As soon as news of Delhi University’s decision to accept the University Grants Commission directive broke, some groups broke into celebrations while one faction of teachers continued with their hunger strike stating that it was a loss for the university’s autonomy.
Members belonging to the Delhi University Students’ Union, controlled by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, started dancing and bursting crackers. The Left-affiliated All India Students’ Association also took out a victory march in the evening.
“The current stand of UGC is worth appreciating. We thank them and also the HRD Ministry for actively pursuing the cause of the students. A horrible mistake that was committed and constantly ignored by the government during the Congress regime has been done away with today,” said ABVP State secretary Saket Bahuguna.
“It is time to congratulate one another but at the same time we have to prepare ourselves to ensure that all the irregularities are investigated,” said Sunny Kumar of the AISA, alleging that it was the Vice-Chancellor's team which needed scrutiny and not just Prof. Dinesh Singh.
“It is a matter of great regret that the process was held up because of the recalcitrance of the university administration who should have made the announcement a week back. Instead, he held the entire university and the close to three lakh applicants to ransom in a hostage like drama, causing immense hardship to outstation students,” added DUTA secretary Harish Khanna.
Meanwhile, the Academics for Action and Development continued their hunger strike outside University Gate No. 1. They had been sitting there for two days in support of FYUP.