NSUI calls for indefinite strike, says DU did not respond to demands

NSUI has alleged that Delhi University and other officials have not responded to their demands for a 24-hour central library, U-special buses for students and reduced fee at Delhi School of Journalism

education Updated: Jan 24, 2018 11:13 IST
Rocky Tuseed, the president of DUSU, and an NSUI member, has said they have communicated with the chief minister of Delhi for U-special buses, but nothing has been done about it.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

New Delhi

The National Students Union of India (NSUI) has called for an indefinite hunger strike, alleging that Delhi University and other officials have not responded to their demands for a 24-hour central library, U-special buses for students, reduced fee at the Delhi School of Journalism and special metro cards for students.

The Congress’ student outfit, which had won the two top posts in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) last year, claim they have been working towards these demands since their election.

Rocky Tuseed, the president of DUSU, and an NSUI member, said they had even written to the chief minister of Delhi over the U-special buses but to no avail.

“We have written multiple times to the university administration to do something about these demands. But we have not had any response from them yet. So we thought we would have to start an indefinite hunger strike,” said Arjun Chaprana, an MA Buddhist Studies student at the university, and one of the eight who are on on indefinite hunger strike.

Tuseed said Kunal Sehrawat, the DUSU vice president, and himself are not part of the hunger strike as they are currently working on visiting different DU colleges to consult students on the Students’ Rights Charter they have drafted.

The first such consultation event happened on Tuesday at Ramjas College, where a group of students were given copies of the document and asked for feedback.

An election promise, the NSUI has drafted a charter that lists out the fundamental rights of a student and the directive principles for universities and colleges, and hope to finalise it after consultation with students.

They have said that this may form the basis of a larger legislation– a Students Rights Act– later on.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 11:13 IST