The newly-elected Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union has found its first "cause''. Looking to put into practice its claims about working class and its rights, the union has decided to take up the cause of 15 construction workers on the campus who were allegedly thrown out of work as they demanded higher wages.

"The workers on the campus are not being paid minimum wages and don't have hygienic conditions to work in. There are no crèches and there is no drinking water either. These are issues we want to take up,'' said union general secretary Sandeep Singh.

From holding meetings to taking out a pamphlet and finally talking to the JNU administration, the union has managed to get its first victory, it claims.

"There was a meeting today with the administration and the contractors along with the office-bearers of the union. It has been decided that these 15 people will be taken back tomorrow. All the workers will also be given more wages and will be reimbursed for the whole month,'' saidunion vice-president Tyler Williams.

Apart from just guaranteeing better payments, JNUSU has also managed to get the JNU administration to look into providing a crèche for the children of workers. An old building meant for the teachers' association to have a crèche might be used for the purpose.

"A mechanism will be set up between the administration, the contractors and the union representatives so that we can monitor how much each worker is paid. Better sanitation facilities will also be provided to the workers,'' said union joint secretary Jyotsna Singh.

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The Delhi University and Karamcharis' Union has decided to stage a protest against "adamant attitude'' of the University Grants Commission. All karamcharis, except the mess and hostel employees, will participate in the strike. The union will also observe a one-day strike on December 14 in support of the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) that has decided to protest against the anti-employee and anti-labour policies of the Government. The union is affiliated to the All-India Trade Union Congress.

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The most coveted commerce college in the city -- Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) -- has become easier to access. With its newly launched placement cell website, it will give students looking for bright options an opportunity to keep track of the companies visiting the campus.

Getting to know about their chances at a click of a button, the website has a news section where students can check at the end of a day whether they have been short-listed for the final rounds of interviews of a particular company.

There is also information that students can use. From power-point presentations by companies to job profile documents, it will keep students abreast of all that is going on in the business world.

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The International College of Financial Planning is offering a course to become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). A good option for those who want to make the right investment, the certification is valid in the top 19 countries of the world.

Not restricted to just one industry, the CFP certification will be useful for people involved in various professions like banking, investment advisory, financial planning, mutual funds and other financial services. The course is open to graduates of all streams.

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Those looking for a career in fashion can apply to the Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF). The last date for submitting forms is January 19. Students can access more information on the forms from the website www.pearlacademy.com.

Mandira Nayar

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