FYUP a boon for girl students: Dr. Anula Maurya, Principal, Kalindi College
None, 10 Jul 2014, #DU
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With an aim to provide higher education to young women and help them make a bright future, the Kalindi College was established in 1967 as a constituent college of the University of Delhi. The college has an eco-friendly environment, competent infrastructure and dedicated staff to help its students to embrace success in all walks of life.

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The real ornaments of teachers and students are Knowledge, Modesty and Duty. With these beautiful thoughts Dr Anula Maurya has been focused on spreading positive energy and discipline in and around the campus for the last five years as the principal of Kalindi College. Dr Maurya, a Ph.D holder from Meerut University with core subject Sanskrit, and 22 years of teaching experience with Delhi University colleges, is devoted to provide best of the infrastructural facilities in the girls’ college, which is among the top ten colleges affiliated to DU.

Beyond the limits of a principal, she comes out to be a motherly figure in terms of the safety of girl students. She constantly tries to inculcate in her students her morals and strength which she has grossed from ups and downs of her life. She wants her students fighting for truth and for their rights with courage and buoyancy. She also speaks on four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) and says it is a boon for girl students.

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Careers360 talked to Dr. Maurya on various aspects like her expectations with upcoming batches, the new facilities she is going to offer the students, the problems she faces in playing her role as a guardian figure in the college and her view on FYUP. Here is the excerpts from our talk with the principal of Kalindi College.

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Dr. Anula Maurya“FYUP is a boon for girl students and I am completely in favour of this course structure, especially as a principal of a girls’ college. Here, you often have to experience many girls dropping out the college due to family pressure of marriage or financial crisis. FYUP offers the students the facility of no cancellation of admission.”

Careers360: What is the total student strength of Kalindi College?

Dr. Anula Maurya: At present, the college has a total enrolment of 3,197 regular students and 900 Non-Collegiate students. We have a dedicated team of 124 teachers and 90 non-teaching staff, we try to offer the best knowledge to our students and support them in the best way with our existing infrastructure.

Careers360: Please tell us about few achievements of college in the last five years and what were the limitations?

Dr. Anula Maurya: We have a Cyber Centre for students with 110 Computers, and another Cyber Centre, introduced last year, for teachers. Our technology-driven campus is also differently-abled friendly. Now, we have got new theme park and MP theatre. We are looking forward to introduce a hostel for the first time in the college. We also have got new Chemistry Lab after the introduction of three new Honors courses – Chemistry, Zoology and Botany. We have well-stocked library with a collection of 75,244 books, also a cafeteria in the campus. I have some other infrastructural development plans but due to lack of funds I find myself not able to go ahead with them at the moment. At DU AntardhvaniCultural Festival held in 2013, Kalindi was declared the ‘Second Best College in Good Academic Practices’ and awarded a cash prize of Rs 7 lakh.

Careers360: What is the USP of Kalindi College?

Dr. Anula Maurya: In my opinion, this college is best known for the teamwork and coordination. The best use of the limited resources and infrastructure is not possible without this. And this is our USP. With team effort by staff and students we have been able to create a great learning atmosphere in the campus. And of course peaceful environs help fill positive energy all over in the campus and the students get the most study-friendly, eco-friendly and learning atmosphere.

Careers360: Is FYUP a boon or bane for the students?

Dr. Anula Maurya: FYUP is a boon for girl students and I am completely in favour of this course structure, especially as a principal of a girls’ college. Here, you often have to experience many girls dropping out the college due to family pressure of marriage or financial crisis. FYUP offers the students the facility of no cancellation of admission. You get a diploma on the completion of two years, a degree after three years and an Honors degree after four years of the course. The dropouts can restart studies anytime in life and complete their course. Further, FYUP has a research-oriented and knowledge-based course structure with main focus on practical exposure. The decentralization of admission also gives an opportunity to SC/ST students to make their own choice of subjects. This all together helps in building both knowledge and confidence in the students.

Careers360: Tell us about campus placement and industry interaction?

Dr. Anula Maurya: We have a placement cell which invites some of the top companies in the country to select this college’s products, who are developed here to compete with the best products in the market. From Genpact to H.C.L. Technologies, from NIIT to Kotak Mahindra, and various newspaper houses, best of the takers have visited our college and hired the students. Our departments invite industry people and organize their lectures, seminars, psychometric tests and placement activities to offer practical experience and finally employment to the students.

Careers360: What about the accommodation facilities offered by the college?

Dr. Anula Maurya: From this academic year we are offering hostel facility to our students. We are trying to provide accommodation to 100 to 150 girls in the campus only. Staying in PGs and private hostels outside the campus is not very safe for girl students. We are concerned about the safety and security of our students, hence offering campus accommodation from this session.

Careers360: Being the principal of a girls’ college how do you deal with girls’ safety and provide them an environment for academic pursuit?

Dr. Anula Maurya: I want my students to be bold and fight for the truth and their right. I am always open for direct interaction with them. I appreciate them coming to me anytime and sharing their problems whether academic or personal. I am there to offer them best of help. Girls’ safety and providing them best environment for their academic pursuit are our aim. We have taken several initiatives for their security. Moreover, we conduct women development seminars to let them understand the best part of their personality. We also provide special classes to SC/ST students.

Careers360: Which extra-curriculum activities the students are involved in?

Dr. Anula Maurya: First of all I should mention here, we have continued our Activity Period on Wednesday even after the introduction of FYUP syllabus. That is basically a creativity period in which the students prepare for the cultural fest and get involved in their favorite activities – music or dance, acting or sports. Academic Societies, Students’ Union and Cultural Clubs in the college have shown enthusiasm about these activities. I ensure compulsory involvement of all teachers and students in Activity Period. Last year 25 DU colleges participated in our two-day annual fest ‘Lehren’, an inter-college completion. Moreover, our NCC/NSS cells are quite active.

Careers360: What are your expectations and message to the aspirants?

Dr. Anula Maurya: Simply, I expect from them they come here with full of positive energy, attend regular classes, participate in curriculum and extra-curriculum activities, learn their subjects with practical experience and when they go out after the completion of their course they should not be legging behind by any way in this competitive age.

 

Dr Anula Maurya believes in building up the powers of human mind and spirit as, she says, education is no longer focused on just acquiring information. She welcomes students to the new academic session at Kalindi College and defends the newly-introduced FYUP, saying it aims to evaluate students on their physical, mental, social, emotional and intellectual development.

 

As announced earlier, the admission process of 2014-15 has started on June 2 for about 54,000 undergraduate seats available in different courses in 65 colleges of Delhi University. The University is scheduled to release the list of first 10 cut-offs in a window of 30 days beginning June 24 for Delhi University Admission 2014. According to University officials, the dates of the release of DU’s 10 cut off lists are June 24, June 27, July 1, July 4, July 8, July 11, July 14, July 16, July 18 and July 21 respectively.

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