For the first time ever, Delhi University (DU) teams will get a chance to hone their sporting skills abroad. This was announced at DU’s annual festival Antardhvani on Friday.
Speaking at the inauguration of the three-day festival, DU Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh announced that the girls’ football team will be sent to Lincoln University in New Zealand for training this year. “Every year, we will send a different sports team along with their coaches for professional training abroad. Sports should be as important as any other aspect of education,” he said.
Sports will now carry extra credit under the new four-year undergraduate degree in the forthcoming academic year.
The first day of the festival saw an estimated 40,000 students, faculty and guests in attendance, with events such as classical dance, street plays, poetry reading, etc.
The ‘Good Practice’ competition, in which colleges and departments must present their best feature, saw around 40 entries. Kirori Mal College students presented a robot that can mine the surface of the moon, an entry for this year’s NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition.
Students of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies chose to highlight a project named Akshar by Enactus, one the college’s societies. The project helps train the hearing-impaired and victims of drug abuse to recycle paper and make notebooks to earn money. These will be judged by an external jury.
The Innovation Plaza showcased projects undertaken by students and faculty with real-world applications. Students from the economics department of Jesus and Mary College have developed a cost-effective, street vendor cart which can be dismantled and locked and has storage.
“We have applied for a patent and have sent this proposal to Urban Poverty Alleviation minister Ajay Maken to make street vendors self-sufficient,” said student Srishti Chauhan.