The students of all the four campuses of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) were reported to have started a protest against the institute. The students who launched the protest have also decided not to pay their fees until their demands are met, Indian Express reported. These students want the TISS to roll back 2 of its decisions – to make the Aadhaar card mandatory and stopping financial aid to the students. The students have called for a mass fee boycott across the four campuses in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Tuljapur. The students have said that the Tata Institute must not pass on its financial burden to the students, Indian Express reported.
Earlier on the 26th of May, 2017, the institute had issued a notice that it would be withdrawing all financial aid to SC, ST and OBC students, which had taken students by surprise. To add to the students’ woes, TISS also mandated the furnishing of details of the Aadhaar card and made biometrics compulsory for attendance, something the students had protested against last year too. The said notice had further asked students to pay their fees by June 8.
According to the Indian Express, the students had earlier written to the institute administration asking for clarity on the issues. According to the report, the students, in a meeting with Director S Parasuraman, had been assured that the institute would be assisting them to avail student loans. The students have, however, started demanding that the extension date granted by the Institute for payment of fees was too short to arrange the concerned amount. Meanwhile, Director Parsuram said, “the students can go ahead and call for a boycott but it will be their loss. The Institute is in no position to provide financial aid anymore”.