Students protest against ‘bifurcation of resources’

Not agitating against name change, say Dyal Singh College (Morning) students

Students of Delhi University’s Dyal Singh College (Morning) held a protest on campus on Monday against the “bifurcation of college and its resources”. Controversy had erupted last week after Dyal Singh College (Evening), which has been functioning as day college since September, decided to change its name to Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya.

Students of Dyal Singh College (Morning) accused governing body chairperson Amitabh Sinha of attempting to create political havoc on campus. They stressed that they were protesting against the college authorities over lack of resources and not on the issue of name change.

‘Shortage of classrooms’

“We’re registering our protest against bifurcation of the college and its resources. We only have a 7-acre campus, which is already overcrowded. We don’t have a playground and many classes are conducted in the basement because we don’t have enough classrooms. If another college operates at the same time, it will create more problems,” said Sadaf Khan, a commerce student.

“We are not against the college being made a morning college. We are also not against the name conversion. The problem is that they are making two colleges out of resources meant for a single college. How will they accommodate 9,000 students on a campus that effectively fails to accommodate 6,000 people?” said Yash Anega, secretary, students’ union, Dyal Singh College (Morning). Meanwhile, the students of Dyal Singh College (Evening) said they welcomed the move to make the college a morning college and the consequent name change.

Timing issue

“Our erstwhile college timings from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. were problematic, especially for female students. Moreover, the University Grants Commission only allotted 20% funds to our college. We’re hopeful that we will be given more resources now,” said Delhi University’s Student Union (DUSU) media president Satyam Gautam.

He alleged that the faculty and students of morning college were trying to make the issue a communal one by “playing politics on the name change”. “About 1,200 female students from evening college consented to change in college timings, which speaks for both the problems of the students and their satisfaction with the decision,” he said.

… The problem is that they are making two colleges out of resources meant for a single college. How will they accommodate 9,000 students on a campus that fails to accommodate 6,000 people?

Source:- The Hindu

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