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After their experience at the International Formula Student Competition series, Delhi College of Engineering students will now try their luck at the World Solar Challenge-2007 that involves designing and building a car that runs on solar energy.

Twelve students of different DCE departments are now working on "Project Solaris" to develop a car powered by solar energy that will take part in the eight-day competition -- held once every two years -- beginning October 21 in Australia this year. The college is providing financial support for the project. The students have also approached the Union New and Renewable Energy Ministry for other funds.

"We are yet to register for the competition as we are expecting the Ministry to grant us the necessary finances any time soon. Our car has been designed on paper. We are almost done with the mechanical work. By April-end we plan to finish the car except the body work," says Piyush Arora, of the "Project Solaris" team.

"Our ultimate aim is to make a solar car that is economically viable on Indian roads. With the rising energy concerns, it is important to explore avenues of alternative sources," adds Madhur Bhargava, electrical head of the team.

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee delivered the Ambedkar Memorial Lecture on "Law and Social Change" at Aligarh Muslim University recently. Describing the Constitution as a vehicle of social change, he said it was the responsibility of Parliament to actively facilitate social engineering through progressive legislations.

Mr. Chatterjee underscored the need for all institutions of governance to work unitedly. He called for closer cooperation among "a watchful executive, a concerned legislature and a socially-sensitive judiciary" to work in harmony for fulfilment of the Constitutional goals.

He said the founding fathers of the Constitution had put in place institutional mechanisms to bring about social and economic transformation in a peaceful and democratic manner.

Pointing out that he had taken several initiatives to bring Parliament closer to people, Mr. Chatterjee said that if his colleagues in the House agree, he would be happy to throw open the proceedings of the Parliamentary Committees to the media.

Delhi University held its 49th annual Flower Show at the University Cricket Grounds this past week. Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental inaugurated the show that was open to all the colleges, schools and other educational institutions located in the National Capital Region.

The Flower Show is held every year to promote interest in the environment among students, karamcharis and teachers of colleges, schools as well as residents of the area.

Noted poet, lyricist and filmmaker Gulzar was the chief guest at the Annual Day celebrations of Zakir Husain College in Delhi this past week.

Addressing students and teachers, he commented on the goal-oriented approach of the new generation and applauded them for their clarity, transparency, honesty and assertiveness.

He said it was imperative to carry forward intellectual and cultural traditions of the college alongside a modern, scientific and rational vision. He regaled the audiences with his poetry.

The College Principal, Dr. M. Aslam Parvaiz, read out the annual report on the occasion.

Ansal Institute of Technology, Gurgaon, celebrated its annual cultural festival "Manthan" recently. The festival had a mix of cultural and academic elements. Students from various colleges participated in the two-day event. Punjabi Pop singer Daler Mehndi performed at the festival.

-- Parul Sharma

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