Twenty-five years after Delhi University’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) College started from a school building, it is finally moving to a new multi-storeyed campus in Dwarka in South-West Delhi, before the new academic session starts in July. The college, which has been running from a school building in Karampura in West Delhi, since 1989, has about 2,500 students enrolled with it in various courses. DDU College is a prestigious and the most sought university for many undergraduate students.
“By mid-June, we will move to the new building in Dwarka Sector 3. For 25 long years, the college had been running from the school building. When the college was started in 1989, there was no immediate infrastructure available and it had to start from school building,” said S.K Garg, the principal of the college. The new campus will have facilities for sports, including indoor squash, archery range, gymnasium and indoor table tennis.
Separate areas for outdoor and indoor games would be earmarked clearly. The college was scheduled to move to the new campus last year. But at that time, the construction of the new campus was not done, as finishing touches were being given. The old building will be now given to the Ambedkar University, an another prominent state-run university in Delhi.
Garg said the new college campus has five times the space than the present location. “The new campus has a multi-storey building with 26 lecture rooms and 12 lecture theatres. We have an auditorium with a seating capacity of 400 and two seminar rooms with seating capacity of over 100 each,” he said.
Garg said the new campus will be eco-friendly and has a rainwater harvesting system. “We are working on a solar power generation system to produce power for college use. A waste treatment plan is in the pipeline. Overall, the entire new campus is spacious and eco-friendly,” he further added.