Alumni have brought glory to the institution, Delhi University Vice Chancellor Prof Yogesh Singh tells APN News in the varsity’s centenary year

Delhi University alumni have brought greater glories to the institution with their work across the world, said its Vice Chancellor Professor Yogesh Singh in an interview to APN News channel Editor-in-Chief Rajshri Rai.

With Delhi University entering its centenary this year, Singh said Padma Shri awardees will be invited to interact with students in the campus as part of the celebrations so that they can share their experience and inspire younger generations. These personalities have transformed society in their own unique ways, he said.

Answering a question on the impact of Covid-19, the DU VC said the pandemic was a traumatic and challenging period but noted that people have come out of the bad experience.

On being asked if the Combined University Examination Test (CUET) will add to students’ fear, doubt and confusion, Singh said the University has already prepared a draft policy for it and is ready to implement it in Delhi university in curriculum. Admissions have started, too, for the new course, he said.

Singh said the DU has reworked norms of entrance exams for admission in university for Class 12 students. Different states have different examination standards; some are lenient while others are strict. Hence, marks vary, he said.

The University has adopted the CUET to cater to students of various set of background and provide them a fair playing field. The admissions will be done via CUET in a commitment to provide equal opportunity to one and very student, Singh said.

Responding to a question if CUET added one more exam for students, Singh said he saw the potential of fair opportunity to all. It won’t be biased against either city students or rural students. He said he had proposed that CUET be held twice a year, which might become a reality. The response is overwhelming with 11 lakh students writing the CUET. This shows it has been accepted, the Vice Chancellor.

Since women students come from all corners of the country, the University administration has decided to build two girls’ hostels for outstation students.

The University has also tried to identify courses in which the representation of women is less so that the shortfall is made up but, more than reservation or special treatment to women students, the institution want to provide a conducive environment for women students for them to study without any kind of fear, he said.

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