The Panjab University Campus Students’ Council president, Nishant Kaushal, and joint secretary Amit Kaushik started indefinite hunger strike for roll back of the tuition fee hike on Wednesday.
Kaushal said, as there is no other way left to roll back the hike, he took this step. He has been supported by his party, Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) and National Students Union of India (NSUI) students front.
Nishant and Amit have been sitting outside the vice-chancellor’s (V-C) office and are demanding for an emergency senate meeting. They have collected signatures of senate members for the meeting regarding which the university is yet to take any decision.
“We want to convey a message to the government that PU has increased the fee as is not being given adequate grants. Our strike will bring awareness among students,” said Kaushal.
On Wednesday, Kaushal and other office bearers of the student council met Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore demanding adequate grants for the varsity.
There have been two other chain hunger strikes going on in the campus, one is of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) that has entered Day 18, and that of NSUI that has entered Day 16 on Wednesday. ABVP and NSUI claimed that they are against violence and have not been part of the Joint Action Committee.
Stone pelting had taken place in the varsity campus on April 11 after which, 53 students were arrested. All of them are out on bail now.
Students Organisation of India (SOI) leaders have submitted a memorandum to Chandigarh member parliament (MP) Kirron Kher, requesting her to work towards taking back the cases against students, rolling back fee hike and also to ensure that adequate grants are provided to PU.