Mumbai: TISS Students Protest Continues, Students From Other Cities Also Join in

| March 6 , 2018 , 14:43 IST

The students’ protest at the Tata Institute Of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai continues for the 14th day on Tuesday, after a broad body meeting of the students on March 1 failed to yield results.

Students are protesting against the Institute’s decision to withdraw aid to SC and ST students eligible for the Government of India’s Post-Matric Scholarship (GOI-PMS) scheme.

Students from other colleges in the city too have joined in. Despite a rift within the students’ union, which had called for the protest on February 20, around several students gathered in the campus and raised slogans.

The students carried placards which read, “Education is a right”, “Stop withdrawal of aid” and “Chalo TISS”, among several others highlighting the fee hike.

A student from IIT-Bombay said, “Last year, students faced a massive fee hike at our institute. We had a massive movement in the IIT campus similar to this one. We are here to express our solidarity in support of the protest.”

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PK Shajahan, dean, Students’ Affairs, TISS, said, “The plan of action has been posted on the website. We had several meetings with students’ union and eventually agreed to their demands. But some students are still protesting.”

The administration cited fund deficit of a few crores as the reason to withdraw the aids. “All universities have been charging for the hostel and dining hall and only TISS had made the exception. The university is facing a financial crisis,” Shajahan said.

Students’ representatives are expected to hold another meeting to decide on the progression of the strike.

The ripple effect is also seen at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Delhi as the students demonstrated near the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Recently Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has also increased its mess rates by almost 100 percent.