The HRD ministry has finally taken notice of the continuing protest at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). It has directed the institute to form a committee and submit a report with recommendations by March-end, even as 43 students from the Guwahati campus proceeded on a hunger strike on Monday.
Officials have even enquired why the strike started over the Government of India- Post-Matric Scholarship (GOI-PMS) issue has not been called off yet.
A ministry official said that they have asked the committee to study the financial crunch faced by TISS, the genuineness of students’ demands. It will accordingly recommend solutions for future batches, said the official.
The committee will comprise of a UGC representative, TISS acting Director Shalini Bharat, nominee from the faculty, students’ representatives from all TISS campuses, and alumni too.
In the meantime, teachers are concerned about the exams that start this week.