The participants of the protest accused that the police perpetrated unprovoked violence against the innocent students who were agitating peacefully and in a democratic manner.
The agitating students said that the two incidents are indicative of the shrinking space for students from marginalised sections including poors, dalits, tribals and minorities.
The University of Mumbai (MU) is yet to act against the engineering colleges which failed to meet the norms related to admission, finances, staff and infrastructure in the last two academic years.
The University of Mumbai has decided to replace its colonial-era convocation gown with a new dress, which is said to be in line with ‘Indian traditions and culture’. However, for many, it was yet another political ploy aimed at ‘saffronisation’ of 162-year-old varsity.
With backward categories and minorities, especially Muslims, in the state still lagging behind in education, Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) has demanded that the new government in Maharashtra bring special regulation to ensure adequate representation of SCs, STs and minorities in the educational institutes.
Santosh (Sridevi) Londhe recently completed BA (Psychology) from University of Mumbai’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning
The poor placement was a result of economic slowdown and lack of communication and other skills among students, said experts.