ABVP members stir up row at DU office

Anger over conduct of educational trip

ABVP activists stormed into the student welfare office on Wednesday to protest against a last minute exclusion of a group of students from the annual education train trip. 

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad led by Delhi University students’ union vice president Pravesh Malik and secretary Kanika Shekhawat barged into the conference centre when officials were finalising the itinerary for the trip. 

“They threw furniture and started hurling abuses, threatening that the train would not go,” a teacher present on the premises said. 

Students will leave for the 10-day education trip on Thursday. As many as 900 students will be on board this year and will undertake projects on the region, as per the university.  

The student group alleged that despite getting project approval, a group of students from Satyawati College was denied a ride in the DU’s exclusive “education train” called the Gyanodaya Express.

“Their project had been approved and they had been issued identity cards as well. But it seems that are giving preference to their own people,” Malik said. 

According to the student leaders, they were ‘forced to resort to rudeness and unruly behaviour’ on account of university officials not paying any heed to their demands. 

“We had no option but to resort to this rude and unruly behaviour,” Shekhawat said, alleging that the university officials failed to justify their stand. A DU official, however, claimed that the students were not denied access at the last minute.

“There was no need to go to such extreme – everything could have been sorted out by dialogue and discussion,” the official said. 

Nearly 900 members, including students and teachers, have been selected to make the tour on board the ‘Dharohar- Gyanodaya Express’ as it heads to the northeast.

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