Published: Fri, December 23, 2016
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

IIT-Kharagpur students go on hunger strike against fee hike

IIT-Kharagpur students go on hunger strike against fee hike

The authority has announced to hike the fee from 29,000 to 37,000 rupees, which will be applicable from upcoming session (January 2017). According to students, during admission students were not informed about any fee hike and this decision came mid-semester. The HRD ministry had given approval to the recommendation made by the standing committee of IIT Council (SCIC) to increase the IIT fees from Rs 90,000 to Rs 200,000. The students have also gheraoed director of the institution along with a few other officials.

Study, researches and normal functioning at IIT-Kharagpur was disrupted for more than 24 hours today after the students launched a protest agitation by gheraoing the director, deans and teachers against hike in semester fees. Also, some costs like security, gaps in electricity bill, etc. have been directly taken over by the Institute to alleviate the burden on students.

"On Wednesday evening, Chakraborty mailed a communication to all faculty members, saying ".late in the morning all of us were able to leave office after the students had dispersed on their own.

Demanding the withdrawal of increased fee, the students have started agitation in the campus and few of them are on hunger strike. Another protester, Sayan Dasgupta, said the movement would continue.

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A student said that while a fee hike of between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 was common, the rise of Rs 8,000 had angered them.

The students in protest of the sudden change sent a petition on December 14 to the director signed by 1200 students, despite a considerable number of students being on holiday. This announcement caused a huge uproar among students of IIT Kharagpur and thousands of them sat on a strike even then.

"Neither the director nor other officials are ready to meet us".

"The director and the registrar have talked to the students this morning and it has been decided that the problem would be solved through a dialogue". Students were protesting against the semester fee hike.

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