Left-leaning students of the Delhi University on Monday protested demanding the reopening of colleges. Both the All India Students’ Association(AISA) and Students’ Federation of India (SFI) protested at the Arts Faculty, Delhi University on 18th January.
The All India Students’ Association submitted a memorandum to Dr. Rajeev Gupta, Dean of Student Welfare asking the University administration to reopen the colleges with all safety precautions in place. They further demanded that the University of Delhi disburse all pending scholarships, take spontaneous action on the Other Backward Classes (OBC) Commission report, reopen DU central library, provide adequate internet facility and laptops to all the students in need and ensure regular access to reading material in Hindi.
A statement from the organization read that while the Delhi University Dean maliciously denied all the allegations and discrepancies committed in DU reservation policy issued and implemented faced by the University students, a memorandum was submitted by the delegation, reiterating the requirement for the immediate reopening of colleges with coronavirus safety precautions. Over 40 students from AISA and the students at Arts Faculty later joined the protest.
A delegation comprising of Sumit Kataria, SFI Delhi State President and Anil Sethumadhavan, and Unnimaya, Committee members met Dr. Gupta and filed a memorandum addressing to the Vice-Chancellor. The submitted memorandum demands reopening the campus with reasonable measures of quarantine centers and testing in view of the loss of academics due to the digital divide, alongside the removing of faculty libraries, including science library, central library, departmental library, and law faculty library. They further asked for the reopening of the Computer Centre, equal opportunity cell office, sports ground, and science labs.
A wide majority of undergraduate students are not able to access online classes. The reopening of the University is the only solution for their problem. State Committee member of SFI Delhi, and General Secretary of Lady Shri Ram College, Unnimaya said that this kind of exclusion is hostile to the ethos of a government university.