NE students protest against mandatory language course

Stop imposing your idea of nationalism on others, they say

Delhi University students from north-eastern states again protested on Monday demanding to halt the mandatory clause of learning Hindi or one of the Modern Indian Language (MILs) in the first year of four year graduation which is to be introduced in the upcoming session.

The students had earlier protested on Friday. A member of the task force involved in formulating the new structure said if students fail in Hindi or MIL paper, they can still get promoted to the next year by getting a 40 per cent aggregate through other papers.

“This is absurd, so instead of finding a real solution, we get to hear an expert comment on how to fail, yet pass. Why should we fail at all? This will affect our overall marks. The university is working on the whims of some officials, and they must stop imposing their idea of nationalism on others,” said a protester.

The administration which on Friday asked for time till Monday has now asked for more time till April 1.

Several students from Hindi medium background also pointed at the mandatory studying of 11 foundational courses, many of which do not have adequate study material in Hindi.

“We will wait till April 1. The university is withholding a lot of information. Things are still not clear right,” said Sujit Kumar, member of Yuva krantikari Sangathan working for underprivileged students in the campus.

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