After JNU, MANUU Students Protest Fee Hike, Raise Other Issues

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The students of Moulana Azad Urdu National University (MANUU) held a protest at the administration building on Tuesday.

Waquar Hasan | Caravan Daily

HYDERABAD — In the immediate aftermath of the protest by students of Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi over hostel and other fee hikes, students at Moulana Azad Urdu National University (MANUU) here are raising a clamour over issues relating to fee hike and inadequate health, transport, water and Wifi facilities for students.

“Hostel fees have been hiked. We are facing a water shortage in all departments for the last two months. Internet connections are not steady, and this impacts students’ studies. Research works mostly depend on internet access. Buses to the campus often develop glitches. Worse, there are not enough of doctors and nurses at the campus health centre,” said Umar Faruq, president of MANUU students union.

He told Caravan Daily: “In order to raise these issues, around 300 students held a protest at the administration building for two hours Tuesday, and dispersed after the Registrar met them and promised to sort out the issues soon.”

Faruq said the hostel fee has been hiked from Rs 1,000 per month to Rs 1,500 for girls, and from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500 for boys. He said there were only two doctors at the health centre and they were over-burdened with daily work. “There is no ambulance for the university. When students fall ill, it is difficult to take them to a hospital. There is also the issue of shortage of books in the library. We don’t find the books we need for our studies.”

“If the administration does not resolve the issues soon, we will go on a strike,” he said.

The students are also demanding resignation of proctor Abul Kalam as he allegedly pressurized the police to file an FIR against two groups of students despite the students union working hard for a compromise to resolve the issues.

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