Thousands of teachers and students marched across Delhi to protest the proposed autonomy of 60 colleges. Organised jointly by the Federation of Central Universities Teachers Associations (FECUTA) and Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), the protest was against the Central government’s education policies.
A press statement issued by DUTA told that over 15,000 students and faculty took part in the protest. The protest began at Delhi’s Mandi House and ended in a public meeting on Parliament Street.
DUTA president Rajib Ray, deputy chief minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia, Congress MP Sushmita Dev were present in the protest.
The rally was against the graded autonomy, negative pay and service condition of teachers and the policy of loan-based funding through the Higher Education Funding Agency (HEFA).
The University Grants Commission (UGC) granting full autonomy to 62 higher educational institutions on March 20 was what sparked yesterday’s protest.