The three-day cultural and innovation extravaganza Antardhwani, organized by Delhi University, ended on Sunday with three colleges being recognized for the best practices they had adopted over the years that can be replicated in other institutions as well.
The first position was awarded to Maharaja Agrasen College, primarily for their effort to reduce the carbon footprint and for having a large number of journals where the students’ research papers can be printed and presented. The college got R10 lakh as prize money.
The second position and Rs. 7 lakh was bagged by Kalindi College for the efforts by their journalism department to come out with a number of publications. “Ours is the only college in DU to publish a broadsheet. We also have a 40-page magazine to our credit. The innovation projects on saving electricity also helped our pitch,” said a teacher coordinator at Kalindi College.
The effort to integrate students from varied background and the focus on research got Acharya Narendra Dev College the third prize of Rs. 5 lakh. The college’s focus on research, entrepreneurship, theatre in education and a commitment towards open education and providing software and study material to students freely caught the attention of the judges.
The University’s departments also participated in the best practices. The departments of Physics, Psychology and Geology bagged the first, second and third prize respectively.
A large number of students visited the festival on the three days. According to university estimates, close to 115,000 students, teachers and parents visited the festival on the three days combined.
“The festival went off without a hitch and triggered enthusiasm among students as well as faculty members who do not get a chance to engage with the university as they are in different colleges. The innovations section was very heartening to see and the university may help around 100 groups of students to apply for patents for their innovations in the coming few months,” said vice chancellor Dinesh Singh.