The National Students Union of India held a protest outside HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s house on Wednesday against the Delhi University’s four-year undergraduate programme. The NSUI members demanded that the four-year DU course be scrapped.
The protesters, led by National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) general secretary Mohit Sharma, also raised slogans against the BJP-led government. The protest came a day after seven NSUI activists, who were sitting on hunger strike in Arts Faculty in North Campus of Delhi University for the last six days, were evicted by police.
“We have come here to protest against the FYUP in Delhi University. NSUI will not sit silent till it is immediately not rolled back,” Amrish Ranjan Pandey, national spokesperson of NSUI, told reporters. He also alleged that the HRD Minister was not taking any interest in scrapping the programme.
“Unfortunately it is the students who are at the receiving end of this lacklustre attitude of the University owing to the atmosphere of uncertainty about their future with regard to the FYUP course,” he also added. Pandey said that seven NSUI activists were observing a hunger-strike at the Arts Faculty of Delhi University for the last six days against FYUP course, but on Tuesday night they were forcibly evicted by the DU administration and police officials.
Irani, in return, pointed fingers at the Congress saying, “It was only the Congress which initiated this course. I will not take any such decision that will harm students and the DU faculty. The Delhi University is an autonomous body, I will not transgress that territory.”