Four students of Delhi University’s Law Faculty are on an indefinite hunger-strike over the alleged apathy of the DU administration towards the plight of hundreds of law students. The students, who launched their fast on 14 September at 2 p m, are seated at the law faculty in DU’s north campus to protest the ‘mass failure’ of law students.
The fasting students said around 350 students have been affected and they have decided to protest against such mass failure and ‘unfair checking’. They said students from all the three centres of law faculty are supporting them. Their main demands pertain to relaxation in promotions.
"About 45 per cent students of first year have been failed in at least one subject," said Mithilesh Jaiswal, student of Campus Law Centre (CLC), who is on hunger strike.
The four students who are seated on an hunger strike are Mithilesh Jaiswal, Brajesh Singh (Law Centre 1) , Nishant Nagarwal (Law Centre 2) and R Sowmyanarayanan (LC2). The students also said those who have passed have done worse than in previous years and hence their overall performance has deteriorated. "Students who scored first division last year have scored less marks this year and are also sufferers," said another student. The second main demand of students is restoration of supplementary exams.
"There is no provision for supplementary exams for first and second year students. The university has done away with this years ago but we want it to be implemented again so that those who cannot pass the examination can be given another chance to do so," said a student. The third demand of the students is the free re-evaluation scheme.
"There is no provision for re-evaluation in professional courses, including law. Most other central universities like BHU have the provsion," said Ranjeet Kumar, CLC student. The students also demanded that the best of two papers should be considered in improvement examinations. Sources said the students have been trying to meet the Vice-Chancellor but to no avail. A student said the Dean of Law Faculty is on leave and the acting dean is "showing helplessness".
"We want an emergency meeting with the VC for the resolution of our issues and grievances," said a student. "We tried to meet VC at least five times but to no avail. We also want our Dean to forward our grievances and concern to the VC through official channel," said Mithilesh Jaiswal.
According to the students, the acting Dean, Prof Kamla Sankaran, asked them not to do anything till the Dean resumes charge. However, it is expected that the VC Yogesh Tyagi who was himself a student of law will resolve the matter soon.