Protests continued in Delhi University on Thursday with several groups protesting against the controversial four-year programme (FYUP). Later on in the day, several groups also protested against the six-point formula offered by DU to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to end the deadlock.
Members of various student bodies — ABVP, INSO and KYS — also held demonstrations outside the vice-chancellor’s residence, demanding an immediate rollback of FYUP.
Krantikari Yuva Sanghtan (KYP) members burnt an effigy of the VC. “The VC is playing with the future of students. DU should immediately scrap FYUP and start the admission process under the three-year undergraduate programme,” ABVP national secretary Rohit Chahal said.
A group of students from the All India Students’ Association (AISA) were detained when they tried to stage a march from Central Secretariat Metro Station to Rashtrapati Bhavan, demanding the President’s intervention in ending the impasse over FYUP. Those detained were later released by the police. Another group of students gathered outside the UGC office at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.
Parents of several aspirants who have come from other states also reached the residence of the VC and demanded an immediate resolution of the current issue. They wished to meet the VC but were not permitted to do so.
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As the news of DU’s blended formula started doing the rounds, student organisations and students started protesting against the “diluted” formula being offered by the University.
“The formula is unacceptable. It’s one of those last ditch efforts by DU to save FYUP,” said Ajay Bhaggi, a member of the National Democratic Teacher’s front (NDTF).
ABVP leaders also decided to sit on an indefinite hunger strike to express their opposition. A seven member delegation also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss issues related to the country’s education, including the issue of FYUP.
“The PM expressed his concern and said that he would have a word with the HOD minister,” Sakes Bahuguna, general secretary, ABVP said.