Volume 1, Issue 2, May 2015

Board of Advisors and Editors


»Malashri Lal, Chairperson, Research Council
»Harish Trivedi, Advisor, Academic Publications


»T. Seshadri, Physics & Astrophysics


»Ajay Kumar, Dean Research, Physical and Mathematical Sciences
»M.M. Chaturvedi, Dean Research, Life Sciences
»Pami Dua, Dean Research, Humanities & Social Sciences

Managing Editor

»Deepika Bhaskar, Deputy Dean Research

Editorial Advisory Board

»Anita Sharma, East Asian Studies
»Pradeep Burma, Genetics
»Hemlata Reddy, Principal, Sri Venkateswara College
»Pratibha Jolly, Principal, Miranda House
»N. Satyamurthy, Chemistry, IISER, Mohali
»S.C. Lakhotia, Emeritus Professor, BHU

Assistant Editors

»Unnati Gulati
»Aratrika Das

Vice Chancellor’s words

In the ancient Indian text, the first of the Vedas, the Rig Veda says in the opening stanza- "Let noble thoughts come from every direction". The universities must recognize this. Knowledge systems exist outside the formal walls. More than half of the experience comes from experiences outside the classrooms. A classroom should melt away from today's notion (of space) into things connected with society. University systems must be well connected to the needs of society. Get young minds to engage in the ferment. When there are challenges, the youth get inspired. Our Innovation Projects and other initiatives like Gyanodaya, the college-on-wheels have played a major role in taking this idea forward.

Prof. Dinesh Singh


Prof. Malashri Lal, Chairperson, Research Council

The Research Council presents the second volume of the Delhi University Journal of Undergraduate Research and Innovation with appreciation for the fine quality of work undertaken by teachers in Humanities and Social Sciences. The range of subjects is wide as the contributions come from several colleges and project teams that have conducted research in a variety of disciplines. The criterion of promising innovation is maintained carefully, and the resulting reports, analyses and outcomes contained in this journal bear testimony to the dedication and a quest for knowledge.

I congratulate the editors and the writers, and specially commend the consistent hard work of the Deans Research and Dy. Dean Research for bringing public recognition to academic pursuits of the University of Delhi. The vision of Vice Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh who created the Research Council is gratefully acknowledged.

Malashri Lal
Advisor- DUJURI
Chairperson, Research Council &
Dean Academic Activities & Projects
University of Delhi

Prof. Pami Dua

I am pleased to bring to you the second issue of the first volume of The Delhi University Journal of Undergraduate Research and Innovation. It is also my pleasure to launch the first issue of the Journal on topics related to the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences.

One of the objectives of the Journal is to stimulate and promote cross-fertilization of ideas and intellectual dialogue across all disciplines. The aim of the Journal is also to address complex topics in a comprehensive and holistic manner. In this spirit, papers in the first issue on Humanities and Social Sciences cover a wide range of issues, methodologies and disciplinary perspectives that cater to a diverse and multidisciplinary readership.

On behalf of the Editorial Team, I thank our authors and reviewers, all of whom have contributed to the success of the Journal. We are also grateful to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Dinesh Singh for providing an intellectual platform for innovative research by undergraduate students and college teachers.

Pami Dua
Special Editor- Second Issue-DUJURI
Dean Research (Humanities & Social Sciences)
University of Delhi

Dr. Deepika Bhaskar

The Delhi University Journal of Undergraduate Research and Innovation, an initiative of University of Delhi and the first of its kind for reporting quality research at the undergraduate level in India, has become a landmark for universities in India and abroad. It has been instrumental in encouraging young minds to develop creative as well as analytical thinking abilities and inculcating a research culture at the undergraduate level. The skill to write a good research paper is an art. Working on a research problem, conducting field and laboratory studies outside the classroom setting, analyzing the research results, creating a meaningful outcome of it and weaving it into a beautiful story is genesis of knowledge. This creates an apt background for honing the intellectual abilities of the young minds whose experimenting and exploratory power is boundless and unfathomable.

Traversing seamless boundaries are visionary initiatives endowing the University of Delhi that have revolutionized undergraduate research like Innovation Projects, Gyanodaya projects, extramural research projects in colleges etc. The Journal provides an apt platform for reporting significant findings in the above initiatives, as also various innovative outcomes that have the potential of transforming the society and bringing about radical change.

The journal is a culmination of the vision of the Hon'ble Vice Chancellor and the team that has given a new direction and meaning to our thinking, creating, analyzing and reporting. I take this opportunity to deeply appreciate the support received from the Board of Advisors and Editors and the critical help received from the peer reviewers. The excitement seen in students and teachers to give a creative vent to their thoughts and actions has made the effort worthwhile.

Dr. Deepika Bhaskar
Managing Editor- DUJURI
Deputy Dean Research
University of Delhi

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