After 15 days of protest against the fee hike at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, students got a minor relief as the administration reduced Rs 1,800 from the Semester Mess Advance (SMA) component of the fee structure. However, students plan to continue with relay hunger strike starting Saturday, demanding complete rollback of fee hike.
In a statement issued on Friday, IITB Students Against Fee Hike, the protesting students’ collective, stated: “This decision is merely a correction of the wrongful and unnecessary double collection. But the reduction in SMA can in no way be considered as accomplishment of our objectives. Our resistance is for keeping public education institutions economically accessible to all.”
In other updated: Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday allowed relaxations to pay the premium for transfer of collector land (owned by revenue department). The city has many properties constructed on land owned by department and the people face a tough time to transfer these on their or the housing society’s name.
In the past four days, Mumbai recorded 40 more cases of swine flu, taking the total tally to 182 in the city. With this, the civic-run infectious hospital— Kasturba Gandhi Hospital — has reserved a total of 48 beds for the treatment of swine flu patients. Swine flu is a human respiratory infection caused by an influenza strain that started in pigs.