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Loud and collective whistling could be heard all over Delhi University’s North Campus on Wednesday when ‘Whistleblowers’ consisting of teachers, students and karamcharis blew loudly on whistles, hoping that the noise would compel those in charge to “get up” and remove Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh and also resolve their long-standing issues.
The march organised by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) was meant to be a symbolic stand, especially in the light of the ‘white paper’ that they had released accusing the university administration of several wrongdoings. The whistles were also blown “to clean the university of corruption and restore democratic spaces”.
“We had gathered at the Arts Faculty and more students than we expected showed up. We distributed these plastic whistles and then we started marching, whistling to every slogan that was raised against the V-C and his team,” said Abha Dev Habib, a Physics teacher and a DUTA executive member.
“The V-C and his team have been found guilty of diverting over Rs.100 crore from the OBC expansion grant towards laptops distributed under the four-year undergraduate programme. These are lying unused in colleges now,” said DUTA president Nandita Narain.
She said their ‘white paper’ on severe financial and administrative irregularities committed by the V-C and his team had been sent to the government. “The government has been dragging its feet regarding the report submitted by the UGC’s Satyam Committee. Neither has it responded to the DUTA demand for a visitorial inquiry against the V-C,” said Ms. Narain.
Several political figures like BJP leader Udit Raj were seen at the protest. CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury was reported to have met the President and Visitor to DU, Pranab Mukherjee. “He presented a copy of the white paper on behalf of DUTA and conveyed its demand for a visitorial inquiry,” said DUTA secretary Harish Khanna
The teachers said while they have been denied regular appointments, pensions, promotions and proper benefits of the government’s reservation policy, students were reeling under lack of infrastructure, withdrawal of revaluation facility, an unfair pass criteria and the disparity created by the semester system.
Salaries of teachers appointed under the OBC expansion scheme have been delayed for months or not paid and more posts are not being sanctioned because of funds diversion by the V-C.
From : The Hindu