Infrastructure Problem


Infrastructural and administrative issues find way in the University once again, this time, at the Faculty of Law.
For years, students have complained over the poor infrastructure, dysfunctional air conditioners, not up-to-date technology, and less library space. It was also noted that the administration has not sanctioned the required expenditure of INR 76,00,000.
As reported by The New Indian Express, Rajesh Singh, Deputy librarian informed that a proposal of INR 76,00,000 was submitted by library committee. “Students have been raising these issues for a long time. We have written to the University three to four times since 2016, when the issues came to our knowledge,” he said. The latest request made to the varsity, he said, was in March this year. Singh, later ensured that the Dean had submitted the request to the University Grants Commission and the once the University generates funds, changes will be made.
In a number of letters written to the administration, there are repeated complaints of space shortage in the library, library systems not being updated, and the computer systems being out of order.

Shivansh,  a student at Faculty of Law said, “A requisition has been made by the students to get the required infrastructure. While we are nowhere close when it comes to National Law Universities as far as facilities are concerned, access to online law databases like SCC Online and Manupatra are a must for a law student to exist in this profession. Library is mostly overcrowded and there is a scuffle to get a seat, at times. We are not allowed issue, expensive publishers like Halsbury and Mulla. These are some issues we all face day in and day out. I understand how the Faculty of Law is the best place to learn if we were to take in regard return on investment.  However, that can’t be the benchmark when it comes to government universities.”

Kartik Saini, another student addressed the problems Hindi medium students face. He said, “There are not enough books and reading material especially for Hindi medium students. Students from south India sometimes face problem in understanding when teacher uses Hindi as a medium of communication in class. Apart from that, fans seem to be useless. The library lacks chairs and the ones present right now aren’t comfortable enough.”

The Faculty of Law has also failed the teachers. Many classrooms lack microphones and teachers have to bring their own required teaching material to the classes.

One can hope that these matters are addressed immediately and the University administration takes prompt action.


(With inputs from The New Indian Express)

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Jaishree Kumar

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It’s 2017 and the University of Delhi (DU) is crumbling under degrading infrastructure, a culture of ad-hoc and degrading standards of education; the only sustenance is DU’s history and the pride associated with it and the sense of exclusivity and hype partly owed to the ridiculously high-cut-offs.

Delhi University with its ridiculously high cut-offs, glitzy fests, and star nights and a long list of alumni winning accolades in the world of politics, films and academia, has a lot to boast of.  Its reputation and prestige, along with its hype and exclusivity make it a dream institution for students across the country. The culturally rich and “woke” campus is coveted by undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students across the country. But Delhi University has been systematically degrading to meet not just global standards, but it has failed to match up to the infrastructure and resources offered in colleges in India. Globally, DU is ranked as 481-490 by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings, which is largely regarded as the most accurate ranking for universities.

The ugly truth about the University of Delhi is that despite having some of the best students and faculty members from across the country, it fails to reach its full potential or even push its own horizons. Ceilings have fallen in Daulat Ram College and College of Vocational Studies, Gargi College students complained of lack of an adequate number of washrooms, and most colleges are witnessing their main building slowly crumble away. A significant lack in number of classrooms for tutorials, no proper arrangements for recreational and extra-curricular activities, and a severe shortage of adequate sports facilities is a problem faced across colleges in DU. India has grown out of the phase where it only had the bare-minimum- when the then Prime Minister Shastri had to ask citizens to fast once a week due to grain shortage. But while the rest of the country has come out of that era of scraping by and having only the bare-minimum, DU has not. Apart from the top five or six colleges, most of the colleges still lack proper resources, auditoriums, and interactive classrooms. But infrastructural resources or the lack of them is not Delhi University’s only problem, the ad-hoc culture is as well. The practice of inviting teachers to teach temporarily in colleges as ad-hoc lecturers has become extremely common. As a consequence of this, lecturers often shuffle from college to college as they are replaced. Since their jobs are not permanent and are highly dependent on the authorities’ whims and fancies, most ad-hoc lecturers find themselves under immense pressure to meet the expectations of their immediate superiors. This is necessarily a bad thing because lecturers have often complained of ill-treatment under such a system, as is evident by the extensive number of protests that take place regarding the same issue. While these academics dedicate their time to save their jobs and seek a certain degree of stability in their lives, any autonomy that they have- to teach with absolute freedom, confidence, and passion, to criticise anyone from college authorities to governments and administrations, to speak fearlessly without censoring their opinion- is snatched from them. Most of us would think this isn’t a particularly big problem; after all they are completely free to teach the prescribed curriculum as they please. But the point is, Delhi University gets its je ne sais quoi from the kind of space it reserves to discuss unconventional and unpopular opinions. The very spirit of the university can be summed up by its culture of questioning and challenging status quo and the emphasis it lays on political awareness, activism, and protests. When its academia- the people responsible for providing students not just knowledge about the curriculum but also about the world- tread with fear and are afraid to speak their minds, students may also be afraid to do the same.

Times are changing and universities across the world are constantly innovating and offering its students better facilities. Those attempting to silence me for criticising DU’s lack of resources might say that since DU offers a highly subsidised education, it cannot obviously meet global standards due to financial reasons. The truth is, even Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) offer a subsidised education (while there was a revision in the fee structure, a professional degree is bound to cost more) as well. To say that one government-funded institute can have adequate resources at its disposal while another cannot, makes little sense. Change is the only constant and those who fail to evolve, stagnate and then disintegrate. For the University of Delhi to continue living up to its hype, it needs to evolve and adapt to modern times. Better resources, facilities for students and teachers and reformations in its problematic ad-hoc culture are some ways in which it can do the same.


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Kinjal Pandey

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As the admissions season are yet to take steam, another incident that happened in Hansraj hostel has raised eyebrows about the bad infrastructure prevailing in the colleges of the university. This Saturday night, a large portion of the plaster fell of the ceiling in one of the rooms of Hansraj College hostel.  This is not the first time such incident has happened in the hostel.

Around 9:30 to 10:00 PM, the plaster fell off in room number 40 of the hostel. Luckily the student who resides in the room escaped unhurt. “When the plaster fell on my bed, I was just studying a little far on my desk. Had I slept earlier, god knows what would have happened to me” says Akarsh Sharmaa, a final year student of the college.

The fallen plaster
The fallen plaster

After the incident took place, he placed a complaint to the hostel warden which has been forwarded to the principal of the college. Dr. Rama Sharma, who is the officiating principal of the college said that the portion of ceiling collapsed because of the cracks that have developed. “I have spoken to the contractor and sought a report from him,” said Dr. Sharma.

This morning the principal, hostel warden and the contractor visited the room and assured the resident of repairing the damage at the earliest. Every year during the summer break the hostel is closed for maintenance. “They just whitewash the rooms in the name of maintenance, but never repair the plasters” said another student.

The pathetic condition of the infrastructure in the university despite of funds being allocated by central government and high cutoffs remain a concern for both students and parents. Last year, the ceiling of Daulat Ram College collapsed injuring four students which led to severe protests by students demanding renovation of the college infrastructure.

Students appearing for exams under tents, falling ceilings, water sipping walls in colleges of the university have earlier created a lot of hue and cry for proper infrastructure. We hope this incident at Hansraj College be the last one to catch the attention of authorities.

Srivedant Kar

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