Women in Delhi University are now as active in public life as men. But veterans of the university remember a time when the women who lived on the campus, most of them wives of university officials, had no place to meet or contribute to the world outside their homes.
It was when C D Deshmukh took over the as the vice-chancellor in 1962, bringing along with him his wife, social activist and freedom fighter, Durgabai Deshmukh, that the lack of avenue for women of the delhi university to contribute to the world around was first noticed. And thus the Delhi University Women’s Association (DUWA) was born.
But unlike the clubs where the Delhi University’s male members spent their spare time, the DUWA, with Deshmukh at its helm, would immerse itself in welfare activities, mostly aimed at education of the children of university employees, especially Class IV employees.
Uma Madan has been associated with the DUWA since 1966 when she came to the university with her husband TN Madan who retired from the university’s Institute of Economic Growth. New to the city, Madan found in DUWA a place where women of were doing things outside their homes. “It was time of the Bihar famine. I was new to Delhi then and was looking for a way to contribute, and DUWA was an organisation involved in social welfare,and so I joined them,” she says.
Apart from mobilising relief during the famine and lending a hand during the Indo-Pak war of 1971 (it set up a canteen in the New Delhi railway station to serve food to soldiers on their way to the battlefield), other projects included setting up of a family planning unit on the campus, followed by a nursery school and a women’s hostel.
Delhi University opens one-day internship at V-C office
Two under-graduate students of Delhi University (DU) will report for work at the Viceregal Lodge on Wednesday as part of the first batch of students chosen to intern with the University Vice-Chancellor for a one-day internship programme, said Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dr Dinesh Singh.
For the two students, from Hindu and Kirorimal College, work will begin in Gandhian style — by helping the Vice-Chancellor clean the washrooms at the Lodge.
They will then work in the reception of the Lodge. Next, they will assist the V-C with official work, followed by a lunch with him. In the afternoon, the interns will take part in a meeting attended by the V-C and Pro-Vice Chancellor among others.
They will also spend time getting to know the history of the Viceregal Lodge, a colonial-era building, which now houses the Vice-Chancellor’s office. The students are to submit a report. They will be awarded a small honorarium for their services, along with certificates, said Dr J M Khurana, DU’s Dean of Student Welfare.
The University has launched an online registration facility for students interested in doing a one-day internship at the V-C office.
DU semester exam: Only 2% students apply for revaluation
Only 2 per cent students apply for revaluation after the semester exam of Delhi University. Interestingly, these students are not among those who have failed in the semester exam, but those who have scored comparatively less than the counterparts.
Complying with the order of the Supreme Court, the University this year is also prepared to give away the answer scripts of the candidates. The Examination Department of Delhi University says that it has stacked and pilled all answer scripts and if the students demand they will give it to the students.
Complying by the Supreme Court’s judgment, the examination department of Delhi University will give away answer scripts to students on demand. The University has gathered, compiled and stored all the answer scripts of students. This move of the university is also being looked upon as an attempt to condemn all allegations of the teachers who are alleging that the university is given unexceptionally high marks to the students.
The students who want to see their marksheets can apply for the same within 61 to 75 days of the announcement of results on the university website. To see an answer script, the students will have to pay `750. “If the students point out any totalling error in the marksheets, they can approach the examination department with the same; the department will rectify the marks,” added the official. This will be the first time that the university will make answer scripts available to the students.
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