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CYSS on indefinite hunger strike amidst DUSU, are they still in the race to DUSU?

Student Union CYSS is sitting on indefinite relay hunger strike for the last three days in disagreement with and in defiance of Delhi University administration.  Hostels for all, same course same fees, better sports facilities and 24X7 library are some of their major demands. Remember last year CYSS fought elections in alliance with AISA. The alliance lost it to the ABVP. This year CYSS is in no mood to take risk and is urging the administration that this time the elections should be conducted through ballot paper.

CYSS student member Jai said that they will fight the DUSU election on the approval of ballot paper, ‘last year our joint-secretary candidate was winning with a considerable margin. But on the end time somebody tampered the EVM and what happened then is in front of everyone.’

While the ABVP announced their list of eight possible candidates for DUSU, other student unions are still speculating. CYSS to hold an internal meeting on 1st September to break the ice whether they will be competing this DUSU election or not.  On the other hand the NSUI released their DUSU campaign but there is no news of who they put on ground for DUSU.

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Campus Politics Shivangi Saxena

Six powerful Students Movements of 2018

By Shivangi Saxena
Ever since independence struggle, the tradition sets Indian students coming out on the streets to show disagreement, grievances, and dissatisfaction against the authorities. Students put their lives on the line for their voices to be heard. Whether fighting for equality, an end to war, religious freedom, economic opportunity or political ideology, students have recognized there’s power in numbers. The year 2018 saw a number of cases all across universities where students came out on roads and streets to voice up their demands and to ask for justice- be it for themselves or fellow counterparts. Here is a compilation of student’s protests and events that not only brought change but also restyled the trend of dissent. 

#1  PINJRA TOD- Breaking the locks

A movement started for raising demands against biased hostel rules and curfew timings,  gained momentum in a trice.  Students from various colleges and Universities locked hands against the fascist forces and authority. The demands included- change in curfew timings, reservation for Pwd, SC/ST students, filling vacant hostel rooms and safe campus. The girls battled for ‘Death to Patriarchy’ via sloganeering, posters, plays, songs, and public gatherings. The movement was later joined by men, activists, and faculty. Started in Delhi  Pinjra Tod achieved success through the power of organized collective struggle and soon spread to Punjab University, Delhi University, Jamia Milia Islamia, TISS, Hyderabad to name a few. 

#2 Jamia Milia Islamia- roll back discriminatory demands

For women students of Jamia Millia Islamia, the year witnessed numerous unscrupulous moves by the Jamia administration, from attempts to roll back the extension of curfew timings to 10.30pm to insidiously introducing a massive fee hike in hostel fees, from massive delays in allocation of hostel seats to denial of hostel admissions. Hundred of girls gathered in Jamia premises to ask for the acceptance of their charter. Finally, the Jamia administration on 14th November issued a notice extending the last date of hostel fee payment to November 26th. 

#3 Parliament March- Justice for Najeeb

Its been two years since  JNU student Najeeb found missing from the campus. On 15th October capital’s parliament street was seen occupied with students, activists, and leaders from across the country raising voice against CBI and authorities which held inefficient in investigating the case. The march saw the presence of student leaders Shehla Rashid, Akbar Choudhary, Sai Balaji, and Umar Khalid.  March was also joined by Radhika Vemula, mother of Rohit Vemula who found dead in Hyderabad University along with Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees. 

#4 JNU #MeToo Movement

MeToo movement seen a widespread turmoil this year grabbing well- of and popular names under its arms. The movement launched in country’s most reputed university Jawaharlal Nehru University came as a shock. Female students registered complaints of sexual harassment, mental torture and alleged student activists, scholars, and professors under harassment charges. Many brave women came out telling their #Metoo stories while others supported them. The movement caught mass attention on social media. 

#5 Delhi School of Journalism- a college with no foundation 

DSJ established in 2017 was running in a two-room classroom in North Campus. The movement picked fire when the students of DSJ united for a collaborated cause- establishment of labs, infrastructure, and against privatization of institutions. Despite paying a heavy amount students are being delivered with least facilities by the college. It was later joined by activists and journalist that led the movement come into limelight. DSJ students not only fought for themselves but for all those students who are deprived of quality education at any level.

#6 YOUNG INDIA SPEAKS- way to change

Young India Speaks on 28th December launched National Platform of student youth unions, organizations and movement. The primitive demands of Young India National Coordination Committee include- Fill all vacant government jobs and end the regime of paper leaks and corruption in recruitment,  spend at least 10% of the budget on education, stop the policy of school closure, seat-cut, fund-cut, fee-hike and reservation-cut in higher education, end gender discriminatory rules, ensure girls hostel and effective Anti-Sexual Harassment Cells, fulfill constitutionally mandated reservation and Institute anti-discrimination cells in all campuses. The committee comprises of members from reputed institutions like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Aligarh Muslim University, IIT Madras among others. The YINCC will march on the streets of Delhi on coming 7th February to demand education, jobs, and dignity.

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Young India Speaks, students united to hit Capital’s streets with their demands

By: Shivangi Saxena With a united effort of students from across the nation Young India National Coordination Committee (YINCC) has been formed. The YINCC held public meeting and press conference in Press Club of India on Friday and released the Young India Charter for 2019 elections. JNUSU President N Sai Balaji said at the Press Conference, “Like the Kisans of the country, the youth will now call the bluff out of the government. We have been denied our rightful education, dignified employment and when we raised our voice they called our anti-national. In the last five years all of us fought our struggles, now we will unitedly march and challenge the present government.” YINCC is a combined effort of Student-Youth movements, union members and organizations from around the country.
Anupam from Youth for Swaraj said, “The way all dignified sources of employment have been diluted in the last five years is unprecedented. The Y4S is wholeheartedly a part of the initiative and will ensure that the Young India Adhikar March will strongly challenge the anti-people policies of the government.” The primitive demands of Young India National Coordination Committee include- Fill all vacant government jobs and end the regime of paper leaks and corruption in recruitment, spend at least 10% of the budget on education, stop the policy of school closure, seat-cut, fund-cut, fee-hike and reservation-cut in higher education, end gender discriminatory rules, ensure girls hostel and effective Anti-Sexual Harassment Cells, fulfill constitutionally mandated reservation and Institute anti-discrimination cells in all campuses. The committee comprises of members from reputed institutions like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Aligarh Muslim University, IIT Madras among others. The initiative clubbed together varied students unions in different colleges. The list of constituent members includes- JNUSU President, MANUU Students Union Hyderabad, Panjab University Student Union, President and Vice-president of Allahabad Student Union, AIIMS Doctors Union, CYSS, TISS Student Union Mumbai, Youth for Swaraj to name a few. Hari Om from CYSS said, “The government that should spend on education and employment is giving away benefits to corporate. The youth has presented a Charter that has no place of hate and division. We are together in this fight.” Avantika from Pinjra Tod told, “By cutting our scholarship, by not providing us hostel, by imposing discriminatory rules, all they are trying to do is to stop us from getting higher education. Women from all over the country have not only fought against discrimination and curfew timing, we are here to demand our right to education.” Atul Sood, Secretary of FEDCUTA expressed solidarity of the teachers’ community with this initiative. The YINCC has also declared that thousands of youth from all across the country will march on the streets of Delhi on coming 7th February to demand education, jobs, and dignity. All forces of student-youth who have faced and fought against the divisive anti-education, anti-youth policies of the present government in last five years will flood the streets of Delhi on 7th February and will run a powerful campaign against the betrayals of the government.
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United Left wins all four central panel posts in JNU Students’ Union polls

A united front of four Left student groups Sunday won all four central panel posts in Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) election, by defeating the RSS-affiliated ABVP with huge margins.
 
The Left-backed All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF) and All India Students’ Federation (AISF) came together to form the ‘United Left’ alliance.According to the university election committee, the Left grouping’s presidential candidate, N Sai Balaji of the AISA, defeated Lalit Pandey of the ABVP by a margin of 1,179 votes. Balaji bagged 2,161 votes.
 
For the post of vice president, Sarika Chaudhary of the DSF garnered 2,692 votes and trounced ABVP candidate Geetasri Boruah by a margin of 1,680 votes. Aejaj Ahmed of the SFI polled 2,423 votes and won the post of general secretary, by defeating Ganesh Gurjar of the ABVP by 1,300 votes.
Amutha of the AISF defeated ABVP’s Venkat Choubey by 800 votes to win the post of joint secretary. Amutha bagged 2,047 votes. Balaji is a student of JNU’s School of International Studies. Chaudhary, Ahmed and Amutha belong to the School of Social Sciences.
 
Besides the Left bloc and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which is the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), there were candidates of the Congress-affiliated NSUI (National Students’ Union of India) and the BAPSA (Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association), a student group advocating Dalit causes.
 
The voter turnout in the keenly contested JNUSU election on Friday was 67.8 per cent, believed to be the highest in six years. Over 5,000 students cast their votes.There was high drama on Saturday as counting was suspended for close to 14 hours after the ABVP staged protests claiming it was not informed about the start of the counting process.
 
The counting, which was suspended at 4 am, resumed at 6.30 pm after two teachers from the Grievance Redressal Cell were appointed as observers for the exercise, officials said. There have also been allegations of a “biased” election committee and violence during the election process. Last year too, the Left student groups had won all four central panel posts.
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JNU Polls: NSUI’s Presidential Candidate’s Nomination Cancelled;Protest Emerged in JNU

By: Faizan Ahmed
On Friday Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Administration on the recommendation of Grievance Redressal Cell has initiated the Cancellation of Nomination of NSUI’s Presidential Candidate of JNUSU Mr. Vikas Yadav

As per Admin Mr. Yadav was Involved in Roadblock and other Inappropriate Protest for which a Fine of Rs. 20000 and Hostel Transfer Notice was slapped on Him which He didn’t pay. A Notice by Admin clearly states that on that Basis Nomination may get cancel But they haven’t taken the Final Decision yet .While on the other Hand NSUI has called this Move Undemocratic and Conspiracy of ABVP

Md. Mofizul of NSUI who’s contesting for General Secretary this year told Aapka Times that Yadav was Informed to be Present for Hearing before GRC at 12:30 PM in Dean of Student’s Office Just 15 minutes earlier at around 12 : 17
Thus they see this Move as Undemocratic and NSUI has given the Protest Call and doing Gherao of VC office. He Further told they will fight Back and won’t let admin cancel the Nomination in any way .
Other Organizations contesting for JNUSU Elections including United Left and BASO hasn’t released any statement so far regarding this issue.
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Campus Politics DUSU Opinion Students' Union

Opinion: Is really Students’ Union worth for DU students?

Students’Union in any university is known to be the representational body of students and aims to work for students welfare and solve their problems.

But the question arises that “Student union leaders working for students welfare or working for themselves to become a mainstream politician (not a leader)?

If we come to the Delhi University it can be seen that union leader expense in Lakhs to impress the party to get tickets and then to woo the students for the votes. This is similar to the mainstream politics where politicians work on the principle “Paise se Satta aur Satte se paisa” (Money is power and power is money). Not only money but the culture of DU election is the same as the mainstream politics or even worse than the mainstream politics despite having Lyngdoh Committee guidelines for ideal students’ union.

Students’ leader should believe in debate and discussion and implement it first instead of doing Posterbaji and Hulladbaji.

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Many times it was seen that candidates from different parties have been using digitally mixed and edited photographs of actress or models on posters just to attract the voters.

There is a statement which is very common in DU is “DUSU election bina ek thappad khaye lad lena apne aap me bahut badi baat hai” (Nothing can be better than contesting the DUSU without getting beaten by the opponents’ party cadres).

Yes, DUSU is the election where expensive Mercedes,BMW and Jaguar cars can be seen with posters on it with candidates.

No doubt DU has been produced some good mainstream leaders for the country but the point is what they actually have done for the students? Despite being the Students’ union for a long time, they have failed even to put pressure on DU administration to build hostels for all students which is a primary need of any student.

Are students the just fools who are being used as a tool to make the road to mainstream politics.

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Campus Politics Students' Union

Panjab University Students Elect First Woman President

The Left-leaning Students for Society (SFS) won the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) polls, the results of which were declared Thursday.

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Kanupriya of the SFS, elected as president of the PUCSC, became the first woman to have won the post. She wrested the seat from rival ABVP-led alliance candidate Ashish Rana with a margin of 719 votes, PU officials said here. Kanupriya polled 2,802 votes, they said.
 
The post of vice president went to Daler Singh of the Students’ Organisation of India (SOI) and the Indian Students Association (ISA).
 
He defeated Pardeep Singh of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Hindustan Students Association (HAS) with a margin of 928 votes.
 
The post of secretary went to Amarinder Singh, joint candidate of the SOI, the HAS and the Indian National Students Association, while the joint secretary’s post was bagged by Vipul Atray of the NSUI.
 
Significantly, no prominent students outfit was able to make a clean sweep in the polls this year. Last year, the NSUI, student wing of the Congress had won three posts.
 
A total of 21 candidates were in the fray. This time, 15,381 students were eligible to cast votes in the PUCSC polls.
(PTI)
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AISA-SFI-DSF-AISF alliance, ABVP and NSUI announce candidates for JNUSU polls

The AISA-SFI-DSF-AISF alliance, ABVP and NSUI today announced their candidates for the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls slated for September 14.
The united-Left alliance (AISA, SFI, DSF, AISF) has fielded N Sai Balaji of the School of International Studies as its presidential candidate. Balaji belongs to the All India Students’ Association (AISA).
 
Democratic Students’ Federation’s (DSF) Sarika Chaudhary, a student of the School of Social Sciences, will be contesting for the post of vice-president.
A student of the School of Social Sciences, Aejaz Ahmad Rather of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) will be standing for the post of general secretary.
 
All India Students’ Federation’s (AISF) Amutha Jayadeep, a student of the School of Social Sciences, will contest for the post of joint secretary.
 
The Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has fielded Vikas Yadav of the School of International Studies for the president’s post. Lijy K Babu of the School of Life Sciences will be contesting for the post of vice-president.
 
Md Mofizul Alam will be contesting for the post of secretary, while Ngurang Reena of the School of International Studies will be contesting for the post of joint secretary.
 
The RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) fielded Lalit Pandey for the president’s post, Geetashri Boruah for the vice-president’s post, Ganesh Gurjar for the post of general secretary and Venkat Choubey for joint secretary’s post.
(PTI)
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Delhi University DUSU Featured Post Students' Union

DUSU Polls 2018: Things To Watch Out For

The Polls at University are scheduled to take place on September 12. Around 1.30 lakh students will be voting out of which 1.15 lakh are undergraduates.

Elections at Delhi University are the most exciting and prestigious polls across the nation. This year polls have acquired a new character and dynamics with Aam Aadmi Party’s student wing Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) teamed up with left-leaning AISA.

In a Joint Press Conference held on August 30th, both the student wings announced their alliance. Left-backed AISA will field their candidates for President and Vice President post, while AAP’s student body will have Secretary and Joint Secretary post.

The AISA-CYSS Alliance at the University level has paved way for many new possibilities in the hottest student battleground. Unlike JNU, the polls at Delhi University are contested keeping in mind the various issues like bribing the voters, using the caste-region card, money-muscle nexus etc. The AISA-CYSS alliance without a doubt will give birth to new dynamics and possibilities in these university polls.

What makes the DU Polls stand out?

a). The ‘Chaudhary-Choudhary Politics’: A Jat candidate will use ‘au’ while a Gujjar will use ‘ou’ in their Chaudhary-Choudhary surnames. Though asking for votes along the caste lines is against the guidelines of Lyndon Committee Recommendations, but, the Gujjar-Jat politics in DU is something which is invincible. ABVP over the years have always had a Gujjar Presidential candidate while Congress-backed NSUI fields a Jat candidate. Like every year, this year too, most of the names making rounds across the campus will be from these two communities.

Delhi is surrounded by Jat and Gujjar villages mostly. Hence, their role becomes essential. Outsiders control most of the college politics and those who form the ‘muscle group’ are from the rural belt of Haryana and the capital. Apart from this, the CYSS who is contesting the Polls after 2015 with an alliance with AISA is likely to play a Dalit card on Joint Secretary post.

b). NOTA – the X Factor: Notably, the voting percentage of NOTA in 2017 was something that has put everyone in Shock. The ‘None of the above option’ was pressed about 5162 times while choosing president candidate, 7689 for vice president post, 7897 for the Secretary and over nine thousand for Joint Secretary (which was more than the votes polled for AISA in the particular post).

The AISA-CYSS alliance is aiming to tap these votes which can make a huge difference in the outcome.

c) The vote swingers: The two most crucial vote banks that every party focuses on are the students from the North East and the visually disabled students. The Former has organised themselves under a NE Society with a President while the latter resides at Seva Kutir Hostel, Kingsway Camp. Both the groups hold around 2500-3000 votes which are very handy in the university polls.

In DUSU, each candidate needs 22-25 thousand votes for a ‘comfortable victory’. These 6,000 approx. votes play a crucial role, and a shift of merely 5-7 votes could change the entire scenario. Apart from this, Society Votes (20-25 per society) are also the ones who are targeted most.

d). Defacement-bribing at large: While the setting at the society is done in the morning, private PGs and hostels become the centre of politics at night. Alcohol, chocolates, movie tickets are distributed in the hostels and PGs with a promise to return the favour as votes. But what made the NGT intervene? Large banners with wannabe DUSU President welcoming freshers, big SUVs at high-speed flouting pamphlets and flooding the campuses.

Recently, High Court while hearing the PIL asked Delhi Police, State and Central Government to act firmly against the defacement done during the University Polls. In an Estimate, a DUSU Candidate using all his money-muscle power spends almost 15-20 lakhs to be visible on every wall of the college. The modest amount to be spent by a candidate is ₹ 5,000 as per the guidelines.

e). Name with a slight misspelling:
As the University gears up for the polls, the entire campus is flouted with names of candidates – not directly asking for votes but registering their presence, with ‘May I Help You’, ‘ Welcome Freshers’ one-liners along with their name and party name. Interestingly in the smartest move, these posters carry the name of the candidates with a slight misspelling to evade the Lyndon Committee Guidelines.

Such electoral malpractices are a gross violation of the Lyngdoh Committee’s guidelines as they prohibit the use of printed campaign materials in university elections.

The University Polls are scheduled for 12th of this month and will answer many questions – including what impact AISA-CYSS alliance will have on the outgoing pattern of elections.

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AISA President Kawalpreet Kaur allegedly Assaulted by ABVP at KMC

AISA Delhi University President Kawalpreet Kaur was allegedly assaulted by ABVP members on Friday at North Campus’s Kirori Mal College.

 

The Incident took place at early hours of hours when she along with her two friends, Dhiraj and Prasenjit were at Kirrori Mal College. According to her Facebook Post, she was accompanied by her two activists when ABVP workers attacked them.

She was slapped and harassed. Kaur has also accused the security guards of the college of actively encouraging the assault. In an another Facebook Post that was made just few Minutes later, she has also shared a picture of allegedly attackers who assaulted her.

With inputs from Ms. Kaur’s Facebook Post.