The hunger strike by students of MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, entered its fourth day on Tuesday. The university, however, seems to have decided on the students' fate already.
In a meeting between vice chancellor Najeeb Jung and the students sitting on an indefinite hunger strike, the university decided to stick to its decision to debar 17 students from taking exams.
The students have been restricted because of low attendance.
"The vice chancellor has maintained that the High Court directive, which asks us to abide by university rules, will be followed. The fact is that these students don't have the required attendance," said Simi Malhotra, university spokesperson.
Many of those who are sitting on the hunger strike have attendance above 70%. While students are given a relaxation of 15% in case of a medical emergency, these students' medical certificates have been rejected on the grounds that they are fake. The minimum attendance required to sit for exams in Jamia Millia Islamia is 75%.
The students, however, have not lost hope. In the meeting with the vice chancellor they asked permission to complete their project, which is a short film, this year.
"We have asked for permission to appear for the three written exams next year. We do not want to repeat one whole year and we have told him this," said Nabila Zaidi, a final year student.
Though the students had earlier decided to move the Supreme Court, they are first exploring all the options available within the university administration.
"Since the dialogue with the vice chancellor has begun, we are hopeful and are not approaching the Supreme Court just yet. He has called us for talks again on Wednesday," Zaidi added.
The students are also aggrieved because most are missing out by just a small percentage of attendance. "Eight of us, who are on strike, have attendance over 70%. My attendance is actually 73%," said Saba Rehman.