JEE rank not good? Relax, here’s how you can still get into a great institute

There is a reason the JEE is considered one of the toughest examinations in India, if not the world. The difficulty level of the papers in the exam is not the only reason though. The sheer competitiveness of the exam, owing to a massive number of applicants, is also a factor. When you look at the numbers, you realise how. Over 1.2 million applicants gave JEE Main; the first phase of this really tough exam. Just 2.2 lakh applicants qualified for the next exam – JEE Advanced. That’s a qualifying rate of 18%, roughly equating to 1 in 6 candidates.

Now consider another fact. IITs in India – that take in students qualifying this exam only have a total of a little over 10,500 seats. The qualifying rate is now further reduced to 5%, roughly equating to 1 in 20 students. To put this in perspective, only the top 1% of all applicants actually make it to the IITs.

It’s no wonder why engineering aspirants were eagerly waiting for June 11, 2017. Many of them did it though with a sense of nervousness and apprehension. And when the moment of reckoning did arrive, it filled many hearts with joy while breaking countless more.

According to Rajshekhar Ratrey, VP educational content, Toppr.com, an educational learning platform, candidates with an insufficient AIR (all-India rank) should not lose hope as IITs are not the only way to achieve one’s dreams. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY, a scholarship programme funded by the department of science and technology) scores and Olympiad (such as the one conducted by IIT Bombay) count too. Success is a journey and not a milestone. There is more than one way to travel this journey. If candidates haven’t managed to make it to the IITs, here’s Ratrey’s advice on some alternatives they can consider:

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Not just IIT,s here are some other institutes you can opt for

1.NITs: Candidates can pursue a career in computer science, electronics, mechanical or chemical engineering in the National Institutes of Technology. Older colleges like Warangal, Trichy and Suratkal are better than some of the newer colleges. Regardless, all NITs will consider JEE Main scores and AIR for admissions.

2.IIITs: Candidates can pursue a career in electronics or computer science in the Indian Institutes of Information Technology. All IIIT colleges consider JEE Main scores with AIR, KVPY and Olympiad scores for admissions. Of them, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad are some of the good ones to aim for.

3.IIST: If it’s a career in space technology that one seeks, then the Indian Institute of Space Technology is a great choice. Directly managed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), candidates can directly apply for the five-year dual-degree programme with masters, that bolsters their chances of entering ISRO. IIST considers a candidate’s JEE Advanced Score and AIR for admissions.

4.IISc: The Indian Institute of Science, also known as the Tata Institute, is another great option for those contemplating a career in pure sciences and research. These courses are also highly beneficial for those who wish to pursue higher studies. Located in Bengaluru, this institute assesses a candidate’s JEE Main, JEE Advanced, KVPY and Olympiad scores; depending on how many exams the candidate has given.

5.IISER: Another great option for pure sciences and research is the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Pune. This institution has published 900 research papers and helps candidates aspiring for a PhD. IISER assesses the JEE Advanced score, state-board percentage of each candidate. If the candidate has given the KVPY exam, its score is considered too.

6.State-funded Institutes: If candidates are unable to get into any of the above national institutions, there are various state institutions that they can apply for.

After completing one of the above courses, candidates can choose to opt for higher studies:

IN INDIA

1. IIT and IISER: Candidates get a second shot at IIT which offers an integrated MS + PhD course. They can alternatively choose to pursue this course at IISER.

2. GATE Exam: Candidates can choose to give the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering for admission to postgraduate programmes at IITs, NITs and various other state-funded engineering colleges.

STUDY ABROAD

1. M.S: Candidates can pursue their masters from an overseas university. Admissions are granted on the basis of their academic performance and a language test like IELTS or TOEFL. Universities in USA also require GRE and GMAT.

2. Ph.D: Candidates can also choose to pursue a PhD over a master’s degree.

3. Integrated courses (MS + PhD): Candidates can instead of for integrated courses that combine both of the above, at overseas universities.

 

Campus Calling: Get your campus lingo on point before you join Delhi University

Imagine it is your first day in college. And as you walk into the campus, you feel out of place because of a conversation that flows like…‘DU se khaas expect nahi kiya tha, but it is Lit AF bro! Logon ki bhi OK report hai’ etc, and you have everything going over your head.

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Yes, varsity life comes with its own quirks, one of them being the lingo. While words like K-Nags (Kamla Nagar),
C-Bats (Cholle Bhature), G-Jams (Gulab Jamun) have always been part of a DU student’s dictionary; some new words and phrases have been introduced lately. Here are some slangs that you can brush up on before you join college (so you don’t have any FOMO (fear of missing out)).

Word: TRIPPY S**T

What it means on campus: Often used to describe stuff that absolutely boggles the human mind, trippy s**t, is a slang that doesn’t require judicious use.

How it’s used: You could include it as a starter for an epic narration of a party story — “Bro, some really trippy s**t happened at Karan’s house last night.”

Word: DATT JA

What it means on campus: While the literal meaning of the term is ‘to stop’, DU students can be heard using this as a precursor to a brawl. Consider this as a warning “to stay in one’s limit.”

How it’s used: College bullies can often be heard saying , “Datt ja bhai, bohot ho gya tera ab.”

Word: BT

What it means on campus: The complete opposite of ‘trippy s**t’, BT (Bad Trip) is used to describe a bad experience— be it describing a boring lecture or a heartbreak by the college hottie.

How it’s used: While we hope you never have to say this (which isn’t really a possibility), it can be used like this. “Yaar kitne assignments pakda diye is teacher ne. Subah subah BT ho gayi.”

Word: TAGDA/ LIT AF/ DOPE

What it means on campus:These three slangs are used interchangeably as they are used to describe a great experience.

How they’re used: You’d probably see them being thrown around the most during fresher parties and DU fests, some what like, “Bhai shaam ko EDM night hai fest ki, tagda scene banega party ka!” or “The freshers party yesterday was lit af/dope.”

Word: PAP

What it means on campus: You’d often come across this, if you’re the college selfie expert. PAP simply means post a picture.

How it’s used: This might be a regular feature when you’re on your class group chat. The usage is pretty simple, “You are on a vacation right? PAP soon please”

Word: TURNT

What it means on campus: College life definitely increases your chances of partying, and with it, the chances of getting extremely drunk (first timer issues). That’s where ‘Turnt’ comes in. Used to describe when you’re sloshed without letting go of the swag you want attached to your college persona.

How it’s used: You can use it as, “I was so turnt at Yash’s place bro! I ended up calling mom and telling her about my result.”

Word: ON FLEEK

What it means on campus: This one is used to describe perfection of any kind, be it wardrobe, personality etc. It can also be replaced with on point (or if you’re super impressed, hella on fleek).

How it’s used: “Her clothes are always on fleek. I wish I could carry myself that way.”

Word: OK REPORT

What it means on campus: A slang that is probably a spawn of the Delhi Punjabi culture, this one is used to describe a satisfactory (or great) situation.

How it’s used: You’d see this fly among guy groups, and probably like this, “Bhai, kal vo bike test drive kari thi. OK report hai.”

Word: SUCH AMAZE, MUCH WOW

What it means on campus: Made popular by the Doge memes, this is an exclamatory remark for something wonderful, probably that amazes you. This one can also serve as a sarcastic remark for something that doesn’t really amaze you.

How it’s used:

Friend 1: “Her dad bought her a brand new I phone on her birthday. Can you believe it?”

Friend 2: Such amaze, much wow.

Word: BEING EXTRA

What it means on campus: Whatever is over the top, unnecessary or excessive can be described as ‘being extra’. How it’s used: “The professor was just being so extra when he did not take Neha’s apology.”

 

 

Mutual Funds Get 19 Lakh New Investors In 2 Months

New Delhi: Mutual fund houses added close to 19 lakh investor accounts in April-May of 2017-18, taking the total tally to a record 5.72 crore, driven by growing interest from retail and HNI investors alike.

This is on top of 77 lakh folios added in the entire past fiscal and 59 lakh in the preceding financial year. In the two years, investor accounts went up following robust contribution from smaller towns.
Folios are numbers designated to individual investor accounts though an investor can have multiple ones. According to data from the Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi) on total investor accounts with 42 active fund houses, the number of folios rose to a record 5,71,90,112 at the end of May from 5,53,99,631 at March-end, a gain of 17.90 lakh.

Growing participation from retail as well as HNI (high net worth individuals) categories have contributed to higher overall investor accounts, FundsIndia.com Head of Mutual Fund Research Vidya Bala said. The number of retail investor accounts, which comprise equity, equity-linked saving schemes and balanced categories, surged to 4.60 crore in May-end from 4.4 crore at the end of March.

Mutual funds have gained popularity among Indian investors in the last two years

“A good percentage of investors stay invested in equity oriented schemes for at least 24 months or more than that. This increase in equity-oriented schemes holding period is for applicability of long-term capital gain,” Bajaj Capital CEO Rahul Parikh said.

“Even the Investors’ confidence in MF has increased. Now they are holding their investments in equity-oriented schemes for a longer period of time for both lumpsum as well as SIP (systematic investment plan) investments,” he added. Overall, the country’s mutual fund industry managed an asset base of over Rs. 19 lakh crore, which is likely to cross the Rs. 20 lakh crore mark this fiscal.

Mutual funds are investment vehicles made up of a pool of funds collected from a large number of investors. The funds are invested in stocks, bonds and money market instruments, among others

 

Weight Watchers eating plan: Get in shape for summer

For part one of the plan click here.

We have teamed up with Weight Watchers to help you get in shape for summer. Whatever it is you want to achieve – greater confidence, improved health or happiness, techniques for de-stressing and re-energising or fun ways to get moving – Weight Watchers can give you all the support you need and help you lose weight along the way.

Why we love it

l Weight Watchers’ unique and scientifically-proven SmartPoints system is tailored to your needs and gives you freedom to follow the programme your own way.

l No food is off limits. Say yes to the food you love at home, in a restaurant or on the go.

l Weight Watchers provides round-the-clock support from nutritionally trained coaches, members and advanced online tools, including the Weight Watchers app with barcode scanner.

l Losing weight is about more than what you eat, so tips on activity and wellbeing are also available.

l Weight Watchers works. You could lose up to seven-times more with a Weight Watchers plan than by dieting on your own.

Breakfast menu

How the plan works

Weight Watchers members get a personalised SmartPoints budget* to spend on any food – so stick to your budget and you’ll lose weight. Most fruits and vegetables have a SmartPoints value of zero. Filling up on these will make your budget go further and support healthy weight loss.

With mix-and-match meal ideas and snacks, you can create a menu based on a daily SmartPoints allowance of 30. Include ½ pint of skimmed milk (4 SmartPoints values) every day for good health and use it in tea, coffee, with cereal or as a drink. Fresh fruits and vegetables are planned in to help you get your five-a-day, but feel free to replace them with your favourite seasonal produce.

You are advised to drink plenty of fluids – between six and eight glasses a day. These can include coffee, tea, milk, low- or no-sugar squashes, diet drinks and water.

*For your personalised SmartPoints budget, join a meeting or become an online subscriber. The menus in this series of supplements are based on a typical daily allowance of 30 SmartPoints values. Your personalised budget also includes a weekly allowance to spend on bigger portions, treats or meals out.

Weight Watchers summer tips

l Success is not only about what you weigh, it’s about how you feel, how healthy you are, how much energy you have and much more. So it makes sense to set goals that don’t focus solely on the number on the scales. If you want to set a weight goal, make sure it is realistic – a healthy weekly weight-loss rate is between ½lb and 2lb.

l Be honest, be accurate and ditch the bad thoughts. There is nothing beneficial or helpful about feeling depressed if things haven’t quite gone to plan. Write down what you have eaten or keep track of it with the Weight Watchers App.

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Try chicken and pesto pasta for a tasty and healthy lunch

Breakfasts

All-day breakfast

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 6 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

SmartPoints per serving: 9

Calories per serving: 351

Preheat the grill to medium. Mist a large, nonstick frying pan with calorie-controlled cooking spray and cook 4 reduced-fat pork sausages for 15 minutes.

Put 300g (10½oz) of mushrooms and 150ml (5fl oz) of vegetable stock made with ½ a cube in a large pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Empty a 420g (14¾oz) tin of reduced-sugar-and-salt baked beans into a separate pan and heat gently, stirring occasionally.

Arrange 4 Weight Watchers Extra Trimmed unsmoked back bacon rashers on the grill rack with 4 halved tomatoes. Cook for 4-5 minutes, turning the rashers once, until crispy.

Remove the sausages and keep warm. Break 4 eggs into the pan and cook over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Finish under the grill. Toast 4 slices of Weight Watchers White Danish bread and put 1 tsp of low-fat spread on each.

French berry overnight oats

Serves: 1

SmartPoints per serving: 6

Calories per serving: 287

Layer 35g (1¼oz) of oats, 200g (7oz) of 0% fat natural Greek yoghurt and 150g (5oz) of mixed berries in a jar or bowl. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight. In the morning, stir to combine the layers and top with 50g (1¾oz) of berries.

 

Snapchat to Get Original Time Warner Shows

Time Warner and Snap said on Monday they had entered into an agreement to develop original shows for messaging service Snapchat over the next two years.

The companies did not disclose the financial terms but a source familiar with the matter said the deal was valued at $100 million (roughly Rs. 645 crores).

As part of the deal, the media company’s HBO, Turner and Warner Bros units will advertise on Snapchat as they try to grab the attention of millennials, who are increasingly moving to mobile and online from traditional pay-TV.

Snapchat to Get Original Time Warner Shows

Time Warner said it expects to air three shows per day by the end of this year. Snapchat currently airs one show per day for its users, which typically lasts for three to five minutes.

Snap has been working with media companies and studios such as NBC, ESPN, BBC and Discovery Networks.

“We’re confident this partnership will help drive larger audiences to our shows,” said Gary Ginsberg, Time Warner’s marketing and communications head.

 

Amazon Sale Offers: Deals You Can Get on OnePlus 3T, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, and More

The sale season continues with the new Amazon sale that started Monday and continues till tomorrow. The three-day Amazon Smartphone Sale offers deals and discounts on OnePlus 3T, Moto G5 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, Coolpad Note 5 Lite, and many others. The new Amazon sale will end tomorrow, so if you are in the market for a new smartphone, then you should probably check out the deals here. But it’s not just smartphones that are on discount, as the new Amazon sale provides deals on laptops, televisions, earphones, power banks, microSD cards, as well as consumer durables. Separately, OnePlus 5 – the successor of OnePlus 3T will launch tonight, and Amazon India is running an app-only contest through which fans can get a unit of the next OnePlus flagship for free.

Amazon Sale Offers: Deals You Can Get on OnePlus 3T, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, and More

Amazon sale deals on mobiles
For starters, the Amazon sale is offering OnePlus 3T 64GB at Rs. 29,999 with an exchange offer and a No Cost EMI option. The exchange offer is up to Rs. 13,060 and there’s also an offer from Vodafone that gets you 45GB of free data for five months. Furthermore, as part of the Amazon sale, there is up to 70 percent off on OnePlus 3T cases and covers as well. Amazon is also offering those buying the OnePlus 3T as part of the Amazon sale, Amazon Pay balance of Rs. 250 if you stream video content via the Prime Video app once you purchase the smartphone. Lastly, there’s also a Bajaj Finserv No Cost EMI option applicable on the OnePlus 3T 64GB starting at Rs. 2,499 for 12 months.

As part of the Amazon India sale, the iPhone 7 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB are up for grabs at discounted rates of Rs. 42,999, Rs. 54,490, and Rs. 65,900 respectively. There’s a further discount of up to Rs. 13,060 also offered on exchange of an old smartphone, reducing the purchase value even further. This exchange offer is also listed on the iPhone 6 32GB which is available at a discounted rate of Rs. 24,999 as part of the Amazon sale offers.

The Moto Z is also available at a discounted rate of R. 29,999, with additional exchange offers of up to Rs. 13,060 also applicable on the purchase of this smartphone. There are several Moto Mod discounts also listed alongside the smartphone during the Amazon India sale. A similar exchange offer is also listed on the Moto G5 Plus as well as the Xiaomi Mi Max Prime smartphones.

Coming to budgeted smartphones, the Coolpad Note 5 Lite has a Rs. 2,000 discount offer during the Amazon sale and is available at Rs. 6,999.The Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro smartphone is available at a discounted rate of Rs. 8,690 with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 6,712 also applicable. The Samsung On5 Pro is up for grabs for Rs. 7,190 and the maximum exchange offer is up to Rs. 5,662.

All smartphone offers during the Amazon India sale can be viewed on the Amazon website.

Amazon sale offers on laptops, mobile accessories, and other products
Mobile accessories like memory cards and headphones have also been listed with lucrative offers. Laptops from Apple, HP, Lenovo, Dell, and other brands are also being sold at a discounted rate, and some of them also list an exchange offer of up to Rs. 10,000. Check out all the laptop deals here. Lastly, Amazon is also offering discounts on TVs and large appliances as part of its three-day sale.

 

How to Get Rid of Bags Under Your Eyes

When the normal fat that helps support the eyes moves into the lower eyelids, it causes the lids to appear puffy. Additionally, fluid can accumulate in the area below your eyes which can cause them to swell up. In most cases, puffy and droopy eyes could be a sign of tiredness or lack of sleep. Unless it is a medical condition, you can help yourself get rid of bags under your eyes. From eliminating certain bad habits to incorporating natural home remedies, here are few things that can help.

How to Get Rid of Bags Under Your Eyes

1. Take it easy on salt

Salt is not only linked to high blood pressure

, but it can also cause fluid retention which can lead to puffiness around the eyes. If you use salt, it is better to opt for pure Himalayan pink salt or sea salt

in minimum quantities. Avoid salty processed foods. You can even opt for fresh vegetables, in particular celery, which can help curb your desire for salt.

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2. Exercise

Exercising is a solution for almost all problems from weight loss to getting rid of the eye bags. It is a natural way to reduce the signs of aging and can promote youthful glow. Yoga poses such as shoulder stands and back bends can help increase circulation to the face, eliminate excess fluid and relieve swelling.

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3. Use cucumbers

Cucumbers have a cooling effect on the eyes. Refrigerate two slices of cucumbers for 10-15 minutes and then apply them over your eyes. Keep them placed for about 30 minutes. The soothing effect of cucumbers will help refresh your eyes and your mind.

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4. Limit alcohol intake

Alcohol dehydrates your body and skin which can cause the delicate area around your eyes to appear sunken and dark. Also, alcohol can lead to bloodshot and tired eyes. Limit your alcohol intake and up your water intake. The skin around your eyes will glow when your body is well-hydrated.

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5. Essential oils

As you age, dehydration becomes common. Due to lack of collagen, moisturizing becomes necessary. Applying fennel, lavender or rosemary essential oils can help lower inflammation and regenerate the skin around the eyes. Be careful not to apply these oils on the eye lids or inside the eye, gently rub just a little bit on the eye bags and leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off. Applying aloe vera is another home remedy to get rid of eye bags.

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6. Tea bags

Using tea bags soaked in chamomile tea is also a very effective home remedy for eye bags. It helps in draining out all the excess fluid. Moisten the tea bags and then chill them in the refrigerator. Use them later to cover your eyes and relax for 15-20 minutes.

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7. Milk

Milk is a great remedy for most of your skin care problems. Dip two cotton pads in milk and chill them for few minutes. Later, place these chilled milk-soaked cotton pads over your eyes and let them rest for 30 minutes. Your eyes will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

Try these remedies at home and feel the difference. Your eyes are beautiful assets yet very sensitive and delicate which require extra care. If you feel any product or ingredient irritates your eyes, stop using it immediately and wash with cold water.

 

DU Speak: What you expect when you join college Vs What you really get

When joining Delhi University, every aspirant has certain expectations from their college and college life. But, as many seniors (the so called ‘DU veterans’) might tell you, things don’t really go the way you planned. What is the usual fuccha expectations towards college? Great infrastructure, rocking cultural fests, a friendly faculty, a canteen that serves delicious food, and all the fun that is usually shown in movies. We decided to talk to a few students and do a reality check on what really happens, and this is what we found.

REEL VS REAL LIFE

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Expectation:

Amish Behl* of Sri Venkateswara College clearly expected a lot from his college. “I had seen the general image of colleges to be these really cool places where one could chill. Bollywood made me believe that I could sneak away from college for parties, have a bash, roll with the coolest gang and forget the school culture we got so used to. College was this mecca of all things cool in my mind,” he says.

Reality:

However, his Bollywood dreams were slashed on the first day of college. “It still is pretty fun, but Bollywood seems to have misled us all along. No fancy cars, or uber cool people roaming around, and what hurts the most is that it sometimes is stricter than school. If you look at it properly, college is basically school where you don’t have to wear a uniform. What a dissapointment.”

WHERE IS THE FEST?

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Expectation:

Neha Bhalla* of Indraprastha College for Women expected her college to have a rocking fest, thanks to the Delhi University’s image of hosting grand college fests. “Since it’s a Delhi University college, and is in close proximity to the North Campus, I expected the fest to be huge and a star-studded affair. I also expected the activities to be super fun,” she says.

Reality:

What she really got was a dud fest that did not live up to her expectations. “There was extremely low footfall (and no celebrities either). The stalls put up and the activities undertaken at the fest were also not that interesting.”

THIS ‘CAFE’ IS NOT SO FANCY

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Expectation:

Much like every other student who joins Lady Shri Ram College, Ishita Sharma, too, expected a lot from the college’s famous cafeteria (just what they really call their canteen). “It is called a café, and if at all you call it a canteen, you are said to have broken the ethical code of college culture. I had high expectations in terms of the quality and taste of food, and also the feel,” she says.

Reality:

The canteen.. errr… cafe did not really amaze her. “The quality and taste deteriorated over time, especially after the cafe was taken over by new contractors. Also, the food was overpriced, despite the low quality offering that lacked in taste too. And it’s not a very happening place.”

REALITY IS BETTER

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Expectation:

When Nishita Sharma got her admission in Aryabhatta College, she wasn’t as pumped with expectations. “Since it is an off-campus college, and also one not many have heard of, I did not expect the college to have a good faculty at all,” she says.

Reality:

However, her perception changed once she attended a few classes. “I felt like I had judged the college too soon. Soon after admission, when a few classes took place, I realised that the faculty is brilliant, especially the ones for our course, B.Com.”

AS FUN AS EXPECTED

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Expectation:

Every student wishes for their college to be chilled out and fun, and Devanshi Malik of SGTB Khalsa College expected the same. “My college is located right at the beginning of North Campus, and I expected it to be really chill. I also expected it to be relaxed in terms of attendance, and hoped the teachers would be approachable and friendly too,” she says.

Reality:

Devanshi says that thankfully the college delivered. “ I am glad my bubble remained intact. You don’t get any marks for low attendance, but at least you are not debarred from attempting the examinations (something that happens in most colleges). The teachers, too, are really friendly and approachable. What else could I want now!”

STRUMMING THE WRONG STRINGS

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Expectation:

Vivek Singh* had really high hopes from the college’s music society when he joined Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), and hoped that it would fuel his passion for playing the guitar. “DCAC had a reputation for having one of the coolest music societies on campus. They were even known for Knight Shades, a band from the college which one many accolades,” he says.

Reality:

He feels that while everything started well, things did not end up the way they should have. “The society was indeed cool and did welcome me in as a member. We still do try to deliver something as great as our previous batches, but the college seems to have a different plan for us. The band, instead of staying true to its image, was asked by the college to perform ‘Vande Mataram’ and other songs (which aren’t really cut out for someone with potential for rock music) when the NAAC team was visiting. So much for all the rockstar dreams.”

 

MSU STUDENTS FINALLY GET UGC SCHOLARSHIP

After a legal battle for almost two years, engineering students of MS University finally got justice when the UGC released grant for their monthly stipend following the intervention of Gujarat High Court. The HC was hearing a plea filed by couple of students regarding their scholarship. As per the case details, two former students of Maharaj Sayajirao University (MSU), Vadodara, had filed a petition in the HC against the varsity, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for nonpayment of scholarship due to them for three out of four-semester course. The unpaid total scholarship amounted to Rs 1.5 lakh each.
MSU students finally get UGC scholarship
One of the students had secured admission in Post Graduate Engineering course at MSU in 2010, while the other had secured admission in the same course in 2011. There are a total 45 such students who haven’t received scholarship. According to submissions by the students, they were entitled to Rs 8,000 per month scholarship-cumstipend after clearing the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and getting admission in 2010. They got the scholarship for the first semester but didn’t receive it for the rest three. The MSU and UGC are blaming each other or citing procedural lapse for lack of scholarship disbursal.

As per the scheme floated by the MHRD, those who take admission in Masters in Engineering after clearing GATE were eligible for a monthly stipend of Rs 8,000. In 2014, the amount was revised to Rs 12,500 per month. UGC was tasked with responsibility to disburse the amount to eligible students through the respective universities. One of the aggrieved students Bhavesh Brahmbhatt said, “The UGC has submitted before the court that they released grant of Rs 34,34,000 for 47 general category students and 21 SC category students towards first semester scholarship. The HC has directed MSU to disburse it to the students.

Get Ready to Be the Queen of Coachella, Because Weed Floral Crowns Are Here

Every queen needs a crown — and when it comes to ruling over California’s hippest music festival, not just any crown will do.

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Luckily, organic cannabis farm Lowell Herb Co. has come up with the perfect option just in time for Coachella: a simple floral crown adorned with buds of smokeable weed. Featuring the farm’s “Coachella Blend,” the crowns are available to anyone who pre-orders the Lowell Farms Coachella pack from Palm Springs Safe Access. (Yes, you’ll need a prescription to get it.)

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On top of the fact that this budding crown will make you the star of any music festival, it’s also a steal: According to Buzzfeed, the Coachella packs retail for $55, and the crown alone is worth $60. And even if you don’t smoke, you have to admit that these floral crowns are pretty Instagrammable.

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Check out a few more photos of Lowell Herb Co.’s cannabis crowns below, and, if you have a medical marijuana card, you can pre-order one for yourself from Palm Springs Safe Access right here.

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