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Hill students demand hike in quota

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 10, 2009

KURSEONG, 9 AUG: The students of Darjeeling Polytechnic Institute (DPI) have started a relay hunger strike in front of the Kurseong SDO office from yesterday demanding hike in quota for the Hill students from 60 to 90 per cent.
The general secretary of the DPI Students’ Union, Mr Chandan Gurung, said that seven students were on the strike and another bunch comprising seven students would replace them after 48 hours. “The agitation would continue till our demands are met,” he said.
Mr Gurung said they had served several deputations on their demands to the principal of the institution over the past few months. “But so far the institute management has taken no step to address these. We have thus no alternative but to resort to hunger strike,” he added.
Mr Gurung further said that counselling should be held in the institute itself instead of the present system of Online counselling. “Besides, a permanent principal should be appointed who would look after the Kurseong branch of the institute. Currently, the principal looks after both the Siliguri and Kurseong branches of the institute. But our principal demand is increase in reservation for the Hill-based students from 60 to 90 per cent. We would not budge from this issue,” he affirmed.
When contacted, the Kurseong SDO, Mr Dibyendu Das said since the matter was related to the education department they had already forwarded the matter to the authorities concerned.

Source:The Statesman


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