Being developed under the ‘Urban Expansion Projects’ of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), it is regarded as one of the fast growing and most preferred sub-city.
With more than 100 primary and secondary schools along with colleges and universities like Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (IP), National Law University (NLU) & Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, it has been able to attract many students who are willing to study there. Education experts opine that the sub-city in coming years will replace other educational centres in the capital. It could be the only place in future to have diverse range of educational institutions, all under one roof. So, what makes Dwarka ‘The Education Hub’.
Dwarka is appreciated for being a planned sub-city. As mentioned on the DDA website, the sub-city has been planned for an environment of convenience which contains essential facilities and services at different levels namely health, education, safety and security, cultural, communication related among others.
‘Unlike other areas, Dwarka has land to offer. Mostly many parts of Delhi and even neighbouring Gurgaon are crowded and hence, to avail land there is very difficult. Also, the land rates are very high there,’ says Anoop Chaturvedi, a property dealer. He further says that water and electricity problems are rare in Dwarka. And with growing connectivity , more people are showing interest in buying land or living here.
‘Main coaching centres like Akash, Narayana, Triumphant Institute of Management Education (T.I.M.E.) and also with colleges like National Institute Of Technology Delhi (NITDelhi) students getting allured here. Moreover, the room rent and other facilities are cheap in comparison to exorbitant rates of North campus of University of Delhi (DU),’ says another property dealer.
The infrastructure of the sub-city is worth noting and can also play as a role model for other areas. Especially, the educational institutes are spread over acres of land with residential facilities for students. While NIT Delhi has been allotted about 51 acres for the campus, the new campus of IP university is spread over an area of 60 acres whereas the NLU campus sprawls over 21 acres of prime land.
‘I got admission in DU’s Kirori Mal College but I did not want to go there. The college is in pathetic condition. Classrooms are not properly maintained. Whereas in IP, the scene is totally different. We are provided with all facilities. And the campus has sports complex, proper hostels, gymnasium facilities and all. Studying is best done in satisfactory environment for the same,’ says Charu, a student of IP university.
‘Best thing of campus is, that it is away from buzz of the city. There are places in vicinity where we can hang out but there are at suitable distance from college, neither too far nor too close. And, the environment here is totally different. I find my peers more focused and sincere. Another good thing here is residential accommodation provided by the university,’ says Risabh Verma, a student of NLU.
Faculty and Courses in various universities
‘Since the universities are not very old, the quality of staff is better here. New teachers with better qualifications and more sincerity are enrolled within universities. This has affected how students perceive teachers and also, the subject. With a teacher who is very keen about his/her subject and is capable of making it simpler, is preferred by students. This can be regarded as one of the reasons why students are coming to universities in Dwarka,’ said a professor of NSIT.
Educational institutions in Dwarka, mainly comprising of management and engineering colleges and universities like IP and NLU which offer technical courses have proved to be a lucrative option for students. ‘We offer technical courses. Courses are job oriented. One has to see market demand and education standards should match that. Now, the demand is changing and with it skill development has also come in focus. Courses provided should enhance that,’ says Nalini Ranjan, Public Relation Officer, IP university.
Believing in same, Shiv Kumar, a student of MBA says, ‘I did my B.Com (Hons) from DU. But I couldn’t find a job as my degree was not sufficient. The market is demanding technical courses and hence I enrolled myself in MBA course available in IP university. Also, as compared to private
institutions , the fees is affordable here.’
Transport facilities which can easily connect commuters to different places are always preferred by residents, students, corporates houses and such. ‘I commute from Gurgaon. Because of metro connectivity, the commuting has become easy. Otherwise it would have been very difficult to come here,’ says Sachin Nagpal, a student of NLU. For students, universities like IP have also enabled bus service from metro station to college. A bus is available after every 20 minutes in morning and at evening.
Not only well connected with metro, the sub-city also has Dwarka Metro Airport Express line which cuts travel time between Dwarka and the Airport. Cycle tracks and pedestrian pathways passing through green areas are also there. Also, there are major DTC bus routes operating in and out of Dwarka. And for short distance, rickshaw are always available.
Though Dwarka is well connected by metro, buses and also has police stations at suitable distances, still safety remains a concern. ‘After seven, nobody thinks of moving out. I feel very unsafe. Since, it is not very crowded and there are a lot of open spaces, me and my friends don’t find it safe to go after evening hours,’ says Monal Chauhan, a student of IP university.