DU's special students all set for Army darshan

Train will take them to defence camps, outposts

Around 45 Delhi University students with disabilities will be part of an educational trip on a special train — Gyanodaya Express. This is DU’s second educational trip which will start from Saturday.

The one-week trip will take students to Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer. Around 900 National Cadet Corps (NCC) students from DU will be on the train.

“The students will be taken to Army units in the three cities and Delhi Cantonment area. They will be accompanied by approximately 100 faculty and staff members. The trip is being funded and sponsored by the varsity,” said a senior official.

“The trip will help students to look into the role of Indian Army, and interact with the personnel. Visit to Army camps will enable students to grasp an insight into the Army way of life,” added the official.

The students will also be taken to visit border outposts.  The trip will include tourist spots in these cities, like forts,  monuments and other attractions.

“The students will be staying for two days in Bikaner and Jaisalmer and one day each in rest of the cites. They will be back on October 5,” said the official.

A majority of disabled students are from the visually handicap category which is followed by the orthopaedic handicap category.

In July 2012, around 1,000 students took the first Gyan Uday trip and visited cities like Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Goa and Bangalore.

“The mission of such trips is to impart a holistic education experience to children and develop their personalities so as to contribute to nation building,” said the official.  

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