They came into power with the demand to rollback the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) as their main poll plank.
And now, ABVP is all set to start a new agitation to fulfil this promise. The BJP youth wing, which now holds the reins of the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU), is starting a signature campaign amongst students, teachers and the non-teaching staff against FYUP. Also, aiding them this time is the newly elected DUTA (Delhi University Teachers Association).
Aman Awana, the new DUSU president, informs Metrolife, “The last DUSU leadership, being an extension of the ruling party, did nothing to stop this injustice. FYUP was forced upon the student and teachers’ community without any discussion whatsoever. There are still no books available or clarity on the Foundation Courses. Now, we will take the struggle forward and make sure that FYUP is not just reviewed but scrapped.
DUSU members have already started the signature campaign across colleges and submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor last weekend. Pamphlets are also being distributed to inform students about the ‘ill-effects of FYUP.’ Aman says, “The idea is to mobilise as many people associated with DU as possible to overturn this politically-motivated programme.”
DUTA member Saikat Ghosh confirmed to Metrolife that they have been approached by the new student leaders and will be joining forces with them soon. “Yes. They have sought support from us and we will help them in any which way possible. DUTA has a standing resolution against FYUP. Now, we are only waiting for the rest of DUTA office-bearers to assume their positions to chalk out an agitation programme with DUSU.”
Asked about the very slim chances of FYUP being withdrawn now, Saikat clarified, “Earlier, we had met many senior politicians, even the President, to inform them of our reservations regarding FYUP. At that time, nothing happened. However, with both Delhi and Lok Sabha elections approaching now, we are hopeful that they will be more sensitive to our problems and demands.”
Other than the agitation on FYUP, DUSU is also planning to press for appointment of 4000 teachers and 5000 non-teaching staff at currently vacant posts, establishment of new colleges as there has been none in the past 14 years and a common mess. ABVP secretary, Rohit Chahal says, “In this time of inflation, outstation students in DU are either paying thousands for food or skipping meals. If we can’t have new hostels, let’s have a common mess