After 15 days of protesting the fee increase at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, students got slight relief as the management reduced Rs 1,800 from the pre-semester component (SMA) of the fee structure. However, the students plan to continue the hunger strike that begins on Saturday, and are demanding a full rollback of the fee increase.
In a statement issued on Friday, IITB students stated against the fee increase, protesting students gathered: “This decision is merely a correction of wrong and unnecessary double achievement. But reducing the SMA can in no way be considered an achievement of our goals. Our resistance is to keep public education institutions in Economically accessible to all.
In another update: Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday allowed a facility to pay the premium for the transfer of collected land (owned by the Department of Revenue). The city has many properties built on land owned by the management and people have difficulty transferring it in their own name or in the name of the residential community.
In the past four days, Mumbai recorded 40 more cases of swine flu, bringing the total number to 182 in the city. With this, the government-run infectious disease hospital – Kasturba Gandhi Hospital – has maintained a total of 48 beds to treat swine flu patients. Swine flu is a human respiratory infection caused by a strain of influenza that began in pigs.