BHU students sat on a hunger strike in order to get their demands accepted on 18th May, 2016. They informed the administration through a letter about their demand for Cyber Library to open round the clock, which is gaining support from all around. They also demanded for the canteen to remain open round the clock and not ask students to vacate the hostels during summer vacations. The strike started on 2nd may when the students realized their demands are not being given the much needed consideration, thus directing them to sit and study under the street lights after the dismissal of the library at 11pm.Around a dozen students of BHU had launched an indefinite hunger strike outside the office of dean of students on Wednesday evening in protest against the curtailment in the timings of the cyber library, which used to remain open round-the-clock till November 2014. The protestors said that the administration’s statement which indicates initiation of disciplinary action has created an atmosphere of fear. In their letter addressed to the registrar, the students said that it is not a protest but a ‘Satyagrah’, where the students are on a hunger strike since last Thursday. Thus, leading to the administration’s active participation in releasing a notice against two students, Vikas Singh and Shantanu Singh Gaur and other students are being man handled.
The administration came to ask students to stop the hunger strike, and talk to a committee that has been formed by the administration, whose details till date haven’t been discussed with the students.
The protestors said that the administration’s statement which indicates initiation of disciplinary action has created an atmosphere of fear. The following steps have been taken by the administration against the students:
- Shutting down of toilets and water facilities at the building where students are sitting so that students are mentally disturbed.
- Making pressure on the district administration for arresting students late night while they were sleeping.
- Administration calling Student’s parents and misinforming them about the hunger strike and threatening them of Rustication and taking legal action on student’s sitting on Hunger strike.
- Threatening students and not providing for any medical needs of the students sitting on hunger strike for days.
Even though the hunger strike is continued, the administration failed to take favorable actions to meet any of the demands of the students and is asking them to end their hunger strike, while Congress MLA Ajay Rai met the protesting supporters and assured them of his support on the issue.
Is it justified on the administration’s part to not provide the facilities mentioned in the prospectus? Is this why a student takes admission in such institutions so that he/she cn be denied his rights? The answer is definitely a no!
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(Facts contributed by Abhilash Anand from BHU)