DU Students Vote Against Four Year Undergraduate Programme
Students of Delhi University (DU) voted against the four-year undergraduate programme on Thurday 22nd August, 2013.
Over 10,000 students of Delhi University voted against the four year undergraduate programme (FYUP) in the FYUP referendum conducted in Delhi University colleges on Thurday, 22nd August, 2013.
The referendum was conducted by All India Students Association (AISA) across 20 DU colleges and 11,556 students voted with 91 per cent of them voting against FYUP, which was launched this year despite protests from various quarters.
The referendum received tremendous response from the student community. 10,519 students voted against FYUP, while 936 approved the new structure, AISA member Sunny Kumar said, 101 votes were declared invalid.
The voting started at 10am and the ballot boxes were placed in 20 colleges across DU. However, the voting was forcibly stopped at 12 noon, two hours earlier than the schedule, at many places. The first hour of voting went off without any disruption. But college authorities from Sri Venkateshwara, Satyawati and Kirori Mal College asked the students to stop the process. Later, police arrived and stopped the voting completely at 12 noon.
According to Uma Malhaar, a teacher with IP College, DU security and Delhi police misbehaved with teachers and student volunteers and forcibly stopped the referendum at all colleges in north campus. The referendum got a huge response as thousands of students across DU participated.
AISA member Sunny Kumar claimed that the peaceful referendum carried out at various colleges was met by disruptions as police and administration snatched ballot boxes and removed polling booths.
AISA president Sandeep Singh demanded that Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh should accept the results and rollback the four-year programme.