DU adds fuel to fire, refuses to give special chance to students

In brazen violation of the Delhi high court order regarding giving ‘special chance’ to 31 students of various undergraduate courses to clear their papers, the standing committee of Delhi university (DU) in a recent meeting rejected the suggestion.

Sources from the Delhi university said that recent standing committee meeting was held on the behest of the high court, which asked DU to consider special chance. But the standing committee, after consideration, has rejected the recommendation because university did not find anyone eligible for special chance.

Saikad Ghosh, Delhi Uuniversity Teachers’ Association (DUTA) executive council, said, ‘All applications were summarily rejected without any consideration or discussion, sealing the fate of students who had hoped to complete their degrees. All nine elected members of the standing committee have formally dissented on the decision.’

Later he added that vice-chancellor of DU does not have the authority to rule over the university in autocratic manner.

The Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) went on a protest march to express their anger at the decision. Teachers participated in the protest as well and expressed their outrage at the recent examination and evaluation fiasco.

‘This recent decision is like adding fuel to the fire that has been raging on for the last two years,’ said a DUTA representative.

DUTA, meanwhile, has announced a general body meeting on 1 December at Ramjas College in order to take the struggle forward and initiate mass action against the V-C. Students have pledged their support in this move towards an all-round intensification of the DUTA’s movement.’

The Left also on Thursday urged the human resources development ministry to force Delhi university to discuss issues raised by its protesting teachers instead of resorting to ‘coercive steps’.

Describing the situation as a cause for serious concern, the four Left parties accused the vice-chancellor and the university of introducing measures without proper discussions and consultations with the teaching and academic community.

‘The teachers have raised a range of objections to the introduction of the semester system for the undergraduate level, a four-year graduation along with the meta college and meta university system. All these are being pushed through in undue haste. Statutory procedures and established democratic academic practices have been subverted,’ the statement was issued by the Communist Party of India-Marxist, Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party.

‘Delhi university is a central government university. The Left parties appeal to the minister for human resources development to immediately intervene and ensure that the issues raised by the DUTA are taken up for discussions by the university authorities. There should be an immediate halt to the coercive steps such as pay cuts,’ added the statement.
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