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Suspension of 8 Revoked in Delhi School of Journalism Protests

DSJ suspended eight students a day after students of launched hunger strike against college administration.

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Delhi School of Journalism (DSJ) – under the University of Delhi – revoked the suspension of eight students on Tuesday, 28 August, a day after the students launched a hunger strike against the college administration for failing to deliver adequate infrastructure.

The 8 students against whom the suspension order was issued the same morning, were an active part of the on-going protests against the DSJ administration.

The DSJ office mentioned “violation of discipline” as the reason behind the suspension.

“The following students of Delhi School of Journalism are suspended till further notice order, for repeatedly violating the disciplinary clause ordinance XVB 3(1) of the University of Delhi by disrupting classes since 27 August and not letting the administration carry on their official work by blocking the entrance to the Director’s room,” the suspension order read.

The suspension order issued by Delhi School of Journalism to 10 students.
The suspension order issued by Delhi School of Journalism to 10 students.
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Students of DSJ have alleged negligence and ineptness on the part of the institute in delivering promises made to them and also complained of lack of dialogue between students and the varsity’s vice-chancellor.

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Want To Meet The VC, Students Demand

“The problem here is the ego of administration. The administration does not bother to meet us and neither has the VC. It has been two days since I have had a proper meal but there has been no word from the VC’s office,” said Mohammad Ali, a second-year student of DSJ.

Alishan Jafri, another second year student who has been suspended, claimed that their demands for adequate infrastructure which involves setting up a media lab, library and computer systems on campus, as well as instituting a students’ union, among others, have gone unheard.

“We were told that this will be akin to the Columbia School of Journalism. We don’t even have a library or a media lab. How are we expected to learn journalism under such circumstances,” Jafri told The Quint.

The Officiating Senior on Duty (OSD) of Delhi School of Journalism confirmed the suspension of 8 students, which was later revoked on the same day.

“I have been confined to my room due to these protests. I left office yesterday at midnight after pleading with the students to end the protests. We are in full support of their demands and we are wiling to fulfill them but creating ruckus on the campus is not a solution. The protesting students have disrupted the classes for first year students as well,” Manasvini Yogi, OSD at DSJ told The Quint.

“No Magic Wand To Fulfill Demands”

Speaking to The Quint, the Director of Delhi School of Journalism, J P Dubey said that the administration is willing to address the concerns put forth by students.

“They demanded we provide air conditioned classes in July this year, we have complied. We are also planning to accommodate their demands for a studio by arranging one outside the campus”, Dubey said.

Yogi explained that the demands of students have been heard but it is not just Delhi School of Journalism but several top-notch colleges of Delhi University facing the issue of inadequate infrastructure. “It will be unfair to single out an institute which is currently in its nascent stage. Many colleges of Delhi University face infrastructure troubles. We do not possess a magic wand for their demands. We will take some time to fulfill their demands,” Yogi told The Quint.

Delhi School of Journalism, Delhi University’s first institution dedicated to a five-year long integrated journalism course, started its first academic session on 26 September 2017 in Hindi and English.

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