In a press conference that took place on 17th January, Rocky Tuseed, President of Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU), announced that DUSU is in the process of developing the Delhi University Students’ Charter.
The Students’ Charter, as conceived by NSUI-led Delhi University Students’ Union will be formed after rounds of consultation with the students, faculty, and administration of Delhi University. The consultation process is set to begin from 23rd of January, and the Charter is expected to be finalised by March.
The objective of the Charter is ‘to lay down the minimum expectations of students and administration vis-à-vis each other. It illustrates the entitlements and responsibilities of both, as well as provides a framework for the University to develop and improve its services.’
The proposed Charter is to be structured in two parts: Directive Principles for colleges and Fundamental rights of students.
There are a total of 30 Fundamental rights of students, which include the availability of transparent and online college budget, access to an active placement cell, and discrimination-free environment.
The Charter also has stated 18 Directive Principles for colleges. Some of these Directive Principles are: offer professional counseling services to students, provide mark sheet within a stipulated time period, hold orientation programmes to help students acquaint themselves with the University system, etc.
Rocky Tuseed said, ‘We hope to craft this Charter in such a way that it becomes an example for Universities across India to form similar legislation. We also hope that this initiative will form the basis of a state and national Students Rights Act and Students Rights Commission.’ When asked about the absence of the Secretary and Joint Secretary of DUSU, who belong to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), from this initiative, he added, “We invited them, but they did not involve themselves.’
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