DTU expansion will provide more options for Higher Education

Here is good news for the students of East Delhi. The Delhi government on Friday inaugurated the East Delhi campus of the Delhi Technological University in Vivek Vihar Phase-2. The campus will start classes for the session from Monday onwards itself. The DTU, formerly known as the Delhi College of Engineering, is expected to expand further in the coming years, with another campus already in the pipeline. This is east Delhi Campus one and East Delhi Campus two will open soon.

As per the sources, the East Delhi Campus One will remain a centre of expertise of management and business, the other may be an engineering campus. The two campuses are an extension of the university based out of Bawana, thus giving students of East Delhi more options for higher education. A new building is expected to be constructed in the vacant plot next to the Khichripur ITI to accommodate the new campus and it may get ready by the next year.

Higher educational institutions are a rarity in east Delhi, with most colleges concentrated in north and south Delhi. There are a few ‘off-campus’ Delhi University colleges in east Delhi, and four of these are fully funded by the Delhi government while a fifth receives 5% of its funds from the government. The Delhi government also has Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) in the area – in Nand Nagri, Khichripur, Shahdara and Vivek Vihar.

This campus will offer three courses – B.A. Economics (Honours), BBA and MBA. Initially, the intake for these courses will be pegged at 300 – 60 in MBA and 120 each for B.A. and BBA. The University is also planning to introduce more MBA programmes, with an intake of 60 each, in public policy, data analytics, family business and entrepreneurship, marketing, and financial markets. At the inaugural function, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that Bawana campus has 2,000 students currently. The east Delhi campus has 300, will add another 600 students next year, and 600 the year after that.

Meritorious students of the institute, who maintain a 60% grade and come from economically weaker backgrounds, will have a percentage of their fee reimbursed. If the family income is up to Rs 6 lakh per year, 25% of the fee would be reimbursed. For those earning up to Rs 2.5 lakh a year, half the fee will be reimbursed. Those earning Rs 1 lakh or less a year will have their entire fee reimbursed.

This is being done so as to make sure that the 2.5 lakh students completing Class 12 in Delhi get the opportunity to complete their higher education in Delhi, and the new campuses are a part of that objective.

While addressing the gathering at the inaugural function, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal set three objectives for the institute — nurture an entrepreneurial spirit in students to cultivate job creators rather than job seekers; make the institute a premier research organization that conducts relevant studies; and elevate it to the standards of a global university.

The DTU campus in Bawana has increased its annual intake by 400 in the last two years. It has also helped students secure high-paying jobs in Indian and multi-national companies. As informed by the Vice Chancellor, the highest package this year was Rs 1.27 crore, which was with an international company, while the highest package with an Indian company was Rs 38.5 lakh.

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