New Delhi, Feb 27: After a public meeting between the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) administration and students failed twice, the administration has issued a notice saying do not obstruct the main gate of the campus.

The notice issued by institute registrar read that the residents of the campus has complained of restrictive movement and urged students to stop blocking the main gate, which has been blocked as a mark of protest.  The notice further read that if students failed to adhere this then institute will take action against them.

The campus is home to hostels, dining halls, daycares as well as residences of faculty and officials. Since the main gate is blocked, people are forced to use the rear exit which is creating the problem for them.

Reacting to the notice, the student union said that they will continue their protest until all their demands are fulfilled.  The Tata Institute of Social Sciences students and alumni also staged a demonstration near the Human Resource Development Ministry against the withdrawal of scholarships for SC and ST scholars.

Why are students protesting:

Last academic year the TISS administration has issued a circular announcing that it would withdraw financial aid to SC and ST students who were eligible for the Government of India Post-Matric Scholarship (GoI-PMS) scheme. As a result, eligible students would now have to pay hostel and dining hall charges, upfront. To avail the scholarship, students would have to apply to the central government and have the sum credited to their bank accounts. This decision was applicable to existing students as well.

The students’ union demanded that the 2016-18 and 2017-19 batches be exempted. The financial aid was mentioned in the prospectus at the time of admission and it was unfair to ask students midway through the course to pay their fees,” said Fahad Ahmad, general secretary of the TISS students’ union.  On February 21, students at the four campuses of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) stalled academic work. The agitation has garnered support from other student and leftwing organisations across the country.