The All India Students Association (AISA) and Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) along with other student bodies today started an indefinite hunger strike at the Delhi University’s North campus. The students are protesting the university’s decision to hike the registration fees for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) students for post graduate courses.
“We will continue with our hunger strike until the Vice Chancellor comes out and talks to the students,” said Amarjeet, a member of AISA. According to the students organisation, the hiked fee for OBC students is now equal to what the general category students have to pay, Rs 750. “The students faced many problems while registering on the university’s online portal when they found out that the fees has been increased in almost all the colleges.
The registration fees for the OBC category students has been drastically increased to Rs 750 from the earlier Rs 300 which was what both OBC and Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students had to pay,” said the students body.
AISA had earlier called for a protest against this hike on 7 June, then again on 11 June, and again on 14 June after they had been promised a meeting with the university authorities on the issue which never materialised.
June, no meeting took place and the authorities extended the time for the meeting by another 2 days. When no meeting took place again on 19 June, we decided to resort to hunger strike to press for our demands”.