The indefinite hunger strike against the meagre increase in the merit-cum-means (MCM) scholarship at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) entered its eighth day on Wednesday with eleven students still sitting outside the administration block.
If the JNU administration agree to the the students' demands then the MCM scholarship will go up from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 3000 per month.
A revision in the scholarship fee took place this year with officials raising the amount from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2000. The students, however, cried foul and said the amount of scholarship was insufficient.
Close to 200 students gathered outside the JNU administration block on Wednesday afternoon to show support for the striking students' demands.
"An increase of only R500 is not enough. The mess bill itself is more than that amount these days. We want the amount to be doubled and will not budge from here unless our demand is met," said Lenin Kumar, president, JNU students' union.
The MCM scholarship is given to those students whose household income is less than Rs. 100,000 per annum.
The university officials are said to be discussing the provision, though they had reportedly shot down the demand earlier.
"We plan to continue with the hunger strike till the time our demands are not met. We are not asking for something illogical. Who can survive on Rs. 2,000 per month? There are mess bills, books and a number of other things. We want our demands to be met and will continue the strike till the administration listens to us," said a striking student.
The vice chancellor had called a meeting of the deans of all schools to discuss the demands. Student parties are getting active in JNU as the election for a new students' union is only 23 days away.
Later, the University is said to have had rejected the demands of the protesters with the students vowing to continue their strike.