First of its kind: DU set for educational journey as CM backs ‘College on Wheels’

What the Delhi University does today,other universities will follow tomorrow,Sheila Dikshit said.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 2, 2013 1:00:39 am

Sheila Dikshit,on Wednesday,extended the government’s support to “College on Wheels”,a train designed to hold classes for Delhi University’s undergraduate students.

Speaking on the occasion of the university’s 91st Foundation Day,the Chief Minister not only backed the academic changes to be brought about in DU’s undergraduate programme,but also assured the university administration that the government would help to take the idea of “College on Wheels” forward.

“What the Delhi University does today,other universities will follow tomorrow,” Dikshit said.

The idea of ‘College on Wheels’ came from Gyanodaya Express. Gyanodaya or “education train journey” was a trip organised by DU last year,where undergraduate students of the university travelled to various parts of the country on a train. Two trips were organised,one in July and another in December.

Elaborating on the concept,Dean of Academics Malashri Lal said,“The university requested the government for a dedicated train for Delhi University,in which coaches would be turned into classrooms and laboratories. The idea is to enable undergraduate students to spend a whole semester on the train.”

“Another Gyanodaya Express will roll out on August 3. This time the university is inviting students from foreign universities,” Lal said.

The total expenditure on the project could amount to around Rs 90 crore,Lal said.

Director South Campus,Umesh Rai,said,“This is a first-of-its-kind concept. No other university in the world has a college operating out of a train. Students can spend a semester on the train,visit different parts of the country and study various practices.”

However,Dikshit’s support for the changes in DU’s undergraduate programme come at a time when the university administration is facing flak from a section of its teaching community over the implementation of the new format.

Aimed at imparting practical knowledge and increasing students’ employment propects,the four-year programme will be applicable for students seeking admission this year.

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