About 80 Bangladeshi students are currently studying at SAU
Students in the first year masters and doctoral programs at South Asian University (SAU) in New Delhi continue to boycott classes and have made several demands to university officials.
Students started boycotting classes on March 28. Their demands include the immediate disbursement of overdue scholarships, the issuing of bona fide certificates to all non-Indian students for visa purposes and gradual accommodation on campus.
About 80 Bangladeshi students are currently studying at SAU, including 30 students in the 2020-21 academic session. Bangladeshi students are boycotting online classes alongside other students.
Students say they were forced to accept the boycott because university officials have remained indifferent to their demands for the past seven months. Students were also irritated by reports that university officials sent Indian embassies in SAARC countries and asked them not to release visas for students when they were needed for scholarship purposes.
The Dhaka Tribune obtained a statement from the Indian embassy in Kabul that visas would be issued to all students again as soon as physical classes were resumed.
A decision on physical classes will be made after observing the pandemic situation in Delhi and neighboring districts, the statement added.
1. Immediate disbursement of doctoral and master’s scholarships / deductibles with delay without physical verification or by e-verification.
2. Immediate steps to complete the UGC-JRF approval process and approve scholarships for eligible students pending in the past few months.
3. Immediate steps to phased accommodation on the SAU campus. Otherwise, provide 8000 / – INR of housing allowance per month according to the rules of the UAA.
4. Issuing good faith certificates to all non-Indian students for visa purposes.
5. Streamline the verification of non-Indian student income certificates for free shipping purposes.
6. Start reimbursement of tuition fees to whoever qualifies without further delay.
An Indian student from SAU said: “In some countries, the internet is expensive and it is not possible to continue online classes at low internet speed. We are in a financial crisis, but we are not getting scholarships ”.
A master’s student in the sociology department at SAU said: “Other students have even been allowed to enter campus in the past few months. All of them are receiving scholarships and everything. Why are we being denied? “
Another student said: “We are facing financial difficulties due to panic. The university receives Rs 44,000 during admission, which must be reimbursed, but they are holding the money. “
He also said that students could open a bank account in India if they were on campus, which would make it easier to receive scholarships.
However, a doctoral student at the university said he had opened a bank account in India, but was not receiving the scholarships to which he was entitled.
Two representatives from the South Asian University Researchers Association (SAURA), an elected student organization of the SAU, told this correspondent that they recently met with university officials.
“They decided to distribute the scholarships step by step and allow non-Indian students to be able to physically come to campus. They guaranteed that they will disburse scholarships to the Indians very quickly, ”said one of the representatives.
An official warning has not yet been issued, they added.