The left-affiliated All India Students’ Association Monday condemned the University of Delhi’s message asking students for prior permission from the varsity to hold protests and demanded its withdrawal. The agency said the notice is only a means to curb democratic practice on campus and that the AISA will never ask permission for a protest from the DU administration.
AISA and other left-wing organizations have filed a memorandum with the Dean Students’ Welfare regarding DU proctor Rajni Abbi’s message asking students to get prior “consent” before holding protests and other programs. Students said the students have never asked for permission before and they won’t ask now. “This notice is merely a means of increasing campus oversight and curbing democratic practice, and DU students unanimously reject it,” the AISA said.
We will never ask for your permission to protest on our own campus. “AISA condemns this authoritarian act by the Proctor and demands immediate deletion of the message,” they said. Meanwhile, the Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) wrote an open letter to the Delhi University Proctor condemning the recent announcement.
“This right cannot be restricted by an illegal order/message from DU authorities. Even the announcement mentions that protests/demonstrations are the legal right of every individual, but it states in a very contradictory way that permission must be sought before organizing protest demonstrations,” they said. KYS asked Proctor’s office to immediately withdraw the notice. “In addition, it should apologize to the students for making such an anti-democratic announcement, and ensure that the democratic ethos of the university is not destroyed and the constitutional rights of every citizen are respected,” KYS said.
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