22 दिनों की छात्र हड़ताल

स्टेट यूनिवर्सिटी ऑफ पर्फोर्मिंग ऐंड विजुवल आर्ट्स, रोहतक, हरयाणा

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राज्य सरकार द्वारा 2011 में ‘Government Technical Institute‘ के तौर पर स्थापित हुए कॉलेज को इस साल जुलाई में विश्वविद्यालय का दर्जा दिया गया। इसके परिसर में 4 संस्थान हैं जो कि फाइन आर्ट्स, आर्किटेक्चर, डिज़ाइन, और फ़िल्म और टीवी में डिग्री प्रदान करते हैं। संसथान के स्थापित होने के बाद के इन चार सालों में यहां 3 छात्र हड़तालें हो चुकी हैं। पहली हड़ताल 2012 में हुई और तीसरी अभी 3 नवम्बर को शुरू हुई। वैसे तो और सभी केन्द्रों के छात्रों ने इनमें हिस्सा लिया और कईओं ने धरने में भी शिरक़त की, डिज़ाइन और ख़ासकर फ़िल्म के छात्र इसके प्रमुख़ कार्यकर्ता रहे। फिल्म इंस्टिट्यूट तो इस हड़ताल के दौरान छात्रों द्वारा पूरी तरह बंद कर दिया गया। 10 नवंबर को छात्रों ने पूरे परिसर को सफलतापूर्वक तालाबंद कर दिया था। 24  नवंबर को यह हड़ताल खत्म तो हुई पर किसी तसल्लीबक्श नतीजे के बग़ैर। और इस संस्थान का इतिहास गवाह है कि हड़ताल का अंत संघर्ष का अंत नहीं।

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22 Day Student Strike

State University of Performing and Visual Arts, Rohtak, Haryana

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Set up in Rohtak in 2011 as the Government Technical Institution Society by the state government, this institute was turned into a university in July of this year. The campus houses four institutes that provide BAs in Fine Arts, Architecture, Design and Film and Television. In its four years, this campus has seen three student strikes. The first was in 2012. The latest one started on the 3rd of November 2014. While students from other institutes also supported the strike and many joined the dharna, design and especially film students were the main actors. The film institute was shut down for the duration of the strike. On the 10th of November, the students managed a complete lock-out of the entire campus. The strike ended on the 24th of November with an unsatisfactory result. But as the history of the campus shows, the end of the strike does not mean the end of the struggle. Continue reading

Akhil, acting student, SUPVA, Rohtak / अखिल, अभिनय का छात्र, SUPVA, रोहतक

His mother does housework; his father is a tailor and works as a karigar in a shop. He attended a government school where the admission fee was Rs. 100, and Rs. 200 was the annual fee. He wanted to do a BA but did not have enough money for admission. He tried the Nekiram College in Rohtak but the admission fee was Rs. 2,135. He only had Rs. 1,800, which his mother had managed to scrape together somehow. So instead of college he joined an ITI, paying Rs. 150-200. Continue reading

Satish, textile design student, SUPVA, Rohtak / सतीश, टेक्सटाइल डिज़ाइन का छात्र , SUPVA, रोहतक

His father is an agricultural labourer who gets a daily wage of about Rs. 100-150. During the wedding season he works as haluwayi. His mother does housework. His brother works as a salesperson in a shop. He paid his fees with the help of his brother and a better-off neighbour . After his 2nd year, Satish tried to get a loan. But failed. He said, “I recently read that the Kingfisher boss has a 17,500-crore debt. But when we need 70,000 we are bombarded with hundreds of questions – what will you do in the future? Is there a property? What does your father do? If your father does not work or he is a labourer like my father then they ask how you will pay. But there is no guarantee.” No bank in Panipat (his hometown) was willing to give him a loan. In his 2nd year he sent an application to the institute for a fee concession. He is in the 4th year now but so far he has had no reply. Consequently, he hasn’t paid the fee since the 1st year. Apparently, the institute can’t do anything about it because they had promised to provide loans themselves. But Satish also added, “We are not having any classes anyways, so how can they ask us to pay?” Continue reading

Vinod Kumar, sweeper, Noida /   विनोद कुमार, सफाई कर्मचारी, नोएडा

I am part of the housekeeping staff of Havells Electronics, a company based in Noida, which if I’m not mistaken, produces switchboards. I sweep and swab the place everyday – the whole place is around 1000 gaj (roughly 9000 square feet) and there are only four of us – so that amounts to almost 7 hours of work every day. It is regular, elementary work and I find it comfortable because I am illiterate and feel insecure about anything involving the written word. For instance, I was to go to this house to spring clean and was asked to take the metro to get there. I felt very nervous as I couldn’t read any signs and the metro’s automated voices announcing stations seemed like noise. For several hours I felt stranded in the midst of crowds and hoardings and announcements. I always feel on the back-foot because of my inability to read and write. So, anyhow, I am forced to do manual work, also because the regularized work calms my anxiety about being anpad (illiterate). Continue reading