The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) launched its manifesto for the DUSU elections and kickstarted its “Take Back DU” campaign in a press conference on 17th August. The four-page manifesto which was released on the occasion talks about democracy and freedom on campus, ensuring equal opportunities, and making Delhi University more affordable. The motto of NSUI’s campaign for 2017 is “Take Back DU”, implying that the Congress-affiliated students’ wing wants to restore the peace in the campus, opposing the recent violence that occurred in the University.
Speaking on the occasion, Fairoz Khan, the national President of the party said that the campus has now become a place of fear and violence for its students. NSUI aims to change this atmosphere within the campus. He also informed that NSUI aims to conduct an issue-based campaign without the use of money and muscle power in an attempt to bring a gradual shift in DUSU politics. “The manifesto has been made by interacting with all the students of the University. We also aim to encourage exchange programmes between the colleges,” he said.
Ruchi Gupta, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) NSUI in-charge talked about the three aspects of the manifesto. She identified them as follows. “The first being democracy on campus and different aspects of democracy. The second thing we are targeting in our manifesto is equal opportunities and affirmative action. The third thing is to talk about access – physical and financial – to Delhi University.”
The party aims to “Take Back DU” and make sure that there is democratic control over the campus. It also wants to tackle issues such as difference of fees in colleges, the atmosphere of fear on the campus, the ideological conflict amongst parties, and seat cuts in courses all over Delhi University.
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