A continuous protest will be held till Feb 11 in Delhi until the demand to restore 200 Point Roster is fulfilled.
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New Delhi: After hundreds of teachers from across the country participated in an ‘Aakrosh Rally’ organised by the Joint Forum for Academic and Social Justice (JFASJ) on January 31 to protest against the imposition of department/ subject-wise roster in place of college/ university-wise roster in educational institutions, JFASJ held a Review Meeting on February 2, 2019. It was decided that a continuous protest will be held until the demand to restore 200 Point Roster is fulfilled.
A course of action was suggested in the meeting which ranged from protests in front of the houses of BJP and its allies Ministers and MPs, extend support to DUTA’s call for a University strike on February 5, to make a call for University and College Bandh to ensure a massive nationwide protest and more.
They also decided to continuously mention and tag political leaders on different social media platforms asking them to raise a demand for a law to re-implement 200 Point Roster. They would also ask UGC whether they have given the permission to the Universities to release their new advertisements following the department-wise Roster System. “If UGC has not given the permission, how can the Universities publish their advertisement?” they asked.
“A nation-wide coordination should be established to strongly fight against Department-wise Roster System. The committee decided to extend its support to all the organisations who are raising the issue of Department-wise Roster. We extend our support to the Young India Adhikar March on February 7. We extend our support to AISF March on February 18. A continuous plan of action would be followed till February 13 when the last session of this government ends, to mobilize more people across the country and build a political pressure on the government to pass a law to re-implement 200 Point Roster,” they said in a statement.
According to the plan of action decided in the meeting, they will burn the effigy of the University Circular of March 2018, MHRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar and UGC Chairperson in all the Universities across the country on Feb 4.
On Feb 5, public talks will be organised to create awareness regarding the Roster issue in various universities located outside Delhi. On Feb 6, public talks to discuss the Status of SC. On Feb 7, they will extend their support to Young India Adhikar March from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament. On Feb 8,9 and 10, people will be mobilised for the Feb 11 University and College Bandh besides the protest march from UGC to MHRD in Delhi, against the department-wise Roster.
“This can be done by campaigning and holding seminars and talks on the status of SC, ST, OBCs in higher education institutions, across the country by student community in their respective universities & colleges. People from outside Delhi are requested to join the March on Feb 11 in Delhi in large numbers and who cannot join it in Delhi are requested to shut down their respective universities and colleges. Like Minded People and Organizations are requested to publish this action plan on their respective letter-heads and to circulate it,” they said in a statement.
A review meeting will be held on Feb 12 and Feb 13.