DU Reopening Protests Continues, Students Reject Online Education

In front of the North Campus, Delhi University several student bodies have been protesting against the Delhi University officials for over 30 days now. Student bodies including the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), the All India Students Association (AISA), and the Disha Students Organisation (DSO) are holding the protest under the umbrella of the All India Forum for Right To Education (AIFRTE).

Despite the extreme weather conditions, on December 7, 2021, students completed 30 days of the protests. To date, students are holding dharna for the reopening of the campus for physical classes. To mark the 30th day of their protests demonstrates burned the effigies of DU Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh. They also took their plead to social media. They posted photos and tweeted about the ‘adamant’ DU officials.

AISA, DSO and SFI have made clear that they are on an ‘indefinite’ strike. They will not stop until their demands are met.

Sumita Kataria, president of SFI’s Delhi State Committee said, “From malls to the metro to wine shops, everything is open, except classes at Delhi University. The government claims that they have achieved 100 crore vaccinations in the country. By that logic, they should push for the reopening of universities as well.”

According to Edex, a seven-member delegation of the protesting students met with representatives of the VC, including the Dean of Students Welfare (DSW), Rajiv Gupta. The protestors have been informed that their demands will be looked after and a meeting will be held with VC within 7 days. They have been informed that the campus will be reopened only after getting approval from the Delhi Disaster Management Associations.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which is heading the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) has all stayed away from the ongoing protests.