IIT Indore students boycott classes, demand rollback of fee hike
Students of IIT-Indore on Thursday protested in front of the director’s office in Simrol campus, demanding rollback of the fee hike decision and putting an end to their ‘mental harassment’ by faculty and administration.education Updated: Jul 21, 2016 21:02 IST
Students of IIT-Indore on Thursday protested in front of the director’s office in Simrol campus, demanding rollback of the fee hike decision and putting an end to their ‘mental harassment’ by faculty and administration.
Boycotting classes and lab work, about 150 PhD scholars sat outside the director’s office till late evening. However, the administration maintained its silence yet again.
“All 400 PhD students want to protest until our grievances are addressed, but the administration has put pressure on faculty and managed to convince some students to attend classes,” a PhD scholar told HT. “My mentor called me and threatened me saying if I don’t attend lab work, he will not help in completing research work.”
For the past 10 days, students are protesting the proposed tuition fee hike, which has been increased by 130% (from Rs 8,350 to Rs 19,900) for the old Ph.D scholars. The students claim the fee hike is not applicable on them as they had joined the institution much before the proposal was floated.
But the administration holds the view that the proposed fee hike is justified since scholarship of students was increased. After protests by the students on social media, the administration told them that they can pay fee in instalments but it is adamant on not taking back the proposed hike.
Meanwhile, the IIT administration tried to stop media persons from entering the campus on Thursday morning. The media persons entered the campus after much persuasion and arguments.
The students also raised their voice against carrying out classes and research work at under construction buildings. “Many accidents have occurred in the buildings. Once, a rod fell next to a student. Had it fallen on him, it would have been a tragedy,” a student said. “We will continue our protest against the tyranny of administration and faculty members.”
The student gymkhana urged the students to end their strike, saying the fee hike decision is on hold until the director returns from abroad. But the students asserted that gymkhana is not an official body, and they want official communication in this regard. “This is to create factions among students to break the protest,” a student said.