Scramble for Delhi University prompts DDA to look at an all-new education hub in Rohini

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 17 2014, 16:21pm hrs
The mad rush at Delhi University colleges during admission season has prompted Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to consider a proposal to create an education hub in Rohini.

DDA officials said the hub will comprise colleges and institutions of higher education.

This proposal is being evaluated taking into consideration the increasing demand for quality educational institution both schools and colleges in the city.

We have 66 acres in Rohini which we are looking at developing into an education hub. This hub will mainly have colleges and institutes, DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar said.

The creation of more colleges and institutes in Delhi has been a long-standing demand of all students organisations.

There is a campus in North and South Delhi, but such campuses should also be created in East and West Delhi. Since we have land available in Rohini, we are thinking of creating such a campus there, an official said.

The DDA is already exploring constructing 15 schools in the vicinity. It has 131 acres in Rohini Sector 40 and 41 which will be utilised for construction of flats while some portion of the land will be earmarked for construction of senior secondary schools. Since DDA has land available in Rohini, there are proposals for constructing flats here. The development of educational institutes is also being given an emphasis, the official said.

ABVP state secretary Saket Bahuguna said, We have maintained that there is a need to set up more colleges. For the last 16 years, no additional colleges have been opened. Delhi University sees high cut-offs because of the lack of seats. The last time a new college was established in DU was when the NDA was in power. We had also suggested that morning colleges should offer programmes in evening shifts too.

NSUI spokesperson Amrishranjan Pandey said, Every year, many students who have scored 90 per cent do not get admission in a college of their choice. In our manifesto for Delhi University Students Union polls last year, we had demanded that new colleges be opened. The issue of lack of land for setting up of colleges had also come up. Following this, we had suggested that a huge plot in Dwarka be used to open colleges or set up hostels.

Delhi University was established in 1922 as a unitary teaching and residential university by an act of the Central Legislative Assembly. When the university was founded, only three colleges existed in Delhi at the time.

The St Stephens College founded in 1881, Hindu College founded in 1899 and Ramjas College founded in 1917 were subsequently affiliated to it.