Guest Post by New Socialist Initiative (Delhi Chapter)
Guest Post by New Socialist Initiative (Delhi Chapter)
Guest Post by Prasanta Chakravarty
As I see it, university spaces are being assaulted at least from two sides; though it seems as if the two sides are antagonistic to each other, in practice they come dangerously close to each other. How and why is this happening, and what can be done about it?
Remember the FYUP debacle? Remember (as repeatedly written about on Kafila as elsewhere) that it was the latest in a long series of badly-conceived, mindlessly-borrowed and forcibly-implemented ‘educational reforms’ that practically crippled universities around the country? And remember a certain Rev. Valson Thampu, authoritarian, controversy-soaked Principal of St. Stephens College and eager soldier for the reforms? Well Thampu, now-retired, has thrown his weight against demonetisation these days in a set of articles on The Daily O. Now the thing is, almost everything Thampu finds objectionable about monetary reform, can be said about educational reform.
No, literally, every single thing.
So I simply took his post and replaced some key words, to produce a post about education. I know, I know, it’s not nice to do this, especially when you know, he speaketh the truth on demonetisation and all. But it is too wonderful an opportunity to pass up, to not use Thampu’s own eloquent words to say, yet again, what he has steadfastly refused to listen to in the past. Besides, as I say above, this is the laziest blog post I have ever had to write – that’s always an incentive.
His article in the original can be read here.
POLITICS HIGHER EDUCATION | 5-minute 7-minute read | 22-12-2016 23-12-2006 VALSON THAMPU SUNALINI KUMAR
The recent order by the I&B Ministery to NDTV India to suspend broadcast for 24 hours drew a range of reactions from outrage to bewilderment. The supporters of the ruling party were of course triumphant – Subhash Chandra of Zoo, er sorry Zee News was so excited he wrote a whole article on this. But even outside the partisan responses, many well-meaning self-declared neutral janta declared that national security is not a matter to be trifled with, and that it was right for the government to admonish NDTV. Wait, ADMONISH?! Never mind that the government’s allegation of NDTV having compromised national security simply doesn’t survive a fact-check. Here is how the largest section of (English-speaking, online) popular opinion sees it.
This token punishment was good and important to show that someone is there who is monitoring the media who always thinks behind the mask of freedom of expression that they can do anything in the world. So it is important that the Government of the Day makes its presence felt otherwise there will more chaos and issues like the UPA government where everyone was going around like headless chicken and no one is bothered or cared if a Govt of Man Mohan Singh existed or NO. Even small timers like the Delhi CM AK and his Guru Anna were threatening and taking morcha in Ram leela Maidan every second day and doing expose every third day putting the Govt. of India on the back foot and in defensive mode running for shelter. Now Arvind Kejriwala and his team is running for shelter as every day a Delhi MLA is shown the door of the JAIL and Anna Hazare has been locked in a shell in his hometown watching the sunrise and the sunset. This means business, It is important that Govt of the India should show it exist otherwise human mentality is that then everyone shows that everyone exist and everyone is the BOSS. Cannot allow to happen like this MESS. PM Modi please keep it up and keep the heat on this reckless media, on AK and his gang, on others who are trying to show unnecessary activism and also the Judiciary, keep all the appointments on hold and let them slog day and night. Show who is the BOSS ! Show who is the BOSS !
Yes, Modi ji, show who is the BOSS!
Guest Statement by Association of Students for Equitable Access to Knowledge (ASEAK)
Victory for Students and Access to Knowledge in DU Copyright Case : Corporate Publishers Market ends at the gates of the University
In a rare and incredible order today, the Delhi High Court has dismissed the copyright infringement case filed by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor and Francis (Routledge) against Rameshwari Photocopy Shop in Delhi School of Economics and Delhi University. Justice R.S Endlaw in a 94 pages long judgment interpreted educational exception under section 52(1)(i) of the copyright act in broad enough manner to cover the acts of photocopying.
The publishers sought to claim damages to the tune of 60 lakh rupees from the shop citing infringement of copyright which the publishers claimed was happening through photocopying of parts of books published by them. However, the publishers themselves stated that this case, for them, was a test case where they wanted to introduce licensing systems across universities in India. These licensing systems intended to control the extent to which material could be photocopied and also direct a share of profit from these reproductions to the publishers. We, the Association of Students for Equitable Access to Knowledge (ASEAK) demanded to be made a defendant in this case as we believed that it is the rights of students to access reading material that was at stake in this case- “Association of Students for Equitable Access to Knowledge (ASEAK) filed IA No.3454/2013 for impleadment in the present suit and which was allowed vide order dated 1st March, 2013 and ASEAK impleaded as defendant No.3.” (from the judgment). Continue reading “Victory for Students and Access to Knowledge in DU Copyright Case :ASEAK”
I have received letters from some of you, especially final year students, expressing your anxiety about the likely delay in results caused by the evaluation boycott protest of teachers, and appealing to teachers to withdraw this particular form of protest.
Let me assure you that we are equally keen to get back to evaluation and to work overtime to bring out your results at the earliest. In fact, this is not a form of protest we would have embarked on had the situation not been so devastating. You would have seen in the last three years, we observed a one-day strike only once when services of two teachers were terminated, preferring alternative forms of struggle even during the grimmest of battles such as those over theSemesterisation, FYUP, CBCS, debilitating administrative corruption, no permanent appointments, violation of Constitutional provisions of reservation, denial of promotions, a draconian Code of Conduct to suppress dissent and extreme forms of victimization. Continue reading “An Open Letter to Students from DUTA”
अपना कार्यभार बढ़ाने के खिलाफ शिक्षक आन्दोलन कर रहे हैं . बहुत दिनों के बाद शिक्षकों में इस तरह की एकजुटता और उत्तेजना देखी जा रही है. दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय शिक्षक संघ को पिछले दिनों अक्सर ऐसे सवालों पर भी, जो शिक्षकों के हित से सीधे जुड़े थे, आन्दोलन में संख्या की कमी से निराशा होती रही थी. इस बार शिक्षक पूरी तादाद में सड़क पर हैं. संघ की सभाओं में हाल खचाखच भरे हुए होते हैं. क्षोभजन्य उत्साह से आन्दोलन में नई ऊर्जा दीख रही है.
अपने पेशे के अवमूल्यन से शिक्षक आहत और क्रुद्ध हैं. काम के घंटे बढ़ाने के निर्णय ने अध्यापक के काम की विलक्षणता को ख़त्म कर दिया है, यह अहसास उनमें है. अलावा इसके, एक शिक्षक का काम बढ़ जाने के बाद यह कहा जा सकेगा कि अब चूँकि एक शिक्षक ही दो का काम करेगा, और पदों की आवश्यकता ही नहीं है.इसका असर उन शोधार्थियों पर पड़ेगा जो अध्यापन के पेशे में आने की तयारी कर रहे हैं. इसीलिए इस बार सड़क पर वे सब दिखलाई पड़ रहे हैं, जिन्हें दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय में एड्हॉक कहा जाता है और जिससे कई जगह बंधुआ मजदूर की तरह बर्ताव किया जाता है.
साधारण जनता को शिक्षक के पेशे की खासियत के बारे में शायद ही मालूम हो! इसी कारण संभव है, वह यह सोचे कि हफ्ते में सोलह घंटे पढ़ाने की जिद पर अड़े लोग कामचोर ही तो हैं. लेकिन ऐसी समझ कुछ तब जाहिर हुई जब दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय के पूर्व कुलपति प्रोफेसर दिनेश सिंह ने एक अखबार को कहा कि कार्यभार बढ़ने की शिकायत फिजूल है, शिक्षक चाहें तो रात में शोध का काम कर सकते हैं.उन्होंने अपना उदाहरण दिया कि वे भी रात को ही शोध का काम करते रहे हैं! Continue reading “शिक्षक: पेशेवर पहचान का संघर्ष”