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DU in 2014: Protests, dharnas and drives

2014 has been the year of controversies and victories. The FYUP was scrapped, an all ABVP Student’s Union was elected for the first time, masses protested against the Supreme Court’s decision of negating the freedom of choosing one’s sexual preference and protests against racism marked the year. Here’s the list of Protests and Drives that took place in the academic year of 2014 – 2015, with a focus on protests involving DU and its students.

 

Protests in 2014

 

  • January 2014: DUTA conducts 12 hour standing dharna outside Arts Faculty

On the 4th of January, the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) staged a twelve hour ‘standing dharna’ from 12 noon to midnight to protest against the inhuman treatment meted out by the University against the security guards.

See  the full article here.

 

  • January 2014: FYUP: DUTA held ‘cluster dharnas’ against FYUP and more

DUTA had raised the slogan ‘FYUP Roll Back, DU VC Go Back’ in a poster issued by them for the dharnas. It introduced DUTA’s demand for implementing the Honours Degree in 3 years for the students of the erstwhile Four Year Program.

See the full article here.

  • January 2014: Prashant Bhushan’s assaulter went on a hunger strike against AAP’s Reservation

Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, founder of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena (BSKS), along with his group opposed the Aam Aadmi Party’s move to reserve seats for students of Delhi in the University of Delhi on 17th January 2014.

See the full article here.

  • January 2014: FYUP: DUSU and ABVP observed ‘bandh’ in Delhi University

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The dissatisfaction against the First Year Undergraduation Programme (FYUP) was expressed as a ‘Delhi University Bandh’, organised under the leadership of DUSU and ABVP party members on the 17th of January, 2014

See full article here.

  • March 2014: FYUP: AISA conducted Bike Caravan against the FYUP 

AISA, in its protest against the FYUP, carried out a protest on the streets of the University Campus. A bike caravan consisting of AISA students hovered around 28 DU colleges as a part of its FYUP Hatao, DU Bachao yatra.

See full article here.

  • June 2014: FYUP: One year on, NSUI  joined the protest against FYUP

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After being consistently neutral about the FYUP for a year, NSUI, the student’s union unit of the Congress Party finally spoke against the academic structure which was presented by the VC under the rule of the erstwhile UPA Government.

See the full article here.

  • June 2014: FYUP: AISA held meeting to demand roll back of FYUP

AISA organised a protest on 10th of June to protest against the Four Year Undergraduate Programme and proposed an alternative structure for the framework of the University. It also asked questions to the ruling BJP Government to fulfil its promises of scrapping the FYUP.

See the full article here.

  • August 2014: VC Dinesh Singh painted black as DUTA releases its ‘White Paper’

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The DUTA released a white paper against DU Vice Chancellor, Dinesh Singh on 5th August 2014 which particularly focused on bringing into the limelight, the financial, administrative and academic irregularities under his supervision.

See the full article here.

  • August 2014: UPSC’s CSAT: Big fight for the languages


With much controversy arising, with respect to the government’s stand on the necessity of English in the UPSC CSAT exams, protesters have been behaving in quite an unruly fashion.

See full article here.

  • August 2014: Subversion of Statutes and Ordinances by the VC demanded at DUTA’s annual GBM

The annual General Body Meeting of the DUTA, was conducted to discuss the secretary’s report, treasurer’s report and the audited report for the academic year of 2014 – 201 Topics related to Subversion of the Act, Statutes and Ordinances by the VC, Appointment and stability of teachers working on ad-hoc basis, Implementation of API, Removal of the VC were addressed.

Read the full article here.

  • October 2014: ABVP organised campaigns against live-in-relationships; state that they lead to degradation of a woman

In a fight against ‘Love Jihad’ and ‘live – in relationships’, ABVP and its 200 odd ‘karyakartas’ launched one of its initial campaigns focusing majorly on ‘atrocities towards women and their objectification’. ABVP branded live in relationships as a force ‘against Indian Culture as they involve no fidelity towards values’.

Read the full article here.

  • November 2014: Seven-day hunger strike for rent regulation held at North Campus

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Six people including a few students had organised a seven day hunger strike from 31st October to 6th November 2014 to protest against the poor implementation of the Rent Regulation Act with specific emphasis on a receipt for rent payment and fixation of rent in private establishments in the University Campus.

Read the full article here.

Drives in 2014

  • January 2014: Delhi University community came together against #Sec377

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On Friday, 9th January, the DU Queer Collective organised a non-violent protest against the upholding of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code outside the Faculty of Arts at the University Campus.

See the full article here.

 

  • February 2014: Delhi University students stand up against racism

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Following the death of Nido Tania, the harassment of the two girls from Manipur and the Khirkee incident, a protest march was organised in North Campus on 3rd February by a group of teachers and students to raise their voices against the recent examples of racism in the city.

See the full article here.

  • September 2014: Collection drives across the campus for Kashmir flood victims

In aid of the victims of the devastation of the flood in Kashmir, Delhi University’s colleges did their bit to try to make the lives of the victims a little easier, by conducting a series of drives in September.

See the full article here.

  • October 2014: DU kicks off Swachhata Abhiyaan, DUTA slams for cancelling holiday

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In harmony with PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachha Bharat Abhiyan’, DU Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh launched ‘DU Swachhata Abhiyaan’ on 2nd October at Gandhi Bhawan, North Campus.

See the full article here.

  • November 2014: ABVP & DUSU undertook cleanliness drive, demanded dustbins

ABVP and DUSU organised a Campus Cleanliness Drive on Monday in north campus, in harmony with the ongoing ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ spearheaded by PM Narendra Modi.

See the full article here.

 

All images used have been taken from the articles mentioned in the post. Credits for the same have been mentioned in the original article.



Ishaan Sengupta believes meeting people and understanding their differences gives him kick and a good trip. Hailing from the city of joy, he carries along with him the bong culture of "living and breathing" music, food and art. The socially awkward correspondent in team, he's currently pursuing a Bachelor with Honors in Economics from Motilal Nehru College. His favorite cartoon shows are Teletubbies and Dragon Ball Z. Do drop him a mail at ishaans@dubeat.com in case you want to give him some free advice or want to meet him personally.


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