The University of Delhi (DU) plans to establish a new campus in the eastern district of the national capital, the officials said, adding that it will not only help reduce the administrative burden on the north and south campuses, but also stimulate opportunities. higher education in the region.
The University of Delhi has two campuses, the North and the South, in addition to several affiliated universities spread throughout the city.
DU Pro-Vice Chancellor (VC) PC Joshi, who is also the Acting Vice Chancellor, told HT that the new campus will be installed in the Surajmal Vihar area of East Delhi. “We have land in East Delhi and we are trying to turn it into a campus, just like we have a north campus and a south campus. We also want to have a campus in East Delhi. The university’s high-ranking committee recently inspected the site and we are holding a meeting on Wednesday to discuss this. We will then take the matter to other statutory bodies of the university for approval, ”he said. The DU had tweeted that Joshi, along with other senior officials, had visited the site on December 5.
The identified land is located near the Karkardooma district court complex and is accessible by the Blue and Red lines of the Delhi Metro.
Joshi said the administration was planning to establish a law center and departments for liberal arts courses on the new campus. “We have already made a plan, but it is still in a very preliminary stage. The project will cost around 600 million rupees, so we will also have to make provisions for the funds. These things take time, but we have started to move in that direction, ”he said.
In DU, while universities offer undergraduate courses, departments and faculties for graduate courses are located on the campuses. The north and south campuses also divide the administrative work of the colleges that are in their neighborhood. Whereas, off-campus universities, those located in East and West Delhi, have to do their daily administrative work in coordination with the North Campus.
Explaining the reason behind the creation of a new campus, DU University dean Balaram Pani said that it will not only provide more opportunities for higher education, but also help manage administrative work well. “Currently, the South campus takes care of the administrative work of 24 universities and the North campus takes care of the remaining 40 universities. It would be easier for the universities located in the east and northeast of Delhi to work efficiently, if they had their own campus. “
Some directors of DU universities located in East Delhi echoed the sentiment. Payal Mago, principal of Shaheed Rajguru College in Vasundhara Enclave, said: “We have to send someone to the north campus to do administrative work almost daily. Our students also have to travel to the north campus for any complaints. We find it even more difficult to coordinate during the exam or admissions. Things will really get easier for us if we get a campus in Surajmal Vihar. “
Several students said the university should also deliberate on creating new universities. Dinesh Kumar, a member of Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS), an active student group at DU, said: “If the university is planning to have a new campus, they should also start new universities to increase undergraduate openings. Every year many students, particularly from underserved sections, are forced to enter distance education courses due to limited places at DU universities. “
Deepak Pental, former vice chancellor of DU, said the third campus should be used for new courses or the School of Open Learning (SoL). “The university does not need to have another campus that repeats the same postgraduate courses that it already offers in the other two. The new campus should either offer very different courses or it should be dedicated to SoL, which is already struggling with poor infrastructure. Also, the university can install so many administrative offices there, ”he said.