Message from Vice-Chancellor
Dear aspiring students,
I take this opportunity of welcoming you all to the University of Delhi, a premier Institute for higher education in India.
It gives me immense pride and pleasure to share with you that our university, established and incorporated in 1922 through an Act of the then Central Legislative Assembly, will complete its hundred glorious years on 1st May 2022. The University, which comprised three Colleges with 750 students in 1922, has expanded to 90 Colleges, 16 Faculties, and 86 Academic Departments spread over 407 acres across Delhi with a student strength of more than 7 lakhs, reflecting a microcosm of the diversity in India.
The University is a premier university in the country as per the national and international rankings. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for the year 2021, places the University at 12th rank among universities. As per the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR), the National Rank of the University of Delhi is 6th for 2021-22. The Times Higher Education Asia University Ranking of the University is 201-250 (released in June 2021). QS World University Ranking of the University is 501-510 (2022), QS India Ranking (2021) of the University is 6th among Indian educational institutions and universities, and the QS Asia University Ranking (2022) is 77.
The University has always been a pioneer in laying milestones in academics for others to follow. It is actively engaged in the process of bringing a paradigm shift in higher education by orienting curriculum frameworks and structure of the programs with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The NEP 2020 is aimed at transforming the education system in the country and the University is leaving no stone unturned in order to implement the policy in its true spirit.
It is a pleasure to share with you that the University has decided to implement NEP 2020 from the academic year 2022-23. Implementation of NEP in the University, where more than 500 courses are run for about seven lakh students a mammoth task. However, the University has taken the bold step of implementing a new Undergraduate Curriculum Framework 2022 (UGCF), which will require overhauling the existing system to make the curriculum in line with the philosophy of NEP. The UGCF 2022 is formulated with a student-centric approach and provides flexibility in terms of choice of disciplines of study, developing academic pathways having creative combinations of disciplines for study with Multiple-Entry and Exit points, determining semester-wise academic load and the ease to learn at his / her pace, to the extent possible.
Our students come from as many as 75 world nations, with numbers increasing year after year. The UGCF 2022 shall promote internationalization as the undergradute curriculum aligns with the international standards and shall promote students' mobility.
Lakhs of students all over India dream to be part of this University after completing their schooling. Enabling equal access for enrolment on a level playing field is the first step toward making education accessible and inclusive. A significant step towards this is the adoption of the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) as the mode for admission of students in various undergraduate programs of the University from the academic year 2022-23.
The University is expanding its academic horizon and adequate infrastructure development is planned accordingly. After demerger of Delhi College of Engineering and Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology from the University, the vacuum so created is now going to be filled by the introduction of three Bachelor of Technology Programs, namely B. Tech in Computer science and Engineering, B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering and B. Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering under the Faculty of Technology. Accordingly, a new building for the Faculty of Technology is planned to be set upright in the heart of North Campus. Infrastructural expansions including two blocks for Office and Laboratory in Maurice Nagar and two new hostels in Dhakka Complex are underway. For the convenience of students residing in various parts of Delhi, Facilitation Centres are being set up in Najafgarh (West Delhi), Bhawana (North-west Delhi), Surajmal Vihar (East Delhi), and Fatehpur Beri (South Delhi) to deal with various administrative matters.
During the recent pandemic, the University remained functional, without compromising the health of its students and employees. The admissions, teaching, and learning well as Examination continued in online mode. While the situation is returning to normalcy, the University plans to roll out its year-long Centenary celebrations with which it intends to leave an indelible mark not only on the academia but on the larger community as well.
I urge everyone who will be joining the University of Delhi family to come forward and play an active role in the Centenary Celebrations as well as in taking forward the rich legacy handed down to us through the hard work and sweat of our predecessors. It is indeed our collective responsibility to give our best in all spheres of our engagement, without compromising with mediocracy, so that we continue to excel not just today but for times to come.
University of Delhi