Worry about the growing authoritarianism and oppression on student communities.IIT Delhi Research Scholars
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IIT Delhi Research Scholars issued a statement Regarding the recent Student Protests in IIT Guwahati, IIT Madras, JNU, IIT Bombay, IIT BHU & others.
It says, We Research Scholars of IIT Delhi, express our disappointment with regard to the ongoing issues and incidents across various Indian universities.
Students of this country play a major role in nation-building and their voices must be heard with an unfettered spirit of rationality and tolerance. It is necessary to involve and hear them at the appropriate institute forums before any academic or administrative decisions are made. While we respect the autonomous status of these institutes, we worry about the growing authoritarianism and oppression on student communities. We appeal to the concerned authorities to look into these matters very seriously.
We express our solidarity to students from all universities who are fighting against the unjustifiable fee hikes. We condemn the brutal police action on students, researchers, and teachers who are fighting for affordable education. Education must not be made a commodity, and for students of this country to avail quality education, they must be given grants and not loans. We see the ongoing fee hikes as a ‘trend’ and request the concerned to immediately interfere and put an end to this.
We hereby reject IIT Council’s recommendation to increase the MTech tution fee and stop the monthly stipend. IIT Council’s decision will open a channel for fee hike across the country, and any steps to implement this without student consultation will call for severe student protests. We request MHRD to reject the IIT Council’s proposal regarding the MTech fee hike.
We demand justice for Dr Brijesh Rai – Asst Professor, Department of EEE, IIT Guwahati. MHRD should immediately intervene and rollback the decision taken by IIT Guwahati BoG to terminate Prof Brijesh Rai from service. Whistleblowers must be protected and we urge MHRD to take appropriate actions against the IIT Guwahati authorities who have been caught for misusing the public money. We seek an unbiased and immediate probe to all issues raised by Dr Brijesh Rai.
We are extremely saddened to hear about the shocking stories of suicides in IIT campuses. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends who have lost their dear ones. We hope that the demands of protesting students at IIT Madras are heard, and proper actions are taken against individuals found guilty. IITs should revisit their counselling programmes, and appropriate measures must be taken at all institutes immediately. An academic probe at the institute level must be initiated in case of an unforeseen incident.
IIT Delhi Research Scholars pledge our support to the student community in distress and will stand by their side to make our universities a better place.