Published: 09th March 2020
DUSU sets up Foreign Student Cell to cater to international students. Here's what they have in mind
The academic aspect has also been included through introducing an award for felicitating the international student with the highest grade point average
The Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) has set up a Foreign Students' Cell which is set to be first student body at the Delhi University to address foreign students' grievances and sort out their problems. The DUSU said that the cell has been established to address the varied issues of the international students through developing mutual comprehension, cultural exchanges as well as moral diplomatic understanding. The international student with the highest grade will also get a scholarship from DUSU.
A total of 230 students from 19 countries registered for the cell — students from Nepal and Afghanistan being the most in number. "During my campaign, a few international students asked me why should they vote for me if I don't do anything for them. I promised them that they will have better representation and a formal one. This foreign students' cell will provide assistance during admissions, FRRO registration as well as in organising extra-curricular activities. The academic aspect has also been included through introducing an award for felicitating the international student with the highest grade point average. The cell is a step towards enhancement of communication between different cultures and also a great opportunity for the students to learn our culture as we learn theirs," said DUSU President Akshit Dahiya. "Till they find a proper office I have asked them to use mine. This will be an independent body but DUSU will always provide the necessary support they would need at any point of time," he added.
The inauguration ceremony of the Foreign Cell on March 6 saw guest speakers like Rajya Sabha MP Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who is also the President of ICCR and Shriniwas, The National Joint Organising Secretary of the ABVP. Sediqullah Sahar, Ambassador, Embassy of Afghanistan as well as Vishnu Bahadur Gurung from Nepal were also present.