The protesting students hung a placard written ‘Out of Service’ on the door of the VC’s office. The Students’ Union of India (SFI), which organized the protest, said that more than 400 students took part in the ‘Gherao’.
Ankit Birpali, secretary of SFI at Hindu College, said, “The displeasure of the students is clearly visible. You can see it on their faces, hear it in their voice. The vice-chancellor should take a decision in the next two days, or else we will have to break the locks of our classes ourselves. The SFI claimed that other student and teacher organizations also expressed their support for the protest. It claimed that over 53 departments of the university boycotted online classes. Aarushi Sharma, a student of Miranda House, said, “Many of us are not in Delhi yet. Hence, we could not attend the protest called by the SFI. However, we decided that we should take steps to send the message that most of the students support the demand to reopen the university campus. So, we boycotted online classes today.
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DU has not issued any notification for the resumption of offline classes in the campus despite the DDMA giving nod to reopen higher educational institutions from Monday. Officials have said that the university will open in a few days and they will work out a strategy in this regard.
The SFI has announced to start the ‘Classroom on the Road’ campaign from February 9 till the university opens. Abhishek, co-convenor of SFI at DU, said, “There is a message on the road to the classroom administration that both teachers and students want the resumption of offline classes. If they have any respect left for us, they should open the premises immediately. On the question of reopening the DU college, Vice Chancellor Yogesh Singh had said that he would give a few days time to the students to return to the campus.
Singh had said, “If DDMA allows 100 per cent attendance, we will definitely reopen the campus.” But we will give some days to our students to return to the campus, say ten days, as most of the students are from other states. We will formulate our own strategy.