The administration issues the following clarification in view of the protests by some students for the last three days. Statements appearing in a section of the press mention students’ allegations that the administration has arbitrarily disconnected power and water supply in the hostels causing trouble to students just before their JRF/NET/CSIR examinations.
- The Chief Warden’s Office (CWO) issued a notice on April 26, 2019 asking students to apply for stay in Hostels during Summer Vacation. The deadline, May 04, 2019 was extended to May 07 following requests from students. This notice had also indicated that students allowed to stay back would have to shift to other hostels.
- Also, the last date for PG/ Integrated students who have completed their course to vacate the hostel was extended up to May 14, 2019.
- Over 650 students were allowed to stay back on campus for valid reasons on payment of Rs.1000 (Gen Category), Rs.750 (OBC) during Summer Vacation.
- On May 18, 2019 the CWO put up the list of students permitted to stay during Summer Vacation and informed them to shift to the hostels indicated before May 21, 2019. Even this deadline was extended to June 03, 2019. This notice mentioned clearly that if students failed to shift to the hostels indicated before June 03, 2019, electricity and water supply would be disconnected to the six hostels.
- However, when students did not shift to other hostels, the CWO waited for seven more days before finally disconnecting water and power supply to six hostels. This was done after explaining to all students’ groups that saving water and electricity was important during summer since the university had not been receiving Manjeera water supply for a couple of months now.
- Despite extending deadlines and repeatedly urging students to shift to other hostels to enable them to study for their forthcoming JRF/NET/CSIR examinations, and after explaining to the students the need to co-operate given restricted power and water supply during summer, it is unfair on the part of the students to be protesting calling the decision undemocratic.
- It is understood that some students prevented members of the university community from entering/ exiting the campus last evening by resorting to a road block.
The administration once again appeals to all students to give up their protests and focus on the purpose for which they decided to stay back in the hostels—utilising library facilities and preparing for competitive examinations and attending to their projects and internships. It would be in their interest to shift to the hostels indicated instead of expending their time on protests.
The university views roadblocks and any such similar activity very seriously and will take appropriate action if students attempt to derail normal activity on the campus.