Attend classes after their demand to fill up posts and improve amenities on campus were accepted

About 6,000 students of IIIT Basara have called off their week-long strike after the Telangana Government agreed to meet their demands. “Our demands are met. We have resumed attending classes on Tuesday,” a student belonging to the Student Governing Council of the institute, told BusinessLine over phone from Basara in Nirmal district.

The students launched the strike demanding the Government to fill up posts, including a full-time Vice-Chancellor, and improve amenities on the campus.

“We had released a charter comprising 12 demands, which include recruitment of faculty to maintain the student-teacher ratio, improvement of amenities and collaboration with other academic institutes,” the student representing the Students’ Governing Council, told BusinessLine over the phone.

The institute, located in Basara village which is known for the temple of Goddess Saraswati, was set up in 2008 to encourage meritorious students from rural areas to take up courses in technology. The six-year course, offered for those who have completed Class 10, includes a Plus-2 course and, then, the four-year degree course.

But over the years, the students said the institute faced several challenges in terms of infrastructure, shortage of faculty and collaboration with other academic institutes.

“Despite several reminders, the State government failed to solve our problems. We were forced to start the protest. There were certain issues that can be solved immediately and there are others, which can be resolved over a period of time,” the student said.

Quoting the RGUKT (Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies) Act of 2008, the students said the government should immediately appoint a regular Vice-Chancellor.

Citing the provisions in the Act, they also wanted the government to immediately provide grants for salaries of the staff and for the development of infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, CPI, other political parties and several students’ unionsannounced moral support to the protesting students.

Published on June 21, 2022