"Although the fee structure remains as it was according to the last notification, there is the possibility of a restructuring after another round of meeting with the students' representatives".
Demanding the withdrawal of increased fee, the students have started agitation in the campus and few of them are on hunger strike.
More than 200 students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur staged protests outside the office of the university's director this week, after the school notified students that hostel (housing) fees would rise to Rs 37,000 ($545) for the spring semester starting in January, an increase of Rs8,000 ($118).
The students in protest of the sudden change sent a petition on December 14 to the director signed by 1200 students, despite a considerable number of students being on holiday.
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In a letter to the hostel students, the authorities explained that the institute is governed by rules framed by the HRD ministry. This has also resulted in problems with quality of food.
Some of the student representatives met the management today to discuss about the hike decision. "This helps students to only pay for food costs separately without manpower included there, thus effectively reducing food costs and helping improve food quality". The Institute has to balance the funds we can spend on this category as it may affect other categories like support to top national and worldwide conferences, which helps achieve excellence. "Students have been informed that we were looking into the matter, and will try to provide assistance to reduce and adjust the charges accordingly". The most suitable decision will be taken within the applicable norms. However, he said that he'll allow only five of us. In fact, the director has already asked for details and we are re-examining what has been done. However, we take a very serious view of the extreme indiscipline that was seen over the past 20 hours, along with hooliganism and abusive behavior by a section of students.
During this week's protests, eight students went so far as to embark on a hunger strike, and the whole fracas sequestered the school's director and registrar in their office for an entire night.