Published: 30th December 2020
University of Hyderabad's OBC Students’ Association calls off indefinite hunger strike, protestor faints
The AIOBCSA has been demanding the proper implementation of the reservation policy and more transparency in the admission processes
The All India OBC Students’ Association has been conducting a ‘satyagraha’ at the University of Hyderabad for eight days now to demand the proper implementation of OBC reservations on campus. The students called off the indefinite hunger strike on December 30 after the Registrar agreed to speak with the protestors — but they have stated that they will be continuing a relay hunger strike. One of the students, the National Coordinator of the AIOBCSA, J Naresh Yadav fainted and was rushed to the health centre.
The AIOBCSA has been demanding the proper implementation of the reservation policy, more transparency in the admission processes and for the management to ensure that vacant reserved seats get filled up. The non-teaching staff on campus also joined in the protests with their own set of demands. After the National Commission for Backward Classes conducted an open hearing on campus to address these issues and sent notices to the University on the same, the students decided to protest demanding that the administration follow up on all the notices.
The Association has written to the NCBC again about the issues that the non-teaching and teaching staff was facing. The list includes an issue raised by an employee about their salary decreasing, difficulties faced by OBC staff, the UoH Teachers’ Association representation on non-adherence and violation of the rule of reservation for OBC in faculty appointment among other issues. "We are coordinating with the NCBC and hope that they will intervene and ensure that the administration follows up on the notices," Kiran Gowd, President of the Association said.
In the letter, the Association wrote, “No action has been taken by the university and there is no response from them in regards the representations under the 'urgent' category. This seems to be the denial of the authority of a constitutional body by a prominent central university in India. As the university administration failed to act upon various issues notified by NCBC, the AIOBCSA has been doing OBC Satyagraha.”
The All India Federation of OBC Employees’ Welfare Association has also extended their support to the cause and have asked for the NCBC to intervene. “We understand the NCBC has directed the UoH to respond to the issues raised by OBC Association and to send a report.The Vice Chancellor has not sent action taken report on various OBC issues of students, teachers and non-teaching staff that was asked by NCBC and even not implemented NCBC orders on PhD admission related matters. Instead of discussing and solving the matter, the Vice Chancellor and authorities have proceeded with vindictive action of issuing show cause notice to the supporters which is quite condemnable,” the Association said in their letter.