DU Diary: KMC principal serves notice to dean

The spat between Bhim Sen Singh, Principal of Kirori Mal college and Prof JM Khurana, Dean of Students’ Welfare has worsened with the former serving a legal notice on the University official demanding apology for leveling unsubstantiated charges against him.

Talking to Millennium Post, Singh confirmed that he had indeed served the notice as he was being asked to take illegal decisions by the university authorities, who in turn maligned him as he refused to fall in line. In a letter written to the vice-chancellor, Singh has alleged that ‘Khurana not only leveled severe charges against me but also called my behaviour irresponsible and held me responsible for damage of the university property.’

Khurana had written a letter to Singh on 27 June alleging that the principal did not honour the letter of Deputy Registrar [Academics] asking him to take admission of students from Haryana board without the original certificate and unnecessarily sought a clarification from the Dean’s office. The Dean in his letter had alleged that seeking guidance was a deliberate attempt to harass students and malign of the university.

A few students from Haryana and Madhya Pradesh board had demonstrated outside Khurana’s office as they were not admitted without the original certificates. Defending his actions, Singh, in his notice to Khurana said that all steps were taken strictly in accordance with established university procedures and it was within Singh’s rights to seek administrative guidance from Khurana’s office. The legal notice have been served for criminal defamation under Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code punishable under section 500 of the code with imprisonment which may extend to two years.

‘Khurana is therefore called upon, to immediately apologise in writing, within three days of receipt of notice, for all the incorrect, false and baseless allegations made.’


With the number of students increasing substantially each year at the University of Delhi [DU], the country’s prestigious university, finding accommodation has become a major issue for students. In most cases, students are at a loss as they don’t know where to go and whom to contact.

To help such candidates, a group from Sri Ram College of Commerce [SRCC] has come up with, a website to inform the new students about various accommodation options. The website has an exhaustive list of all paying guest and hostel accommodations available at DU’s North Campus.

‘A large number of students come to Delhi University from outside, and while searching for accommodations they are exploited by the brokers who charge them hefty commissions. To help them, we came up with this web site after collecting data and information of various paying guest [PG] rooms in different areas,’ says a Prashant member of

Prashant also added that many of the members of the had to go through the same plight in Delhi, when they were looking for a place to live in Delhi.

‘The website has tied-up with 83 PG owners in different areas of North Campus and some of the most preferred locations are Hudson line, Jawahar Nagar and Kamla Nagar,’ said Prashant.

According to him, 92 student registered on the very first day when DU opened up for admissions.
‘By next year, the site is looking to include PG accommodations in South Campus as well,’ added Prashant.

Deepak, another founding member said, ‘Paying hefty commissions to the middlemen has been a problem for long with students who end up in accommodation that doesn’t justify the rent.’

More than half of the outstation students cannot get hostel seats, as they are limited. We have no other option, but to pay exorbitant fees to brokers in order to secure paying guest accommodations, and most times the broker usually cheats us by making false promises,’ said Praveen Kumar, who is seeking to move into a place in North Campus.


The University of Delhi [DU] colleges have announced their third cut-off list. Only a few seats are left for students in DU’s most sought after courses B Com [H] and Economics [H] as only 28 colleges have declared third cut-offs in these courses.

Popular colleges like Vivekananda, Miranda House, Kamla Nehru, SGTB Khalsa, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Motilal Nehru, Lakshmi Bai, Jesus and Mary and Daulat Ram, which did announce cut-offs in these courses did not bring the required percentages down substantially for the general category students.

Seventeen colleges on Monday declared their cut-offs for B Com [H], while only 11 declared their cut-offs for Economics [H].

In Kirorimal, admission for Economics [H] course has closed. Hansraj, on its part kept the B Com [H] cut-off same at 98.25 while bringing down its Economics [H] cut-off by 0.70 per cent.

At the Sri Venkateshwara College, the cut-off for diploma in B Com [H] was down by 0.05 point and Economics [H] by 0.50 percent.

Admissions to Political Science too were closed down in many of the colleges, with only 15 declaring cut-offs in the third list. Same was the case in Mathematics and Physics [H] courses, which are among the most popular in the science category.

While only three colleges have seats in Mathematics, and five colleges have declared seats in Physics [H]. However, there were still plenty of options for OBC category students for whom almost most colleges still have space.

DU still has a window for two more cut-off lists, but which colleges would actually announce those would be clear only over the next four day.
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