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Aadhaar card compulsory for JEE Main 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In pursuance of a Ministry of Human Resource Development notification, the fifth Joint Entrance Examination (Main) in 2017 will be conducted on April 2, 2017 (Sunday) by the JEE Apex Board for admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programmes in NITs, IITs and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions. However, this time Aadhar card details have been made compulsory for aspirants who wish to appear for the exam.According to the notification issued on November 10, 2016, all candidates who are Indian citizens should possess an Aadhaar card issued by UIDAI with their correct details. At the time of filling the application form for JEE (Main) 2017, the candidates will have to enter their Aadhaar number, name, date of birth and gender, which will be validated with UIDAI’s data.In case, these particulars do not match, the candidate will not be able to fill the application form of JEE (Main) 2017. Therefore, the candidates are advised to ensure that their Aadhaar card has correct details of their name, date of birth and gender as per school records. If there is some mismatch in these details, the candidates should immediately get it corrected in Aadhaar data or school records, as the case may be.Aspiring candidates have to apply online only through the JEE (Main) website www.jeemain.nic.in. The online application process will start from December 1, 2016, onwards. The last date for application is January 2, 2017, and the fee can be paid till January 3, 2017.

Delhi University’s SOL exam paper leak, examination cancelled

Undergraduate English examination for Delhi university’s School of Open Learning (SOL) was cancelled on Wednesday following reports of leak of question paper.SOL’s director CS Dubey said that the paper was cancelled after it emerged that it has been leaked.The paper, in which around 55 thousand students had to appear, has now been scheduled for June 24 at 9 am by SOL. Dubey said that an FIR has also been lodged in the case.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”At around 2.15 pm we got to know about the paper leak on Whatsapp. We cancelled the paper and send SMS to all students regretting inconvenience. The paper will now be conducted on June 24,” he said.

DU women approach DCW against letters to parents over water protest

New Delhi: Protesting the letters sent to their parents for staging an agitation against the water crisis in their hostel, female students from Delhi University (DU) on Monday approached the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and the varsity vice- chancellor alleging “witch-hunt” by administration.

Over 200 students of Delhi University’s Undergraduate Hostel for Girls (UGHG) had held a protest on 23 April, which went on till around 2.30 am the next day. There was no water supply to the hostel for two months.

Delhi Water Minister and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) Chairman Kapil Mishra had met the protesting students and addressed them around midnight. Water supply was restored on 25 April.

A month after the incident happened, parents of some of the students involved in the protest received a letter sent by the hostel administration saying the act was in violation of rules and that it could have a bad impact on other residents.

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Mishra, also objected to the letters and said that he will raise the issue with DU VC Yogesh Tyagi.

“This is intolerable. I will raise it with VC. Students highlighted the failure of DU admin. DU shd be thankful,” he said in a tweet.

A protesting student said, “calling or writing letters to parents as a threat to silence the voices and resistance of women students will not be tolerated any more. This is gender discrimination and harassment, and has to be called out as that”.

“The university has to stop treating us an infantile ‘girls’ and recognise that we are independent adult women who demand that the university be accountable to us and the constitution,” she added.

The students on Monday approached the DCW, terming the letters sent to their parents as witch-hunt by DU for raising their voice against the administration.

“This is an age-old sexist ploy universities have constantly used against women students, colluding with the patriarchal and casteist family’s desire to control and restrict women’s aspirations and dreams,” the complaint sent to DCW said.

The students also marched to the vice-chancellor’s office but were stopped midway by the university’s security.

Representatives from the Delhi University Dean of Student Welfare (DSW) and proctor office met the students and took their memorandum of demands.

Delhi University to provide marksheets, degrees online from July 1

Getting marksheets, degrees or migration certificates from Delhi University will just be a click away, with the varsity deciding to deliver these documents online from July 1.The DU claims it would be the first Indian university to go completely online in delivering these documents, procurement of which used to be a cumbersome process till now. “From July 1, the university alumni will be able to apply for their degree certificates, marksheets, migration certificates, attestations and transcripts online. DU will also deliver the documents to the desired destinations such as educational institutions, employer and visa agencies,” an examination branch official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The candidates will be required to submit the enrollment number, examination roll number, select the desired document from the list and make the payment online. While electronic copies of transcripts, verified degree certificates and migration certificates will be delivered to desired destinations, the original degree and marksheets will have to be collected personally due to security reasons. However, there will be an option to apply for them online.
ALSO READ DU sets admission process in motion, likely to go online”For delivery to service employers, visa agencies and universities, once an applicant applies for a document, a password – in the form of personal identification number – will be generated, which will be shared with the respective agency/ institution who will then access the verified documents,” the official said.The university is in the process of digitising marksheets of the recent years. Undergraduate students, including those enrolled in the School of Open learning and Women’s Non-Collegiate Board, were all given online marksheets last year and postgraduate marksheets of nine departments were also available online. However, the delivery option will be made available to the students for the first time.
ALSO READ Delhi University receives over 80,000 applications online

Appropriating Hinduism? Students protest kirtan singing by white woman in US

New York: Singing of kirtans at an Ivy League university has drawn protests from a section of Indian students.

Unlike in the protests against yoga the demonstrators this time were not religious fundamentalists, but students spewing leftist rhetoric at Brown University. They protested a non-Indian white woman singing kirtans, asserting that only those born Hindu should sing the religious hymns, according to media reports.

The performance by Carrie Grossman, who has adopted the Hindu name Dayashila, was disrupted Thursday by protesters claiming that by singing kirtans she as a white person was wrongly “appropriating” elements of Hinduism.

They used radical leftist terminology like white privilege, structural change and “radical love” to oppose what they called “cultural appropriation” by a white person.

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“Cultural appropriation,” according to those who protest it, happens when people use or performs elements from a culture not their own.

Many in the audience confronted the protesters, who eventually left the event and staged a sit-in outside.

“Several audience members turned around and asked them to be quiet,” The Brown Daily Herald reported. “In addition, some of the audience members stood up and moved to where the protesters were sitting to ask them to leave.”

Rajan Zed, the president of US-based Universal Society of Hinduism, called the protests at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island state, “sad and inappropriate.”

“Color of the person should not matter in devotional singing and anybody should be able pay respectful homage to Hindu deities through kirtan or other forms,” Zed said. “Kirtan offered means to connect to the heart, to the divinity that lies within.”

He asked Brown University president Christina H Paxson and chancellor Thomas J. Tisch to “make sure that such unreasonable interruptions did not happen at the Hindu events on the campus in the future” and to hold a formal inquiry into the disruption.

The Herald reported that Grossman, a Brown University alumna, told her audience that she discovered kirtans during visit to India and “found (chanting) very powerful and very healing.”

Describing her mission to spread the singing of kirtans, Grossman writes on her website about her experience in the third person: “At the altar of her instrument she called out to the divine and unburdened her heart. This process was profoundly healing and, the more she did it, the more she felt drawn to share her sound with the world.”

She has produced a recording, “Soma Bandhu,” that features hymns like “Om Nama Shivaya,” “Jai Ma” and “Sarve Bhavantu.”

Although the protesters used radical leftist rhetoric, their agenda appears to be a form of selective opposition to conversions or religious interactions – in effect, banning those not born Hindu from singing Hindu religious hymns or participating in rituals.

Christian fundamentalist also oppose non-Hindus participating in Hindu cultural or health practices. From New York to California, some Christians have protested yoga practice in schools. Most recently fundamentalists in Georgia protested against the namaste greeting during yoga.

However, similar protests are not held by those claiming to be against “cultural-appropriation” when non-Christians sing Christian hymns or participate in Christian observances.

Most of those in a picture published by Herald of the demonstration against the kirtan performance were white and African American, with few Indians.

Wearing bindi or pottu by non-Indian women have also been crticised as “cultural appropriation.”

In the face of protests, the Contemplative Studies Departmental Undergraduate Group, which organised the kirtan, issued an apology saying that they “humbly acknowledge that those intentions (in arranging the event) do not preclude harm and hurt that we may have inflicted,” the Herald reported.

Ironically, Anchal Saraf, one of the protesters with an Indian name quoted in the media, was a signatory to a petition demanding freedom of expression at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Freedom of expression in US universities is under threat not from the government, but from students and faculty. At elite universities like Yale, students have in the past year explicitly protested freedom of expression on campuses and tried to silence professors and students not conforming to their version of liberal or radical views.

Even media faculties are not immune despite freedom of expression being at the core of journalism. Last year, a journalism teacher at University of Missouri, who supported an African American student protest, instigated an attack on an Asian American photographer trying to record it in a public place that guaranteed his constitutional rights.