While most Delhi University aspirants run after the few colleges in North Campus, there's a world of opportunities out there - off-campus colleges that have a better infrastructure and a young faculty.
Off-campus Delhi University colleges, spread across Delhi, have the advantage of being housed in newer and better campuses.
But the biggest change, perhaps, is their plan to come up with new hostels.
Keshav Mahavidyalaya (Pitampura), Deshbandhu College (Kalkaji), Bharti College (Janakpuri) and Ram Lal Anand College (Benito Juarez Marg) are all planning to come up with residential blocks for students.
This move will go a long way in addressing students refusal to study in off-campus colleges due to the lack of hostel facilities."We will get the possession of the hostel in the upcoming academic session. It will be exclusively for girls and we will be able to accommodate 80 students," said Madhu Pruthi, principal, Keshav Mahavidyalaya.
The college is spread over an area of 11 acres and houses an amphitheatre. It has produced university toppers in computer science, electronics and mathematics.
"The biggest challenge is to maintain the reputation we have built for ourselves over the past 16 years. Students flock to well-known colleges which have built a name for themselves over the years. It is natural. But we have good students and a great faculty," Pruthi added.
Moreover, the cut-offs are relatively lower in these colleges, which makes it easier for students to get through.
Not only this. Soon students flocking off-campus colleges will have much more to look forward to than just the course they are pursuing.
From the forthcoming academic session, colleges like PGDAV, Deshbandhu and Dyal Singh will roll out several renovation projects to improve facilities for students and teachers alike.
"One of the major projects we have on the cards is the construction of a hostel wing for girls. There will be 152 double-seater rooms in this wing. It is always more beneficial to have a hostel facility within the campus since it increases accessibility for students," said AP Raste, principal, Deshbandhu College.
Among the other development projects funds for which have been sanctioned by DU include upgradation of the college power system, an additional block of 60 lecture rooms, three conference halls and five science laboratories.
"We are also going to increase the number of books in the library along. We have also been sanctioned R3 crore by the university to construct a new auditorium," added Raste.
At Moti Lal Nehru College, students will have a chance to work in much improved and spacious chemistry and computer labs.
Funds have also been approved for the expansion of infrastructure in other colleges like PGDAV and Dyal Singh College."We have worked out a plan to install lifts across the college, especially for differently-abled students. In addition to this, we will also construct a student activity centre, a seminar room and a mini-auditorium," said SN Kapoor, principal, PGDAV College.
"There is also a project to make the entire campus air-conditioned, starting with the library," he added.
Additional academic wings will soon come up in Dyal Singh College too.
"We have received a grant from DU under the OBC expansion programme. We have already installed Porta Cabins in addition to the existing classroom blocks. We have also decided to construct new research laboratories for the science department and renovate the old building," said IS Bakshi, principal, Dyal Singh College.
(with inputs from Megha Sharma and Manraj Singh)