“The team had a strong vision of associating students to social causes. Organising marathons against corruption, seminars on global warming and blood donation camps have been regular affairs for us,” says Chaudhary. Having taken up initiatives like the demand for an east campus (likely to be taken up in the next three-year plan of the university), induction of student representatives in the Delhi University Advisory Committee, introduction of 11 new u-special buses and e-rickshaws, they have fulfilled their aim to a great extent.
For Rohit Chaudhary, former DUSU president, being a part of the union gave him self-belief that he could bring about a change. “I was working for students’ welfare even before I was elected the president. When I won the polls in 2003, it gave me a lot of confidence that I could make a difference. One of my major achievements has been converting the DUSU fund into scholarships worth Rs. 3.5 lakh. These scholarships were given to around 80 students from 40 DUSU-affiliated colleges,” says the MA Urdu student.