Delhi University (DU), one of the premier education institutes in the country, is going through a turmoil and it is the students who have suffered a collateral damage. The exam results of under graduate students of DU have been with held following a rift between teachers and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The case of promoting the ad hoc professors in the university has given rise to a lot of opposition. This, in turn, has directly affected the future of students with those in the final year becoming the worst hit. More than 8000 DU professors are agitating against the government and there has been no positive reply from the government yet.
With the results on hold, the graduates are having trouble applying for post graduate courses. To provide some relief to the students, Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) had cleared answer sheets of 50, 000 final year students. Unfortunately, that's just a fourth of the total number of students who need a degree to move ahead with their education. "The problem is between the teachers and the ministry but we have to pay a heavy price for it. The strike will get over but students might lose out on a year," said Akanshka Chanda, a final year student.
Adding to the concerns of the students, the teachers have decided to continue the strike. This directly means that the admission process for next year can start only after the results are out. While professors are sympathizing with the students over the issue, they are not ready to back off. According to a news report, an Economics Professor from St Stephens was quoted saying that if teachers have been exploited for so many years, it is the ministry's fault that the poor students are made to suffer.
Delhi University Student Union member, Amisha Gupta, said that even they are planning peaceful rallies urging the teachers to show responsibility towards students. However, no official statement has been launched in this matter. "The MBA course, I am applying for, needs my provisional mark sheet by the end of July. With the strike on, I do not think I will be allowed join the course," says Amisha with disappointment evident in her tone.
It is a fight between the teachers and ministry and the stakes are high. Ironically, the section that is paying the price of it has no role or no gain from the fight. It is an unfortunate time for an established university like DU and its students are clearly losing faith in the education system of the country.