Already facing space crunch, DU's Dyal Singh College now combines two shifts into one
Dayal Singh College, facing massive infrastructure issues, is forced to accommodate nearly 6,000 students in a campus of merely 10 acres at present.
Delhi University's most populated college Dyal Singh College - running in two shifts - has moved ahead and combines both morning and evening shifts into one. Amid uproar from faculty and students for space crunch, the classes in the college are being conducted in seminar halls and auditorium to accommodate nearly 6,000 students in a campus of merely 10 acres.
The students and faculty members have flagged gaping infrastructure issues the college.
"Our classes are being conducted in basement, auditoriums and seminar halls. The classes that are being conducted in basement, have no emergency exit or passage. It gets worse when we appear for exams because some of the students who cannot be accommodated in a classroom are shifted to canteens and libraries. Last semester, we gave exams in canteen and corridors," said a student attending morning classes.
Even for a sprawling central varsity, the student specified that there is no space for cultural activities.
The student added that even for relaxing, the college is unable to provide a spacious canteen for the students of evening and morning classes. "For a college with 6,000 students, we have a canteen that can barely fit 150 students," the student said.
Aware of the existing infrastructural problems, college principal I S Bakshi said "Concerns raised by stakeholders of morning college have already been intimated to the university officials in detail. I hope visionary approach to prevail."
"I have briefed the university officials about the inability of both the colleges to function at the same time owing to lack of infrastructural facilities for students. The resources will be shared when we have to ensure all round development of a student as well," the principal said.
A committee set up by Delhi University's executive council had visited the college two weeks back and was briefed about lack of infrastructure for operating two colleges at the same time. According to the faculty members, running two colleges simultaneously will paralyse academics as there is a massive issue of space crunch and resource sharing with inadequate facilities.
Professor Naveen Gaur said, "We are looking at a situation of academics running into trouble and not benefiting students, neither in Dyal Singh College nor at the Vande Mataram College. Up until August, college was under heavy construction and classes were being conducted in dilapidated rooms."