DU sends girls on cross-country tour

For the first time, University of Delhi [DU] has sent it's girl students on an educational journey on a specially chartered train named Gyandaya Express. The journey has been flagged off on 8 July 2012.

According to a DU official, 'Gyanodaya Express, a brainchild of DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh, has taken 850 NSS and NCC girl students of DU to Ahmedabad, Wardha, Mumbai, Goa and Bangalore, aiming to broaden the horizons of learning beyond the classrooms.'

Sources said, 'This is the first batch of students going on a 12-day train journey. The first stop will be at Ahmedabad where the students will visit Sabarmati Ashram, Akshardham Temple and Gujarat Vidyapeeth. After about two days in Ahmedabad the students will proceed to Mumbai, followed by Madgaon in Goa. The students will then go to Bangalore and visit Indian Space Research Organisation and Science Museum followed by a visit to Mysore.'

'A train journey can be a great educational trip for students from all streams. The students will learn to measure the speed of the train while travelling without use of a speedometer this in turn will give them idea about railway engineering at the same time they can experience the countryside as they crisscross through various states. And this will help them get a firsthand experience of the lives of ordinary people as they pass through railway platforms in different regions. The students will also get to know the history of the country and Gandhian values,' explained Dinesh Singh.

Equipped with laptops, Internet connectivity and library, the students on board the train will study a wide range of topics, including food habits, geography, agriculture, language and ethnicity of the people of various regions.

Sources also added, 'The final stop will be at Wardha/ Nagpur. The progress of the journey will also be updated regularly on the university’s official website. This special train for DU students will be back in Delhi on 19 July.'
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