The Central executive committee of the Students’ Federation of India congratulates the students, teachers and karmacharis of the Delhi University in their victory in the anti-FYUP struggle which had been going on since last 2 years. It is shameful that even at this juncture the VC Dinesh Singh is playing his resignation drama, putting the future of thousands of students at stake. This brings a halt to the ongoing process of neoliberal onslaught on higher education. Though this is a big victory, the battle against the deform of the university in the name of ‘Reforms’ continues and the systematic ruin of the university in the last 4 years has to be reversed and those guilty have to be punished.
• UGC has set up a 10 member standing committee to look into the modalities of the transition to 3YUP. This committee has to act proactively so that admissions for the new batch start at the earliest. Many students and parents who are from outside Delhi are already facing lot of difficulties, as many have already reached Delhi for taking admissions. Most of the colleges have already expressed their willingness to move to the 3YUP and still the DU administration is not ready to issue fresh directives for admissions. If this continues then UGC/MHRD will have to intervene, for confusion and delaying tactics can’t be allowed in the name of ‘autonomy’.
• The future of B.Tech students who took admission last year continues to remain uncertain given the fact that the degree doesn’t have the recognition of AICTE. Necessary infrastructural and administrative measures must be made to obtain the AICTE recognition.
• It would be naive to believe that only Dinesh Singh and his team were responsible for the imposition of FYUP. UGC and MHRD during the UPA 2 played a decisive pro-FYUP role, in spite of making claims of ‘non-intervention’. In fact, in the course of a PIL last year in High Court, MHRD had sent a letter on 23 July, 2013 saying : “It (DU) has complied with all formal requirements as per the University Act, Statutes and Ordinance for introducing FYUP from July 2013. In view of the above, there is no ground or occasion for the Ministry to take an otherwise view on an academic decision like this.” It’s clear that a host of actors right from the University to the bureaucracy and government were actively working for the profit motives of the private and foreign educational players.
• During the FYUP regime and even prior to that there have been massive financial irregularities in the university. In a recent reply to RTI, it came to light that infrastructural fund amounting to Rs. 172 crore were diverted last year for buying laptops for the FYUP students. This money was supposed to be used for building new class rooms, labs and hostels in the wake of seat increase. Sunglu Committee cites massive corruption in the university during the construction for Commonwealth games (CWG). Massive amounts were siphoned for Gyanoday and Antardhwani- pet projects of the outgoing VC to showcase FYUP.
• There is a need of elaborate enquiry into all the matters of administrative, legal and financial fraud in the university, which has put the future of thousands of students in perils. UGC and MHRD must set up an enquiry committee to book all those who are guilty.
• The current process of ‘reforms’ had started with the imposition of semester system and its impact continues to be felt even now with drastic degradation in the overall teaching-learning process. UGC should start the process of review of the disastrous impact of the semester system.
• There has been dilution in the examination system of the university as well. While the marks have routinely been inflated to show better academic standards, provisions of rechecking and revaluation have been scrapped. Result has been that while the degrees have been diluted, discrepancies in the results also continue to exist. Rechecking and revaluation has to be won back.
Central Executive committee congratulates the ‘save D.U. Campaign’ (of which SFI has been an integral part) for playing a consistent role in this movement, which eventually forced organizations like ABVP and NSUI to come out against FYUP, and also forced BJP to make it a part of its election manifesto. This joint effort has to continue in the future as well, for the battle against neo-liberal reforms in higher education is far from over.
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