Pune: Around 100 alumni and social organisations have come forward in support of the students of Karve Institute of Social Service (KIoSS) who have been fighting for almost a month demanding college administration to reopen hostel facility and improve living conditions.
Last week, the students had received a court's notice by the college management stating that the students had violated college instructions.
"The college had given a notice to students to not conduct any protest in the premises yet the students firmly agitated," said Sandip Barve, an alumnus of KioSS at the press meet conducted on Thursday.
Barve said, "It is unfair that the colleges suddenly dragged the students to court while the dialogue is still in process. The students have been protesting non-violently for 25 days now. The main priority is hostel accommodation for the students.
Therefore, if the college management does not withdraw their court notice served to the students, we will shortly demonstrate a protest march post-Ganeshostav."
The ex-students informed that even after the management had a day-long discussion with the students and alumni, no concrete solution to their plight has been drawn so far. Instead, they were handed a court notice, post that few students had backed out from the protest. Still, around 10 students have stood firmly against the college's deeds.
Regardless of the notice severed to the students, they have decided to continue with the protest until the management reopens the hostel.
Why the protest?
- Total 14 boys were asked to vacate the hostel over the night on August 6.
- The management had given a reason stating that college is unable to afford a hostel which is non-profitable.
- Although, the college had provided an alternative accommodation for boys, it was in an uninhabitable condition.
- The students had also complained that many facilities were slashed underlining as a part of cost cutting.
- Since then, the students including girls have camped themselves in alternating shifts as a mark of protest at the college premises.