STOPwithdrawal of financial aid to SC-ST-OBC(NC) students

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TISS students union gave a call for university strike on 21st February 2018 against the recent notification
of TISS admin to withdraw financial aid to GOI-PMS students from SC/ST category across all its
campuses. Financial aid had already been withdrawn for OBC students in 2015. Along with this TISS has
been constantly hiking fees given which many students have been forced to drop out or never applying
here. Students held a resistance march in campus last night . Today since 7am students were out in the
campus to make the strike a success. After getting a successful shut down of all classes in campus today
afternoon around 500 students gathered at the TISS main gate and blocked the gate. After 3 hours of
demanding the admin to meet students at gate the admin finally gave in and met the students. Students
in Hyderabad, Guwahati, Tuljapur also held protests in their campuses. The admin refused to give in to
demands of students on the spot and asked for 24 hours to respond to our demands. The tiss ex director
Parasuraman, who is still in campus addressed the students in a derogatory manner , going to the extent
of saying that institution has been doing a favor to the students since past 14 years by providing them
financial aid. He was also heard murmuring abusive words on the face of students while talking. The
students have decided to keep the protest going till demands are met by the admin. The kind of fee that
TISS demands, the withdrawal of financial aid along with central government doing fund cut are
completely against the spirit of affirmative action which seeks to provide opportunity to students to
study in universities like TISS. Over 500 students in different levels of their degree are impacted and
stand to be further impacted by these policies. The enrolment of students from OBC category has
already dropped in the institute. An estimated 9% drop has already been witnessed and now the SC ST
students will also be dropping out if the situation continues. Tiss is on its way to becoming a world class
university where social category will only become redundant over time. Students have also been trying
to talk to different ministries like Ministry of social welfare , ministry of tribal affairs but we have
received nothing beyond false hopes and empty promises. In view of these development students have
no other way left but to agitate and raise their demands. We request all to support this petition help us reach this concern  to higher authorities.