News By/Courtesy: deepali jain | 17 Oct 2019 12:12pm IST

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  • strike against unlawful code of conduct
  • arbitral act by the school
  • unethical code of conduct

 

The Student Protest Movement of the 1960's was initiated by the newly empowered minds of America’s youth. The students who initiated the movement had just returned from the “Freedom Summer” as supporters of the Civil Rights Movement, registering Black voters, and they turned the principles and methods they had learned on the Freedom Rides to their own issues on campus. These students (mostly white, middle class) believed overbearing University rules was holding them down. Student life was governed by the policy of in loco parentis, which allowed colleges to act arbitrarily.

 

The principles and methods they had learned on the Freedom Rides to their own issues on campus. These students (mostly white, middle class) believed overbearing University rules was holding them down. Student life was governed by the policy of in loco parentis, which allowed colleges to act "in place of the parents." Off campus, these young people were considered adults, but at school they were subjected to curfews, dorm visitation restrictions, close supervision, and rules against 
having a car or even renting an apartment. Not only were these students being treated as children in this respect, but there were also heavy restrictions put on what they could and 
could not discuss. Any issues, especially political, not directly related to the university were strictly prohibited. Only sandbox issues, those related to university issues were allowed on campus. This created an extremely controlled environment and severely impinged on the student’s rights to free speech. 
In reaction to such limitations, college students across the country decided to do something about it.

 

A similar situation has been observed recently by students of army institute of law, Mohali against the unconstitutional wrath and code of conduct of the teachers of the management of the reputed college.

 

A statement issued by the student community today reads,

"The Institute, once a force to be reckoned with, has now been plagued by administrative inefficiencies, deteriorating quality of the teaching staff and a general sense of unreasonableness and apathy towards the students for some time now."

The student protests, which commenced last night, are said to have drawn over 300 students who continue to camp outdoors at the AIL premises demanding that the authorities respond to eight principal demands.

The demands put forth by the student protestors include:

  • Constitution of a democratically elected student representative body
  • Amendment of the AIL Code of Conductand the interim revocation of various provisions challenged until then
  • Revising the process of faculty appointments
  • Redressing grievances over poor cafeteria/mess infrastructure and the pricing and quality of food and catering
  • Ensuring equal student representation on the Board of Inquirywhen it comes to dealing with offences in the Code of Conduct
  • Lifting the restriction of student movement within the campus post 23:00 hours, for both male and female students alike
  • Constitution of an impartial and democratic Board of inquiry to look into the conduct of the female warden, until the completion of which an interim appointment shall be made in her place
  • Addressing the hike in fees levied in the current academic year, as against static quality of hostels, IT facilities, sports infrastructure etc.

The October 4 student representation had registered  protest over this scheme of things, stating,

  • "In essence, the institute is devoid of an independently run student body...Having been denied the right to determine their best interest by appointment of a representative of their choice, the students are introduced to a system which endorses the ‘ideals’ of a dictatorial and nepotistic society. The medium of student-management interaction is administratively weak and functionally ineffective."

 

The student protestors have asserted that they would continue with their protest until the administration responds to the various grievances raised. As stated in their press release,

"Presently on 16th October, 2019 students are yet to receive an acknowledgment or a response from the concerned authorities. Anticipating a reaction from the students, the wardens and the Registrar tried to contain the students in their hostels by placing barricades outside the gate. At 10 pm, students walked out of their hostels in solidarity, expecting an audience with the Registrar who was, and is present in the college premises. 

300 students are braving the cold, mosquitoes and are camping below the statue of Lady Justice, hoping to peacefully uphold the dignity of the profession they have chosen by having their opinions heard in a fair, just and equitable manner. All the students have laid down mattresses in the college campus and refuse to budge till their statement of relief is acknowledged and assented to."

Though the movement may have created chaos around campus, it was well minored and non-violent. The protestors took hold of the methods used in the Civil Rights movement, knowing that violence only made situations less credible and more difficult to keep under

Control. 

Whether the effectiveness came for the bottom up, with student organizations gathering to approach the administration, or top down, with the administration addressing the students, the issues were recognized and discussed. Both parties had their gains and 

Losses, and the Student Protest Movement came out on top with a memorable place in the era of equality.

 

 

 

Section Editor: Prithvjjit Mukherjee | 18 Oct 2019 14:56pm IST


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