November 25, the Ministry of Human Development Resources (MHRD) officials visiting
NIT Durgapur went to the student hostels and Medical Unit (MU). They looked
into the complaints of infrastructural problems faced by students on campus too.
Students brought the condition prevalent currently in hostels to their notice. The
officials are expected to submit a report to the MHRD suggesting a future
course of action soon.
It may be
recalled that a fourth year student, Prosenjit Sarkar, died allegedly due to
medical negligence on November 18. Students have been protesting against the
management in this backdrop. They have stuck to their demands of the resignations
of director Dr. Tarkeshwar Kumar, medical officer Dr. B. Sarkar and the nurse
at the MU. These demands were reiterated before the MHRD officials. The students
have further stated that their strike will continue until these demands are
of the IITs and NITs are appointed by the President of India. Hence, any
administrative change at that level would be initiated only if a directive is
received from the President. In order to
draw his attention, NITD students have started a campaign on Twitter, called
#JusticeForProsenjit. They hope to gather at least 5000 tweets for the cause,
mentioning the President’s twitter account. By the time of writing this report,
the campaign has already gathered over 4700 tweets in the past 5 hours.