New Delhi: As it gears up for its 'Gyanodaya Express' to chug off on a tour of the northeast, Delhi University has decided it will publish a book on the excursion by its students and the projects undertaken by them.
A total of 870 members, including students and teachers, have been selected to make the tour on board the 'Dharohar- Gyanodaya Express' as it heads to the northeast.
The trip, from Dec. 18 to 29, aims to enrich students about the culture and heritage of the region and will cover all eight northeastern states -- Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
"We are planning to publish a book, 'Dharohar: The glory of the Northeast' on the experiences of the students on the journey as well as the projects churned out by them," said DU's Media Coordinator and Joint Dean of Welfare, Malay Neerav.
The varsity had offered short-term courses in the languages of the Northeast, including in Assamese, Nagamese, Manipuri, Arunachali and Tripuri.
Foundation courses in Nepali and Bengali, which are widely spoken in Sikkim and Tripura, were also offered by DU as part of the preparation for the heritage tour.
"The 14-coach train will also have two classrooms with all infrastructural facilities, including projectors and LCD screens, to enable the students to utilise their time on board," Neerav said.
DU had invited proposals from students about projects they would like to undertake on such a journey. The colleges had selected the best proposals and nominated them for the tour with the final call on the selected students having been taken by a project selection committee.
"A total of 65 projects will be undertaken. Students have been divided into groups of 10 each supervised by one mentor. Each group will also have a student from northeast to help the students familiarise with the area or language," he added.
Besides learning about the culture and heritage of the northeastern states, the students will also get to meet representatives of local universities as well as senior functionaries of the states during the trip.
Started as the 'College-on-Wheels' project in 2012, this will be the fifth edition of Gyanodaya Express.