Fwd: 91% DU Students Reject FYUP in the Students' Referendum Held Today!
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Date: 23 August 2013 10:25
Subject: Fwd: 91% DU Students Reject FYUP in the Students' Referendum Held Today!
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This is indeed a milestone in the movement to reverse FYUP and restore rationality and democracy in Delhi University.Anil SadgopalFrom: Sandeep Singh <sandeep.aisa@...>, president, AISA
Press Release91% DU Students Reject FYUP in the Students' Referendum Held Today!11,556 Students Across DU Colleges Cast Their Votes Despite Massive Administrative Crackdown!Total No. of Votes Polled: 11,556Total No. of Votes saying “NO” to FYUP: 10,519Total No. of Votes saying “YES” to FYUP: 936Invalids: 10191.02 per cent of the students reject FYUPThe Referendum, conducted by the All India Students Association (AISA) on 22 August 2013, received a tremendous response from the student community, with students eager to vote “NO” to the FYUP! This referendum was historic because for the first time students of stood up to say: We do have a right to give OUR opinion on OUR University, OUR courses, OUR future....Nearly 20 colleges polled in the process and this did not include most of the evening colleges. Many teachers including Naveen Gaur, Mukul Manglik, Arjuman Ara, Amitav Chakraborty, Rajeev Kumar among others remained as observers through the process of voting and counting. In spite of all the hurdles and adminstrative and police intimidation, there was an overwhelmingly high-level of participation in the first hour of the Referendum itself. Many students eagerly stood in long queues to be able to finally be heard in a system that had chosen to let their and their teachers’ cries against the FYUP fall on deaf ears.Administrative and Police CrackdownThis transparent and most peaceful exercise of direct democracy was one that alarmed the DU administration and the Vice-Chancellor so much that it sent College Principals and Delhi Police at several places to snatch the ballot boxes, and remove the polling booths and shut them down. Even as the result was declared, the police continued to surround the students counting. Indeed, Satyawati College Principal confiscated one of the ballot boxes and even now, as the result is declared, the box is still in his office.This reign of terror and intimidation where the Police and the Principals, at the instruction of the VC, collude silence the voice of the students from coming to the fore tells us about the edifice of lies on which the FYUP’s so-called 'popularity' is based.At a time when the concerns of large sections of the university community were being silenced, students had no other method to speak up against FYUP through this Referendum. This Referendum was the students’ creative and democratic response to the stifling of their voices against FYUP. We demand that the VC accept the results of this referendum and roll-back the FYUP, not scuttle students’ voices, or else he will face the ire of the students of Delhi University in the coming days. Students will not accept being treated as guinea pigs for experimentation in a course with bad syllabus and no infrastructure.--sandeep.., AISA9868033425--