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NIPER students call off protest

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, April 01, 2013
First Published: 20:14 IST(1/4/2013) | Last Updated: 20:16 IST(1/4/2013)

Students of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), SAS Nagar, finally called off their protest on Monday after the administration's assurance to accede to their demands.


The administration, however, refused to take back the faculty members, who were sacked recently which had triggered protests.

The decision was taken after a series of talks held between the institute administration and student representatives. Sources revealed that two types of demands were put forward by students, which included issues directly related to students and about general situation at NIPER (see box).

While talking to Hindustan Times, officiating director of the institute KK Bhutani said that acting on the demand of students, a monitoring committee has been constituted.

"The committee members include representative of students as well as that of the faculty. The monitoring committee will monitor the entire process whether demands of students are being met fairly or not," said Bhutani. 

Students revealed that their demands included providing better laboratories for research, hostel for girls and sufficient faculty members.

Other demands were about general functioning of the institute, which included investigating corruption allegations and termination of faculty members thereafter.  

NIPER board of governors had terminated Parkishit Bansal, an assistant professor at the department of intellectual property management, on Thursday on charges of "lack of devotion to duty".

Following that protests started at the institute, wherein students demanded to end the alleged corruption at NIPER.

Key demands
* No victimisation of students for participating in protest n Specify reasons for termination of Parikshit Bansal and Neeraj Kumar, both faculty members
* Provide copies related to the allocation of funds to NIPER in the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2011)
* Justify the increase in number of students without increase in infrastructure, labs, and faculties
* Asks why can't students assess NIPER administration (director, dean, registrar), when teachers were already being assessed

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