The students of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra, boycotted their classes for the second day and held a dharna in front of the administrative block of the institute on Tuesday to protest against imposition of alleged heavy miscellaneous charges.
Students holding a demonstration in front of the administrative block of the National Institute of Technology in Kurukshetra on Tuesday.
Observers pointed out that the strike was bringing a bad name to the institute as many companies are here to hold campus interviews for hiring the fourth year’s students who would complete their courses in six months.
The students, including their representative Kumar Gaurav, alleged that they were forced to go on strike as the director of the institute Anand Mohan was not listening to them for resolving various difficulties being faced by them as well as to resolve long-standing demands.
Gaurav said students were facing great difficulty as the NIT administration was charging them heavily every month in the form of miscellaneous charges, which include electricity and room charges.
The monthly charges for mess also reach up to Rs 1,400 and there is no formal student’s council, which could take up their problems with administration, they claimed.
Though institute director Anand Mohan could not be reached despite efforts, dean student’s welfare PJ Philip said a three-member committee, including chief wardens of boys and girls hostels and himself, formed by the director held talks with the representatives of the protesting students on Tuesday to resolve the tangle.
He said subsidised food is one of long-standing demand of students, which the board of governors had already refused to accept. He said the overall monthly charges come to Rs 3,000 per month, which is quite reasonable.