Student protest at HPU campus over long pending ‘statute amendment’ file
Shiml: The Himachal Pradesh University is again echoing with protesting voices. This time, the students are not led by any student organization or political ideology.
About 150 students of the MBA-Rural Development Department, M.Sc. Environmental Sciences, Master of Fine Arts and Department of Disaster Management are protesting over their demands regarding the notification of the new Faculty and Department, classrooms, computer labs and recruitment of teachers to start the classes smoothly.
The students of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (DIS) have united under the Chhatra Sangharsh Morcha
The file related to the amendment in the University statute is pending with the Governor for the last two years. Neither the university nor the governor has bothered to clear it,
said a student.
The students started a chain hunger strike on Wednesday. The strike continued on the third day. The students also staged a ‘Dharna’ in front of the Vice-Chancellor office.
On the third day, Vivek Negi, M.Sc. Environmental Science, and Tenzin, MBA-Rural Development, continued the chain hunger strike.
Students marched from the Integrated Institute of Himalayan Studies department to the Vice-Chancellor’s office. For about two hours, students protested outside the office.
Students tried to enter the office but were pushed back using police force. The students alleged the policemen not only manhandled the students on chain hunger strike, but the girl students were abused too by male policemen.
The growing aggression among protesting students forced the VC to come out of the office. The VC did not show much concern towards the aforesaid demands, alleged the students, said the Morcha.
The pace of work on the top floor of the Science Block-A is very slow. Only two laborers are given the entire responsibility of the construction, said the students.
The academic environment is adversely affected and the project work of the outgoing batch is hampered, said another student.
The VC himself is reluctant. Otherwise, if he has a little concern towards the distress of the students, their reasonable demands, and career, he has emergency power vested in his position provided through the ordinance. He can use this power in such times, said a student.
The students warned the protest will continue until all the demands are fulfilled. The students said they want a genuine and permanent solution, not just temporary arrangements.