Bazinga: DU set to rent college campuses as marriage banquets

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Tiding against tough times in the post FYUP era of piled useless laptops, incomplete laboratory and campus constructions and over employed teaching staff, the University of Delhi has taken an amazing decision to increase its cash inflows. Going by what is being currently planned; all the University land and infrastructure would be set up for being rented as marriage halls, banquets and lawns when the classes aren’t taking place under the ‘DU Vivaah Dhan  Yojana’ (DVDY).

“The DU infrastructure is mostly unused for around 4 months a year, the upkeep and maintenance of which is costly. Further, the opportunity cost is high and hence we’ve come forward with this unique idea to optimise the return from DU investment.”, said Mr. Shaadi Lal, Economics Professor at DU and part time event manager.

The colleges would be divided on the basis of infrastructure and facilities. While Hindu College, LSR and SRCC’s campuses would be used for lavish weddings with star studded stages and flying drones to cover the wedding, the other ones like Hans Raj, Kirori Mal College and Gargi would be used for the conventional weddings. Small campus colleges like DCAC would be used as baraat ghars for the guests to stay and bhandar ghars to store the paraphernalia in off season.

Numerous college canteens would be invited to bid tenders for catering at marriages. Music, dance and fashion societies would be invited to perform their specialisations and decoration and other arrangements would be taken care of by the excess administrative staff.

Starting with marriage related services, DU also plans to expand itself to organising wedding Sangeet (Department of Music),  helping the couples with marriage registration formalities (Department of Law) and providing suggestions on places to visit (Department of Geology).

“It’s a noble cause we’re a part of, hence the money charged is nominal, merely Rs. 4.75 lacs for big venues and Rs. 2.75 lacs for small colleges plus Service Tax with special discount to our own students” said, Ms. Rasma Lai, Marketing and Promotions Head, DVDY.

Although the University has long term grants and funds, yet the renting out scheme seems to be an amazing way to make good the liquidity crunch the University currently faces!

Disclaimer: As believable as we may sound at Bazinga, we’re just kidding! Happy April fool’s Day!

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Mridul Sharma is a final year B.Com (Honors) aspirant from DCAC, a patron of meaningful cinema and good soft music and has deep love for writing. He is more of a poet, feels whatever he writes and writes to understand what he feels, a little better. Currently, the Associate Web Editor at DU Beat, he is looking forward to his final year and can be contacted at [email protected]

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