From: singh vijay <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 6:35 PM
Subject: A Second Successful Demonstration Held Against EU Imperialist Intervention in Higher Education
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A Second Successful Demonstration Held
Against EU Imperialist Intervention in Higher Education
A second very successful demonstration was held against the
EU-financed interference in the establishment of a so-called European Studies Programme Centre, in the
Department of Sociology, University of Delhi.
Teachers and students protested outside the International Guest House in large
numbers. Speakers adverted to the intellectual slavery of a small group in the
Sociology Department who were arguing that studies of Indian society could not
be understood without the acquisition of "cutting edge" concepts prevalent in
some of the countries in the EU. Already there were moves to change the syllabi
in line with the desires of the EU. They mentioned that the proposal was
forwarded by the small group without the sanction of the Departmental Council.
The agreement was concluded by the university without the requisite concurrence
of the Academic Council and Executive Council. Earlier the Vice-Chancellor had
assured a delegation of the Faculty of Sociology that this programme was not a
"Centre" but the activity of a few teachers and that he would write to the EU
about this. When the Vice-Chancellor was question about the "Centre" in the
Academic Council he stated that he would not be writing to the EU as this would
send out the signal that India was a 'soft state'.
A delegation of protesting teachers
and students met the members of the "interactive session". Participants from
the EU showed interest in the arguments of the protestors.
Eventually, the head of the 'European
Studies Programme Centre" agreed that an interactive discussion would be held
to discuss the questions raised by the protestors.
The interactive session with the
members of the "European Studies Programme Centre" with teachers and students
of the university will be held in the Department of Sociology on Tuesday, 2nd February at 1.00 P.M.
Teachers and Students in the
University who have been exercised with the question of the penetration of EU
imperialism in the Department of Sociology are requested to attend.
All-India Students Association, All-India Students Federation, Campaign for
Peace and Democracy (Manipur), Common Teachers' Forum, Delhi
University Reservation, Execution Committee, Disha, Forum for Democratic
Struggle, Janvadi Shikshak Manch, Krantikari Yuva Sanghatan, Left and
Democratic Teachers' Front, Manipur Students' Association Delhi, New Socialist
Initiative, Progressive Students Union, University Community, Teachers'
Collective, Youth for Social Justice.