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IIT Kharagpur: Students protest against fee hike, gherao officials overnight

IIT Kharagpur director, registrar and other college officials were gheraoed overnight in their offices by a group of students protesting against 20% hike in hostel fee.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2016 15:40 IST
The decision to hike the IIT-K hostel fee was taken recently and if enacted, would be effective from January 2017.
The decision to hike the IIT-K hostel fee was taken recently and if enacted, would be effective from January 2017. (File photo)

IIT Kharagpur director, registrar and other college officials were gheraoed overnight in their offices by a group of students protesting against 20% hike in hostel fee. The protest ended on Wednesday.

The decision to hike the fee was taken recently and if enacted, would be effective from January 2017.

The protests, which began on Tuesday, ended on Wednesday morning after a meeting between the students and management in which an assurance was given that their demands will be looked into.

IIT-KGP director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, registrar Pradip Pyne, the dean of students and several other senior officials were not allowed to leave their office by the students who sat at the gate last night.

“We were wanting a discussion with the management over this fee hike. Kharagpur is a cheap place, but the fees are the highest across all IITs. So what is the logic behind the hike?” asked one of the protesters.

The worst affected are the research scholars who get a Rs 25,000 monthly stipend from the elite institution, said the students. “If the stipend is not increased, how will we pay the increased hostel fees? Within that small amount we have to manage our food and other living expenses as well,” said a PhD student.

In April this year, a large number of students at IIT Kharagpur had started a peaceful protest against the HRD ministry’s decision to hike fees.