DU procession for reservation
A PROCESSION was held by the teachers, students, karamcharis of Delhi University in support of the reservation group starting from the Vivekanda statue to the Vice Chancellor's office where they presented their memorandum to the Vice Chancellor.
The group consists primarily of SC/ST candidates and has representaion from the student, karamchari asnd student community, says chairman of the Forum of Social Justice and organiser of the rally, Hansraj Suman.
The participants raised slogans against the non-implementation of the reservation policy that provides for reservation of SC/ST seats in the education system.
They also sought to point out the inadequacies in the modalities for implementation of Reservation Policy for appointment to the post of Lecturers.
Meanwhile, the Delhi University Students' Union president has been on a hunger strike since yesterday morning.
Teachers stage dharna outside VC's office
ACADEMICS FOR Action and Development (AAD) staged a dharna in front of the Vice Chancellor's office today demanding a review of the decision of the Delhi University Executive Council (EC) in reservation in teaching positions. Approximately two hundred teachers were present at the dharna.
The representatives of the AAD later met the Vice Chancellor, Dr Deepak Nayyar, said Dr S S Rathi in a press conference held later in the day, and presented the collective grievances of the AAD to him.
"The decision to remove the 50% ceiling on reservation was never placed in front of the Academic Council (AC) before it was ratified by the EC," said Dr Rathi. Citing the example of the reservation policy adopted by the AC way back in July 1996 when vacancy-based reservation was adopted for the first time, he said, that even then the policy was never enforced in toto. "Earlier the policy was changed and adapted by the then AC," he said.
The academic council will approach the government to keep the decision in abeyance, said Dr Rathi. If the VC fails to convene an AC-meeting over the issue, it is within the powers of the teacher community to call an AC meeting if at least ten teachers demand it, said the officials.
The AAD also said that since there would be no addition in the number of courses, the number of students or the teaching posts as per UGC directives, there would be no new posts created in the university.