Students from IIT Bombay are on hunger strike because of the recent fee hike, they also boycotted going from the classes to sit on the strike.
In May, the management of IIT-B for a new academic session increased the fee as well as the hostel rent was increased by 300%, the Gymkhana fee was hiked by 167%, 100% hike was in the examination fee, medical and registration fee and around 50% hike in other charges. IIT-B authorities attributed the hike to inflation.
On Monday some students staged a march around 2 PM “The nine students will continue the hunger strike. Tomorrow, other students will take over. We will only intensify our struggle till we hear from the administration,” said a student.
“The administration has only been giving us false promises but no one has given us assurances of rolling back the fee hike. The increase in the fee structure is unfair and unwarranted,” said by another student.
“We have already shared with students a detailed version of the hike structure and its need but the committee will once again see if any of the hike is unreasonable. It will take some time and students will have to be patient,” said Soumyo Mukherji, dean-student affairs, IIT-B. “The hike was introduced after brainstorming for several months. So, revisiting the decision will take some time and cannot be done overnight,” he added.
“By the time the committee releases its report we would be forced to pay the hiked amount and eventually the hike will stay. We will not accept this,” said a PhD student.