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DU BTech, BMS students protest outside Irani's residence

PTI  New Delhi, June 29, 2014
First Published: 14:33 IST(29/6/2014) | Last Updated: 15:28 IST(29/6/2014)

Scores of BTech and BMS students of Delhi University on Sunday staged a protest outside the residence of human resource development minister Smriti Irani, demanding that their four-year courses should not be scrapped.

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Students also threatened that if the varsity did not take care of their interest, they are ready to move court.

Under pressure from UGC to act on its directive, DU has scrapped its four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) and reverted to the previous 3-year structure.

On Saturday, the DU has also decided to discontinue its BTech and Bachelor in Management Studies (BMS) courses and would not hold any fresh admissions to them.

Hundreds of students of these two courses gathered outside Irani's residence and started shouting slogans against her and University Grants Commission (UGC).

Protesters raised slogans - "We want BTech", "We want BMS" and "UGC down down." Protesters also tried to enter the Irani's residence, but were stopped from doing so by the personnel of Delhi Police.

"We are staging protest as BMS and BTech students are getting affected so much due to scrapping of FYUP. HRD Minister and UGC should take care of our interest," Rekha, a protester, said.

Some students also sat on hunger strike outside the Irani's residence and said they will not budge till their demands were met.


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