As Delhi School of Journalism (DSJ) completes a year of existence in the University of Delhi, the students protest against privatisation of education and demand appropriate infrastructure facilities and quality education.
The students of Delhi School of Journalism organised a Chhatra Sangarsh Rally on 25th September 2018 in North Campus of the University. The rally comes three days after the students broke off the four-day long hunger strike after getting written assurance for the fulfilment of their promises.
The rally was flagged off from the Faculty of Arts at 1:00 p.m. The rally was organised as a protest against privatisation of higher education. The students demanded a lower fee structure, funds from the University Grants Commission, basic facilities, media lab and ICT Centre, financial transparency, faculty on regular basis, and the right to dissent.
The rally covered seven colleges of North Campus namely- Shri Ram College of Commerce, Daulat Ram College, Kirori Mal College, Hindu College, St. Stephens College, and Ramjas College. Along with this the rally also covered Campus Law Centre and Faculty of Law. The protesting students appealed to the students of above mentioned colleges to join them in their struggle. The rally culminated at Delhi School of Journalism itself.
Support for the movement came from various organisations and political parties. The members of National Students Union of India (NSUI) were amongst the first ones to show solidarity to the movement. Aakash Chaudhary of NSUI, also the Secretary of Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU), extended his solidarity to the students. He said, “I have visited DSJ before the protests. The condition there is very bad. The students are denied basic facilities like a proper canteen and library.” He assured that NSUI will support them in every way possible.
Kawalpreet Kaur, President of Delhi University’s wing of All India Students Association (AISA), along with other AISA members also joined the movement. A number of students from organisations like Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, Pachaas, and Democratic Students’ Union also joined hands with the agitating students. Students from Bharti College and Jawaharlal Nehru University were also seen in huge numbers. The rally concluded in DSJ campus. Shakti Singh, Vice President of DUSU from Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarathi Parishad was also present in the campus.
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