DU of our dreams
How would the University of Delhi look in 2025? HT Education imagines it to be about endless possibilities in course combinations, sci-fi classes and eco-pods
The 103-year-old University of Delhi has been ranked among the top 10 institutions in the world in all the major global university rankings this year. A complete overhaul of the curricula, a focus on innovation, trans-disciplinary courses, entrepreneurship, and experiential learning plus the recent partnerships with the United Nations, New York, for internships, besides other things, have played a key role in making the university break into the league of the best in the world.
Experts say the bold Indian rupee (Rs 1 is equivalent $20) along with a bullish market, have also contributed in drawing attention to the university.
USP: Innovative student initiatives, distinct programmes, funding opportunities and the best minds in the world, make the university a haven for learners and researchers from around the world.
Faculty: Forty-five Nobel laureates are among the members of the university faculty.
Programmes: Besides various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the university offers distinct specialisations. You can take up even three majors at a time. One interesting feature that the university offers is the facility to take up a course of your choice at partner institutions in and outside India. So, if you want to study American history, you can study at a centre for excellence in the United States.
IT Quotient: The campus is wi-fi enabled with unmatched internet speed. Every student has access to the internet 24x7. Lectures are recorded for use by a wider audience and take place through video-conferencing too.
Infrastructure: The university has four campuses North Campus, South Campus, East Campus and West Campus besides other centres set up throughout the world.
The north campus has a state-of-the-art research centre, laboratories, museums and preservation units. The campus has exclusive spaces with remote-controlled skylights that can create day and night as per the needs of the students.
Also, all buildings have a universal design (disabled-friendly) and are energy efficient. All study spaces are designed in way that there is no need for artificial light during the day as it is believed that students absorb best what they study in natutal light. The residential facilities offered to students are no less than any five-star accommodation.
Clubs and societies: For university students, pursuits other than academics are aplenty. From the best in theatre to western and classical music, they can try everything. There are numerous performing art bodies. There are groups for amateurs, professionals and experts/teachers. Some of the prominent ones include, The Broadway (DU theatre group); Gharana, the society helps you connect with Hindustani Gharanas; Shakers, the dance society that performs every weekend and has at least two international shows every year; Whizwonder, The Quizzing society conducts some of the world class quizzes that are streamed live to universities around the world with prizes worth Rs 5 crores to be won.
Studentspeak: The facilities on offer are par excellence. We can rent out eco-pods to move around the campus. The placements are the best in the country with all the Fortune 500 companies vying for the students on day zero of the centralised placement drive. “Studying here is a dream come true. From Broadway to the Louvre, we have it all,” says Nidhi Nigam.
The University of Delhi is the premier university of the country (and now the world) and is known for its high standards in teaching and research and attracts eminent scholars to its faculty. It was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential university by an Act
“I wish that the admission procedure to the University could be relaxed a bit. It is counted amongst the best universities of the world, so maximum number of students should be given a chance to study in this premier institution,” says Anuj Kumar, a DU enthusiast