Two students from Hindu College have launched an indefinite hunger strike against high fees and alleged discriminatory rules for the newly constructed girl’s hostel at the college.
The college had earlier said that there will be no admissions to the girls’ hostel this year, a move that had generated widespread resentment among students.
Kanica and Anil Rajgarh, students of Political Science, sat on a hunger strike on Thursday. “The hostel rules should be same for both genders and there should be parity in fees,” said Kanica, a student of first year.
Hindu College Old Students’ Association said in a statement that they express solidarity with the demands of students and requested authorities to appoint a regular principal to solve the issues.
A three-member team from National Commission for Women (NCW) met students and administration of the college on Thursday. The NCW had recently issued a notice to the college seeking an explanation on the issue.
“We have extended the deadline to May 15. Any further action will be taken after that,” NCW officials said.
Students said that the fee, around Rs 82,000 for girls was much higher than the fee for boys, which is around Rs 47,000.
The college has formed a committee to look into the issue.