Gujarat Guv visits DU, seeks peace post-FYUP

Appeals for dialogue between teachers' body, admin

The newly appointed Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli, who was a two-time president of Delhi University Teachers’ Association, returned to his ‘home turf’ on Tuesday. 

Reminiscing his old days as a teacher-activist, he made an appeal to restore dialogue between the teachers’ body and the university administration. 

The working relationship between DUTA and DU administration suffered severe strains after the former led the movement against the now scrapped four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).

“There are bigger problems in this world. At the end, every problem could be resolved on the dialogue table,” said Kohli, while lauding teacher activists for their role in rollback of the controversial programme.  

“So while being firm on opinion that one holds, breaking the dialogue process is neither good for the university nor the DUTA,” Kohli added.

He added that he had pushed the BJP-backed National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF), which he once led, into action after DUTA president Nandita Narain urged for his support. 

Following a year of protests by student and teacher groups, and with the eventual arrival of a BJP-led government in the Centre, the University Grants Commission had ordered the rollback of FYUP in June this year. 

Even though the felicitation for the Gujarat Governor was organised by NDTF, members of other teachers’ groups came in attendance. 

“She (Narain) came to me without thinking about which ideological stream I belong to. The teacher movement should take along all strands of ideologies,” said Kohli, congratulating her for leading the “struggle against FYUP”.  

DUTA president Narain is a member of the Left-backed Democratic Teachers’ Front. 

Kohli, in his address to DU teachers, also took a dig at politics of ad hoc appointments.“The teachers’ movement should not turn into a workers’ movement where the struggle is between masters and servants,” he said. 

According to DUTA, over 4,500 teachers are working on ad hoc basis.  Criticising the university administration, the president of BJP-backed teachers’ group Raj Kumar Bhatiya said DU does not allow the use of university premises for holding DUTA general body meeting.

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