Groups studies, access to a plethora of books, surfing through researches and basically sitting in a tub of books is the dream of every student in college. But not every college has a 24 X 7 library where students can study all night.
In a bid to bring this ground-breaking movement to DU, students from the university sat on an indefinite hunger strike to demand a 24 x 7 library facility at Delhi University.
On January 24th, the student outfit NSUI entered the Central Library at Arts Faculty and refused to leave.
Hapless and frustrated over the lack of response from university and any sign of process working in their favour, the students sat in the library and stopped it from shutting down. Under this protest, they were also fighting for many other things like a special metro card for DU students, special buses inside the campus and many more.
“Our purpose of entering the library was to curfew hours for studying there is not justified. If shops can stay open for 24/7 why can’t ‘temples of education’. University cannot dictate a time limit for students,” said NSUI Delhi State president Akshay Lakra, reports TOI.
He also said that facilities like special buses and library were present earlier, but the university is claiming that they lack staff. “Not one student is against it. They want to avail this facility. Plenty of private libraries near the campus area but no such facility for students of DU,” Lakra added.
Now, with all the protest in actions, students have finally gotten a nod from the DU. “We will ensure that students get a library which operates all day long on the campus in a matter of a few months. In the meantime, we will expand the Central Library for the students and make it multi-storeyed,” Rajesh Tandon said, addressing the concerns of students protesting on campus, reports IndiaToday.