Protests continue in DU over FYUP stalemate

Activists try to march to President's House, 24 detained

Student activists continued their protests over the four-year-undergraduate course on Thursday with  24 of them being detained police as they began a to march to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

All India Students’ Association (AISA) activists were detained by police during their march to seek the “President’s intervention” in breaking the stalemate between Delhi University and University Grants Commission over FYUP.

The President is Visitor of DU.

The AISA protesters were brought to Parliament Street police station and let off after a while, said S B S Tyadi, Additional CP, New Delhi district.

Tyagi dismissed allegations that police manhandled the students and mediapersons there and said no “physical interaction or violence” took place.

“The journalists were blocking the gate of the police station and seeking quotes from police and protesters and taking photographs. We first requested them to give passage and then removed them from the path to take the detainees inside the police station,” Tyagi told Deccan Herald.

Later in the day, the AISA held a demonstration at UGC against the DU’s latest proposal, which they think is a tweaked version of controversial FYUP. The student body said the university should start the admission process soon.

Members of various student bodies also held demonstrations outside the residence of the vice-chancellor, demanding immediate rollback of FYUP.

Krantikari Yuva Sanghtan also burnt an effigy of the VC. “Delhi University’s VC is playing with the future of students. University should immediately scrap FYUP and start admission process under the three-year undergraduate programme,” Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s national secretary Rohit Chahal said.

Holding placards, the students also shouted slogans against the Delhi University administration.

“We will not accept FYUP at any cost because it is not according to our national education policy,” member of Indian National Student’s Organisation Suresh said.

As several students groups – ABVP, INSO, NSUI and KYS – gathered outside Singh’s
residence, police tightened security and erected barricades and diverted traffic to another road.

Concerned parents demand solution

Meanwhile, a number of parents, who came here from others states, also reached the residence of the VC and demanded immediate resolution of the current issue in the interest of students, reports PTI from New Delhi

Parents wanted to meet VC Singh, but they were not allowed to meet him by his security guards, who instead asked them to meet the university’s spokesperson.

“I along with my son came here from Tamil Nadu, but due to this tussle between the DU and UGC, hundreds of parents are suffering. We came on June 23 and our return ticket is scheduled for today. We don’t have an option, but to suffer the current situation,” Madesherwan, a parent said.

He also said that UGC and DU should immediately declare the date for starting the admission process.

Asked if they had any problem with the FYUP, another person, Subhu, who came from Chennai, said, “We are not against FYUP. We just want DU to announce the admission date. It doesn’t matter this date is announced after 5 days or 10 days.”

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