IIT-Kharagpur students gherao director, registrar & dean over sudden hostel fee hike

KOLKATA: Students of IIT Kharagpur gheraoed the director, registrar and dean of the institution overnight over the sudden hostel fees hike. The gherao is still on.

The students have been protesting for over 24 hours at India’s elite institution after they were informed of a 20% hike in hostel fees even before the GST comes into place.

The students said that they were going to gherao the authorities till the fee hike decision was withdrawn.

“At the time of the admission, we were not informed of any hostel fees hike. This sudden hike comes in the middle of the semester. The PhD scholars receive a small sum as stipend. From the stipend, the scholar has to send some amount at home and rest is given as hostel fees and food expenses. Without any increase in the stipend, it is difficult for the scholar to manage the hostel fees hike,” said a student.

The authorities have refused to speak to the media. However, sources in IIT Kharagpur reveal that no other IIT in the country has hiked its hostel fee.