3 students on hunger stir; protesters block entrance to Jamia university.
New Delhi: The Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) administration has slammed the students who are on a hungerstrike demanding conversion of their part-time BE course into a full-fledged one.
The students allegedly blocked the entrance by blocking one of the gates of the university. The JMI has said that the matter is lying with the All-Indiua Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and that “certain disruptive forces are trying to foment trouble”.
More than a 100 BE students from JMI have been protesting for declaring the part time course into a full-time one, for the batches from 2014-15 to 2018-19.
To mount pressure on the administration, three of the students sat on indefinite hunger strike from Wednesday.
Jamia is running a BE (part-time) course along with regular B.Tech course in the faculty of engineering and technology. The BE (part-time) course was started in 1979 to supplement the additional qualification for Diploma of Engineering holders who are already employed.
“The BE (part-time) students are agitating for the conversion of their course into a full-fledged one. The Dean and HoDs of engineering faculty and Dean Students’ Welfare held a meeting with AICTE for the modalities of conversion of the part-time course into a full-time programme,” said a statement by the university.
“Some students, despite knowing that the matter is pending now with the AICTE, went ahead with the hungerstrike, disturbed the classes and locked the entrance Gate no.7, which provides access to faculties of natural sciences, social sciences and the central library,” according to a JMI statement.