Published: 15th December 2018
TISS Hyderabad students to go on indefinite hunger strike from Dec 17
The students alleged that throughout the day there was no attempt from the administration to reach out to the students. Mails were sent to both the Mumbai and Hyderabad administration demanding an imm
The Students' Action Committee (SAC) of TISS, Hyderabad, protesting against the administration's decision to discontinue the BA in Social Sciences course and make the campus non-residential, has decided to go on an indefinite hunger strike from 9 am on December 17.
The decision was taken at a meeting called since the administration did not establish contact with the students after they had resumed the protests post the futile meeting on December 13. The student body demanded that the acknowledgment and confirmation of the meeting in TISS Hyderabad be sent at the earliest. Also, in an attempt to reach out to the public, on 16th December 2018, the students will join the discussion on "The Role of Dissent in Democracy" organised by the Dialogue at Lamakaan, Banjara hills at 4 pm.
The students said that they were extremely disappointed and anguished by the humiliation they faced in the meeting between the administration and the student representatives gathered in large numbers to lock-down the building again on December 14. "Despite the student community’s persistence, the administration continued to be extremely indifferent towards the demands and concerns," read a statement from the SAC. There have been no classes since December 10. The next semester exam is scheduled in April 2019.
The students alleged that throughout the day there was no attempt from the administration to reach out to the students. Mails were sent to both the Mumbai and Hyderabad administration demanding an immediate meeting with the Director, Dr Shalini Bharat, the Registrar, Dr C P Mohan Kumar and Deputy Registrar, M P Balamurugan. "Since the students' body did not receive any communication from the admin till 12 pm today. The protest is going to be intensified," said Krishnanath C of the SAC.
A public statement was issued by the Deputy Director dismissing the issues at hand, terming the protest a matter of propaganda and questioning the legitimacy of the demands raised. "The students were deeply hurt by the statement which reflected the administration’s disrespect towards their demands. The student body has collectively decided to agitate in the campus until the Director, Registrar and Deputy Registrar visits the Hyderabad Campus and address the general body