DU authorities turn a deaf ear to dissenters

Delhi University students, teachers and non-teaching staff along with left organisations protested outside the venue of academic council’s special meeting on Monday.

A student said there was heavy police presence during protest. All the gates were shut and the academic council (AC) members were stopped from entering the venue.

“What kind of high handed behaviour is this? A section of the university is screaming its lungs out to be heard, to be answered but with no effect,” the student said.

The protesters said the decision to finalise the structure of the course is being taken without consulting several committees.

The protesters questioned the workability of the change as it is being carried out only in
Delhi University in ‘isolation’.

Saikat Ghosh, teacher and member of Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) said the step seeks to annul the standing norm of 10+2+3 National Education Policy approved and adopted by the Parliament and states and centrally funded and administered education institutions.

“It is an administrative measure which must be first debated in the Parliament for any modification in 10+2+3 policy,” said Sujit Kumar, member of Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, group working for reserved category students.

Ghosh said formal feedback from college staff councils also should have been sought as constituent colleges and departments offering undergraduate education will be responsible to implement the new structure.

The teachers also questioned the timing of the meeting as vacations are going on.

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