The newly formed Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) is going to be a pampered lot, at least financially. DU is planning to increase the financial outlay of DUSU significantly this year. While each union every year received nearly Rs 4 lakh to spend on student welfare activities and their plan of action so far, it may go up as much as three times this year, supposedly for better and some ‘serious’ functioning of DUSU.”We still have to figure out the exact amount we have received from colleges for DUSU. But we have decided to increase it from this year so that they can conduct their job well and reach out to more colleges,” a senior DU official said.Ajay Chhikara, who was the DUSU president in the last academic session, added that his team was allocated Rs 3.67 lakh to carry out DUSU activities for one year. While he was the only member from NSUI, the other three office-bearers were from the rival party, ABVP.”We got the money to hold student-related welfare activities, cultural programmes and to carry out our day-to-day activities. But just Rs 3.67 lakh was not enough to cater to 51 colleges affiliated to DUSU,” Chhikara said. “However, things are set to change as DUSU will no longer be cash-strapped. Earlier, every student had to pay Rs 5 towards DUSU fund as part of the total fee. That amount went up to Rs 20 per student this year. After all calculations, we expect that the new union should get something around Rs 19 lakh,” he added.advertisementWhile DUSU leaders had been quite popular till a few years ago, they have remained relatively unproductive over last few times. DU officials say this is primarily because of lack of initiative on their part and also because DUSU lacked unity as its members came from different student parties. With NSUI holding three out of four posts, it remains to be seen if the office-bearers can use absorb the hike in their budget judiciously.For now, they seem a little clueless though. Arun Hooda, the current president of DUSU, said on Sunday that he had many sports and cultural programmes lined up. “We will soon decide our plan of action,” he said. The new DUSU panel was elected on September 14 and the winners assumed office three days later on September 17.
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