Published: 23rd July 2019
TISS-Hyderabad to open on July 25, admin makes no mention of revision of fees or rules
The management also appealed to the students to ensure 'smooth functioning' of classes on campus and that bo 'obstruction is caused'
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad will reopen on July 25, exactly ten days after it was closed down sine-die. The administration issued a notice declaring that based on the current assessment of the situation in the Hyderabad campus, the institute has decided to re-open and resume the academic activities on July 25.
"We closed down the campus because the students were blocking the entrance to the classrooms, so there was no way for us to enter. Now we've received a lot of representation from students and parents requesting us to reopen the campus, so we've decided to resume classes," U Vindya, the acting deputy director of TISS-Hyderabad.
She said that a major of students wanted to return to their classes, "It is only a section of the students who were protesting, a majority of the students want to go back to classes which is why we have decided to reopen the campus," she added.
In their notice, the management said that the closure was 'necessitated due to the blockade of entry of faculty, students and staff by a section of students, thereby paralyzing the functioning of the campus since July 9. "In response to these representations and given the institute's commitment to smoot conduct of academic activities and based on the current assessment of the situation and with the hope that no obstruction would be caused, the Institue has decided to reopen," the administration stated.
The management also appealed to the students to ensure 'smooth functioning'.
When Edex asked Vindya if any action will be taken on regarding the demands raised by the students, she said that the matter had already been addressed, "We have already told the students about the steps we've taken."
Since the students have continued their protest even if off-campus, we asked what the management's response would be if the protests continue when the campus reopens, "Why should we think about hypothetical situations?" Vindhya asked.
However, the students have already filed two writ petitions in court, one demanding the revoking of the sine-die closure and the second one, regarding the fees.
The campus was shut down on July 15 after the students conducted a ten-day protest against the exorbitant fees and regulations imposed by the service providers. The issue got nation-wide attention after news broke that several SC, ST students were considering dropping out of the course because they were unable to pay the fees.
While it remained shut, activists, professors, students, alumni and various other professionals condemned the management's decision and demanded that the institute reopen and immediately tackle the problems faced by the marginalised students on campus.