No Diwali celebraion this year for HPU students
The students, protesting against the fee hike by Himachal Pradesh University, did not to celebrate Diwali this year
“We were expecting some good news before Diwali but now it looks as if it was a black day for the students agitating against exorbitant and unreasonable fee hike for past two months”, said member, Joint Action Committee (JAC)
The committee on fee hike, headed by former High Court Judge V K Sharma, has submitted its report to the government, but it appears that it has given only marginal relief in the name of balancing and rationalising the free structure.
It has been a bad year for students who were burdened with hefty fee hike and lost their democratic right to elect the Students Central Associations of Himachal Pradesh University and 100 affiliated colleges. Nominated bodies have been thrust on students at the behest of the government.
The JAC, which had suspended the stir for 10 days on October 17, will review the situation and chalk out the strategy to revive and intensify the agitation if the issue was not settled.
The semester examinations will commence on November 27 and there will be little time left for students to prepare for these and if the examination fee for different courses is not reduced, the students will be forced to pay hefty fee.
The government should take immediate decision on the committee report to provide relief to the students and take a decision to roll back the fee hike even if the recommendations of the committee fell short of it.
BY Bhanu P Lohumi, TNS