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Students root for Anna, give classes a miss

From the first day of Anna Hazare’s fast to the eighth day of the movement at Ramlila Ground, the Capital’s student population has come forth in large numbers to extend support to the anti-graft movement.

delhi Updated: Aug 23, 2011 23:29 IST

From the first day of Anna Hazare’s fast to the eighth day of the movement at Ramlila Ground, the Capital’s student population has come forth in large numbers to extend support to the anti-graft movement.

On Tuesday, clusters of students from Delhi University (DU) marched from India Gate to Ramlila Ground, notwithstanding classes, assignments and impending tests.

“About 40 of us have come from different colleges. If we stay at home and shy away from participating in the movement, then change is unlikely to happen. Even though the long weekend proved beneficial for us, we are risking our attendance here,” said Rashmi Mehta, a student of Hansraj College.

Students of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) have also expressed support for the movement. “It is very difficult to juggle classes and the protest. But we can’t sit back and watch while the movement is unfolding. Unless we are part of the movement, we have no right to comment for or against it. The college may not grant attendance but that’s something we can make up for later,” said Imran Saeed (name changed), a student of JMI.

Colleges have, however, denied any significant drop in recorded attendance owing to the protest.

“All the students are with him in this protest, but no major change in attendance records have been noticed so far. Those who are protesting have been going (there) after classes,” said Gulshan Sawhney, Deputy Dean of Students’ welfare, DU.

Despite attendance issues and classes, students have come out to support Anna in large numbers. “About 30,000 students from DU have taken part in the protest so far. We had sent out a message to students in most colleges and it is completely on a voluntary basis that they have taken part — both in blocking roads as well as supporting Anna Hazare’s movement,” said Jitendra Chaudhary, president, Delhi University Students’ Union.