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DU Open House Closed To Questions On Old Structure

Posted by rajat On May - 30 - 2013

Comparative Questions Shot, Aspirants Left With Doubts

New Delhi: Delhi University’s ‘open house’ on Tuesday failed to clear many students’ doubts about implementation of the new four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). Questions comparing the structure of the new programme with the previous one were not taken up.

Deepak Tyagi, a student of Delhi Public School, decided not to ask a question about the advantages of the fourth year of study compared to the three-year BCom (H) when a similar question was shot down.
My elder brother studied the three-year-programme and spoke very highly of it. While I understand that the new format will give me more options, I wanted to know why the extra year isn’t just a waste of time and wanted a comparative analysis of the two courses,” he said, adding, “I’ll ask the teachers in different colleges when I apply”.

Dean of Students’ Welfare, J M Khurana, answered an array of questions about the specifics of the new programme but refused to entertain any questions concerning the old course structure. “Don’t ask me about what was before. What was here before is no longer here.”

The assembled DU aspirants tried their best to clear doubts. “I have no control over the system, but I want to know as much as I can about it and make the best of it,” said Shivani Grover, an aspirant.

Most questions were about the differences between foundation and applied courses, whether it will be possible to switch to another course after completing the foundation programme, and whether students will be able to choose a minor subject from the undergraduate level for their post-graduation.

While most students seemed confused with the sheer change that the fouryear programme has brought about, some teachers said the process is advancing smoothly. “The admissions are coming along nicely. We are doing our level best to help the students in any way we can, and their queries and the response have been quite good,” said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House.

Source: Times of India

Delhi 2050: See for Yourself, Online

Posted by rajat On May - 5 - 2013

New Delhi: When a group of architects interviewed some children in Delhi, they found the youngsters didn’t know the city developed around the Yamuna. It made them wonder if, come 2050, the river will exist at all in the new generations’ mindscapes.


What else will change in the city? Will it be more unsafe to step out at night? Will the city choke on jams and noxious air? A team of architects and town planners launched a unique online project recently that aims to recreate Delhi in 2050 with inputs from citizens.

Dutchman Anne Feenstra, working with the architecture platform arch i, started Delhi 2050 in 2010. “Before approaching the government, we wanted to gather all facts, figures and opinions,” he said. The team recently contacted National Capital Planning Board, Delhi Development Authority and the urban development ministry which showed interest. IIT Delhi, School of Social Sciences at JNU, School of Planning and Architecture and Indian Institute for Human Settlements are generating data for the project.

The process is simple. Anyone interested in participating may log on to the Delhi 2050 website. Here, infographics compare Delhi with other international cities for various parameters. Delhi has very high particulate matter pollution compared to Milan which has very high nitrogen dioxide emissions. “We are trying to see how Delhi is faring compared to other cities with similar population density and size. We cannot compare Delhi with New York or London but it can be compared to Sao Paolo, Milan and Madrid,” Feenstra said.


The team has developed a number of demo models. The ‘urban harvest’ model explores how a residential colony in Mayur Vihar can be completely decentralized. To harness solar energy, the infrastructure is covered with a membrane of titanium dioxide which can also harvest rainwater. Vertical farms have been installed on this micro-model which use hydroponics to reduce water intake by 1/20th of its current demand. The future societies living in this imaginary model would comprise farmers who live and work there.


The live-and-work paradigm is also in force in the Life Street model which is trying to make Khirki Village a safe and friendly neighborhood by making it a space where people put up and work and there is activity on streets even at night. Another project, Aap Ki Sadak, has involved residents of Malviya Nagar, Khirki Extension and Sheikh Sarai in developing a consensus plan for improvement of public transport. The data collated from public consultations and online inputs will be presented to agencies in June.


The website has detailed information on the urban heat island effect (in which temperatures of built up areas are higher) in Delhi. “These areas demand more energy because their air conditioning needs are way higher. The temperature difference can be up to eight degrees,” said Feenstra.


Delhi 2050 is the only Indian architecture project part of 26 international projects to be presented at the fifth International Architecture Biennale 2012 in Rotterdam.

Source: Times of India

Green Homes for Middle Class

Posted by rajat On April - 8 - 2012

SARE Homes (South Asian Real Estate), has announced the launch of Green ParC-II, the fourth phase of its 65-acre integrated township called Crescent ParC in Sector 92, Gurgaon. After selling more than 3,500 apartments, “handing over first possession on time, and creating significant monetary appreciation for its customers, investors and other stakeholders.

“SARE Homes caters to the aspirations of the middle-income group by offering quality, community-housing at strategically identified locations across India. The company has invested in eight integrated projects in major cities like Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Navi Mumbai, Chennai, Amritsar and Indore, which represent nearly 36.5 million sq ft of developable area. SARE is on a highgrowth mode and aims to double its area under development in the next three years,” said David Walker, executive director of SARE Homes.

He also said that “We are extremely enthused by the overwhelming response to our project in Gurgaon, and are very happy to launch the fourth phase, Green ParC-II. SARE Homes plans to invest Rs 2,000 crore in developing real estate projects over the next five years in India. The scale of our business will enable us to deliver best-in-class services to our customers and commit the resources to ensure on-time delivery of our projects. SARE Homes, promoted by the Duet Group, is a unique real estate investment and development company, as far as the project funding is concerned. We are funded internally by foreign direct investment; hence, our projects are assured of uninterrupted progress.”

The township is placed in a sategically convenient location on the Gurgaon growth corridor, on the arterial 60metre-wide road, just 40 minutes from the IGI Airport and in close proximity to the Dwarka and KMP Expressways, and the industrial hub of IMT, Manesar. It lies within the NCR, home to major multinational IT-ITeS, automobile and manufacturing companies.

Vikram O Datta, director (marketing and sales) of SARE Homes, said, “In Gurgaon, SARE has invested nearly Rs 200 crore, and has sold more than 1,600 apartments till date. Homebuyers, as well as investors in this region, are very savvy and we are confident they will respond positively to our latest offering.”

The township consist of different housing, lowrise, midrise and highrise group housing in Ground + 4, stilt + 7 and stilt + 19 formats. Green ParC-II consists of 3 and 4 bedroom apartments, ranging from 1,261-2,226 sq ft in stilt + 7 and stilt +19 towers. The towers have a unique design, with beautiful balconies allowing for maximum privacy.

Each apartments faces the lush 7-acre central greens, which has a jogging track, children’s play area, a cycling track, an open-air amphitheatre, a skating rink, putting greens, a feature forest, beautifully landscaped water bodies, and a 35,000 sq ft clubhouse, one of the largest in Gurgaon. This project has been designed by Rajiv Khanna & Associates, an architectural firm. The price of these apartments starts from Rs 55 lakh.

While launching a project, we give importance to the lifestyle of our customers in that particular demography and their objective of maximizing the value for their investment. An exciting differentiating factor of Green ParC-II will be the sky deck, which is new in the Gurgaon market,” said Vineet Relia, the chief operating officer of SARE Homes

News Source : Times of India

Book Fair Celebrates 100 Years of Delhi’s History

Posted by rajat On April - 6 - 2012

With almost everything available online, a fair might sound less interesting. When it comes to book fair, not much people might be interested but the But the 20th edition of the World Book Fair inaugurated on Saturday has a different story to tell as thousands thronged the sprawling Pragati Maidan, the venue.

The fair has attracted some 1,300 exhibitors from 26 countries are participating in the nine-day-long festival. For this year, it will be more than just a book fair. the fair has much to do with Delhi, which turned 100 in December last year. A glimpse of 100 years of Delhi as the Capital of India has been displayed at a special pavilion in the fair.

The rich history of Delhi has been showcased in in pictures sourced from various libraries, including the British Library, by Roli Books, the organiser of the pavilion. The exhibits includes pictures of Lord King George V visiting Delhi for coronation in 1911, light locomotives that started here during the same period and the gates in the city are on display.

Pramod kapoor, publisher, Roli Books said, “Not everybody can afford expensive coffee-table books on the Capital. This pavilion gives Delhiites an opportunity to know the history of their city.“  The pavilion’s theme is based on two books published by Roli Books -`Red fort to Raisina Hills’ and `New Delhi: Making of a Capital’.

The fair will also include exhibits of more than 100 rare works, most of which have never been displayed in the country before. More than a dozen non-profit organisations, along with government-aided film organisations, universities and trade bodies, are supporting the event. Kapil Sibal, the Internet and technology, human resource and development minister will addressing the crowd said that “India is only country that publishes books in over 40 languages. Despite the growth of Internet and technology, books will not take a back seat, instead they compliment each other.”

DTC Plans towards a secure travelling

Posted by admin On December - 11 - 2011

In just a few months, DTC bus passengers will be kept under constant surveillance through CCTV and commuters will also be checked by the bus staff with a metal detector for weapons to make travelling in Delhi safer.

Secure System in DTC Buses in Delhi

Delhi’s public transport system is a very vulnerable spots for terror attacks and the government is taking serious measures to prevent any such events. The Delhi Metro network is checked and secured through manual as well as strict electronics surveillance system but the DTC still continue to be a vulnerable target.

According to DC senior officials, said they are now working on a state home department’s proposal to install CCTV cameras and metal detectors in its 6,500strong fleet of buses. As these will have huge financial implications, DTC will have to arrange for the equipment on its own. DTC chairman-cum-managing director Vijay Kumar Dev said they have taken up the proposal with transport department of Delhi government. Dev said that  “Once a policy is laid out and its financial implications are taken care of, we will involve all stakeholders including bus manufacturers to see how it can be made possible,“

The human resources will have to arrange everything to run this entire system smoothly, said DTC officials. The officials also said that they will have to generate a backend system through which they will feed the  large number of buses and will not only have to be monitored but will also have to be stored for future reference.

DTC buses in a day make some 35,00040,000 trips and carry more than 40 lakh passengers every day. The department has launched cluster bus scheme in Delhi through which some 4,400 private buses which will runs on over 650 routes in a couple of years and these private buses will also have to install CCTV camera as well as metal detectors.