Tuesday, June 21, 2011

DU is planning to send its students abroad for short study trips

Good news for students of Delhi University. With the university’s latest initiative of sending meritorious students to study abroad in the new academic session, here is a chance for students to fulfill their desire to learn something more than regular.The university is taking a step in this direction to enhance better interaction among Indian and foreign students. Elaborating on the same, JM Khurana, dean, students’ welfare at Delhi University says,Since the semester system is in place now, it is possible to initiate this kind of student-exchange programmes. This will give our students an opportunity to go abroad and meet foreign students, interact with them and learn about their courses.

Under this initiative, three batches of 25 students each will be selected for study tours to Australia,Austria,China, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu in the month of October. The university will conduct a selection process after the classes have commenced in July to decide the eligibility criteria on the basis of which students will be sent abroad for studying.To begin with we have chosen these countries. Soon we will spread our wings in more and more countries, so that our students get the best of everything, informs Khurana.

Selection of students will completely depend on a student’s merit. Bright students will be given a chance for this study tour. College principals too, have been informed about the decision.According to Khurana, students will initially be sent to these countries for two to three weeks, but in the near future the university might even send them to study an entire semester. Says Khurana,A three-week programme is only to start with. Once things are settled and students are comfortable, we will extend the duration of the course.During the study tour, students will not have to attend the formal classes but learn how different universities function and understand their whole system. They will also get abundant time to interact with the teachers there.Students can also get a lot of exposure while studying in such universities and different course Engineering,Construction and Real Estate Management and Economics and Management Science.

As far as costs are concerned, students need not worry about the expenditure of travelling abroad as DU has already made arrangements for financial assistance.Students selected by the university will not have to pay anything. The university has spoken to the Australia-India Institute in Melbourne to host the first batch of students from DU. Their food and accommodation will also be arranged by the university in collaboration with the university they are visiting,says Khurana.Delhi University plans to follow this up by signing more MoUs with various other universities abroad and initiate many more student exchange programmes.While we want to have tie-ups with more and more universities and send our students overseas, we would like students from other countries to visit our university too,adds Khurana.

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