University of Delhi (DU) is all set to send its ten most meritorious students to Melbourne, Australia to attend ‘Global Citizenship Programme for Young Leaders,’ which will be held from October 1-9.
The programme is organized by the Australia-India Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia in an attempt to engage talented students with opportunities and challenges of global citizenship and to explore the varied dimensions of what it means to be a global citizen in the 21st Century. Also, it will
enhance interaction among Indian and over-seas students. “Since the semester system is in place now, it is possible to initiate this kind of student-exchange programmes where our students will get an opportunity to go abroad and meet foreign students and interact with them,” says JM Khurana, dean, students’ welfare, Delhi University.
Expenses of air-travel, visa fees, medical insurance, lodging and boarding fees will be done by the University.
Ten undergraduate students (only from second and third year) will be selected on the basis of their write ups on the topic ‘what it means to be a global citizen’. The principal of each college will select four articles of all the articles and will send them for final selection at the University.
Since such an initiative is happening for the first time, the study tour is a short one. But the university is hopeful of sending its students abroad for an entire semester in the near future.
The programme will help students immensely as they will get to know how different universities function and understand the functioning of the entire system. Also, they will get ample time to interact with teachers.
After this programme, DU is planning to sign more MOUs with several other foreign universities for student-exchange programmes. Khurana elaborates more on this point and says, “We want to have tie-ups with more and more universities. We will send our students abroad and we also expect students from other countries to visit our university.”