With Delhi University resuming physical classes from Feb. 17, student organizations protesting over the issue over the past three days called it a “student victory” who went on hunger strike and boycotted online classes to enforce their demand. The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) chairman, AK Bhagi, welcomed the development and said: “After almost two years, we will be back to face-to-face teaching. There is nothing that can replace offline education.”
“What we expect from the administration is complete remediation of the colleges, adherence to all protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should be vaccinated. Hopefully things will get back on track soon,” he told PTI. On Wednesday, there were protests on campus for the third day in a row demanding the resumption of physical classes, with student outfits adopting various ways of meeting authorities’ demands. to comply.
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The Students’ Federation of India (SFI) launched the “Sadak Par Kaksha” campaign earlier today, where Miranda House professor Abha Dev Habib spoke about the functioning of the university’s academic council and upcoming changes in the education system. Habib highlighted the “undemocratic tendencies of the academic council and cited the introduction of a four-year undergraduate program (FYUP) and Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) as anti-student policy.
“Despite strong repression and violent manipulation by security and police, the students did not step back from the movement and took to the streets with ‘Sadak Par Kaksha’. Their long and sustained struggle for inclusive and quality education has shown that student unity can force authorities to defend the interests of the student community,” SFI said in a statement. chakka jaam to express their demand, calling it a hard-fought victory for the students.
“This decision is not a gift from the DU administration, but a hard-fought victory for the consistent AISA-led Reopen DU’ movement. Many memoranda, protests, hunger strike and 56 days of indefinite strike later, after three days of vociferous protest by AISA, this message is a sigh of relief for thousands of students of DU,” it said. Activists of RSS affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) officials had started an indefinite hunger strike on Tuesday to demand the resumption of offline classes. ABVP also protested outside the academic council meeting.
After DU officials spoke to the nine students on hunger strike about the resumption of offline classes, they broke their fast. ABVP’s National Media Covenant and his Delhi Secretary of State Siddharth Yadav, who was present during the protest, said: “We have been protesting continuously for the past three days to demand reopening of the University of Delhi, and for which our karyakartas have been detained since yesterday. It is a victory for every student of the university.
Earlier in the day, the Krantikari brainwashed Yuva Sangathan (KYS) Shastri Bhawan, which houses the office of the Union Ministry of Education, into registering their protest. Protesters also showed their heads to mark the protest.
“Online education cannot replace the quality of classroom education,” they had said. In a Facebook post, DU professor Abha Dev Habib saluted the students for putting pressure on the authorities.
“When I saw ABVP protesting (for the first time about the issue) at the Faculty of Arts today, I knew the message of reopening was coming. Kudos to students who continued to build pressure through their physical protests and kudos to students who joined a boycott of online classes to open the administration…” read her post.
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She said the DU administration should have called the first semester students in April because they are approaching their exams. “Although it appears from the notification that the DU admin again does not mind. Since the first semester students are nearing the end of their semester studies, they could have taken online classes and OBE and could be asked to join in April, starting from the second semester. This shows how serious the administrator is about important questions about teaching and learning. Reopening could have been for 4th and 6th sem students,” she said in the post.
Delhi University Proctor Rajni Abbi previously announced that the varsity will begin offline classes from February 17. After the announcement, the celebration erupted as the slogans of “DU VC hair gaya” were raised.
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