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Campus call: DU V-C returns to classroom on first day of FYUP

Delhi University vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh on Wednesday returned to the classrooms on the first day of the newly-launched four year undergraduate programme (FYUP).  During his surprise visit to Acharya Narendra Dev college in south Delhi, the V-C took everyone by surprise by entering a mathematics classroom and giving students a few lessons on 'prime numbers'. Singh is a professor of mathematics.

On the first day of the new academic session, the V-C's visit to three colleges, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Acharya Narendra Dev College and Ramanujan College left the students, mainly freshers, dazed as Singh went on an interaction spree.

'Hello students, how are you , do you know me and what is my age, what are you studying,' ? questioned a smiling  Singh, as he interacted with a group of students. Not tongue-tied for long, the students responded, 'Hi sir, yes we know you and you are approximately 70 years old. You are the vice-chancellor of the university and we are studying prime numbers in Mathematics,' replied the students of Acharya Narendra Dev College.

Harry Batla, a first year student of Mathematics (Honours) of Acharya Narendra Dev College won the vice-chancellor’s heart by solving an equation, that the V-C had asked the students to solve. The V-C then gave the students a  few more equations to solve, along with his e-mail address and left the classroom, after asking the students to mail him their answers.
He also announced a prize for Batla.

At Lady Shri Ram College the story was different. The vice-chacellor reached the college unannounced at 10.15 am and went to the auditorium, where an orientation programme for new entrants was being conducted. He took the college administration to task for non-functioning air-conditioners. 'I don't know why the AC in this auditorium is not working in this scorching heat,' he said and donated Rs five lakh for the college infrastructure.

Later, while interacting with media representatives, Singh said, 'The purpose of my visiting the colleges was to befriend the students and find out whether there was any problem that they wished to share with me. My aim was also to form an opinion of the kind of infrastructure that is being made available to the students.’

When asked about the V-C’s visit, Neha, a first year student of B. Tech Psychology (Honours), said, 'I am very happy to have met him. He is so smart and tall. I am very lucky to have got the opportunity to hear the V-C’s speech standing at a distance of mere 10 meters from him.'  
The second phase of his journey began when he reached with his team at Ramanujan College at 11.30 am. Here, the V-C asked one of the students, 'Hello, good morning beta. I am the V-C of DU. What is your name beta. Do you like the new FYUP system?' The student, first year Chemistry (Honours) student Anjali from Badarpur, was only too happy to say,  ‘Yes, I like the FYUP model, that is why I opted for it.’

At Ramanujan college the V-C disclosed the plan for an 'incubation centre', where students cannot only test their ideas of business but, if the university feels the idea to be logical and appropriate, will help students run the business.
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