Though the event had an interesting line-up of speakers from outside the University, the number of empty seats was conspicuous at DUTA’s seminar on “The idea of a university” held at India International Centre here on Thursday. This led to many questions on why the event organised by a democratically elected teachers’ body was being held in an auditorium far away from the University and all its lecture halls, seminar rooms and conference halls.

“They were refused a place in any of the University’s many college auditoriums. This is a clear example of the extent of regimentation that is existent in the University today,” said one of the panellists, Prof. Roop Rekha Verma, former Vice-Chancellor of Lucknow University. This was confirmed many times over as many professors coming in late or otherwise wanted to know why they had been inconvenienced to come so far away from the University.