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Launch of course related books in Hindi medium – June 13, 2013

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On 13 June 2013, a long standing academic demand for reading material in Hindi was fulfilled at the University of Delhi. The Directorate of Hindi Medium Implementation has commissioned and published 14 new books and these were released by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dinesh Singh. Mentioning how the collection will greatly enhance the capabilities of Hindi medium students who are enrolled in large numbers, he said that these books are a welcome addition to the material being created by teachers of the university. The authors and editors were warmly congratulated. Prof. Ramesh Gautam, Director, said this collection marked the beginning of a dedicated programme of encouraging study material of high quality and in everyday language. Dr. Asha Gupta reiterated the goals of the Directorate and described its range of publications. The book launch was attended by all senior administrators of the university and about 300 teachers and students

World Environment day – Cleanliness drive organized at Gandhi Bhawan – June 5, 2013

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On the World Environment Day, June 5, 2013, Gandhi Bhawan organized a cleanliness drive in which the participants actively stood by the motive. Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia, Member, Managing Committee, Gandhi Bhawan also actively participated in the drive along with the volunteers and the staff.

Academic Council and Executive Council approve the Four Year Undergraduate Programme – May 9, 2013

On 8 and 9 May 2013, historic decisions were taken by the Academic Council and Executive Council of the University of Delhi when they approved the Four Year Undergraduate Programme after a long consultations. Signalling a transformative change in curriculum and pedagogy, this programme makes every student a potential Bachelor Honours graduate with a specialisation after four years. It also offers exit options for those who wish to leave earlier with a formal qualification of a Diploma after two years or a Bachelors degree after three years. Such students can resume their studies within a span period. The main features of the FYUP curriculum are 11 Foundation Courses that are mandatory, subject specific Discipline I courses that are offered according to the student’s eligibility and enhanced through skill based Applied courses, Discipline II or minor subjects to expand a student’s area of secondary interest, and non credit courses for sports, culture and value based education. Details are available on the website.

Delhi University Flag

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When the Archives were relocated in late 2012, a small sized original flag of the University of Delhi was found among the papers. Minutes of an AC meeting held in 1962 reiterates the old design and colours. Hence, the purple flag and crest has been painstakingly created from written and visual material discovered for the Foundation Day. According to the old note, the University colour is a deep ‘royal’ purple, the elephant and lotus are in a soft gold, the river painted in ‘Cambridge blue’ and the book in white. The symbolic design reflects many aspects of a scholar’s life.

Delhi U Celebrates 91st Foundation Day with Chief Guest, Smt. Sheila Dikshit – May 1, 2013

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The University of Delhi celebrated is 91st Foundation Day on 1 May 2013 in the presence of the Chief Guest Smt. Sheila Dikshit, the Chief Minister of Delhi. She unfurled the insignia flag of the University, purple in colour and carefully re- created from written and visual material discovered lately in the Archives. Dean Academic opened the programme with a brief explanation of the crest. In his welcome speech, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dinesh Singh, emphasised the dedication of the university to academic excellence and social inclusiveness. He spoke of the new pedagogy in the four year curriculum which combines knowledge systems with hands-on projects. The Vice Chancellor requested the Chief Minster’s help in acquiring a “College on Wheels” a railway train that would be used as a classroom and journey through India. It would follow the Gandhian principles of integrating mind, body and heart.Smt. Shiela Dikshit in her Address spoke warmly of her long association with the University of Delhi as a student and later as a political leader. Praising the new directions taken in transforming the higher education curriculum, she said : “What the University of Delhi does today, other universities will follow tomorrow”. She assured the Vice Chancellor of her support for a sustainable programme for the “College on Wheels”. Speaking of responsible citizenship and employability of students, Smt. Dikshit asked the university to keep striving higher and to continue delivering the quality that makes DU the “best university in the country and among the best globally.” Dean of Colleges offered a gracious vote of thanks assuring Smt. Dikshit that this premier University will fulfil the responsibilities devolving upon it.
The tea in the picturesque courtyard of the Viceregal Lodge carried the discussions further.

DU Vice Chancellor meets School Leaving Students – May 2, 2013

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On 2 May, 2013 at the spacious indoor stadium of the University of Delhi, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dinesh Singh, addressed almost 3000 school leaving students and their school teachers to explain the simple procedures for joining and benefiting from the Four Year Undergraduate Programme. He said that every student enters with the potential of graduating with an honours degree after 4 years. The student chooses a subject for specialization in a systematic way. The student first takes up foundation and language courses; then takes up an increasing number of Discipline I / (Honours level) courses (total 20) which give in-depth knowledge. He/she also takes 6 Discipline II courses which give secondary learning in another subject. In the final year, the student gains research capability through 2 courses.

Referring to students who are accomplished in sports or cultural activities, Vice Chancellor said that some of their absence from class can be condoned according to proposed new rules.
The school leaving students who are potential entrants to DU took notes and enthusiastically stayed on for counseling at help desks. The feedback forms completed by students show 90% endorsement of the FYUP on the three counts of

  • Understanding the new programme.
  • The expected outcomes being “good for me”
  • Employability.

The Vice Chancellor, saying that all new students will be given a laptop loaded with software for e-learning, elaborated on the technological support in the new curriculum. The emphasis remained on the “choices” that a student has in the new system to give expression to individual potential. Whether it is a Bachelor’s honours degree, or a Bachelor’s degree or a Diploma, everyone can, for the first time at an Indian university, pursue higher education with multiple degree options and an undergraduate study programme that combines theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

DU-UoE On-Line Lecture Exchange Programme – April 22, 2013

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The second installment of the pilot lecture exchange series between DU and UoE was held on 22nd April 2013 with enthusiastic and energetic participation from the students of both Delhi and Edinburgh. Leading the discussion from our end, Prof. Harish Trivedi kept the audience enthralled with his extensive and insightful knowledge of the place of Indian literature in an increasingly interconnected world. The lecture, entitled “Reading Indian Literature in a Globalized World”, was screened for the students on 18th April at The Studio. Prof. David Farrier, Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh, initiated and moderated the discussion for Edinburgh and also contributed to it with his extremely versatile understanding of postcolonial issues. Dr. Sukrita Paul Kumar, who also participated in the discussion, enriched it with her profound and balanced observations on the questions of Indian literary canon and other forms of artistic articulations. An exchange of this kind reflects on a positive integration of the creation and dissemination of knowledge sources in ways that transcend spatial and temporal restrictions.

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