The student body of Congress, NSUI (National Student Union of India), which has been consistently neutral about the introduction of the Four Year Under Graduate Programme (FYUP) last year, has now spoken up and joined others in row like ABVP, DUTA and AISA in their protest against the FYUP as it went on a hunger strike on Friday in the North Campus, demanding an absolute roll back of FYUP.
DUTA (Delhi University Teachers’ Association), ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) and AISA (All India Students’ Association) have been protesting against FYUP since last year when it was introduced.
Saket Bahuguna, State Secretary for Delhi, ABVP, in response to the question about the NSUI joining the protest a year late said that, “It paints the real picture. It depicts the fact that most students oppose FYUP. and that NSUI is now forced to join in the protests, even more so with DUSU elections around the corner. NSUI has constantly been advocating for FYUP. They advertised its so-called advantages the entire year. It cost them DUSU. They probably think they can woo students now and take credit for someone else’s hard work. Students know the truth very well.
Sunny Kumar, State Secretary for Delhi, AISA in response to the same question, said that “It is high time the focus shifts to students’ issues from muscle-and-money politics. Therefore it’s not just the question of NSUI – every party has to raise students’ issues to survive. NSUI has now realized that the rage against F.Y.U.P. is not something they can tame and hence they oppose it now.” Calling ABVP, a passive opposition, Kumar said that any action against FYUP by the central government cannot imply that the party has done any ‘concrete work in the same direction’.
In their defense, Amrish Ranjan Pandey, NSUI national spokesperson, told IANS that, “It was something new last year, so we neither supported nor protested against the structure, but now after a year, we conducted a survey and have found that it is not good academically and students are not happy with it”.
Nonetheless, the coming together of all the parties is a clear sign that the students and teachers of DU unanimously agree that FYUP is not something they want and should indeed be rolled back.