TISS urges protesting students to end strike

GUWAHATI: The Guwahati campus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has expressed be apologetic about and dismay over the decision of a piece of its scholars who are on starvation strike since Monday. The TISS administration prompt protesting scholars to withdraw their speedy straight away so that talks can be facilitated on the continuation of the post-matric scholarship scheme, which caters to the desires of scholars from the disadvantaged class who are going to enroll in the institute in future.
On February 21, scholars throughout all four campuses of TISS - in Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad and Guwahati - went on strike in protest towards the institute's determination to hunt hostel and eating hall bills from scholars who receive post-matric scholarship.

Deputy director (performing) of TISS Guwahati campus, Kalpana Sarathy, mentioned, "The specific demands of current students regarding exemption from hostel fees and dining hall dues were acceded to but the agitation by the students has to be withdrawn immediately to allow discussions on all issues." The TISS has issued a notification as per the directives of the ministry of human sources and development (MHRD) and constituted a committee with reference to the continued pupil protest. The committee has to put up its record by March 31.

The TISS scholars' union had known as off the strike on March 2 and pupil councils from different campuses also called off their protests on March 5 after the TISS authority assured to look into their grievances. However, a group of TISS Guwahati scholars from underprivileged sections are on an indefinite speedy from Monday, not easy continuation of the post-matric scholarship scheme, catering to the desires of reserved class scholars who belong to the SC, ST and OBC categories.

"They demanded an immediate response from TISS on a matter that has serious financial implications and requires many deliberations," mentioned Sarathy.

A communication from TISS Guwahati mentioned until 2014, the fund won by the institute from the respective state governments by way of scholarship amount used to be some distance less that the fees to be paid by the students. "Following the government's Direct Benefit Transfer scheme being introduced from 2014-15, the scholarship money is directly remitted to the students' bank accounts, who are then required to transfer the same to the institute. The institute has an accumulated deficit of more than Rs 20 crores," mentioned Sarathy.

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