Published: 21st July 2019
DU comes under pressure from ABVP, drops chapters on Godhra, Muzaffarnagar, Left movements
The DU administration was accused of including 'discriminatory content' and spreading 'lied and propaganda'
The Executive Council of Delhi University gave in to the demands of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the Delhi University Student Union to withdraw the new syllabus that the University had come up with. The administration had recommended chapters on the Godhra riots, Muzaffarnagar riots, discussions on gender fluidity, caste and the ABVP, DUSU called the syllabus 'biased'.
The ABVP students had objected to the new additions and had demanded that a review committee be set up. Chapters in sociology, political science, history and English were sent back for a review. Curriculum dealing with the Left movement, agrarian crisis, maoist movements have all been dropped.
In a joint statement by the DUSU and the ABVP, DUSU President Shakti SIngh said, "The Delhi University Students' Union today fought a major battle in favour of the students and won. Delhi University is a dream university for students coming from all over the country, we certainly cannot accept it to become a place to spread propaganda by a particular ideology. Our victory is a slap in the face of those who were constantly trying to hide the reality by spreading lies and confusion. We hope that the new curriculum to come will help students compete globally and will include non-discriminatory content."
Calling the syllabus, a conspiracy of the Left, the ABVP members said, "The sole motive of this ABVP and DUSU led Satyagraha is to oppose the left conspiracy of introducing new biased content in the syllabus . Left organisations should realise the fact that the way they have been manipulating syllabus from last 70 years promoting anti-Indian propaganda, students of 2019 won’t let that happen. ABVPs movement to oppose the anti-India content of syllabus in Delhi University will continue and will further spread throughout the nation, and will keep opposing left propaganda. We support unbiased pro-India facts in the syllabus and will keep striving for it."
In a statement, DUTA President Nandita Narain said that it was shocking that the administration had taken the decision and given into a particular ideological right-wing and endangered the members of 'statutory bodies' of the Universities.