On 6th January, on the reopening day of MKU after IDC, AISA staged a protest in Madurai, demanding removal of VC. The protest highlighted the plight of universities in the liberalization era. It demanded:
• Appointment of all VCs should be scrutinized
• A white paper on the non-payment of fellowship in all TN Universities
• Enquiry on the appointment faculties in all the universities
• Implementation of GO 92 (Government paying fees on behalf of Dalit students studying post metric courses in Private Institutions)
On the same day, SFI gheraoed Collectorates of 4 southern districts.
On, 6th, Monday, AISA leaders organized struggle within the campus mobilizing students. The MKU authorities motivated non teaching staff to stage counter protest. Students were blocked on the roads leading to administration office by police and non-teaching staff. Comrades Arun and Pandiyan were called for discussion by the Syndicate members, however authorities were not ready to consider demands.
On 8th MKU students climbed atop Nagamali hills and staged protest for two days.
On 10th students met the collector and submitted a petition and the university was closed for Pongal Holidays. On the same day, SFI gheraoed Governor’s office in Chennai.
Now AISA is planning to organize a joint protest of all students’ organizations on 20th January, on the day of reopening of University after holidays.