Under a scheme called Vidya Vistar (V2S) proposed by the acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi, P C Joshi, DU Colleges will collaborate with the colleges in the backward, and under-developed areas nationwide to conduct joint research and boost research facilities. As soon as the scheme was extended out, many DU Colleges started chalking out plans to share their lectures, laboratories, and libraries.
Some of the colleges have already completed the process of developing a plan which includes conducting student exchange programs for mutual research to take place. DU colleges can choose their own partner institutes under V2S.
Joshi told, “My vision for Delhi University is to open its door for others. We have started V2S, which will open up DU to colleges of remote areas. Already Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences has collaborated with a college in Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh, and Aurobindo College is collaborating with a college in Ladakh.”
How will this work?
Balaram Pani, Principal of Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences told TOI that the Bomdila college was chosen to “provide free education and expertise to the students of that region.” He added, “Our faculty members can teach them through online mode. We will also allow their faculty to come here and use our laboratory for research.” Provisions will also be made for visits of students from the Arunachal College.
Hansraj College, a college in the North Campus, has chosen two colleges – Goverment College of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, and Government Degree College of Drass, Ladakh. In an interview, the Principal of the college defined the duties of educational insititutes and said that DU is taking a great step in helping the backward colleges upgrade. The Principal of Aurobindo College, Vipin Kumar Aggarwal said that the college is partnering with the Government College of Kargil. He added, “We would send our students to Kargil so that they can understand the culture there.”
Aditi Mahavidyalaya is collaborating with the Government College of Barwani district, Madhya Pradesh, which caters to the tribal population of the region. Kirori Mal College is hoping to collaborate with a college from Odisha’s Cuttack and another from Manipur.