On Monday, a huge number of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) students demanded that the campuses should be re-opened and also demanded a fee waiver for their second semester. The students’ groups from different departments of IIMC namely Urdu journalism, Radio and Television departments, and Hindi journalism alleged that the institute had promised that the classes for the second semester will be held in an offline mode. Notably, the institute has been holding the classes of the second semester from 30 March 2021 in an offline mode.
Students complained that if elections can be conducted on such a large scale, rallies can be addressed then there is no point avoiding re-opening of the educational institutions. Being a practical course, they said, it was not possible to carry on the studies of journalism in an online mode. They said that they have read as much as they could in the online mode and now there is a lot of practical knowledge which is to be taught and studied, which can be done only in an offline mode.
Students further demanded that the fees for the second semester should be waived and also that the duration of the second semester should be stretched. They demanded that the institute must make appropriate arrangements as no practical classes were conducted even in their first due to the widespread coronavirus pandemic.
Their other demands included awarding the due free-ship to the respective students soon and that the library should be open for students throughout the week. As the first semester was entirely in an online mode, therefore students haven’t used any of the campus resources, and keeping that in view half of the fee of the first semester should be adjusted to the second semester.
Students informed that they intend an indefinite protest if their demands and not considered and met.