New Delhi: Students of National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack, entered the fourth day of protest on Saturday.
A press release from the Student Body Association(SBA) of National Law University, Odisha, said “the call for protest followed several fruitless representations made to the requisite authorities, both by the Student Body Association and the student body at large."
Students at the university have demanded basic amenities which were promised to them when they secured admissions to one of the prestigious NLUs in the country.
Construction of library, decent living standards of girl’s hostel, establishment of dispensary, explanation to the arbitrary fee hike, transparency in academic policies and faculty appointment policies were few of the demands made by the students and placed before the University administration.
According to details mentioned in the press release, it has been brought to light that girl students are forced to live in deplorable conditions, with residents of Girls Hostel II living in rooms with constant water seepage, fungi-infested walls, and the constant fear of electrocution. Students have claimed facing medical problems due to such living conditions.
In the meeting held between the SBA and the Vice-Chancellor on the 26 July, however, university administration failed to come with concrete solutions to address the issues.
Following the lackadaisical attitude of authorities, the students have continued with their protest which has now stretched over 96 hours.
Most NLUs across the country have held a series of protest this year, calling attention to poor living standards at hostels, and unexplained fee hikes.
The first NLU, National Law School India University, Bangalore, which started functioning in 1986 under the National Law School of India Act, 1986, protested against the steep fee hike earlier this month.
In a span of five months, NLUO is the fourth NLU to protest against living conditions, the arbitrariness in administration and examination policies. Six other NLUs have issued statements expressing solidarity with protesting students of NLUO.
The consortium of National Law Universities was established with the aim of improving the standard of legal education in the country and justice system through legal education.