The Vice Chancellor, Dinesh Singh, for the first time ever met over 2000 students from various colleges across Delhi University on Monday, the 31st of January, in the newly made University Sports Complex.
The VC addressed the students by first introducing his team and speaking about the rich history of the university. In his speech, he mentioned the need for introduction of innovative programs, placement cells, wifi in campus and greater facilities for the underprivileged in every college. He also lay strong emphasis on giving recognition to the sports students in academics. Among the pending agendas was that of the university getting a Facebook profile and an FM channel of the frequency 90.4 that would keep DU officials and students connected.
Regarding the safety of students, especially girls on the campus, Singh said, “We will soon launch a helpline number which would provide information related to the university.”
However, in spite of the enthusiasm that he had wished to discharge as he spoke of bringing DU in the top 250 universities in the world, he was picked on key areas by students in the questions that followed. The students chose to probe upon issues of security, strikes, outdated syllabus and inadequate infrastructure. Questions like “I am blind and there are no books available in Braille. How am I to study?” by a student of Maharishi Valmiki College of Education left the VC rather speechless and uncomfortable.
When asked to comment upon the meeting, a student from CBS said, “The session was about what the new VC envisions. Such conversations should occur on a more frequent basis. If even 10 per cent of the feedback we gave is taken seriously, it would do us much good or else the point of the entire exercise would be futile.”
“The timeline seemed too distant and aims far-fetched. However, it was a good attempt to establish a direct link on his part”, stated a student from North Campus who refused to be identified.
“I didn’t put my suggestions in the box because I knew no one would read or implement the stated changes”, said a first year English Honours student.