Delhi University's inter-college festival Antardhvani is not going to be held this year. Started in 2013, it was one of the former vice-chancellor's pet projects that used mainly to showcase DU's more controversial initiatives --- the four-year undergraduate programme and the Gyanodaya Express.With Dinesh Singh's tenure over, it is unlikely going to held this time.
“Antardhvani has not become a part of the routine of the colleges. The Gyanodaya Express project -- a college on wheels that would, each year, bear hundreds of students to another part of the country on a study tour -- has already been shelved. Idea incubation centres that were meant to be established in several colleges are in limbo as well,” said a student of the University.
"In some cases, students and teachers were even pressured to join. In our college, we were served letters when we didn't participate. It also interfered with the college's own programme. During those days things would come to a standstill. We cannot hold any conferences or lectures. Even teaching was stopped,” said a teacher.
A DU spokesperson says “Antardhvani and Gyanodaya have both been dropped for now. The decision for holding such large events could not have been taken by the interim administration and it was felt prudent that the university should wait for the new vice-chancellor to decide."