What led to the protest/ strike?
Against the implementation of Semester system examination mode, students of SOL went on an indefinite hunger strike on Tuesday. Beginning of the strike was on Tuesday. Students believed this sudden enactment of choice based semester system was more than a shock for them as they were not prepared yet for such alterations. It was more like a conundrum to the students. More than 1.5 lakh students across the country had already enrolled to the ever going annual mode of examination but they were now being imposed semester mode of examination which will have detrimental ramifications for the students. This was a maiden step by the University. For implementing the new system, prior information should have passed but that was not the case. Also new study materials were not given, old ones being still in use. Students were finding it tough to manage with this change going around. The Choice based semester system would affect the academic calendar as well as the earlier working systems of the University, the protesting students thus demanded the abrogation of the move.
End of the strike.
The University of Delhi SOL students called off their indefinite hunger strike against the bulldozing of Choice based semester system. The reason behind the termination of the strike was the meeting with the members of the University. The Implementation of the Choice based semester system in the current academic calendar of SOL (School of Open Learning) proved to be “an apple of discord” between the students and the Varsity, this decision was taken up recently at the meeting of DU’s Executive Council. The effects of the implementation were the indefinite hunger strike on Tuesday by the students of SOL and activists of Students’ group Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS). During their protest students attemped to send back their past study material to the SOL but the authorities denied to accept it. Upon seeing their protest being futile like this the agonized students threw away their books outside the building of SOL in dissent. These activities by the activists and students vitiated the atmosphere around the varsity, fearing any belligerent onslaughts the authorities decided to organize a rendezvous with their delegates, thus an official meeting was arranged. The main highlights of the meeting were giving a proper assurance to the students that their demands are going to be fulfilled on time. The Varsity tries to circumvent any kind of subversive behaviour which will impact the harmony among the students and the University. Now the University will work upon their rules and timings required for the semester mode of examination in a way that is going to provide ease and proficiency for the students. Our future lies in the hand of the youth, thus students should find their university extremely helpful and should act as a platform for achieving success in their life.