TISS strike continues, students’ meet today


Mumbai: A joint meeting of students representatives of all four campuses of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) will be held on Saturday to decide how to take the agitation forward.

A four-member delegation from the Hyderabad, Tuljapur, and Guwahati campuses are in Mumbai for this purpose. “The agitation is for a cause and we all agreed that we needed to meet and decide the future course of action,” Pallavi Pratibha, a member of the delegation from TISS Hyderabad, said.

A national coordination committee with members from all four campuses has also been planned. Students said the strike, which entered 10th day on Friday, will continue across all four campuses, while the meeting is on.

On Thursday evening, a general body meeting of the students was organised in Mumbai, where it was decided to continue with the strike. “The students were overwhelmingly in favour of the strike till our demands are met,” Fahad Ahmad, general secretary, TISS Students’ Union, said.

The students are pressing for a key demand of exemption of hostel and dining hall charges for SC/ST students of the 2017-19 batch under the Government of India Post Matriculation Scholarship (GoI-PMS).

The administration has waived hostel charges for the SC/ST students under GoI-PMS of the 2016-18 batch, and has allowed them to pay the dining hall charges once the scholarship comes or upon gaining employment.

Meanwhile, support poured in for the strike. Rajya Sabha Member Sharad Yadav had written to Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar on February 28, seeking his intervention and to ensure support to GoI-PMS students across all four campuses.

In his letter, Mr. Yadav said it is the social responsibility of the government to protect the interests of SC, ST and OBC students of TISS. “The financial aid to the students was started 14 years ago in these institutions. You would appreciate that withdrawing of this support will not only discourage the students of these institutions but adversely affect this category of students in other institutions,” Mr. Yadav said.

Rahul Sonpimple of Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association of Jawaharlal Nehru University addressed the students on the issue in Mumbai on Thursday, while support also came in from students of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

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