SAVE DELHI UNIVERSITY! दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय को बचाओ! Critiques of the 4 year graduation, Press Reports, Campaign info
The Save Delhi University campaign held two protest programmes against the hasty implementation of FYUP without a wider debate. Students and teachers collected at the VC’s Office from 8:30 am to 10:00 am and urged the members, Academic Council to protest dilution of academic standards.Students raised slogans “Laptop -shaptop nahein chalega! Train -wrain ek dhoka hae! Exit option ek dhoka hae” – hitting hard at the manner in which DU administration is bulldozing this reform through media gimmicks.
A dharna was also held outside MHRD from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm to express concerns on the manner in which the administration is pushing through courses of studies framed in a time frame that is unheard of in institution of repute. The Academic Council of the University getting reduced to a rubber stamping body that refuses to take a view of the concerns and specific criticisms of the four year programme, the negative ramifications of the inflexible framework into which courses of studies for three different degrees /diploma are being fitted in, wasting one year’s time on compulsory school level foundation courses, etc. It is the duty of an academic body to respond to the issues raised. The wisdom of an institution cannot be claimed by exercise of statutory powers but by in the justification it offers in support of its decisions. A delegation comprising four members met the MHRD secretary.
he delegation comprising students and teachers demanded that the MHRD not be a mute spectator when hasty and perverse decisions affecting students are being taken without debate, scrutiny and application of mind. It pointed out that holding back the introduction of a system that may adversely affect standards and inclusiveness is wiser than causing irreparable damage.
It is learnt that 37 Members of Parliament have written a letter to the Prime Minister drawing attention to the proposed changes in the undergraduate programme in the University of Delhi which threaten to destroy standards and equity while it creates disparities in terms of post-graduate and employment opportunities. Com. Sitaram Yechruy, Member of Parliament and Com. P.K. Biju, Member of Parliament and member of the Standing Committee of the MHRD met Shri Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and drew his attention to the issue.
Abha Dev Habib, member of the Executive Council along with three teachers met Prof. Ved Prakash, Chairperson of the University Grants Commission today. The delegation drew his attention to the hasty and perverse manner in which decisions which will affect standards, employability, equity are being taken in the University of Delhi. They specifically pointed out that the UGC has stipulated for itself rules vide a Gazette Notification that requires any university wishing to start new courses of studies for any degree ought to have adopted the courses of study and approached the UGC six months before starting the courses. This provision is to ensure that the University Grants Commission is able to discharge the Constitutional mandate with regard to co-ordination and maintenance of standards for which the Parliament has established it. It was also submitted that the provision protects students from becoming victims of hasty and perverse decisions.