Published: 21st May 2019
TISS cuts library hours: Four times Indian campuses restricted library hours for its students
We take a look at a few prominent protests that took place in campuses across the country over the past year on the library hours issue
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai recently made it to news for cutting down its library hours. According to a new circular, the library will be open from 9 am to 2 am during the exam time and from 9 am to 11 pm. Previously, the library was open from 9 am to 6 am throughout the year.
These happenings have left the students in distress. Many of them have voiced their disappointment through social media. The students have also sent a joint statement to the administration, voicing their disapproval towards the move.
In the past year, the country has witnessed a lot of similar incidents and we decided to give you a quick recap on those.
Hidayatullah National Law University, September 2018
On August 27, the students staged a protest against restrictive hostel and library timings and alleged sexual harassment by teachers. After 1 week of protests, the management gave in to their demand for extended library timings
Panjab University, Oct 2018
The students of Panjab university staged a month-long protest demanding that the management relax female hostel and library timings. The management accepted their 12 demands on October 13, 2018, but not before SAP goons thrashed the protesters.
Punjab University, April 2019
The RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) put its foot down on the authorities’ decision to close off the reading room on the first floor of AC Joshi Library at 9 pm sharp. To control the situation from spiralling out of control, DSW (M) Emanuel Nahar, accompanied by Prashant Kumar Gautam, director, University Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management and PU chief security officer Ashwani Kaul, arrived at the spot and reopened the library at about 9.45pm.
Rajasthan University, June 2018
ABVP, NSUI created ruckus over timings of the central library. They demanded that the library remained open throughout the day after the management decided to reduce timings to 12 hours.