Published: 20th June 2019
TISS Hyderabad slashes high hostel fees after students issue statement of protest
The students had stated in a statement that those dependent on the post-matric scholarships would not be able to pay the high fees
After students from TISS Hyderabad repeatedly voiced out their concerns over lack of hostel facilities and high tariffs, the administration seems to have buckled down. With the college set to reopen in a new campus on June 24, students were worried that they would be forced to pay exorbitant fees ranging from 60,000 to 70,000 rupees.
The students stressed on the fact that post-matric scholarship students would be most affected by this new tariff especially because it was supposed to be paid biannually. "The Empowered Committee (formed with members from Mumbai campus and Hyderabad campus to look into campus-specific issues) and the Hyderabad administration have been silent on the entire matter and left the SAC to negotiate with the service provider despite knowing the high tariffs. For a long time, the burden of responsibilities to accommodate students had shifted to the student representatives when it shouldn’t have," their statement said.
The students also complained that despite repeated requested, the administration had not even looked at other options like an alternate service provider. The Students' Action Committee had put up a statement on Facebook saying they were in a state of utter helplessness. However, on Thursday afternoon, five days before the college is scheduled to reopen, the administration responded.
They have communicated to the students that there has been a revision in the tariffs and that the college administration has lowered the rent. However, when we asked the student if all their demands had been fulfilled a member of the Student Action Committee said that all their demands were not accepted completely. "But there's definitely some progress," she said.