DUSU Interviews


On 3rd January 2020, Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) led Delhi University’s Student Union (DUSU) met with foreign students of University of Delhi (DU) for establishing DU’s first foreign cell to cater to the needs of  foreign students studying in DU.

Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) led Delhi University’s Student Union (DUSU) held a meeting at DUSU office in University of Delhi (DU), North Campus on 3rd January 2020 to listen to the needs and difficulties of foreign students studying in DU.

In this discussion DUSU Vice President, Pradeep Tanwar along with DUSU Joint Secretary, Shivangi Khairwal were also present to extend full support to the students.

The motive of the meet was also to discuss the establishment of DU’s first-ever Foreign Cell. Approximately 25 students from 5 different nations put forward problems faced by them during their academic stay in Delhi. Some of the common problems discussed were fee structure, accommodation and linguistic barriers.

The foreign students in anonymity also stated, “We often feel isolated as we don’t belong to the same culture. However, events like this bring pressing issues like Regional Registry office procedure in the discussion.”

In response to their issues, a committee of 15 students from various countries will be launched to pertain to the needs of foreign students particularly and solve the current issues they are facing. A Panel to curb the most prominent communication barrier would also be established.

Selection of the working committee would be done through done Google search and advertisements and then a personal interview would be conducted to judge their merit. 

Akshit Dahiya, President, DUSU has invited all interested foreign students to fill the google form to constitute a committee and has offered a volunteering position with DUSU to rest, who are not selected.

Akshit Dahiya, in a conversation with DU Beat, said, “Much more can be expected from DUSU under the leadership of ABVP to uplift the students of DU. A new committee has also been established to promote sports in the Varsity. More than 12,00,000 lakhs have been allocated to give scholarships to students of Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), Persons with Disability (PWD) and of Extra-Circular Activities (ECA) and Sports quota.”

“This is an initiative taken to strengthen the relations between foreign students and ensure their warm stay in India as they pursue their study” Akshit Dahiya added.

Feature Image Credits:Akshit Dahiya


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Q. As the outgoing DUSU Vice President, how satisfying was your experience and what challenges did you come across?

Ans: My experience was very different and not as I expected it to be. As the Vice-President and DUSU a representative, I understood that students put a lot of faith in us to take important steps and decisions. With power comes the responsibility to fulfil people’s expectations. When we are unable to do so, students do show disappointment. However, we tried to deliver our best and we did as much as we could.

Q. This year, AAP’s newly found student wing – Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti is also contesting the DUSU polls. Does this hinder ABVP’s chances to get back to positions again? What is your stategy?

Ans: Indeed they have planned to contest in the polls, however we remain calm and aren’t intimidated by anyone’s entry in the polls. As far as ABVP and its strategy is concerned, we believe in taking the politically experienced lot to contest for the elections and plan to do the same this year as well.

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Q. Any advice for future office bearers who seek to achieve many goals for the University?

Ans. One learns a lot while being in position. One should know that we can’t fulfil all our goals but at the same time this shouldn’t deter us to try and achieve them. I feel every year new challenges emerge and they’ll learn with the flow.

Q. What do you think have been the achievements of DUSU in your tenure?

Ans. We tried to make the life of students hassle free. South Campus started a new bus service, we protested against unjust University guidelines from time to time, the scrapping of FYUP being the major example. We weren’t just limited to these things but had a more holistic approach in making a student’s life at DU better. Hopefully our efforts held some significance.

Related reading: We also interviewed Mohit Nagar, the outgoing President of DUSU

Riya Chibber

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