Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has suggested running higher and technical and educational facilities in rented buildings, including schools and malls, to accommodate over 1.5 lakh students annually.
Sisodia was speaking at the third Foundation Day of the Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women.
Sisodia said Delhi government’s target is to arrange educational facilities for 1.5 lakh students for which out of the box measures will be needed.
“I am ready to extend the facilities. I am ready to offer government schools in the second shift for opening new faculties (of higher and technical courses)...all over Delhi there are private schools, vacant government school buildings that could be taken on rent. Take entire floors of malls which are lying vacant,” the deputy CM said.
He assured educational institutions that the government will not let them face problems of funds and procedures.
“You fear of thinking big because that will require opening new courses, new buildings and recruitment. But think big in terms of expanding educational facilities and leave the questions of funds and procedures to the government,” he said.
Sisodia also inaugurated a techno-business incubation centre at the university.
He also unveiled a prototype of fuel efficient car, saw and took part in test drive of an all terrain vehicle and hybrid e-rickshaw, all designed and fabricated by girl students of the university.
The university is planning to increase 60 seats in the Computer Science & Engineering Department and start a new M. Tech program in ICT this year due to excellent placements and job opportunities in IT sector.
A team of students from the university is all set to participate in an international competition to be held in June in USA. The team is the only all-women team out of the 24 teams participating in the competition.
The deputy chief minister unveiled a vehicle made by the team for the competition.
“Ours is the only all woman team to participate in the ‘Super Mileage Competition’. We have designed a highly fuel efficient vehicle which has a mileage of 177km/litre,” said a team member.