"Occupy UGC" protestors marched to Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) for submitting the memorandum of their demands regarding Non-NET fellowship to the MHRD and review committee for consideration.
However, the student leaders alleged that officials refused to meet them and didn’t accept the memorandum of demands.
"The MHRD officials however refused to accept our deposition or memorandum of demands as nobody came outside and we were made to wait for 4 hours, afterwards we were detained and taken to Parliament Street police station," said Sunny, a member of AISA.
The students gathered and staged a protest outside UGC before marching towards MHRD. The All India students’ Association (AISA) has sent more than 6 teams under its national leadership to mobilise students from various universities across the countries.
"The students who participated in the march were from all four campuses of DU, JNU, JMI and AUD, despite the fact that all these campuses are under the spell of examinations," said Shweta Raj of AISA.
The student leaders are campaigning vigorously for garnishing support and mobilising students across the nation for their cause.
"The response to this movement all over India is tremendous. Citizens, along with students, are growing critical of the sale out of Indian education to WTO and private capital. I addressed big gatherings at AMU and Allahabad University and was overwhelmed by the response," Shehla Rashid Shora VicePresident, JNUSU.
The student leaders alleged government of being indifferent towards student demands.
"Since the coming of BJP government at the centre, a concerted effort has been made to destroy the Higher Education in India. In this context, it is pertinent to point out the WTO-GATS agreement of which our government is a party and which will sell higher education off for education traders to earn profits off our basic right of education. Scrapping of the non-net fellowship was an attempt to create level playing field for the private players," said Subhash, member Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS).