Students of GB Pant Engineering college met Former SFI Activist and Rajya Sabha MP, SitaramYechury to take up the issue of campus for the college.
SFI stands in solidarity with the protesting students and faculty members of GB Pant Engineering College. The protest is against the complete insensitivity of the Delhi government which has still not allotted the promised infrastructure and land for the college. The dismal state of affairs in the college becomes evident from the fact that college is currently functioning in what was previously the abandoned hostel block of GB. Pant Polytechnic. It does not have proper classrooms and not even a single laboratory despite being an engineering college.
When the college was set up in 2007, it was promised a plot of 65 acres by the then Sheila Dikshit led Congress government. But in a shocking revelation gathered from RTI documents, students found out that instead of building the college, a part of the land had been given to an institute, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), that will come up on the public-private partnership model. The students also found out that the promised plot of land is not 65 acres, but only 48.952 acres.
Realising that the competent authorities are not keen to solve their problems but rather exacerbate it, protests were initiated inside and outside the campus by the students. Around 300 students went to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on March 23rd to stage a silent protest. But instead of meeting the students, the CM used the police to forcefully drive them way. Later they were informed that it will be inconvenient for him to meet them since he is busy with MCD election campaign. Inside the campus also, the students have being continuously staging protests. For last several days, many of them have being sleeping in the classrooms as a mark of protest. Faculty members have also being an integral part of these protests since the beginning. Joshil K Abraham, an Assistant Professor in the college has being on an indefinite hunger strike since April 5th.
We stand in solidarity with students and faculty of GB Pant Engineering College. We demand the Delhi government to immediately take up the matter and resolve the issue.
Secretary, Delhi State Committee
and Central Secretariat Member
Students’ Federation of India (SFI)