Students staged a peaceful demonstration against the lack of basic amenities, non-availability of a media lab, and failure of the administration to allocate all General Elective options.
The students of Delhi School of Journalism (DSJ) on Monday staged a sit-in in their college against the administration. They alleged that the promised media lab was never established and they were not given options in the GE paper. The students refused to attend the classes because of the heated ‘greenhouse’ like classes which lack ventilation. The air conditioning has been repeatedly breaking down since the last six months. The administration has responded by suspending the classes till the air conditioners are repaired.
The students of DSJ have been protesting for quite a long time now. There have been a number of protests in the recent months. A student recently wrote a letter to the Vice Chancellor about the problems they have been facing. However, many of them have alleged that the administration is not being serious about their demands. Some students have also alleged that they are being targeted for speaking against the administration.
“I have been writing against the VC for not being able to solve our problems. I posted a few memes on Facebook. I was later called to the office by Manaswini M. Yogi, the Officer on Special Duty (OSD), and was reprimanded for writing against the VC. The OSD said that I should leave the college if I don’t like it here. I topped the first semester and I was told by the OSD that I won’t top in the second semester. I feel threatened,” said a student of the Hindi medium at DSJ, on the condition of anonymity.
Alishan Jafri, another student from the English medium said, “DSJ started as a so-called dream project of the VC. However, it is turning out to be a nightmare for the one hundred twenty of us. The classes have been suspended in order to fool the students who are coming to the campus for admission these days. They don’t want them to know the terrible state of affairs in here.”
The honorary director of DSJ, Prof. J.P Dubey, had earlier held a meeting with the students to listen to their grievances. However, he refused to give a deadline for the establishment of a media lab. In the past, the students were told that the lab would be ready by the third semester but that never happened.
DU Beat spoke to the OSD of the college about the issues faced by the students. She said that the water cooler was not working properly from a past few days and it has been repaired. The AC stopped working twenty days ago and engineering department repaired it but it again malfunctioned. She explained, “There are some technical glitches and the engineering department has assured us that they will be fixed in a couple of days. We are in a constant touch with them.”
Feature Image Credits: Neel Madhav