Posters In Protest!! They Speak For Us! Reject FYUP! Reclaim DU

Two-year Diploma will involve : Only 8 Core Courses, 20 Non-Core Courses! So, the DU Diploma would be a Diploma in… WHICH subject? · Three Year Bachelor Degree will have Only 14 Main Core Courses and 28 Non-Core Courses, whereas students of other Universities will get a BA (Hons) Degree in three years, with intensive training in their core discipline! · 4 year Bachelor (Hons) degree will have Only 20 Core Courses out of a total of 50 Courses; whereas the earlier 3 Year Hons Degree Had 75% Core Courses! It is very Clear! FYUP will mean More Time, More Money But LESS KNOWLEDGE!! Reject It………

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AISA Condemns The Custodial Killing Of Khalid Mujahid

              Khalid Mujahid: Yet Another Custodial Death of So Called “Terror Accused” in UP!

                     In Akhilesh-Mulayam’s UP: Injustice To Muslim Victims of Witch-Hunt Continues Unabated!

                 Communal Hate Mongerer Varun Gandhi Allowed To Got Scot Under SP Patronage!

Khalid Mujahid, a so-called “accused” in the 2007 serial blasts in UP died on Sturday 18 May in police custody, yet another shameful injustice to a victim of Muslim witch-hunt.

Khalid, a resident of Mariahu in Jaunpur and a Madarsa teacher, was arrested by the special task force of the UP police in December 2007 following serial blasts in UP and immediately and declared, of course without any evidence, to be an ‘operative of the Harkatul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI)’. Since then, he has been languishing in jail for last 6 years! Following sustained protests against false framing, a commission was formed to probe the matter. The report submitted in 2012 found discrepancies in the “official” police case against Khalid. On the basis of the report, the UP govt. was forced to  file an application in the court to withdraw case against Khalid. However, the court turned down the application. According to the activists, UP govt put up a weak application and now Khalid has died under mysterious circumstances, raising serious questions of cover up and conspiracy.

It is indeed yet another copybook instance of killing and suspicious death in Police custody of so called “terror accused” against whom police never managed to provide any evidence! One has not forgotten, how just last year 8 June, Mohd. Qateel Siddiqi of Darbhanga, arrested since Nov 2011, on charges of ‘involvement’ in several blast cases, was strangled to death by two gangsters, Sharad Mohol and Alok Bhalerao, inside Yerawada jail in Pune. Let us note, Maharashtra ATS had failed to file a chargesheet against Qateel in the 7 months from November 2011 till June 2012. In the Adarsh scam, accused got bail because the CBI failed to file a chargesheet within the stipulated 6-month period. If the same norms had applied, Qateel should have been free, given the failure of authorities to assemble any proof against him. Yet, he remained in jail, and the ATS kept claiming he was a ‘key Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative.’ From Maharashtra to Hyderabad, Gujarat to Darbhanga, the horrific saga continues unabated– framing innocent youth without a shred of evidence, torturing them for years together behind bars, and finally killing them off in custody or in fake “encounters”. These shocking cases– from Malegaon to Hyderabad, Bangalore to Azamgarh and Darbhanga- underline the vulnerability of Muslim youth routinely arrested on terror charges.

The cases also expose the duplicity and hypocrisy of the SP and Congress who never tire of swearing by ‘secularism’. During the UP elections, we have seen cynical competition between the SP and the Congress to woo support of the beleaguered Muslim community. Yet, in practice, whether it is the Congress-ruled Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh or the SP ruled UP, they are competing with the BJP in the false framing and custodial attacks on Muslim ‘terror-accused’.

Contrast this Witch-Hunt With How SP Govt in UP Manufactured  “Clean Chit” for Varun Gandhi in the Public Hate Speech Case!

Varun Gandhi made the worst of anti-Muslim, venomous, hate-mongering speeches in Pilibhit before the previous Lok Sabha elections. The hate speech was delivered in large open public meetings and the entire country saw and heard them through TV channels then! But, suddenly, when the matter came up in the court, Samajwadi Party’s UP administration could not produce any video footage of the incident and several witnesses turned hostile! The recent Tehelka sting operation- aired by Headlines Today- exposed how the UP state machinery and an SP leader happily colluded with the BJP to manufacture the ‘clean chit’ for Varun Gandhi! What a remarkable tango of the communal fascists and those who gather votes in the name of “secularism”!

It is high time that this twin trend of communal politics – of state patronage to communal forces and hate-mongerers on the one hand and unabated state-sponsored witch-hunt of minorities on the other, this time enacted in UP,  is exposed and resisted.

AISA strongly condemns the custodial killing of Khalid Mujahid and demands that all those responsible for framing him and responsible for his custodial death are brought to book. Moreover, the case against Varun Gandhi’s hate speech should be reopened, and all those responsible for scuttling the case against him – especially the Public Prosecutor and the officials in the UP government – should be punished for the shameful subversion of the judicial process.

A Letter To Governor: Justice For Khalid Mujahid

To,

The Hon’ble Governor,

Uttar Pradesh.

23.05.2013

(Through the U.P. Resident Commissioner, New Delhi)

Sub: Justice for Khalid Mujahid

Sir,

We express our deep shock and anguish at the custodial death of Khalid Mujahid, a so-called “accused” in the 2007 serial blasts in UP on Sturday 18 May 2013. This is yet another shameful injustice to a victim of Muslim witch-hunt. Khalid, a resident of Mariahu in Jaunpur and a Madarsa teacher, was arrested by the special task force of the UP police in December 2007 following serial blasts in UP and immediately declared him to be an ‘operative of the Harkatul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI)’. Since then, he has been languishing in jail for last 6 years. Following sustained protests, a commission headed by Justice R D Nimesh was appointed by the state government to probe the matter. Justice Nimesh Commission report submitted in 2012 found discrepancies in the “official” police case against Khalid and raised fingers over STF’s claim about the place of arrest.  On the basis of the report, the UP govt. filed an application in the court to withdraw case against Khalid. However, the court turned down the application. According to activists, UP govt put up a weak application and now Khalid has died under mysterious circumstances, raising serious questions of cover up and conspiracy.

It is indeed yet another copybook instance of killing and suspicious death in Police custody of so called “terror accused” against whom police never managed to provide any evidence. One has not forgotten, how just last year 8 June, Mohd. Qateel Siddiqi of Darbhanga, arrested since Nov 2011, on charges of ‘involvement’ in several blast cases, was strangled to death by two gangsters, Sharad Mohol and Alok Bhalerao, inside Yerawada jail in Pune. In that case too, Maharashtra ATS had failed to file a chargesheet against Qateel in the 7 months from November 2011 till June 2012. In the Adarsh scam, accused got bail because the CBI failed to file a chargesheet within the stipulated 6-month period. If the same norms had applied, Qateel should have been free, given the failure of authorities to assemble any proof against him. Yet, he remained in jail, and the ATS kept claiming he was a ‘key Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative.’ From Maharashtra to Hyderabad, Gujarat to Darbhanga, the horrific saga continues unabated– framing innocent youth without any evidence, torturing them for years together behind bars, and finally killing them off in custody or in fake “encounters”. These shocking cases- from Malegaon to Hyderabad, Bangalore to Azamgarh and Darbhanga- underline the vulnerability of Muslim youth routinely arrested on terror charges.

Several questions have been raised by the relatives and lawyers of Khalid which demand impartial probe and speedy justice.

  • Postmortem report of Khalid Mujhaid, which took place in Barabanki between 6:30 am to 8:30 AM, remained inconclusive. Doctors have preserved heart and lungs for a finding out a possible case of cardiac arrest, while his relatives took the body to Jaunpur for burial. However, photographs taken before his body was taken for the autopsy, accessed by media, reportedly show torture marks on the face and blood clots. Khalid’s uncle Zaheer Alam Falahi, who saw the dead body in the hospital, confirmed that although his nephew was quite fair, his face appeared to have turned black and that his neck was swollen as if someone twisted it. Zaheer Alam Falahi has also filed an FIR against 42 erring police officials on Sunday morning, including former DGP Vikram Singh, IPS Manoj Kumar, Chiranjeev Lal Sinha, S. Anand as well as against the unknown Intelligence Bureau personnel, for conspiracy and murder.
  • Early statement by the UP government said that he might have died due to heat stroke or heart attack. Jail superintendent has already gone on record, saying Khalid’s health was normal.
  • Advocate Mohammad Shoaib of the Rihai Manch,  said that the escort had threatened Khalid even before about killing him in ‘encounter’ and that they had filed written affidavit in court in this regard. So it is possible that “To save the conniving officials of ATS, STF and intelligence agencies, police killed Khalid Mujahid.”
  • Activists in U.P. fighting the case alleged that the bone of his neck appears to have been broken, and he had several other injury marks on the body. They pointed out that Khalid was never before spotted wearing tee-shirt and lower, and clearly the cops changed his kurta to hide blood marks. They also raised the question on Barabanki police handling of issue who have made only local SP leaders as witnesses. For its part, on Sunday UP government has ordered for a CBI enquiry.

In this backdrop we demand:

1. Immediately suspend and arrest all 42 police officials and intelligence agency personnel including, former DGP Vikram Singh, ADG (law & order) Brij Lal, IPS Manoj Kumar Jha, Chrianjeevnath Sinha, S Anand, and the escort of Khalid Mujahid against whom FIR has been registered.

2. Keeping up its poll promises SP government should immediately release Tariq Qasmi, as the murder of Khalid clearly shows that the government has miserably failed in giving security to Muslim youths arrested in the name of terror.

3. Immediately table the Nimesh Commission report in the Assembly that clearly exonerated Tariq Qasmi and Khalid Mujahid by raising suspicion on government’s version.

4. Make the CBI enquiry in the death of Khalid Mujahid time bound.

5. Bring home secretary, Barabanki magistrate and public persecutor within the ambit of the investigations, all of whom delayed Khalid’s release by ‘conniving’ in rejection of the plea for the withdrawal of the cases.

6. Police personnel who pressurized Tariq Qasmi to lie in court saying that Khalid was ill too should be brought within the ambit of the investigation, as his advocate Mohamamd Shoaib as well as jail superintendent has stated to the contrary.

7. Step up the security of prisoners across state, particularly those who are behind bars on charges of terror.

8. Give Rs one crore as compensation to the family of the victims.

Reopen Investigation Against Varun Gandhi in the Pilibhit Communal Hate Speech case

In this context we would like to point out the contrasting role of the UP govt in giving “clean chit” to Varun Gandhi in the public hate speech case. Varun Gandhi made the worst of anti-Muslim, venomous, hate-mongering speeches in Pilibhit before the previous Lok Sabha elections. The hate speech was delivered in large open public meetings and the entire country saw and heard them through TV channels then. But, suddenly, when the matter came up in the court, UP administration could not produce any video footage of the incident and several witnesses turned hostile. The recent Tehelka sting operation- aired by Headlines Today- exposed how the UP state machinery and an SP leader happily colluded with the BJP to manufacture the ‘clean chit’ for Varun Gandhi.

We, therefore, demand the case against Varun Gandhi’s hate speech should be reopened, and all those responsible for scuttling the case against him – especially the Public Prosecutor and the officials in the UP government – should be punished for the shameful subversion of the judicial process.

It is high time that this twin trend of communal politics – of state patronage to communal forces and hate-mongerers on the one hand and unabated state-sponsored witch-hunt of minorities on the other, this time enacted in UP,  is stopped.

From:

All India Students’ Association (AISA)

Revolutionary Youth Association (RYA)

 

Najeeb Jung ka Jamia!

By Rashid Abbasi( A student of Jamia Millia Islamia) 

Yesterday afternoon( On 23rd May), I was reading a newspaper in the deserted reading hall, on the first table near the entry gate and then I received a call (my phone was on silent mode) from Zaki( my friend). Thinking of the scorching sunlight outside , I talked to him for about 3-4 minutes in the hall and the moment I cut the call the proctor of Jamia entered inside the hall and his evil eyes caught me, with the phone.

He ordered army uniformed Jamia’s security guard to snatch my phone. He came to me and asked “you were talking on phone?” I said “yes sir I talked only for a while and my phone was on silent”.

He didn’t listen to me and took my phone and said “take it from proctor office”.
(Note: during all this, proctor’s phone rang and he talked on his phone in the middle of reading hall)

Anyways, I thought that I will get my phone back later and continued with the reading of newspaper but after a moment I became uneasy with the thoughts like, what if they take time or not even return it to me and after all it’s my phone and I have to reach CP before 6pm… I stood up and decided to reach proctor office immediately.. The guard outside told me  “proctor saab is not come back yet (the image of snatching other students I-cards and phone appeared to my mind).. It was around 3:30pm. I went back to library and found the same army uniform guard and requested him to return my phone… He gave me my sim but denied giving me my phone back. I again requested proctor but he shouted on me while sitting in his blue jeep.

Then again I reached at proctor’s office and asked the guard outside if I could go in..

He said “saab abhi garam hain, wait karo.” I kept on waiting but saab continued to be garam for half an hour… it was getting difficult for me to stand in the intense heat..

So I decided to go to our university dean and our peacemaking teacher Tasneem ma’am and requested her to help me. I told her about the whole incidence, and also told her how I have only one phone and why it’s very important for me. i also told her that I’m ready for any punishment except confiscation of my phone.
Ma’am expressed his helplessness and said “VC saab ka order hai, sorry I can’t interfere in others work“.
I came back to proctor office and asked the guard, “if saab is still angry or not?”

After one hour around 4:30 I got the call to come inside..Proctor was there inside and he asked me “what is the matter?” (pretending he don’t remember me anymore)..I told him my story. In the meantime I managed to look at the table and saw some Xerox copies of documents related to me..I could see my photo on each one of them.

At the moment I was feeling like a criminal standing in a police station with my past record on their table…!

 After all conversation, he said “phone ko bhul jao and think about paying fine.” His assistant showed me a sheet on which something of this sort  was written “if caught in library phone shall not be return and fine of Rs 1000 which has been increased to 3000, shall be paid otherwise admission cancel. Undersigned by Najeeb jung. “

Amused and disgusted after reading such a law I said timidly “sir, even my phone does not cost that much and I can’t afford such a heavy penalty”. Like his favorite response… He became angry again (so, I unintentionally made him garam again) and he told the guard to ask me to go outside.
I came outside wondering what to do to get my phone back and took a look on the notice board, which most of the times is full of mail today articles written by VC with his photo..(Something you can find everywhere in university)

I felt like a poor common man in the kingdom of Najeeb Jung.

It was around 5 pm and as a last hope, I went again to our teacher/dean and again requested and told her my heartbreaking story and told her how most of my contact no. are in my phone but not in the sim and how I can not buy new phone immediately…Bla bla… I gave her assurance that I can even return my phone in two days if they would allow me to copy my contacts.  She asked me to write an application and she additionally also wrote in it.. “On behalf of being his teacher, I guarantee that Rashid will return the phone on Monday after copying all contacts.”

She called up the proctor and then again I was at proctor’s office… This time I found  our garam proctor thanda  and then they finally returned my phone on the condition that I will give it back on Monday.

I have no problem in returning my phone which is already dying a slow death and becoming difficult to operate each passing day. Perhaps its important for them to show it, to their beloved VC, as one of many achievements of their students prosecution job. But at the end I also felt bad for all the victims of autocratic system of Jamia where everything is VC saab and everything is depend upon the ‘mood’ of administration!!

AISA Stands In Solidarity With The Struggle Of The Members Of Maruti Suzuki Worker Union

                                                MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION
Reg. No. 1923
IMT Manesar
PRESS RELEASE: 20th May 2013

We are facing one of the most brutal repression by the government on our movement. While we have adopted the democratic and peaceful means available to demand the release of arrested 147 workers, withdrawal of and reinstatement of terminated 546 permanent and 1800 contract workers, the government has only responded with force and malice and in collusion with the Maruti Suzuki company management.

Our peaceful dharna has been going on since 24th March, which included hunger strike, deputations, rallies, which are all in the ambit of our democratic right guaranteed in the Constitution. This was forcibly broken on 18th May by the huge police force of thousands of personnel in riot gear, tear gas etc. They came in before curfew under Sec.144 was declared on the entire town of Kaithal at 5pm with effect till midnight of 19th May to prevent our call for a protest demonstration on 19th May in front of the residence of Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister, Randip Singh Surjewala. Thousands of people from across Haryana and other pro-worker people from across the country were to come to express solidarity.


At 11.30pm on 18th May those on the site of the dharna, 96 workers and activists were arrested and sent to Kaithal Jail under Sections 188, 341, 506, 511. This includes a member of the Provisional Working Committee, MSWU, Yogesh Gawande, and two Trade Union activists who have been coming in support, Shyamveer who is a correspondent of the workers newspaper, Nagrik and an activist with Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra, and Amit and who is a workers’ movement activist and current Phd student in Economics dept, CESP, JNU, New Delhi. On the morning of 19th May, 4 more workers were arrested from their homes in the villages nearby.

On 19th May 2013, we decided to go ahead with our pre-declared program, and around 1500 people started coming in solidarity from across Haryana in the morning. These included primarily workers and our family members and relatives, and people from village Panchayats, democratic and mass organizations and individuals. A huge police force and CID Haryana personnel were all over the Bus Station, Railway Station and all points in the town to follow and stop anyone who was coming for support. We gathered near Pyoda village 2km from the city limits, and started to peacefully march to register our protest, that all those arrested on 18th May night be released immediately so that talks can happen. Barricades and a huge police contingent of over 2000 personnel with water cannons and tear gas vehicles, stopped us on the road next to Surjewala’s residence.

At 6.30pm, without any warning, the stationed police force started a brutal lathi-charge and tear gas and water cannons were unleashed mercilessly on the protestors, which included in large majority, women, children and old men. Hundreds were seriously injured and admitted to the hospital. The police came with a second round of lathi-charge when people were still in a state of shock. The government has acted with malicious intention, and with a view to crush the struggle while all wanted to do was register our peaceful protest in front of our elected representatives, and yesterday’s actions and arrests shows this.
Eleven workers and activists were arrested on completely fabricated charges of serious nature. These are:

 Ramniwas of Provisional Working Committee, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union
 Deepak Bakshi who is advisor to the MSWU and General Secretary of Hindustan Motors-Sangrami Shramik Karamchari Union, Kolkata
 Somnath who is a correspondent of the workers newspaper, Shramik Shakti
 Suresh Koth, who is panchayat leader from Koth village, Hissar dist, Haryana
 Nitish
 Mangtu
 Premchand
 and three more people, whose names are still unclear.
They have been charged under non-bailable Sections 148, 149, 188, 283, 332, 353, 186, 341, 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC, 3 of P/D, TPDA, 8NH for blocking the highway and 25 (54 and 59) of the Arms Act. They have been
produced in the Kaithal Court today 20th May 2013 and sent to 14days of Judicial Custody.
This is a serious pre-meditated assault on especially those of the active workers and activists who have stood in solidarity with us and to show us again as criminals only because we continue to protest against the wrongs that have been done to us for the last two years since 4th June 2011, and especially since 18th July 2012 when it became apparent that the government is openly siding with the company against workers and activists. This is the reward the government has again given us workers for asking for our rights which are guaranteed in the Constitution.

We appeal to all workers, trade unions and workers organizations, democratic rights and civil rights organizations and mass organizations and democratic minded individuals and to come out in protest in this hour when we need all forms of solidarity. We reiterate our just demands of releasing all the arrested workers and activists and reinstatement of terminated workers.

Provisional Working Committee
Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

The Course Outline Of The 4 Years Programme At Delhi University

                                                    A sample of the course outline

“SCIENCE AND LIFE

1.  Objective and Expected outcome 

The aim of this course is to build appreciation for science, develop scientific temper and help the student understand where and how science is linked to daily life. Our goal is to engage the first year students in the University in a manner that builds on  the  student‘s  high  school experiences, rather than simply reiterating them, with more technical details and provide more information to memorize. At the conclusion of this course the student would have experienced how science has brought about a change in our daily life, provides comfort, and helps assessing the past, present and future scenario of energy requirements. The course would also help in analyzing and interpreting data, and impart problem-solving skills. Students should also be able to appreciate interdisciplinary connections between various fields and associate them with emerging new directions of science. A common integrative foundation for all students will foster tomorrow‘s citizens to engage scientific issues from multiple perspectives and make better-informed decisions of societal relevance.

 

2. Themes and sub-themes

 

I.  Origin and Evolution of Life:

Origin of the Universe, Solar system formation and the Origin of the Earth, Prebiotic Chemistry, Water for life sustenance, Importance of carbon, The early atmosphere.

II.    Water and Energy for life:

Water — an essential liquid: Hard and soft water/ potable and non-potable water, Commonly used water purification techniques (filtration, distillation, RO, RO-UV purifier, conditioning/softening), Issues of water related to society – Conservation and Harvesting. Energy — Renewable/non-renewable energy- resources and their conservation, Nuclear energy – risks and benefits, Different forms of energy consumption at home and cost efficiency.

 

III.   Nutrients and Household Chemicals:

Nutrients (Food Aspects):  Macronutrients  (Carbohydrates/Proteins/Fats and oils) as energy source; Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), their importance, sources and nutritional value in food; Fermentation technology in food science. Household Chemicals (in daily life): Table salt, baking powder, baking soda, antacids, antiseptics and disinfectants (concept of acid and base), Bleaching and stain removal, Rusting (concept of oxidation-reduction), Cleaners, Fire extinguishers.

 

IV.   Physical Parameters and Household Appliances:

Perception of distance, mass, time, temperature and force (nanosize to astronomical distances; atomic mass to celestial mass; femto-seconds to lifetime of  Universe; Absolute zero to temperature of Sun; weak to strong forces).  Refrigerators, pumps and resistive heaters; Safety and disposal of electrical/electronic items; Fuses, tolerance and rating of gadgets (in terms of power consumption).

V.    Industry and Technology in Daily Life:

Contributions of Polymer Industry  –  Natural and synthetic polymers (Plastics, Ceramics, Fibre and Fabrics/Textile and clothing, Rubber and Tyres); Varieties of glasses and white-ware. Pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, generic and herbal drugs, drug abuse and its consequences; Agrochemicals and soil supplements (fertilizers), crop protectors (pesticides and herbicides) for improved agriculture productivity; Relevance of organic farming.  Contribution of Electronic Industry:  IC‘s,  LED/LCD;  Sensors  (burglar,  fire  and  gas leak alarms), pressure sensor – touch screen pads; Solar cell – illuminating rural areas; Audio-visual communications; Laser and its applications in medical surgery, industry and defense; Space exploration – India‘s initiative.

 

3. Project works

Suggestive Projects and Hands-on Experiments  Analyze various theories for chemical evolution of life on earth; Collect data of various chemicals identified on different planets/satellites  (e.g. moon of earth) and comment upon advances in research in this area by studying various space missions. Identify the past and future space missions, which will search for earth-like world in other solar systems. Survey hard and soft waters in different regions; compute the relevant data and make a presentation. Identify ways to convert hard water to soft water. Analyze the extent /type of  hardness (permanent/temporary) in the collected water samples and express results in terms of salts concentration in ppm. Identify and analyze impurity present in water by standard procedures. Develop a model for water harvesting or reuse of water in a locality/home. Identify plants that extract water from humidity and analyze the process in detail. Work out the energy  conversions from one form to another in different household appliances at home, for example, ―Fan‖-  converts electrical energy to mechanical energy, and calculate daily usage of electricity units at home…….. The parody of learning continues, O Dryden, this is where the MacFlecknoes of the world come to rest .  

Please go to the link below for  course outline given which has been sourced from the Delhi University Foundation Courses 2013 handbook/ document.

Link: Foundation Courses

Disastrous Consequences of FYUP, AISA/LDTF

Delhi University, a premiere public funded central university, is a coveted higher education institution for millions of students across the country for its affordable high quality education. This status of Delhi University has been seriously threatened by the forced and mindless implementation of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP )by the DU VC . In spite of serious concerns raised by numerous noted intellectuals andteachers about the academic and pedagogic flaws of the FYUP, the VC has remained intolerant to all concerns and has repeated the rosy dreams and false claims of “employability”, flexibility” and “multidisciplinary approach” of the FYUP. It is high time we make an honest factual assessment of the dark reality lurking behind the false claims made by the FYUP because it is the students who will suffer from these changes in the University.

It is significant that ALL the established decision-making and course-making norms of DU have been bypassed in the unseemly haste to push through the FYUP. The FYUP goes against the National Curriculum Framework – but such a major change is being bulldozed through in spite of the opposition of the most respected educationists and academic voices of the University and the country. And the VC who is projecting himself as a ‘flexible modern reformer, is so scared of debate that he took pains to systematically deny the DUTA any venue to hold meetings and GBMs on University premises! A new low for campus democracy was reached on 12 May when the venue for the DUTA GBM even in a college auditorium was cancelled at the last minute.

How FYUP Adversely Affects the Lives of Students.

1. To get an honours degree the student will have to bear the financial burden of an extra year. The VC sheds crocodile tears for the economically deprived sections but conveniently forgets that thousands of students are forced to spend an exorbitant amount of 10-12000rupees per month in food and lodging over and above the college fees while studying in DU. With the FYUP, students will have to bear this extra amount for another long year for a degree which students from other universities will complete in three years.

2. The students’ entry into the job market will be delayed by a year and the DU 4 year graduates will lose the precious opportunity of appearing in competitive exams for a year.

3. Since FYUP is at variance with the National Curriculum Framework of 10+2+3, students emerging from DU with 2, 3 and 4-yearcertificates will face serious incompatibility improving “equivalence” while joining other courses, institutions and Universities.

Is there enough class room space to accommodate the 54000 new students who will enter the university with the addition of an extra year? It is a well-known fact across the colleges of DU that the colleges are suffering from serious shortage of space and more often than not fails to accommodate all the students under the 3 year programme. After the OBC expansion the funds received by the corrupt DU administration has been criminally wasted in mindless beautification drives without any attempt to enhance class room and laboratory space in the colleges. The VC has been responding with absolute irresponsible nonchalance whenever this issue has been raised. Can we allow the students to suffer academically when such primary infrastructural requirements like classrooms are not adequately met?

Teachers:

What is even more alarming is the fact that DU is running severely short of teachers. With not a single appointment in last 3 years there are 5000 permanent posts lying vacant across the 80 colleges of DU. The show is managed by Ad hoc teachers whose job insecurity and rampant exploitation has made DU a most unequal university. The VC has developed the habit of rabidly slandering the teachers for raising genuine concerns about the shortcomings of FYUP while turning a blind eye to the glaring inadequacies with which the DU teachers are struggling daily. Can any University function in a sane manner when the majority of teachers are contractualized and are in a constant flux with no job security?

Dangers of Multiple Exit Degrees in FYUP:

In the 3 year model DU offered two different programmes, 1) The BA, BSc, B.Com (Programme) courses and 2) BA, BSc,B.Com (Honours) courses. The Programme course and the honours courses were two separate courses with different curriculums, coherent and complete in themselves, offering the students with the choice to decide their courses according to their future career plans. The FYUP offers one single integrated course with a single “fit for all” curriculum with multiple exit points after 2 years (diploma degree), 3years (bachelor Degree) and 4 Years (honours degree). This is disastrous for students for two reasons:

1. Unlike a student from the 3 year programme who will have a complete degree in their hand the student from FYUP who exits after 2 years and 3 years with Diploma and Bachelor degree respectively will have an incomplete degree where s/he will only complete a certain number of courses of the entire 4 year programme. {2 year diploma will do 11 FC + 8 DC1+ 2DC2+ 3 AC + 4 IMBH/CA course and 3 year Bachelor will do 11 FC + 14 DC1+ 4 DC2+ 5 AC + 8 IMBH/CA courses of the entire FYUP package of 11 FC + 20 DC1+ 6 DC2 + 5 AC+ 10 IMBH/CA courses} The biggest concern is that the diploma and bachelor students will do a far lesser number of main discipline (DC1) courses.

2. The FYUP programme will institutionalise the already existing high drop-out rate among DU students. The VC admitted as much in his Walk the Talk interview, where he said that 12% students drop out of DU without any certificate; the FYUP programme will equip such students with some certificate! Instead of seeking to correct the drop-out problem and ensure that students get a holistic and complete education, the multiple exit system is giving a ‘golden handshake’ of sorts to thestudents who, usually due to social and economic marginalisation, are dropping out.

3. The biggest fallout will be in terms of the employability of the Diploma and Bachelor degree students who will exit after 2 and 3 years because they will be considered as students who failed to complete the entire 4 year programme. The multiple exit points of FYUP are therefore an open invitation to social discrimination among students.

4. Instead of correcting existing the social-economic hierarchical divisions and ensuring that universities are an engine of social mobility, the FYUP programme will reproduce, perpetuate and justify these divisions: in effect saying, let the socially and economically weaker students get the ‘drop-out’ degrees and are thus available for lower-paid jobs, while only those who have the financial ability to sustain education for an additional year will have the privilege of getting higher-end jobs requiring the ‘Honours’ qualification.

Degradation of Curriculum:

1)Foundation (faltu) Courses: The 10+2 students who enter DU after specializing in either arts, commerce or science to pursue further specialization in the specific stream or subject of his choice will now have to study 11 compulsory basic school level foundational course like maths, geography, business entrepreneurship, computer skills in their first 2 years. A student who has left maths or business entrepreneurship and wants to study a completely different subject will be forced to do all the 11 courses which are school level in nature. Doesn’t such an imposition of as many as 11 compulsory courses make the FYUP more rigid rather than more ‘flexible’ as claimed by the VC? One wonders how will doing school level courses guarantee employment in this highly competitive world where employers are looking for even greater amount of specialized knowledge and skills from their employees. Is the VC saying that a student who enters DU with the desire to develop himself/herself for knowledge-based high skilled jobs through the graduate course, should now be happy with the level of knowledge required for low-skilled and least-paid jobs alone?

2) Lower emphasis on Main discipline courses: In the 3 year model the honours subject papers which the student wanted to specialize constituted 75 % of the entire curriculum. INFYUP with the student will do only 18 main discipline courses in 4 years while s/he will be loaded with 24 non-main discipline courses? (11foundation (faltu) courses + 5 extracurricular + 8CA and ‘Integrated Mind Body Heart’ course) What is the point of burdening the student who wants to specialize in a specific subject with so many nonsensical courses?

3) Reduction of classes: The FYUP has reduced the number of weeks of teaching from 15 to 12.In the previous model every paper with 3 units each was given5 classes per week (roughly two classes /unit). In FYUP every paper has 4 units with only 4 classes (1 class/ unit). The VC should explain what great academic rigor will be accomplished by reducing teaching time in the university.

4) Training in Writing: In the 3 year annual model every student had to write 3 assignments and 1 project for each and every paper. This trained them in academic writing, enhanced their scholarship and gave them opportunity to do independent research. In FYUP students will not write a single assignment in the course of 4 years and only do 1 group presentation (7-8 students doing 1 presentation) for every paper. And yet the VC makes tall claims about developing skills and research potential of students.

School of Open Learning:

The VC has made ominous pronouncements in his TOI interview against the School of Open Learning which runs correspondence courses for students who cannot afford regular college education. The SOL will not come under the FYUP and therefore poor students who study in courses of SOL will not be able to join the regular course even if they perform well in their studies. This is a clear discrimination against the students of SOL who are ascribed the status of second class citizens within the same university. While there is need to address the problems of SOL it is absolutely anti-student to covertly derecognize the degree that this institution awards to lakhs of students. With such glaring flaws and discriminatory content, the FYUP will destroy the very basis of egalitarian quality education in DU. The stated aim of FYUP to judge education by economic value is the sweet coated poison that will pave the way of reducing DU into a private teaching shop that churns out semi-skilled students as a reserve army required for low-end jobs in the mushrooming corporate sector which subsists on ‘flexible’ low-paid labour. The FYUP actively institutionalizes drop-outs and discourages students from pursuing higher learning and developing critical faculties which ought to be main aim of higher education as a social good in a developing country like ours. We call upon all democratic sections of society to resist the disastrous anti-student, anti-academic ‘reforms’ of FYUP in Delhi University.

Day Long Student Youth Vigil Against Corruption, Corporate loot and Cover Up!

Unfolding in front of our eyes is a sordid drama of blatant corruption, corporate plunder, and cover up, with the Prime Minister of the country presiding over the whole affair. In the coal scam and attempted cover-up through manipulation of CBI, the PMO is directly implicated.

First, the 2G scam allowed corporations to plunder our airways for a pittance. The sky was opened up for loot.

Then the coal scam did the same for the precious mineral resources: our earth was available for loot. And it was none but the PM himself, as the Coal Minister, who directly ensured that public natural resource of coal blocks are not just privatised, but these are privatised to ensure selective allocations to preferred corporates.

Now, the UPA Govt hasn’t stopped at denying the scam. It is actively trying to ‘fix’ the probe! It has been caught in the act, ‘editing’ the CBI’s status report submitted to the apex court. Now, the Supreme Court has delivered a scathing indictment of the role of the Govt and the CBI.The Supreme Court has called the CBI a “caged parrot speaking in master’s voice”, and has found that the “heart of the report had been tampered with”. The CBI’s own affidavit proves that the Government lied to the Court when it assured that the report had not been amended.

We know now that the Law Minister Ashwani Kumar himself met with the CBI officers and influenced the amendments in the report. But Ashwani Kumar was not the only one.

Joint Secretaries of the PMO and the Coal Ministry (the very same institutions directly being probed for their role in the coal scam!) reportedly took away the report from the CBI’s office for a night and brought it back the next day, demanding strategic deletions and amendments. Who was the draft status report of the CBI shown to on the night of March 6th? Who, if not the Prime Minister?!

It is because the needle of suspicion points to the PM, that the PM was so keen on shielding Ashwani Kumar. Today, if Ashwani Kumar must lose his job as Law Minister, why should not Manmohan Singh lose his job as Prime Minister?!

Rail Scam: Yet Another Instance of Business-Politics Nexus in Corruption

Another instance of blatant corruption directly implicating the UPA Government came to light with the CBI’s arrest of the nephew of the Union Rail Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, on charges of taking a Rs 90 lakh bribe from a member of the Railway Board, allegedly to secure a new post within the Railway Board. The Railway Board is a very powerful body, directly answerable to the Rail Minister. This is not an isolated instance of bribery: rather it is an indicator of yet another instance of the murky nexus between business and politics, since the Rail Minister and his family have manifold business interests that have flourished in tandem with his tenure as a Union Minister. The Rail Ministry’s nephew apparently operated from the Minister’s own official residence; thereby the Minister cannot plead ignorance. The entire scam calls for a thorough investigation.

BJP Punished for Corruption in Karnataka;

Congress-UPA Cannot Escape People’s Punishment Either

The Congress party is trying to hide behind the Karnataka results, claiming that Karnataka proves that Congress’ electoral fortunes won’t be affected by the spate of scams ad cover ups. The opposite is true. Karnataka proves that people are waiting to punish governments for corruption: in Karnataka, the BJP paid the price of defeat for its Government which presided over the worst corporate plunder and loot of land and minerals, the worst instance of which is of course the Bellary Mining Scam. Karnataka exposes the BJP’s bluff of being an alternative to the corrupt Congress, and it is also a stern reminder that the corrupt UPA Govt will undoubtedly be taught a lesson by the people, as the BJP was taught a lesson n Karnataka.

No More ‘Caged Parrot’ CBI

We urgently need to replace the ‘caged parrot’ – we neither need cage nor parrot! We need a CBI that is structurally free of political manipulation and control – without any delay!

On May 12, students and youth will hold a Day-Long Vigil at Jantar Mantar from 10 am onwards-demanding that the PM covering up Coal Scam, manipulating CBI, and leading his pack of corrupt Ministers must quit!

We appeal to you to join the Vigil on Sunday 12 May at Jantar Mantar from 10 am in large numbers and intensify the struggle against Government’s blatant attempts to cover up corruption and corporate plunder!

Sandeep Singh, President, AISA (9868033425)

Sucheta De, Secy., AISA (9868383692)

Ravi Rai, General Secy., RYA (9868661628)

Aslam, RYA, (9990748079)