20 pharmacy students at NIPER to sit on fast today
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About 20 agitating pharmacy students from NIPER institute have decided to go on a hunger strike starting Friday to press their demands that include better campus infrastructure, better faculty to student ratio, among others.
According to students, they had discussed these issues with Raja Sekhar Vundru, a joint secretary in the department of pharmaceuticals, Union ministry of chemicals and fertilizers, but nothing happened. "He told us on phone he would be here with a technical team on October 3. But since he has not yet addressed our issues, we have no option than going on a hunger strike. The number of students going on hunger strike will increase if our demands are not met," said a student.
There are 97 post-graduate students in various streams of pharmacy in the college.
While the college administration has suspended academic activities, it called Subhash C Sharma, director at the department of pharmaceuticals in the ministry of chemicals and fertilisers, last week to speak to the students and end the protests. He, however, was unable to convince the students.
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