On Monday, 18th January 2021, the All India Students’ Association (AISA) held a protest demonstration at the Arts Faculty, University of Delhi (DU). The protesters demanded the reopening of college campuses and libraries.
On Monday, 18th January 2021, the All India Students’ Association (AISA) held a protest demonstration at the Arts Faculty, University of Delhi (DU). Reportedly, the protest was held against the digital divide of online education. The protest saw students from various DU colleges demanding an immediate reopening of libraries and the campus as a whole.
The delegation of AISA met the Dean of Student Welfare of DU and submitted a memorandum. The memorandum highlighted the demands of the student community. AISA in its press release stated that the Dean maliciously denied the discrepancies committed in the reservation policy implementation and the issues faced by the students. As per reports, the delegation reiterated the need for the immediate reopening of campuses with all safety measures.
We see this campaign as a campaign against the dominance of big capital in education. We do not see the issue of reopening campuses divorced from the NEP. We do not see it divorced from the dominance of Ambani and Adani in the Modi government. The push for digital education is also a push for privatization and marginalization. AISA will continue this movement until the students gain access to their campus.Abhigyaan, Member of AISA to DU Beat
The AISA in its official statement reported that it raised many demands. This included the reopening of campuses with all safety measures, disbursement of all pending scholarships, taking the immediate action of Other Backward Classes (OBC) Commission report. Besides that, AISA raised the demand of providing adequate aids of internet and laptops to all students in need, reopening Central Library immediately and ensuring uniform access to Hindi reading material.
AISA stated that it would continue the campaign against privatisation of education.
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