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Industry must help add DU seats: BJP

Promises to open 15 colleges if it wins Assembly elections

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 25, 2013 1:02:43 am

The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday promised to open as many as 15 colleges in seven Lok Sabha constituencies if it comes to power in Delhi after polls later this year.

With just a few months to go for the Assembly elections,the party on Monday released the ‘Delhi Declaration’,a document on the status of higher education,in which it advocated the involvement of industrialists to make education accessible and relevant to all.

Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel claimed that new colleges had been set up during the BJP’s tenure in Delhi. But ever since,the number of seats in Delhi University (DU) had been stagnant,especially for students of Delhi schools.

“While Delhi,especially DU,bears the burden of educating of students from all over the country,students from Delhi schools have to seek admissions elsewhere. Even children who came to Delhi just a year back but sat for their Class XII exams from a Delhi school,should be treated as Delhi students and granted a 2-4 per cent advantage over others,” Goel said.

He said the party would involve industrialists and the chairpersons of governing bodies of colleges to improve the availability of seats and the standard of higher education in Delhi.

Goel said for the longest time DU has had just 54,000 seats,of which only 27,270 are for the general category students. Of the 2.5 lakh applications,1.5 lakh are filed by students of Delhi.

The party also advocated starting more evening colleges as morning colleges did not have sufficient infrastructure to manage a greater student load. Goel also suggested that universities set up more campuses in Delhi. “Not just North and South,but,East,West and Dwarka should also be made educational hubs,” he said.

He advocated that teachers be trained to communicate with students and suggested setting up colleges for theatre,TV,cinema and for those who wanted to do research.

Goel also provided a solution to overcrowding in DU,by suggesting that DU colleges set up new chapters in other states. “We will facilitate the opening of chapters of Delhi’s top colleges,such as St Stephen’s,Lady Shri Ram,Shri Ram College of Commerce,Hindu,Kirorimal,Hansraj,Miranda House and Ramjas,in UP,Bihar,Haryana and Punjab. This would help provide quality education to students in these states who are otherwise forced to come to Delhi for higher education,” Goel said.

The party announced that it would host a meet on June 28 to help bridge the gap between what schools aspired to teach their students and the education requirements of Delhi colleges.

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