cases of rapes, sexual harassment’s, acid attacks on women in the newspapers. Seriously where is our country heading to?

16 December 2012 would be marked as a black day in our country’s history. This was the very day on which a 23 year old medical student was brutally raped by six men including one minor and dumped naked to die in this dill wallo ki Delhi. Nirbhaya, Damini were the various names given to the brave heart girl and soon these names turned into symbols of strength and protest not only in India but all over the world. This case somewhere united the whole country to come forward and seek answers from the government about their security.

This particular case brought a whole new topic into the picture. The issue of capital punishment: is it right or is it wrong?  Large public demonstrations and protests were held demanding capital punishment for the six men accused in the rape case. The question which arises here is that, will capital punishment act as a deterrent for sexual harassment? Will it decrease the spirits of these perverts who could not keep it in their pants? Some people argue that such punishments should only be given in rarest of the rarer cases but I beg to differ here. How can one decide that one particular rape was more or less brutal than another? Rape is a rape enough said. Rape or any kind of sexual harassment is itself a rarest of the rare case.  Rape is such a hideous crime that it leaves an everlasting imprint on the victim’s soul. The body might recover but the mind and soul takes a long time to get back on track. According to me rape is in fact more gruesome than murder. With murder you kill the person ones in for all but in the case of rape the victims dies for every other second of her remaining life.

The current punishment for this gruesome crime available in our country is tad too lenient and can be accounted as one of the main reasons for the growing strength of these frequent offenders. They know that maximum punishment that they could get is 5-6 years in jail or some fine and even to arrive at this decision it would take around 10-12 years of as they famously call it court kachari. They are very well versed with the political and judicial status of the country. This very reason increases their spirits and they go ahead for the kill.

Indian laws have existed in their original form ever since they were made. The government and administration need to understand that with the changing scenarios and lifestyle the laws also need to be tweaked a little bit. The scenario and kind of lifestyle that people had 50 or 60 years was very different from what we have now. In this fast paced world where they don’t have time for themselves they want everything prim, proper and quick. Due to this their frustration and anger level shoot up sky high. This ultimately leads them to taking the wrong path.

Coming back to capital punishment, in capital punishment you give death penalty to the criminal and that’s it. He gets to do the crime, have fun, stay in jail and then die peacefully. No, capital punishment is for sure not the solution of course it will set an example and may deter others from committing the same crime but it is not a sure shot permanent solution. The victim dies every second of her life and the monster gets to die in fraction of a second. Sorry, unacceptable. The accused should be sentenced to lifelong imprisonment where he should be made to do the usual jail work so that he even experiences the same pain and agony which the victim goes through every single moment of her life.

But there is another angle to this theory what if the accused is not a culprit, he never committed the crime. Then an innocent person would be hanged rather killed. Therefore in such sensitive cases there is a need of good investigation and an equally good jurisdiction. An innocent person can’t be told to bear the brunt for a crime which he never did. So this is a very dicey situation. Thus an accused should be treated as innocent until proven guilty.

However somewhere I feel with capital punishment we will teach the culprit that wrong is right, as what he did with the victim we will do the same with him. If the accused is a criminal because he couldn’t differentiate between what was good and what was not then the concerned authorities should try and reform him but if he did the crime in all his senses then the law should take its due course.

Any type of sexual harassment whether it is rape or eve teasing is intrusion into someone’s privacy without his or her permission and this for sure is a severe offence and calls for a much more severe punishment. But generalizing capital punishment for all such cases is not a good idea. Such punishments should be made case specific for example if a person is a regular offender and has been caught twice for the same crime then such a punishment is justified. We all are human beings and we know that no one is perfect. So every culprit should be given a fair chance to improve himself and his habits and if in the end he continues with his deeds then only such ultimate punishment should be awarded to him. In the end I would conclude by saying that nobody is perfect and hence everyone should be given a fair chance to improve their mistakes.

Social networking—a necessity !!

kkkSocial network ” was a big hit in Oscars …..but only Oscars ?…nah!!! In reality social networking sites have boomed like never before in the last 3-4 years.The ‘F’word oops!! I mean Facebook  is the new buzz word. Facebook  ,orkut, twitter are all part of the popular culture. Mark Zuckerberg , the creator of Facebook was the Times man of the year 2010,this proves how Facebook and other social networking sites have evolved and revolutionized the world around. Chatting which was considered the only premise of social networking is passé. Today’s youth is effe“ctively using these social networking sites to express their views , these sites have become a public forum ,where people voice their concerns over burning issues. Be it the uprising in the Arab world which gained momentum because of facebook and twitter so much so that the government not only in Libya, Egypt but also in China had to ban these sites. Closer home we have seen pages on burning issues like CWG or the 2g spectrum scams floating on these sites. Not only this these sites have become a crusader for justice, with people creating pages from justice for Jessica lal to Binayak Sen.Gone are the days when parents would scold their children for whiling time on these sites. Today with the help of these sites , youth keeps themselves apprised about the latest happenings and can comment on the same. Moreover  benefits provided by social network sites such as Facebook have made us better off as a society and as individuals, and that, as they continue to be adopted by more diverse populations, we will see an increase in their utility. Anecdotal evidence of positive outcomes from these technologies — such as political activities organized via Facebook or jobs found through LinkedIn — is well-known, but now a growing corpus of academic research on social networks sites supports this view as well. Sending greeting to near and dear ones is a click away.download (1)

The 4th pillar of democracy –Media has also realized the potential of this medium and to harness it all major channels have their pages on these sites, these sites have helped in breaking through  the traditional role of information disseminator , which was one way to a more effective and attractive two way communication which allows better connectivity with the  target audience.Be it the congratulatory pages devoted to Kate-Williams wedding or having condolence pages for shri sathya sai baba. We have it all on facebook and twitter. Not only this even school, colleges and different organizations are having their community pages on these sites which build more connectivity between the students and teachers and brings employees and their bosses closer which affects their productivity. The gen-X is using these social networking sites to have different pages dedicated to their projects and their teachers have no qualms in evaluating their projects online, which saves their time and is popular among students. This is the power of technology. Another example of this is even advertisers today use this medium to market their product. These sites allow the advertisers what is called  “Buzz marketing”.

downloadSocial networking sites have made the world a global village, whose citizens are not mere sitting ducks but are awakened and enlightened citizens who questions the modern Ravanas with the new improved ram (technology). Social networking is not inherently evil, nor are the social media websites or businesses like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, that provide the services that make social media possible. Businesses and individuals all use social media to improve their lives. Social media is arguably good for us, but it ultimately remains a tool, one that needs to be used, like all good tools, safely, and within a proper context.Facebook is indeed the new face of the world and the twitter the new twittey.