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Delhi University integrates the deprived

Even as the government plans to implement quota for other backward classes in institutes of higher learning in the coming year, colleges in Delhi University are doing their bit to integrate students from the deprived sections into the mainstream.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2006 11:28 IST

Even as the government plans to implement quota for other backward classes in institutes of higher learning in the coming year, colleges in Delhi University are doing their bit to integrate students from the deprived sections into the mainstream.

There is a 22.5 per cent reservation in Delhi University for SC/ST students and many colleges in the University have special programmes designed for these students. “Our education system should not degenerate students on any basis. And with the reservation issue being in the forefront, colleges need to take proactive measures,” says Meera Ramachandran, principal, Gargi College.

The college has asked NSS volunteers to prepare cultural programmes wherein the reserved category students will be encouraged to talk about their problem areas. Lady Sri Ram College for Women runs a special programme ‘Reach’ that works to make students more proactive.

“From this year we intend to have more workshops on communication skills, personality development and computer literacy for the economically and culturally deprived students,” says Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator, LSR. Maitreyi College too is planning special classes for integrating students.

“We would not like to isolate students but at the same we are planning of having extra classes for anybody in need,” said principal Savita Dutta. The long queue at the SC/ST counter at the South Campus suggests that students are coming out of the closet.

“It will be beneficial if colleges think of having extra classes for us. There is no stigma attached with taking extra help,” said Jagriti, an applicant in the reserved category. Besides the special programmes, almost all colleges as part of the UGC scheme run remedial classes wherein students are given extra coaching on a particular subject.

At Hansraj College remedial classes are held for English. “Ideally we would like to have extra classes for all subjects. But due to lack of infrastructure and teachers we are unable to do much,” laments principal SR Arora. At Hindu College remedial classes are held for all subjects.