We continue our strike at TISS, Mumbai campus.
The admin called for a meeting with students at their office. The students at protest site rejected the meeting behind closed doors and asserted for an open meeting and asserted for a jan sunwai format in which the admin addressed the entire students community in one go.
The GOI PMS SC ST OBC students presented their demands in a meeting moderated by the students.
The proposals of partial fees, student aid, loan, installments were proposed by the admin which then rejected by the students unanimously.
The holding of a public meeting instead of behind the closed doors gave confidence to students and they questioned the admin very firmly.
In Hyderabad, Tuljapur , Guwahati and Mumbai campuses the students are agitating by imposing blockades and intensifying struggle to get their demands met.
The students rejected the second round of negotiations and are determined ro take the issue of ST ST OBC scholarship and privatisation of higher education to a larger level.
We will intensify the struggle if our demands are not met. We appeal to students across campuses to hold public meetings/jan sunwais to address issues with the administration and not bend in to easy negotiations.
We also appeal that this is a very important issue which determines the entry/survival of dalit, adivasi, bahujan students in university campuses.
This issue needs to dealt with at the administrative level as well as at the national level with the ministeries.
We need to resist the government’s agenda of selling away higher education and also expose the complicitness of our university administration in this process.
Privatisation is an attack on marginalised students in higher education and needs to be defeated with all our might.
The boycott of classes and blockade will continue till our demands are met.
Please join in solidarity and support.
#Tissstrikecontinues Day 6