Chalo TISS brings is solidarity through out India; Over 500 people and 20 plus all India organisations come in solidarity!
The Chalo TISS call which was given by the the General Body of TISS students was highly successful. It saw participation of more than 500 people all across India along with the participation of 20 organisation which came in solidarity with the protesting students at TISS. The Chalo TISS which was a nation wide call given by the General Body as the strike entered day 13. The Chalo TISS call also included post card campaign where thousands of letters by the participants of Chalo TISS have been addressed to the MHRD, to intervene in the GOI PMS scholorship issue at TISS.
Admist rumours that the Chalo TISS call was not given by the Students Union, Fahad Ahmad General Secretary of the TISS Students Union clarified that, “ Those who are spreading these rumours, I would like to clariy that the Students Union is just an Executive Body , and the final decision making ability lies only with the General Body, some members of the SU have gone against the constitution of TISS SU and violated it by, not considering the General Body decision before giving out a false statement to the administartion and the media about calling of the strike, I am the General Secetary of the Student Union at TISS and I would like to clarify that the strike will go on unless all our demands are addressed by the TISS administaration. According the the Article 1 of the TISS constitution its states , every final decision concerning the students lies with the General Body.
Even as the TISS strike has entered day 13, the TISS admistatrtion has not come out with any concrete and sustainable solution to resolve the GOI PMS issue, despite the students time and again, bringing in to the administration notice, the high number of drop out rates, which the institute has witnessed from the year 2015, when the fee waiver was rolled back.
Meanwhile the student protests are still going strong. Different students group in the institute including the Adivasi Students Association, The North East Students Association, and the OBC students Forum have come up with strong statements in condemnation of the unilateral decision taken by few Union members saying that they will back of from the strike without consulting the General Body. The statements have also retaliated that the strike will continue till alll demands, raised for the current and upcoming SC, ST OBC students are met of all the campuses.
The Chalo TISS call also saw, TISS Alumni coming in solidarity with the protesting students as they collected more than 800 signatures, from Alumni to a strongly worded letter to the administration asking for continuation of fee waiver. Additionaly students from Mumbai University and IIT Bombay and IIPS also came in to give the support.