#OccupyUGC protest enters Day 9: the story so far in pictures

Prerna Gupta

The #OccupyUGC protest enters its 9th Day today. Started in opposition to the University Grant Commission’s circular scrapping non-NET scholarships, the movement by student has created ripples across India and students are coming out in support in other cities as well.

The students have been agitating for last few days in Delhi and other parts of the country for reinstating the Non-NET Scholarships in central universities. The assurances from the HRD ministry have only raised further concerns about the government’s intent of eventually reducing the total number of scholarships in the name of ‘rationalising’ by linking them to newer criteria. This move is understandably being seen a part of the larger process of shrinking state expenditure in the higher education to suit the interests of private universities and further the agenda of WTO in education.

Non-NET scholarships have attracted a substantial number of students from the underprivileged social and economic backgrounds in the recent years to continue higher studies and any step reversing this process would pose irreversible harm to their careers as well as the country’s future. While the top political leadership claims to leverage India’s demographic dividend at every available opportunity, this move to severely curtail the opportunities of higher education exposes its betrayal.

Here is the story so far:

October 20th: UGC announced its decision to stop non-NET scholarship


On the afternoon of 21st October, students from several universities in Delhi began ‘Occupying’ the Delhi premises of the head-office of University Grants Commission (UGC),which is a government mandated body under the Ministry of Human Resources that is supposed to govern the functioning of universities across the country.


Protests continued throughout the night of 21st


effigy-burningStudents burnt effigy of Ved Prakash, Chairman of UGC

12046924_1199639510052637_2212208685058333420_nJNU Students’ Union’s letter to UGC

23rd October: Massive crackdown on protesting students. The Delhi police brought in the CRPF and around 400-500 of them roughed up over 100 protesters and dragged them into their vehicles and has brought them to Bhalswa Dairy police station in the outskirts of Delhi. 

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Day3 midnight of 22nd – The Strike is on, ‪#‎OccupyUGC


October 25th number of students gathered increase


October 25th solidarity protests by students from AMU and Mumbai


27th October Police resorted to lathi charge

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