Students of the National Law University, Odisha (NLU Odisha) today commenced an indefinite protest citing lethargic administrative response to a number of issues, including poor infrastructure and faculty performance, arbitrary hostel rules and examination policies, as well as a fee hike for the incoming batches.
Speaking to Bar & Bench, a source said that the issues cited have been plaguing NLU Odisha for years. An initial list of demands released by the student body include the following:
Bar & Bench was also told that there has also been no official audit of the University accounts over the last six years.
The decision to hold the protest followed two consecutive student general body meetings over the apparent reluctance of the University administration to resolve the cited issues within a reliable time frame.
Whereas the students briefly met the NLU Odisha Registrar and Vice-Chancellor Prof Srikrishna Deva Rao over their demands today, it is informed that the administration was not forthcoming with any deadline to resolve the issues. Following the adamant stance of the administration, the students have decided to continue with the protest.
The press statement issued by the student body today also states:
“Important issues adversely affecting the living and working conditions within the campus have been ignored. The Girls’ Hostels are in terrible condition, rendering most rooms uninhabitable. A world-class library had been promised since the inception of the institution, but no progress has been made other than the completion of the basic structure. Several prejudiced academic and examination policies that are still in force.
The fees for the upcoming batch has been increased by Rs.30,000, without providing a reasonable explanation. There have also been no positive steps taken to improve placement figures. These particular issues have been continuously raised for a number of years, but no significant steps have been taken by the Administration to remedy any of these.
The Students of the University condemn this lethargy, and demand nothing more than their due right, the right to a University that provides a conducive environment for learning. The issues mentioned above affect the basic conditions in the University, and make it very difficult for the students to even attend classes regularly and comfortably, notwithstanding the fact that a portion of the student population does not even have a decent place to live…
…The Students through this peaceful protest aim to stimulate the administration into doing their duty, and ensure that basic living and academic conditions are attained.“
Attempts the reach the NLU Odisha administration bore no fruit.
[Read the Full Press Statement]
[Read the List of Demands by the Student Body]
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