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DU teachers-VC standoff continues

Last Updated: Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 21:11

New Delhi: The stand-off between members
of Delhi University`s Academic Council and the Vice Chancellor
continued for the fourth day, even as the agitating teachers
alleged that they were manhandled and beaten up by security
guards when they tried to approach the VC.

Members of the Academic Council are on a sit-in
outside the office of VC Deepak Pental since May 13 against
what they call a unilateral imposition of semester-based
syllabi in undergraduate courses of the science department.

In a special meeting on Thursday, the AC had approved
the courses to be implemented from session 2010-2011, but
members say the decision was imposed by the Vice Chancellor.

The protesters are demanding that the VC give an ear
to them and assure them that the decision would be reviewed
and not imposed in a hurry and without debate and discussion.

Meanwhile, representatives of the Delhi University
Teachers Association (DUTA) on Sunday claimed that they were
physically assaulted and beaten up by security guards when
they tried to meet Pental.

"We do not know what prompted this. The members,
including DUTA`s vice president and treasurer were beaten up.
We have bruises on our bodies," DUTA president Aditya Narayan
Misra alleged.

He said they were approaching the VC to persuade him
to meet the protesting members of the AC, to resolve the
conflict. "We had to approach him there as he has stopped
giving us time," he said.

"There are 19 AC members who are on a sit-in, seven of
them are women. The Vice Chancellor should show consideration
for them, and listen to their grievances, at least as
colleagues," Misra said.

He said since the VC is not coming to his office where
the protest is on, they had to go to the South Campus where he
was speaking at a conference, to meet him and seek a
discussion on the feasibility of the semester system.

The AC protesters, meanwhile, said they had no
intention to back off until the VC categorically assures them
that the issue of revised syllabi and semester will be
reviewed and discussed in a democratic fashion.

"We are not against the semester system per se, but we
do not want it to be implemented in a hurry, and that is what
is being done by the university administration. We are against
the manner in which it is being imposed, and this will lead to
chaos," said Prof J Khuntia, member, AC.

Prof Khuntia said the VC had sent a message to the
protesters that he would be visiting them today.

The agitation started soon after the Academic Council
meeting on May 13 during which Pental refused a debate on the
revised syllabi of 12 courses and got it approved without any
discussion, the members said.


First Published: Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 21:11
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