Protests and student activism take a storm in Indian universities, it also continues to widen and polarise public opinion on the state of education in our country. In another such incident, over 600 agitated students of the National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) Ranchi are on an indefinite hunger strike.
Students of this law university have been sleeping on the streets right outside the main entrance demanding for better facilities and the immediate removal of the vice-chancellor, registrar and the overall administrative body who failed to address the problem of the students.
As per the students’ narrative, they allege that they are being driven to the extremes as the university administration has been neglecting their issue since the past seven years despite assurances of redressal. The students allege the authority of mass negligence, mismanagement, and corruption.
“The university has only one professor, the vice chancellor, who does not teach any of the students, majority of the students of NUSRL would go through five years of their undergraduate course without attending one proper lecture from a Professor despite paying around 1,00,000 per annum, in tuition fees only.” a statement issued by the students said.
Notably, the university administration has made efforts to convince the students to call off the protest but attempts were futile. The students are demanding to discuss the matter with CM and Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court, who also happens to be the NUSRL’s chancellor.
A student said, “Despite our repeated attempts to reach out to the university administration, our voices were not heard. We are paying huge fees every month but the facilities we get is there to be seen,”
In the meantime, the HC joint registrar visited the university, registering the complaints of the students and is expected to hand over a report to the VC soon.