Monday, April 29, 2013
After a meeting between a high-powered committee and students of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) failed to end the impasse on Saturday, around 500 students have pledged to discontinue studies at the institute if their demands are not met.
Students, who are protesting for the past one month, are demanding better infrastructure at the institute and resignation of officiating director KK Bhutani. The sacking of an assistant professor had triggered the protests last month.
When asked whether the institute is going to accept the students' decision or not, Bhutani refused to comment.
In a press release issued on Sunday, students said they were extremely dissatisfied with the outcome of the meeting. The tone and tenor of the committee members was highly discouraging and they constantly pressured students to drop the demand of the director's resignation, it added.
Students said they are still firm on their primary demand of the director's resignation. They alleged that when they saw that the committee was not ready to heed to their primary demand, students decided to block the main gate of the institute when the committee members were leaving after the marathon meeting.
Students alleged that the committee did not provide any solution to their problems and did not give any written assurance on solving their problems in future.
Though students have called off their hunger strike, they have decided to continue with their strike from Monday.