The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) and the Delhi University
Students’ Union (DUSU) planned to hold a joint student-teacher protest against
the semester system on the 24th of September, Friday. For the first time in the
history of Delhi University, the two major bodies had scheduled a combined
protest along with a joint interactive session in order to censure the undemocratic
implementation of the Semester System. The march began in front of the
Vivekananda statue in the Faculty of Arts College, ending in front of the Vice
It was open for all the students who felt for the cause and were willing to protest
against the same. The main aim of the DUTA behind holding the session was to
make the students conscious of the existing situation all over DU. The teachers
believe that participation of both the bodies together would leave a deeper
impact. Moreover, they feel that a student’s opinion is also necessary for the
teachers to remain fixed on an initiative without imposing themselves on the
“The question isn’t really whether the students will be a part of the strike or not.
The question is whether they equally feel for the cause as much as the teachers
do. If they do, then they have all their rights to stand up and protest for it,” Said
Mrs. Monica Singh, the HOD of mathematics department, LSR College.
However, the Babri Masjid verdict, which was to come out on the same day,
had been a major cause of worry for the students. “We wish to attend the
joint interactive session because even we feel that DU will be at a loss with
the semester system. But the Babri Masjid verdict might hamper social and
communal peace all across the city. We can’t put our lives at risk just to attend
the session. I’m in two minds,” said a 2nd Year student of DU.
It is evident that both the student-teacher bodies are quite firm on their resolve.
Strategies as far as boycotting the semester exams are being discussed over.
The teachers and students are planning to conduct their usual pattern of annual
examinations with mid-terms during the month of December-January, against the
Vice Chancellor’s orders.