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Kannada University students demand payment of pending fellowship

Postgraduate research students of Kannada University, Hampi, staging an indefinite dharna on the university campus in Ballari on Thursday.

Postgraduate research students of Kannada University, Hampi, staging an indefinite dharna on the university campus in Ballari on Thursday.  

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They have not been paid for the last two years; students also seek hike in monthly amount

Over 200 students belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) pursuing various postgraduate research courses in Kannada University, Hampi, launched an indefinite dharna on the campus on Thursday demanding payment of their pending monthly fellowship.

The students said that the university had not paid monthly fellowship to the students for the last two years. They alleged that the university authorities did not heed to their repeated memoranda.

They had launched an indefinite dharna outside the administrative complex of the university in July last year with the same demand. However, they later withdrew it after the university authorities promised to address the issue on a priority basis.

“The university has not paid monthly fellowship for the last two years to 3rd year students, for the last one year to 2nd year students, and for eight months to 4th and 5th year students,” Muniraju, a student, told The Hindu.

Before launching the dharna, the students approached the teaching and non-teaching faculty and heads of different departments seeking their support. But most of the faculty members did not turn up at the agitation site.

Different civil society organisations, including Dalit Sangharsha Samiti, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Samudaya Samskritika Sanghatane, Republican Party of India, and Bhrastachara Virodhi Horata Samiti, extended their support to the agitating students. The students also demanded an increase in monthly fellowship from ₹10,000 to ₹20,000.

Vice-Chancellor of the university Sa. Chi. Ramesh was unavailable for comments.

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