Ready for the Fu­ture

DELHI UNIVER­SITY

India Today - - NATION - By Son­ali Acharjee

Bha­gat Singh was im­pris­oned here, the Gandhi- Ir­win pact was signed in the next room and Lord Mount­bat­ten pro­posed to his wife in the gar­dens out­side. You are stand­ing in his­tory it­self,” en­thuses Di­nesh Singh, the vice- chan­cel­lor ( VC) of Delhi Univer­sity ( DU), re­fer­ring to his of­fice, which used to be the viceroy’s res­i­dence. A group of 20 re­search schol­ars of ge­ol­ogy and zo­ol­ogy lis­ten ea­gerly.

An e- learn­ing por­tal. Joint de­grees with se­lected var­si­ties. Mix- and- match cour­ses. No won­der all roads lead to Delhi.

They’ve been given a break from the lab, for an un­ex­pected af­ter­noon of kaju barfi, cof­fee and con­ver­sa­tion with Singh. Tra­di­tion­ally, VCS have been aloof from stu­dents, fo­cus­ing more on plan­ning and ad­min­is­tra­tion, but Singh is try­ing to make deans and depart­ment heads ac­ces­si­ble to stu­dents.

Delhi Univer­sity is keep­ing pace with the cap­i­tal it’s sit­u­ated in. In­stead of re­ly­ing on class notes and pho­to­copies passed down gen­er­a­tions, to­day, with the click of a mouse, stu­dents can ac­cess pre- recorded lec­tures in 12 cour­ses on the univer­sity’s e- learn­ing por­tal. By July, more cour­ses, e- lessons, vir­tual ex­per­i­ment labs and e- quizzes will also be made avail­able. “Be­fore I leave of­fice in 2019, I will en­sure that ev­ery class­room in ev­ery col­lege of DU is equipped with an LCD pro­jec­tor and a lap­top. We have ex­cel­lent fac­ulty and I want stu­dents to be able to ac­cess the di­ver­sity of this univer­sity sit­ting in just one class­room. Imag­ine a time when a

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