Accident claims of R1 lakh, computers for colleges, patrolling parties to prevent harassment of girl students…. Within two months of taking charge as the Vice Chancellor of University of Delhi (DU), Dr Dinesh Singh made his students aware of the facilities extended to them at a first-of-its kind interactive session in the North Campus on Monday.
The session started with Singh urging the students to take advantage of employment opportunities. “There is a placement cell (Central Placement Cell) in the university and all of you should make use of it. It helps many students find jobs every year,” he said.
For making them more computer-savvy, the VC told students, “We have given money to each college of the university to buy 80 computers. I want you to use those computers for the betterment of your career. Every university student is also entitled to an accident claim of R1lakh, which can be used in case of an accident leading to the student’s death.”
On sexual harassment issues, Singh said: “We have deployed university patrollers around the campus who are equipped with communication devices etc and will come to the rescue of female students in a crisis. Women students will also have a reason to cheer when the huge hostel accommodating 1500
students will get operational in July at Dhaka village.”
In order to keep pace with the changing times, the university will go hi-tech to widen its reach. The university’s website will get interactive and invite suggestions from students from all DU colleges. A committee is to be formed to undertake this exercise and will comprise volunteers from each college. DU will also join Facebook soon.
The vc’s response to questions
We have been studying the same curricula for decades. When will the university update its curricula?
With the introduction of the semester system, it will change soon.
The BA programme has the maximum number of students but they face problems finding jobs. Can something be done?
We are trying to strengthen this programme soon. It might take a few years, though.
Why don’t off-campus colleges get the same preference as the on-campus colleges?
You will get equal treatment and your feedback will be looked into, when we converse on the improved website of the university. I will personally see to it.
Our college in Karol Bagh has a shoddy infrastructure. It runs a journalism programme but there are no cameras. Why?
It is the college’s mandate. The university can’t interfere in an individual college’s affairs. I will, however, try and do whatever I can.
Have a suggestion? Put it up on the website
. The university website will get interactive and students will be allowed to give their feedback and suggestions regularly
. The website will get updates from all colleges on a regular basis. It will aim to weave all colleges in one thread
. Delhi University will join Facebook soon
. The girls hostel at Dhaka village (near Mukherjee Nagar), which will accommodate 1500 students, will get operational in July
. DU will start a single number call centre which will have a number of phone lines to enable students to access any kind of information from one window