DU is going to open two new colleges soon.
When did this issue start?
Due to the increasing cut-offs of DU, many students could not make it to these colleges. In October 2020, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated that DU colleges could only accommodate 50% of the students who pass out from 12th standard in Delhi. There is an imbalance in the ratio of the number of universities to the number of students.
The Delhi University had a academic council meeting on opening of the two new colleges. The Aam Aadmi Party supported the academic council members.
Proposals for the name of colleges
Delhi Teachers Association (DTA) said:
In Delhi Dehat’s Fatehpur Beri, colleges should be opened in the name of Mata Savitribai Phule, who was India’s first female teacher, Indian social reformer, freedom fighter and the mother of Indian feminism.
- DTA President Hansraj Suman said that opening a college in the name of Mata Savitribai Phule would be an effective step as there is no college in DU in the name of any backward caste women.
- In view of ‘Atmanirbharta’ or ‘Self-reliance’, he said opening colleges in Delhi Dehat region will encourage rural girls to take up education and stand on their own feet.
In Delhi Dehat’s Najafgarh (Roshanpura), colleges should be opened in the name of Delhi’s first Chief Minister Jannayak Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Yadav, who was an Indian Politician and a freedom fighter.
- He was the voice of rural people, Dalits and other backward classes. He had made significant development in rural areas in Delhi.
- Opening colleges in his name will encourage students in rural areas to get educated.
Proposals cleared by DU to name new colleges
Delhi University is planning to open two new colleges, four new facilitation centres and a new law campus in Delhi.
DU academic council has cleared the name of Vinayak Damodar “Veer” Savarkar to name new colleges and facilitation centres.
DU academic council also cleared a few more names for the new colleges and facilitation centres. The names of former top BJP leaders like former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former ministers Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, first home minister of the country Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, first CM of Delhi Chaudhary Brahm Prakash and famous Dalit leader Jyotiba Bai Phule have also been cleared by the council.
Delhi University’s vice-chancellor, Prof. PC Joshi has confirmed that all the names are being proposed on the basis of their contribution to the society.
For VD Savarkar’s name, Prof. PC Joshi said that he was a well-known freedom fighter. He also had significant contributions in India’s freedom struggle.
For the name of BJP leaders, he said that all the people have made great contributions for the country.
He also said that these names have been cleared by the academic council. Further, they will put these names before the Executive Council of the university for final approval.