Change in the administrative incompetency in Himachal Pradesh National Law University
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*Four days ago, the students of Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla, sat in a peaceful protest with the demand that the Vice-Chancellor meets them and fulfils their demands regarding infrastructure and scholarships.* However, the Vice-Chancellor instead of meeting the students of her own university threatened them with “strict-action”. When the students continued their protest, the Vice-Chancellor shut down the University for more than a week i.e., from 18th-25th September to instil fear among the students. The VC without thinking about the students living there has forcefully asked them to either vacate the hostels or live at their “own risk”!
Previously the students staged a protest in March this year to demand clarity in the fee structure. Most importantly, they urged to give them a justification about where the fees paid by them for campus development is going when they are not provided amenities like drinking water, hygienic food, habitable hostels, WiFi which is their basic right. Moreover, the university has failed to provide them facilities like moot courts, competitions, seminars, etc which are very important for the learning experience in law schools. The university has also denied students the grants of the University grants Commission (UGC), the Bar Council of India (BCI) and of the State Government. Because of the administration’s negligence, the students receiving scholarships from their respective states have also been denied. When the students raised questions, the administration shamelessly told the students that “those with unsound financial backgrounds must refrain from taking admissions in expensive universities and should have opted for a traditional law university”!
The students waited patiently for 6 months to give time to the administration to work on the issues they raised. However, the administration has not only failed to address their issues but called the demands of the students ‘immature’. Moreover, instead of giving clarity on the different heads under which they were charged fees, they were compiled into one head “other facilities” without any due justification.
It must also be noted that the students have been sitting on a peaceful protest for the last 4 days and they will continue to sit in unity and peacefully for the days to come if no proper action in not taken against the administration.
Hence the Students of HPNLU request that their voices be heard and all the grievances be addressed immediately.
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