Researchers of Delhi University brewing a movement to fight for their rights

Furthering the cause of Delhi University’s Research Scholars’ unfulfilled demands after two open house sessions, a symbolic demonstration was conducted at Arts Faculty, North Campus, Delhi University, cognizing the dissatisfactory response of Delhi University’s Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, and the Administration et al.

The first open house was held on 24th April 2019 at Arts Faculty, Delhi University
The second open house was held on 2nd July 2019 at Arts Faculty, Delhi University

Abhishek Verma, a Ph.D. student told that the peaceful protest led by MPhil and Ph.D. Research Scholars of Delhi University embodied manifestation of demands via slogans crystal-clearly highlighting languid assurances from Delhi University’s Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, and the Administrators. The symbolic protest highlighted demands of Research Scholars that were coercively explicated on posters.

It is notable that the Research Scholars of DU have been raising their issues for last more than four months. Researchers also met DU-VC on 2nd April, 2019 and later DU Registrar Prof. Tarun Das last Friday, who assured to resolve their issues but to no avail.

Research Scholars of Delhi University before meeting the Registrar of Delhi University, Prof. Tarun Das

Taking into account the irreverence towards Research Scholars and their issues and the unfulfilled assurances by DU’s administration a delegation of five Research Scholars including Abhishek Verma, Lokesh Rathore, Sudipta, Bhawani Shankar, Chaitanya Parasher, and Ragini Kapoor, met Deputy Dean of Students’ Welfare, Ms Hena Singh to hand over a “Memorandum by the Research Scholars of DU Regarding the Issues Faced”. She assured the delegation on behalf of the DU administration that the demands of Research Scholars will be fulfilled soon.

One of the important issues raised by the protesters was the issue of extending the right to vote in Delhi University Students’ Union election to MPhil and Ph.D. research scholars, pointing out provisions for such measures in Lyngdoh Committee recommendations.

Apart from this, the Research Scholars also raised the poor condition of the University Science Instrument Centre (USIC). most of the costly instruments at the center lack an operator.

The protesters also raised the issue of revising the amount of Non-NET scholarship for MPhil and Ph.D. Scholars at par with other UGC scholarships.

The scholars also demanded to conduct the admission process of MPhil and Ph.D. scholars in a time-bound manner as the University doesn’t have a deadline to complete the process and it varies from department to department.

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Mritunjay Sharma
Mritunjay Sharma
Mritunjay Sharma finished his B.Sc (H) from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University in Chemistry. After that he went to England to study Masters in Polymer Material Science and Engineering from University of Manchester and consequently finished his PhD in Nuclear and Materials Chemistry from University of Manchester

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