The experiences of women during Partition, water supply in villages and stress among students will now become topics of research at Delhi University.
The university has taken the initiative to encourage research among undergraduate students and teachers. It has invited research proposals from a group of 10 of the students.
The university has accepted 113 of the nearly 150 proposals it received from students in the science and humanities streams. Each proposal will be given a grant of Rs 10 lakh.
While students from the social work, English and B.El.Ed. departments at Aditi Mahavidyalaya are planning to research "Locating women in the context of Partition", those from the microbiology and food nutrition department at the Institute of Home Economics will work on ways to ensure access to safe street food.
"We received a number of innovative proposals from all over the university. Students from off-campus colleges have been very pro-active and have submitted a number of proposals," said Dinesh Singh, vice-chancellor of the university.
Students and professors have proposed researching topics concerning all walks of life.
"In humanities, students have proposed to work on folk songs of Punjab. They also want to study absenteeism in primary schools in Jammu and Kashmir, and understanding the lives of the working poor in Delhi," said Malashri Roy, dean, academic activities and projects.
Science students have chosen to work on a wide variety of topics, from the production and recycling of electronic waste to improvement in the shelters for the homeless in the city.
"Half of the funding (Rs 5 lakh) had been released to colleges already. The work on the projects will start on May 15 while the rest of the amount will be disbursed after a review takes place six months later. The projects should be completed by May 14, 2013.