The tussle between students and administration of the universities across India seem to be never ending, after FTII, Hyderabad Central University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, now its the Rajasthan Central University. Four students here have been sitting on a hunger strike demanding a student union election along with improvement of basic facilities. They have twenty point agenda which includes, improving water facilities, food quality in the hostel, providing high speed WIFI facility 24/7 library facilities among many others.
Two among the four students, Ravi Mandia and Pradhyuman Singh Yadav had to call off the strike as they had to be hospitalised because of their deteriorating health conditions. While other two Yadavendra Shekhawat and Deependra Meena are still sitting on the strike. The students here allege that in absence of a student union in the University the voices of dissent has been completely crushed by the university administration.
A student on conditions of anonymity, tells, Narada news , “ There is no space for dissent on the campus, every voice demanding the rights of students’ is crushed down. The university administration has been working at the behest of central government, they are guided by neo liberal economic policies, they are making education costlier for students coming here from poor backgrounds. “
The students also assert that the quality of food provided by the hostel administration is very poor and its expensive in comparison with other central universities, besides there is no arrangement for food for people coming from states other than Northern arts of India.
A student from Manipur refusing to named said, “ this is sheer discrimination against us, we are forced to eat food which for which we don’t have a taste, we can’t complain, since disciplinary action would be initiated against us, the authoritarian ways of the management could well be understood from the fact that we can even reveal our names while talking to you.”
“The clampdown is such that media is not allowed to enter the university and talk to students’ as the administration does not want the news to come out and spread to other parts of the country. We want students from other universities to come and stand by us in solidarity .” he added.
The officials of the university administration did not respond to the calls made by Naradanews. However, students told this correspondent that the Vice Chancellor and the administration has asked them to call of the strike for any negotiations to start. But Students here are apprehensive about calling off the strike as they say that this appeal is nothing but an administration gimmick to break their struggle.