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The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) calls for a complete shutdown of the University of Delhi (DU) as a protest against a new proposal.

The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) calls for a complete shutdown of the University of Delhi (DU) as a protest against a new proposal. The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), on Tuesday, called for a complete shutdown of the University of Delhi (DU), on 25th October. This decision follows after the protests against the new Institute of Eminence proposal which aims to set up nine new centres with power to decide their fee structure, admission and appointment criteria. It has also called for a Dharna from 1 pm to 3 pm, when the Executive Council is scheduled to meet to deliberate on this issue.
The decision to call for a complete shutdown was taken after the association called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue. The protest is also for the withdrawal of a letter dated 28th
August, that puts a stop to further Ad hoc appointments and threatens the conversion of all fresh vacancies into Guest Faculty positions.
“Along with the demand for withdrawal of the 28th August letter (issued by the DU Administration) that puts a stop to further ad-hoc appointments and threatens the conversion of all fresh vacancies into Guest Faculty positions, the DUTA has decided to go on the warpath against the Government’s attempts to push privatisation through the NEP, delink and autonimise DU colleges and impose massive fee hikes on students from the next academic session,” said the Press Release released on 24th October by the DUTA.
At present, the DU administration controls the fee structure, admission and appointment criteria in all its departments and colleges. As per DU’s proposal, these nine centres will offer courses
in public health, climate change and sustainability, governance and public policy, skill enhancement, entrepreneurship and performing arts, among others.
On 24th October, students and staff of various colleges were also seen protesting. The students and the staff association of Gargi Colleges and Kamala Nehru College formed a human chain with slogans like, “Education is not for sale.” The DUTA has appealed to the Vice-Chancellor as well as other
members of the EC to reject this proposal.
The DUTA plans on gathering the support of public representatives, civil society organizations, and other university and students’ organizations for a counter-offensive against the policies on Higher Education, before the Winter Session of the parliament.
Rajib Ray, DUTA President, said in an interview to DU Beat, “Further steps will be decided in the coming few days. The next thing will definitely be on the 14th. But before the 14th also, we will see what to do.”
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The Delhi High Court asked Ankiv Baisoya to disclose the contact details of the person who provided him with the fake degree and mark sheets.

Former Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) President and ABVP leader, Ankiv Baisoya was asked by the Delhi High Court on Thursday, 26 September 2019, to disclose the contact details of the person who provided him with the fake documents. He is facing criminal proceedings for presenting fake graduation degree and mark sheets for taking admission in the University of Delhi (DU).

Justice Suresh Kait asked Baisoya to inform on Friday, 27 September 2019 whether he will disclose the contact details of the individual who provided him with the fake degree and mark sheets, as reported in the Times of India.

The court came up with this query while hearing his plea challenging the decision of a trial court rejecting his application for an anticipatory bail in the case. Baisoya’s appeal is also opposed by the Delhi police as they claimed that he has not cooperated in the investigation and did not furnish contact details of the person who provided him with the fake documents. Police have booked him for alleged offenses of cheating and forgery under Indian Penal Code on a complaint filed by the University of Delhi after the issue of the fake degree was revealed to them. It is necessary to get the details of the people involved in providing fake documents in order to stop such acts in future.

While acquiring admission in the M.A. program in Buddhist Studies course in DU, Baisoya claimed that he had graduated from Tamil Nadu’s Thiruvalluvar University (TU) and submitted mark sheets of the same. He was elected as the DUSU president on 13th September 2018. Soon after the election, Sunny Chillar, NSUI’s Presidential candidate, challenged Baisoya’s election by saying that his graduation degree is fake which makes his nomination void an-initio.

TU denied Baisoya’s claim of graduating from TU by saying that he was neither enrolled in the Varsity nor any of its constituents or affiliated institutions.

Subsequently, Baisoya resigned from his post on November 15, 2018, and was dismissed from ABVP till an inquiry into the allegations is completed. Shakti Singh, the Vice Presidential candidate of ABVP took upon his candidature and remained the President of DUSU for the term 2018-19.

Saimon Farooqui, National Secretary, NSUI, talking about this case said, “It is a regular practise of ABVP to distort the facts and to hide the truth from the people of this country. Ankiv Baisoya has cheated the University and the students of Delhi University and now he’s not revealing the name of those who helped him execute the crime. It is understood that the person involved belongs to BJP allegiance and the ABVP is trying to deceive the judiciary.”

On the ither hand, Monika Chaudhary, National Media Secretary, ABVP, said, “Ankiv is not abvp member now. We have already suspended him from the organisation and we are completely in favour of fair investigation and if he is found to be guilty he must get the competent punishment for whatever he has done.”


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On Wednesday, 14th August, 2019, a 19-year-old young adult was arrested for killing a University of Delhi (DU) student, Shubham Srivastav, during a confrontation between them in a park at Patel Nagar, New Delhi.

The two had been fighting over the girlfriend of the accused.

The childish banter turned into gruesome murder as was revealed by Aman Soni in his police investigation. Soni got infuriated with the victim, also aged 19, had thrashed him, and then in an attempt to exact revenge, had stabbed him.

Shubham Srivastav, the victim, is a B.A. student in University of Delhi. He was reportedly in a romantic relationship with a girl from his tuition class, and both were not talking due to an argument between the two earlier, resulting in Srivastav not meeting the girl.

The dispute started when on Monday, a classmate saw Srivastav’s former girlfriend with Soni outside the tuition class, and informed him about it.  When Soni was investigated, he gave a chronological order of what motivated him to take such a dire step. He said that Srivastav came to him outside the tuition, along with his friends, and intimidated him. He showed Soni a photograph of himself and the girl, and warned him to stay away from her. This statement by the victim led to a quarrel between the two and later Shubham Srivastav and his friends, Shubham Gupta and Lokesh Aggarwal had allegedly thrashed him (Soni).

This brought up a sense of vengeance in Soni, and he was looking for an opportunity to take revenge. The next day, on Tuesday, Srivastav also confronted the girl with the photograph followed by an argument between both. This aggravated Soni more, when the girl informed him about how Srivastav had been acting with her.

It was then and there, that Soni made up his mind to end the dispute completely, unfortunately with the murder of Shubham Srivastav.

Aman Soni and his friends deceived Shubham Srivastav into coming to the Rock Garden park in Patel Nagar in the name of “resolving and sorting the issue”, for once and for all.

Victim’s friend, Shubham Gupta told the police that on Wednesday, the victim received a call from Aman Soni to meet him to resolve the issue, and Srivastav even asked Shubham Gupta and Lokesh Agarwal to accompany him. The trio found some people waiting for them in the park.

When Soni confronted Srivastav, they got into an argument during which Soni pulled out a knife and stabbed Srivastav in the chest. Soni’s friends then tried to intervene to save their  friend, however , they were also hindered by Aman’s friends, resulting in injuries being inflicted on them as well.

The victim fell unconscious on the floor of the park as the assailants left the park.

Lokesh Agarwal managed to drag his friends Gupta and Srivastav from the park onto an E-rickshaw and took them to BLK Hospital. While Srivastav died a few hours later, his injured friends are now being treated in Ram Manohar Lohiya hospital.

According to a senior officer, police received information about the scuffle around 9 pm on Tuesday, following which a team was dispatched to the spot.

“Srivastav was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and police are trying to nab the accused, who are absconding. The body has been sent to RML Hospital for autopsy,” the officer said.

On Wednesday night, cops traced the accused after Srivastav’s friends recorded their statements, blaming him for the attack. Police also recovered the CCTV footage from the area near the park, in which Soni can be seen fleeing with his friends. A search has been launched to nab Soni’s friends too. However, the police have found the murder weapon, the knife, used to stab Shubham Srivastav.

The grieved family is under shock and the father says that he wasn’t aware of any relationship that Shubham had.

With inputs from Times of India, India Today, and Press Trust of India.

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