The Vice Chancellor of the DTU spoke to Careers360 about his plans to implement NEP and other initiatives.
Delhi Technical University campus
by Abhay Anand
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Delhi Technological University has re-energized research and is working on ways to improve gender diversity on campus. Yogesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, DTU spoke with Career360 about his plans for the university, the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020 and outreach initiatives. Edited excerpts below.
F. The NEP speaks of transforming specialized institutions into multidisciplinary universities. Does the DTU also plan to start programs in other domains?
A. Yes, we are moving in that direction and have launched programs in various areas of knowledge. We have started the design and economics course and have received a good response from the students. We plan to introduce more courses in the future. We are slowly moving towards a research-driven university rather than just a teaching institution.
To encourage research, we have implemented a program to provide researchers with financial support for publication in leading journals. The fund will be available for research in three broad categories. If a researcher publishes in a premium journal, he gets Rs 5 lakh; If he publishes in category two he gets Rs 1 lakh and if he publishes in a category three magazine which is reasonably good he gets Rs 50,000. We hope this gives the researchers courage. Although we haven’t been able to publish in the Category 1 magazine in the 80 years of our history, we have been able to publish in two other categories and hope to increase that number.
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F. Does the DTU also plan to introduce changes in the admission procedure for B.Tech and other courses?
A. We are currently accepting the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for Bachelor and the Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) for Design and for Master’s programs, the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). We would like to see some changes in the JEE testing or approval process as suggested in the NEP.
F. The DTU has set up “Lab on Wheels” to teach disadvantaged children and students from state schools. Can you elaborate on this and how do DTU and school students benefit from it?
A. The DTU started a program in 2017 where our students attend 10 state schools and teach students science and math. This produced a good result and many of these students were admitted to the best engineering institutes in the country. In order to scale this up further, we decided to give them practical training with 3D printers and other things and started the “Lab on Wheels” project. Delhi government is very excited about this project and helped us and now this bus goes to schools and gives students hands-on laboratory experience.
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F. Are you planning to add more buses, find sponsors for them?
A. We are happy to scale this. Right now it is funded by the university and the Delhi government is also ready to expand it and we could increase it to reach more schools.
F. What is the university planning this year with fees and internships? Last year there were reports that some DTU students were forced to pay fees or were not allowed to sit for internships. How does the university plan to help students this year who may have difficulty paying fees?
A. That was a rumor that was spread by some students. We have never prevented a student from completing an internship because he or she did not pay the fee. The placement process went smoothly and all of our students were placed in good companies.
F. Many of the IITs and other engineering institutions have developed various innovative products in the past year or during lockdown. Would you like to talk about such innovations from DTU students and lecturers?
A. Our students and teachers are working on various innovations and we have published over 600 articles so far. We did not develop a product during the COVID-19 lockdown, but we are conducting a study on COVID and its effects. Corporations also promote our innovations and in one of the projects we are working on a V (Unmanned Vehicle). We work with drones and
to improve it.
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F. How is the DTU working to improve gender diversity?
A. As a technical college we will have more male students and that cannot be changed. However, 18 percent of our students are female and we plan to increase the number to 30 percent. We prefer that
then a single girl
It is true that there are some degree programs, such as design and others, in which the number of female students is equal to or even more than that of men. We are working to further improve gender diversity on our campus and hopefully we will see more girls on campus in a few years.
We plan to introduce more courses in the future. We are slowly moving towards a research-oriented university as a pure teaching institution
Our students and teachers are working on various innovations and we have published over 600 articles so far. We did not develop a product during the COVID-19 lockdown, but we are conducting a study on COVID and its effects.
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