Ill-stocked libraries a bane for Hindi-medium students
Arun Hooda: president, DU Students' Union
For thousands of DU students, coping with poor resources has made each day a struggle.
"Knowingly or unknowingly, Hindi-medium students in DU are discriminated against when it comes to libraries. There are only a few translations available," said Arun Hooda, DUSU president.
He has been in office for less than two months now but has already heard countless complaints from these students from across colleges. "Students from Bhagini Nivedita College have been very vocal about the lack of new editions of Hindi translations. While English-medium students have the latest editions, Hindi-medium students are forced to study from English books. The result is reflected in their score cards," Hooda said.
There are nearly 10,000 Hindi-medium students in DU. Social science students have it easier as some translations - albeit old editions - available. For science students, finding reliable translations is a herculean task.
Despite exams, he doesn't enter the 'dull' library
Ashish Singh: first year student, Kirori Mal College
The upcoming exams have made Ashish Singh, a first-year student at Kirori Mal College, a bit nervous. Anxiety notwithstanding, he still won't go to the college library. "The library is well-stocked. But the place is so dull that I don't feel like going inside," he said.
Singh is among the hundreds of students who prefer to study in the college lawns with their books or photocopied notes than in the "just too boring and dull" libraries.
The number of students in the college has gone up due to over-admissions - some of its science courses have admitted twice the number of students than the allotted seats. This has led to an immense space crunch in the college, which is reflected in the library. And as exams near, the library has become more cramped and suffocating than usual.
"A library should be a welcoming place, where students can feel relaxed and study in peace, which is not the case here," Singh added.