Promotion of Research: The college provides opportunities for research and scholarly activities at undergraduate and post graduate level. Seminars, conferences, workshops and extension lectures are held by various departments which lends high impact to the learning process making it critically analytical.
3.1 Research Oriented Programmes in Commerce and Business Innovations/Information Technology and Geography:
Four of our Post Graduate Departments namely M.Com, M.Com (Business Innovations), M.Sc. (Geography) and M.Sc. (Information Technology) are research oriented programmes. Every student in any of these programmes is required to complete a research dissertation as a part of the course requirement as prescribed by Panjab University, Chandigarh.
3.2 Post Graduate Department of Commerce and Business Innovations:
The Department of Commerce and Business Innovations is approved as Centre for Teaching and Research in Interdisciplinary Innovative and Emerging Areas in the field of Business Innovations as part of the M.Com course. This programme is focused in preparing the students for further research in the field of commerce and business innovations by honing their aptitude for the same. A research project is a part of the curriculum in the fourth semester M.Com (Business Innovations). The Masters in Commerce Business Innovations (M.Com Business Innovations) is a unique multidisciplinary programme designed for ambitious graduates wanting to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to shape innovation in business and commerce brought about by internet, mobile, and multimedia technologies. The M.Com Business Innovations Programme focuses on skills and knowledge required to maximize the potential of modern information technologies for innovation in business. That is why the programme is designed as holistic experience, with an equal balance of business and tec hnology topics and with a focus on integrating topics that are often taught in isolation.
The curriculum in the M.Com (Business Innovations) is focused on sharpening the Business Analytical skills of the participants. It equips the participants with the various tools of Analysis, be it for performance measurement, financial statements analysis and Data Analysis and interpretations. It will also focus on Business and Customer intelligence to give the participants an understanding of technologies, applications and practices used to help a business to acquire a better understanding of its commercial context.
This post graduate programme is a research oriented programme in which every student has to complete a research project in the fourth semester as per their area of specialization. In the year 2015 35 research projects were completed in this programme by the students under the supervision of teachers. The detailed list of Completed Research Projects is given in Annexure G- Post Graduate Department of Commerce and Business Innovations.
Apart from this, every student of this programme is required to complete Summer Internship Programme of 6-8 weeks in the Months of May-June. The details of Research Oriented Summer Internship Projects completed in the Department of Commerce and Business Innovations is given in Annexure H (The summer internship Projects completed in the year 2015 are as follows :
3.3 Research Internship Projects of M.Com (Semester System):
The Department of Commerce offers M.Com (Semester System) programme in which students are required to complete summer research projects in May-June every year. The details of Summer Projects completed by M.Com (Semester System) Students are given in Annexure I
3.4 Research Projects in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology: The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology offers M.Sc. (Information Technology) programme. The 4th semester students of this programme are required to prepare a Research Project. The Research Projects completed in 2015 are given in Annexure J.
3.5 Research Projects in Department of Geography: M.A. 4th Semester students of Department of Geography completed 39 Research Projects during the year 2015. The detailed list is given in Annexure K
3.6 Research at Doctoral Level: The Department of Hindi of the College is acknowledged as Research Centre of the Panjab University, Chandigarh for Ph.D. Programme. This department has the credit of having three Professors in the pay scale of 37400-67000 with grade pay of Rs. 10000/- promoted in the year 2014. The list of students who have completed their Ph.D. in the year 2015 is given in Annexure L. The List of students who have been enrolled for Ph.D. programme in Hindi under the supervision of different teachers is given in Annexure M
3.7:Research by the teachers of different departments:During the year 2015 different teachers published 10 research papers in National Journals, six papers in International Journals, and presented 17 research papers in different National and International Conferences. 10 of our teachers participated in various national conferences. The details of research papers presented, published is given in Annexure N
3.8:Extension Activities and Institutional Social Responsibility
National Seminar on 'Issues in Contemporary Literary Studies: The Department of English organized a National Seminar on 'Issues in Comparative Literary Studies' on 17th Nov, 2015. Dr. R.K Kohli, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda was the chief guest.The key note address was delivered by Prof. Gurupdesh Singh from G.N.D.U, Amritsar.He spoke at length on a broad spectrum of issues forming the crux of contemporary literary issues. The resource persons, Dr. Anupama Vohra from Jammu University and Dr. Roshan Sharma from Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharmshala presented the various facets of the topic while Dr. Ashutosh Mohan, Reader, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi delivered the Valedictory Address and elaborated on the various issues confronting comparative literature. It was a thoroughly enriching experience for scholars, researchers from all over the country who imbibed the spirit of undertaking research-oriented projects. The departmental Newsletter 'Reflections' was also launched on the occasion.
National Seminar on ‘Relevance of Punjabi Language, Literature and Culture in the Global Era’: The national Seminar was organized by the Post Graduate Department of Punjabi on the topic ‘Relevance of Punjabi Language, Literature and Culture in the Global Era’ on March 20, 2015. The national seminar was inaugurated by Dr. Om Gauri Dutt Sharma (Director, Doordarshan Kendra, Jallandhar) while the eminent poet Dr. Surjit Patar (Padam Shri) presided over the inaugural session. Dr. Amarjit Grewal (Advisor, World Punjabi Centre, Punjabi University, Patials) delivered the Key Note address. Twenty one research papers were presented on this occasion by the scholars related to the theme of the seminar and more than hundred delegates participated in this national seminar. Technical Sessions were presided over by the renowned linguist Prof. Joga Singh (Punjabi University, Patiala). Dr. Baljinder Nasrali (University of Delhi), Dr. Sudrashan Gaso (Haryana), Dr. Jagjiwan Singh, poet and critic and Jaswant Jafar participated as resource persons. Folk singer and renowned actor Sarabjit Cheema was the chief guest of the valedictory ceremony.
National Seminar on ‘Nagri Lipi’ By Department of Hindi: The Post –Graduate Department of Hindi cum Research Centre, S.C.D. Government College, Ludhiana organised a One-Day National Seminar in joint collaboration with Nagri Lipi Parishad, New Delhi on 7th November, 2015. The chief guest for the occasion was Professor Rajendra Bhandari, Vice-Chairman, Yojna Aayog Punjab. The Seminar was centered on ‘SOOCHNA PRAUDYOGIKI, NAGRI LIPI AUR HINDI’ and generated a lot of interest. Nearly 200 people participated in it. The seminar was conducted in three sessions in which eminent experts Dr. Jaiprakash (Chandigarh), Dr. Parmaanand Panchal (Delhi), Dr. Pooran Chand Tandon (Delhi), Dr. Vinod Babbar (Delhi), Prof. Gurpal Singh (Chandigarh), Prof. Naveen Chandra Lohni (Meerut), Dr. Hareesh Sethi (Delhi) And Dr. Gurmeet Singh (Chandigarh) graced the occasion. Apart from these experts, professors, research scholars and students from the state as well as the states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and other states took part in the seminar and presented Research Papers on the topic of the seminar.
Interactive Session With Foreign Delegates Feb-2015:International Scientist (on optimization techniques) and Professor Dr. C. R Bector, Professor Emeritus in the Asper School of Business University of Manitoba, Canada delivered his discourse on Truncated Probability to the students of M.Sc. (Mathematics) of S.C.D. Government College Ludhiana. Dr.Bectorexplained in detail the possibilities of taking the research problems with the help of truncated probability. He emphasized that students should take the problems from real life and use interdisciplinary approach to conquer those problems with their research ideas. While interacting with the Business Innovations students, Dr.Bectoremphasized on Idea Generation and translating the problems effectively. He said students should share the problems with each other and discuss them with the faculty members. He explained with the help of live examples how interdisciplinary approach can lead to good research results. He took the examples of Einstein, Newton to explain his view of research. He also explained to the students the possible areas of management research in the field of marketing and finance.
Other Co-Curricular Activities: Swatch Bharat Abhiyan: 10-1-2015
S.C.D. Government College Ludhiana today formally started the Bharat Swachchta Abhiyan in the college in which hundreds of students and teachers participated. Principal of the College Dr Dharam Singh along with his senior colleagues Dr. R.K. Miglani Vice Principal, Dr. Ashwani Bhalla Programme Coordinator Professional Programmes, Prof. Kamal Kishore, Prof. Kulwant Singh, Prof. Gurcharan Singh, Registrar of the College, Prof. Chandip Kaur, Prof Reetinder Joshi and Prof Nishi Arora started the cleanliness drive from the Old Hall of the college and swept up to the Principal’s office and then to the Principal’s Residence. While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Dharam Singh said that the drive will continue forever now and it will become a part of the agenda of the college to improve the quality of life in the college campus. All the teachers and students took oath on this occasion that they would devote at least two hours in a week for the cleanliness drive which will include cleanliness of their surroundings, upliftment of the mind and inculcation of good thoughts. Young teachers of the college particularly Prof. Harvinder Joshi, Prof. Partamjit Singh and all the part-time and guest faculty teachers along with regular teachers were seen very enthusiastic about the cleanliness drive. The cleanliness drive was organised on the call of Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi to ensure swach Bharat on the occasion of Gandhi Jyanti.
MOU & COLLABORATION
S.C.D Government College Ludhiana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ludhiana Stock Exchange Limited to impart training to the students who have been admitted to the Programme: Diploma in Stock Market and Trading Operations under the Community College Scheme of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi. In the Year 2015, 25 students of S.C.D. Government College, Ludhiana have been trained by the Ludhiana Stock Exchange under the Scheme.
Criteria IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
DEVELOPMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHER FACULTIES Renovation of the main gate of the college: The main gate of the college has been renovated recently, the whole expenditure of which was borne by its old student, Mr Onkar Singh Pahwa, Chairman and Managing Director of Avon Cycles Limited, Ludhiana.
Smart Class Rooms:Eight New Smart Class rooms have been added for M.Com (Business Innovations), Diploma in Stock Market and Trading Operations, Bachelor of Business Administration and B.C.A/ M.Sc. (IT). These smart class rooms are equipped with LED Projectors with down ceiling for efficient lighting.
Wi-Fi: The college campus has been fully enabled with Wi-Fi connectivity during the session 2015. The facility of Wi-Fi is given free of cost to the students and teachers during college hours.
New Computer Labs. The college has established one new Computer Lab to meet the needs of the students.
Construction of New Boys’ Hostel: The New Boys’ Hostel has been constructed with the capacity of housing 174 students with ultra modern facilities. It was inaugurated by Cabinet Minister, S. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon on 19th January, 2016.
Extension of Girls’ Hostel:With the financial assistance of Dr. M.S. Gill, Member, Rajya Sabha and an alumnus of the college, a new block of girls’ hostel is under construction at the estimated cost of Rs. 50, 00,000/- which will meet the requirements of the students hailing from the rural and other far flung areas of the state and the country.
Construction of New Chemistry Lab: A new Chemistry Lab at the cost of Rs.____________has been established with ultramodern facilities.
Finishing School: As per the guidelines of the Rashtirya Uchhtar Shiksha Abhiyan, the college has established a Finishing School to train the students in soft skills as required by the industry.
Community College: In the mission of skill development, the college has established a Community College to run a Diploma in Stock Market and Trading Operations in collaboration with Ludhiana Stock and Financial Services Limited (earlier known as Ludhiana Stock Exchange). The Programme has the intake capacity of 40 students. This programme is run as per the guidelines of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and University Grants Commission.
Rain Water Harvesting Project: Today, Water Conservation in the world in general, and in Punjab in particular is a current issue. Keeping this thing in mind, Rain Water Harvesting Unit is established in front of the Girls’ Common Room. Its measurements are:
Length—5ft x 3in
Breadth---3ft x 3in
Diameter of the pipe fixed in the pit is 10 inches. From our college, this is a minor but important step to conserve the rain water as well as for sustainable development.
11. Unit of Vermicompost in the College: Vermicompost is the compost prepared by the earthworms. Vermicompost unit is approximately 10 years old. There are four pits dug on the backside of the Commerce Department measuring 8.7m x 1.45m approximately. At present this unit is operational and the compost prepared by it is used in the plants of our college. So on one side it handles the organic garbage of the college and on the other side it helps in the organic plantation.
12. Library: The Central Library of S.C.D. Government College, Ludhiana is a rich source of learning. It is accessible to a large number of students, irrespective of caste, creed, and society. The library is a store house of knowledge for everybody. We have 106266 books on different subjects. We have added 311 new volumes so far this year and more volumes are in the process of being added. This year the library has been fully computerized and students are provided access to e-resources (e-books & e-journals) free of cost thereby facilitating expeditious and exhaustive information from the library at the click of a button. We also provide newspapers, magazines, journals in print form to students and staff. The library has a large reading room with 150 seating capacity in it. Xerox facility, CAS, reference services are also provided to the students and staff members. We also provide training to Diploma and Degree students of Library and Information Science.
This year onwards we are providing web OPAC (ONLINE PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOGUE) access to the students so that they can access books and journals from their home itself without having to make a physical journey to the library. Now library is not bound within four walls, its dimensions expand to spread knowledge far and wide.
Criteria V-Students Support and Progression: Student Participation and Activities
SPORTS and CULTURAL ACHIEVEMENTS:
The students of sports departments excel in various international/National and Senior Level games. The details of these achievements are as follows:
Name of Participant
Three on Three
International Championship March 2015
Name of Participant
Three on Three B'Ball National Championship Jan-2015
Inter-college Quiz Competition held at S.C.D,Govt.College, Ldh (2nd March,2015)
Debate competition (M.T.S,College,Feb 2015)
M.A 2nd (Eco)/pass-out
Gurubir Singh Memorial Declamention Contest (G.N Khalsa College For women,Ldh (25th Feb 2015)
M.A 2nd (Eco)/pass-out
Criteria VI Governance, Leadership and Management:
S.C.D. Government College, Ludhiana being a government institution is distinct from other similar institutions as its mission is to impart quality education at a subsidized cost. The college adopts a holistic approach towards research which centres around the biodiversity, economy and sustainability of the region .
What makes this institutiont unique is that it is totally a ‘non- profit’ organization.
Institutional Vision and Leadership:
The College is committed to achieve its motto “DARE TO BE TRUE” and has outlined its following objectives:
To preach the motto of the college 'DARE TO BE TRUE'.
To facilitate education for rural and financially disadvantaged learners and to impart gender- sensitive quality education as per vision 2020.
To motivate students for excellence in academics, sports, cultural and co-curricular activities in order to develop a holistic personality.
To provide training programs in computers, environmental studies and soft skills (Finishing School).
Interaction with Stakeholders:
Purpose of Interaction
Students and Parents
The College has developed a well designed Feed Back Performa to seek their views about the college. Students’ feedback on the functioning of the college and academics is taken in each semester.
This Feedback is given consideration in performance appraisals of the faculty.
Suggestions and feedback from parents is also sought during their visits to the campus and given due weightage.
During the year 2015 Parents Teachers Meetings were held regularly to seek the parents’ suggestions .
The College has a registered Alumni Association which regularly organizes Alumni Meet every year. This year this alumni meet was organized on 3rd January 2016.
Alumni support the College through feedback on curriculum and industrial visits/trainings. Formal and informal interactive sessions on various issues are held from time to time.
Many Alumni Members have financially supported the college development projects like renovation of college main gate and development of new Smart Class rooms during the year 2015. Forums like SPRINT, Guru Series and Alumni Meets are organized to encourage and motivate the students currently on the rolls of the college.
The College is highly cognizant of its social responsibilities and encourages formal and informal interaction for community development through various extension activities. The details of which are given in the departmental activities’ reports appended later in this supplementary report.
The college encourages interactions and industry tie- ups. Experts from the industry have been included in panel of Board of Studies of Community College to give expert and pertinent advice about industry scenario ( The Community College is running a Diploma in Stock Market and Trading Operations)
Frequent visits by the experts from the industry are organized by department of Commerce and Business Innovations and Finishing School to the campus to deliver guest lectures to update students with the dynamics of the corporate world. Industrial visits by students and faculty are encouraged to expose them to the practical work-environment.
The college regularly organizes Faculty Development
Programmes to udate the knowledge of the teachers and sharpen their teaching skills.
Criteria VII: Innovations and Best Practices Digitization of the library resources: The College Library has been digitized by connecting its resources online through the college website during the year 2015.
Finishing School became functional to make the students employable.
Rain Water Harvesting Unit has been established to meet the urgent requirement of saving the precious resource-water.
Regular interactions with Industry by the concerned departments.
Development of Vermicompost Project to put the bio- degradable waste material to use.
The Details of Various Activities organized by the respective departments of the college are as follows:
POST GRADUATE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND BUSINESS INNOVATIONS
2ndNational Seminar on “Advancement In Information Technology and Innovations in Management” on 24thFebruary 2015: Innovations and Technology advancement has to be adopted to realize the Make-In-India dream for which every citizen of the country must contribute. These were the views of different experts who shared their research in the National Seminar on Advancement in Information Technology and Innovations in Management organized by S.C.D Govt College, Ludhiana in which 300 participants participated from across the nation. Sh. Chander Gaind (IAS) Special Secretary, Higher Education, Govt. of Punjab Inaugurated the Seminar and stressed the need for innovations in the field of education so that there is an infusion of skills in the students to become employable. The Key Note addresses were given by Sh. Pushpinder Singh Gill, School of Management Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala and Dr. Tankeshwar Kumar, UGC Professor in Panjab University, Chandigarh. In his address, Dr. Pushpinder Singh Gill said that innovation has become a buzz word today and it is the responsibility of each one in the nation to become part of the Innovative processes. He cited the examples of Steve Jobs and Peter F. Drucker, who had shed light on the development agenda of the world. Dr. Tankeshwar Kumar presented his thoughts on the use of ICT in education. He explained in detail how the Panjab University is using InformationTechnology to upgrade its examination and students support systems. While speaking on the occasion, leading Geographer and Principal of the College Dr. Dharam Singh Sandhu said that geographical importance of India indicates that if the Indian population innovate and adopt technology, then Make-In-India dream of honorable Prime Minister of India will mature soon.
After the short tea break there were four Technical sessions. The Resource persons of session I were Dr. Pushpinder Singh Gill and Dr. Kulbhushan Chandel, for session II Dr. Harish Kumar, session III Dr. B.B. Singla and Dr. Raj Kumar , Associate professor, Government College, Sanjoli, and Dr. Akashdeep from University Institute of Applied Management Sciences , Panjab University, Chandigarh for session IV.
The Valedictory address was delivered by Dr. Tejinder Sharma, Professor in the Department of Commerce, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra and presided over by Pawan Singla, COE, Punjabi University, Patiala. Dr. Sharma said that Technology is the major driver of change. Business students of tomorrow will have to learn the skills- professional, social as well as personal, infusion and technology. While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Pawan Singla explained with the help of examples how Punjabi University, Patiala has transformed the examination system of the University with the use of technology. He said that Punjabi University is the first university in the state at present where no semester result is pending. Seminar Convener and Professor Dr. Ashwani Bhalla said that though technology and innovative practices are present but unless there is commitment, sincerity and dedication in our routine functions, change cannot happen. He urged the students to be innovative and do everything to generate creativity in their tasks. A conclusion and vote of thanks was given by Dr. Mukesh Arora.
Seminar on Right to Information Act: 16-2-2015: People must use RTI as a tool to save and grow democracy- Surinder Avasthi (Information Commissioner Punjab)
Right to information Act is a tool to strengthen democratic institutions by making them responsible and accountable by providing the information needed by the public at large. People must come forward by invoking RTI where ever they find that information must be procured for the common good. Right to Information Act 2005 is a comprehensive law which provides a network to get information from the public offices. These were the views presented by Sh. Surinder Avasthi, Information Commissioner, Punjab in the State Information Commission. Dr. Avasthi delivered a talk on the theme “Right to Information Act-2005” and its role in strengthening the democracy of the country. The seminar was organized in the Sahir Auditorium. Sh. Surinder Avasthi said that the young generation must have the knowledge of the RTI Provisions and they should use it as a tool to make the public institutions more accountable. He stressed on the need for the public institutions to fulfill their responsibilities by putting the important information on the website of their organizations as per the provisions of the section IV of the RTI Act. He comprehensively explained the provisions of the RTI to get the information. He said that State Information Commission, Punjab is making all the efforts to simplify the procedure of asking the information. He said that it is not necessary for the information-seeker to explain the reason of asking the information. He urged the public information officers of the various public offices to be considerate in providing the information so that complaints and appeals before the commission can be reduced. He also urged the public to invoke RTI only for positive purposes and not to harass the public authorities. The students of the college raised various questions to Mr Avasthi regarding RTI applications which were duly replied by him. Principal Dr. Dharam Singh Sandhu said that the basic purpose of this seminar was to make the students and teachers aware about the various applications of the Right to Information Act.
Dr Ashwani Bhalla, Professor, S.C.D. Government College, Ludhiana, delivered an extension lecture to the students of Kamla Lohtia S.D. College, Ludhiana on 24th March, 2015. Students of M.Com, along with the faculty, attended the lecture. Dr. Ashwani Bhalla gave a presentation on “Shaping Young Minds to Develop India”. He said that perseverance, flexibility, curiosity and optimism were the essentials. He also talked about the importance of knowledge management as compared to the discussion of facts and figures in classroom teaching. He discussed various ways of making the youth productive.
The Business Management Club of the SCD Government College, Ludhiana today organized one-day Orientation programme for the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) students. The programme focused on the sharpening of Managerial, IT and Professional skills of the students to make them employable for the Industry. The programme comprised of two technical sessions. Session I was conducted by Dr. Ravi Inder Singh, Associate Professor and Head, University Business School, Panjab University, Regional Centre, Ludhiana. Dr. Ravi Inder spoke on the creative potential of the students and the role of Creativity and Innovation in the nation’s development. He played various Management Games with the students to explore their creative abilities. He said that innovation is the key word in every one’s life and only persons with innovative ideas will be able to survive in future. He cited various examples of great people who were successful because of their creative and innovative abilities. The Session II was chaired by Dr. Gurpreet Kaur, Head, Department of Commerce and Government College for Girls, Ludhiana. She spoke on the success mantrasof one’s life. She narrated how successful people behave and what should be the strategies for achieving success in life. She cited various success stories of great business people to prove her view point. In the end she also narrated various career opportunities for the management graduates to prove their worth in life. While speaking on the occasion the Finance Secretary of the Higher Education Institute society Dr. Ashwani Bhalla said that to be successful in life, every student of the B.B.A should possess specific skills so that they can become a valuable resource for the country. In his concluding remarks, Principal , Dr. Dharam Singh Sandhu said that Higher Education must be skill oriented and students must develop requisite skills to survive in life. He announced that the college is going to start Finishing school soon in which final year students will be trained to improve their personality so as to become employable. The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Gursharanjit Singh Sandhu, Head Department of Computer Sciences and Technology.
Extension Lecture on Indian Higher Education System
On January 20, 2015 Dr.G.S.Shergil interacted with the students of M.Com (Business Innovations) and M.Com (General) at SCD Government College Ludhiana. He said that the Indian System of Higher Education need to be linked with Accountability and Reward System to ensure its compatibility with the Higher Education system of the advanced countries. None of the Indian Journal in the field of Management and Commerce is accredited by the world rating agencies of the research and Indian teachers and researchers need to work on this. Dr. Shergil is an eminent Management Scientist and Professor in the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing in the Massey University of New Zealand.
The lecture of Dr G.S. Shergil was dedicated to Dr. Subash Chander Davessor, former Professor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar who was instrumental in designing of M.Com (Business Innovations) Course. Dr. Shergil cautioned the Indian students aspiring to join studies abroad while selecting the course. He said that the students should be cautious while dealing with the travel and educational agents for studies abroad, and advised them not follow the advice of agents and should make thorough study through internet sites before opting to any course abroad.
POST GRADUATE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
July 29, 2015: Creative Writing Contest
A Creative Writing Contest was organised by the Department of English on 29th July, 2015 to provide students an opportunity to give expression to their hidden literary and creative talents. Topics Like Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam; ’A Strange Meeting’; ‘Dream’; ‘Betrayal’ were given to the students to mould in their own original compositions in the form of a poem, a short story or an essay. More than fifty students took advantage of the opportunity and participated with enthusiasm. Shriya of M.A., Amandeep of M.A. and Gulshan Sharma of B.A. were adjudged winners in poem writing; story writing and essay writing respectively.