Jamia students call off hunger strike

Agitating students of Jamia Milia Islamia called off their six-day old hunger strike on Thursday after being persuaded by the teachers association, which promised to make sure their case is heard sympathetically.

New Delhi: Agitating students of Jamia
Milia Islamia called off their six-day old hunger strike on Thursday
after being persuaded by the teachers association, which
promised to make sure their case is heard sympathetically.

Representatives of Jamia`s teachers association met
the agitating students today and assured them of their help in
resolving the issue.

A group of 17 students from the mass communication
department who were debarred from writing exams on grounds of
short attendance had claimed that they were being denied the
15 per cent relaxation in attendance on medical grounds that
is provided for in the University.

Their department, however, had said the students had
failed to regularly attend classes despite being repeatedly
warned throughout the year and that the medical certificates
submitted by them were not authentic.

"As an association we look into the matter to ensure
their best interest," said Prof Rizwan Qaiser, Secretary of
Jamia teachers association after meeting the students.

He said the students may not be able to give their
exams this year but whatever best can be done in terms of them
appearing in their exams next year and reduce their financial
burdens, the association will help in that.

PTI

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