The North Campus of Delhi University has been heated up with the anti-FYUP protests in the middle of the admission season. However, the anti-FYUP protesters have been protesting for over a year now.
On 11 June 2014, the anti-FYUP protests were held outside the Arts Faculty gate where several students sat in semi-circle holding placards having the message of “We are FYUP, talk to us, don’t scrap it, make it better, save FYUP. DU-VC talk to us, do not politicise the issue”. They even chanted the same line at regular intervals.
The protesters list also had some first year students from the B. Tech stream who were also protesting for the four-year programme.
The B.Tech students were worried about the possibilities of finding a job at the end of four years if the FYUP was cancelled. The students also had well-formulated answers for every criticism of the FYUP, which was mostly reflective of the reasons that the university always states while defending it.
The protest began after the news reports came up stating that the new Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani was thinking of canceling the programme. So, students and various teachers on Wednesday organized the campaign of ‘Save DU’ from various centers throughout the state as of Delhi University Teachers’ Association and the All India Students’ Association, the All India Democratic Students’ Association and the Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, who all held public meetings in front of the Vishwa Vidyalaya metro station to address the doubts of the students.