Colleges and departments of Delhi University are all set to get a brand new look with the university chalking out plans for expansion of infrastructure and student amenities.
So far, an amount of Rs 194.67 crore has been released for expansion of infrastructure to implement the OBC quota.
“We received plans from 65 per cent colleges and have released the money to them. The emphasis is on building bigger lecture halls, smart classrooms with projection facility and more rooms for teachers,” said DU Vice-chancellor Deepak Pental.
Colleges have been asked not to spend money on building auditoriums and housing. “The primary aim is to make space for more students and teachers. Faculty in colleges need rooms to do some quality work,” said Pental.
Colleges are rearing to take full advantage of the situation. “We hope to create a couple of electronically-enabled classrooms, where each student can connect a laptop to the e-board and download the lessons being taught,” said Meera Ramachandran, Principal, Gargi College, “The e-boards will be a boon for science students who have to deal with lots of diagrams and experiments.”
Since the college has very little land to build upon, the plan is to construct a six-storey block, said Ramachandran.
Hans Raj College will also add a new floor to accommodate classrooms, new laboratories, a staff room and a computer centre with 200 computers, which will be free for all to use.
Principal SR Arora is also ensuring that the existing 50-year-old science labs get a facelift. “The renovation of the labs has already begun. We will also replace the old equipment,” said Arora.
The Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) will also be moved to South Campus with a dedicated building, hostels for students and housing for faculty members.
“At present, we have three programmes — a part-time MBA and MBA in Health Services in South Campus and the traditional MBA programme in North campus. The idea is to integrate all the programmes and house the faculty with modern infrastructure,” said Dinesh Singh, Director, South Campus.
Moving the FMS to South Campus will benefit students, as many corporate offices are located nearby. “Interaction with industry will increase. Since we will also be closer to the airport, it will be convenient for guest faculty,” said Singh.
University departments will get a new look. “The Physics and Chemistry departments will be repaired and given more space by adding infrastructure. A new building for Mathematical Sciences is being built,” said Pental. “We have given out contracts for expansion of the library,” he said.
Student hub at Dhaka
Although colleges have been asked not to spend on hostels, the University plans to build a large hostel in Dhaka, North Campus. “There is no point in colleges spending money on individual hostels. We want to build a student hub at Dhaka, so that students from different colleges stay together and interact. We will provide recreational facilities in the mini student village,” said Pental.