Kopar Khairane
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Suicide at NIT Silchar: Students Continue Hunger Strike, 10 Hospitalized

<p>Following the reported suicide of a third-year electrical student, NIT Silchar students began a hunger strike to protest their varied demands. On Thursday, the strike reached its fifth day, and 10 of the students were hospitalized after fainting, according to an official.</p>
<p>A youngster named Harsh Kumar Singh was said to be in critical condition.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-195651″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-india-chooses-to-bowl-first-against-australia-in-the-first-odi-in-mohali-after-win.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com india chooses to bowl first against australia in the first odi in mohali after win” width=”1324″ height=”751″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-india-chooses-to-bowl-first-against-australia-in-the-first-odi-in-mohali-after-win.jpg 298w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-india-chooses-to-bowl-first-against-australia-in-the-first-odi-in-mohali-after-win-150×85.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1324px) 100vw, 1324px” title=”Suicide at NIT Silchar: Students Continue Hunger Strike, 10 Hospitalized 12″></p>
<p>The students’ principal demand—the dismissal of Dean (Academics) Dr. B K. Roy—has been satisfied, thus the authorities have advised them to end their protest.</p>
<p>Dr. Lalit Kumar Saikia has temporarily taken Roy’s seat.</p>
<p>On September 15, Kok Buker, an Arunachal Pradesh student, was discovered hanged up in his dorm room. The other students had stopped the police from entering the room, so they had to break through the door to carry the corpse down.</p>
<p>The Dean of Academics, according to the protesters, was principally to blame for Buker’s death and had a history of tormenting a number of other students.</p>
<p>On September 15th, the students reportedly vandalized the Dean of Academics’ home during a demonstration, which led to a police lathi charge that left 40 students hurt.</p>
<p>According to NIT Silchar Registrar K L Baishnab, the administration is talking with the students and providing them with advice on their academics and future plans.</p>
<p>The NIT Silchar Student Fraternity had earlier requested President Droupadi Murmu to step in right now because they believed the “situation in our institution has escalated to an alarming level.”</p>
<p>In order to guarantee a thorough inquiry into the claimed suicide and to ensure that the family of the dead received complete help, including financial and legal support, the students had also urged that the college administration file a FIR.</p>
<p>The protesting students demanded that they not be subject to legal or disciplinary action by the Cachar district government or by NIT officials.</p>
<p>In order to lighten the load on students and safeguard their emotional and physical wellbeing, they urged the formation of a high-level committee to implement academic changes at NIT Silchar.</p>
<p>In the meanwhile, the Lok Sabha representative for Kamriganj, Kripanath Mallah, has written to Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan pleading with him to take prompt action to address the protesting students’ issues with the NIT Silchar administration.</p>
<p>Given the strain on the students, he asked Pradhan to implement the “free-entry-exit” system at NIT Silchar in accordance with the New Education Policy (NEP), 2020.</p>
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