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In a first, DU head meets parents

delhi Updated: Sep 03, 2012 02:37 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Delhi University

Interacting with parents for the first time, Delhi University (DU) vice - chancellor (VC) Dinesh Singh on Sunday outlined how education needed to transcend from classroom lectures to what a student learnt from his surroundings. For more than 500 parents, this discourse could well alter their perception towards learning.

No more 'Unmukt Jain' cases As the tussle over Unmukt Jain drew to a close with the university permitting him to proceed to the second year of study, Dinesh Singh said the four-year meta college model will prevent more such cases. "We are trying to keep students away from cut-off hassles and let them do courses that they want to do. The meta college concept will prevent cases similar to Unmukt Chand's from cropping up because a student will also be given academic credit for the sport that he plays in lieu of a course," Singh said.

Go beyond the classroom
"When the concept of a University comes into effect, other practical factors such as admission and exams naturally follow. But students need to know that education is not limited to the classroom. Parents must encourage their children to take on activities that will enrich them as people and expand their horizon," said Dinesh Singh.
For the same, Singh also urged parents to let their children embark on the journey that Delhi University's
academic train, 'Gyanodaya Express' had recently undertaken to travel to Sabarmati Ashram and Wardha. While the next journey will be undertaken in October for the NCC students, Singh told parents that this journey, which was free of cost, would teach students about compartment designs, food habits
and sociological aspects of the places they visited.

Better Infrastructure
When the vice - chancellor met close to 3000 students on Saturday, most students expressed concern over the dilapidation in college infrastructure — a concern that the parents shared as well, echoing their children's sentiments over ill-stocked libraries and crumbing facilities in college.
Singh, however, was quick to reassure them that repair work would soon be under way.
"Some girls told me that they are harassed when they leave college in the evening, some said that their college bathrooms
are malfunctional. I have spoken to the police commissioner regarding this and are also working on providing more books and laptops for the
students," he said.

Better Placements
Soon enough, there will not be any difference between a DU graduate and a management trainee, with Singh promising the best corporate placements to students across all courses and colleges through the varsity's Central Placement Cell.
However, parents said that students from courses other than BCom (hons) and Economics (hons), were
seldom absorbed by these companies.

"My daughter is a Mathematics (hons) student and till now she has not got placed by any company. It is only the Commerce students who end up
benefiting from this exercise," said a parent.