More than 400 TISS students sign in a campaign run by PSF to reopen the campus

It was a week-long campaign run by the Progressive Students’ Forum (PSF), and students voted in favor of reopening the institution.

More than 400 TISS students sign in a campaign run by PSF to reopen the campus
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More than 400 students of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, have signed to reopen the campus in a week-long signature campaign.

The campaign was run by the Progressive Students’ Forum (PSF), which is an informal student group on campus.

The institution has been conducting lectures online since last year. The campus has been shut since March 2020 due to the lockdown because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Reportedly, 426 students have accorded that they would want the institute to reopen. It will become easier to address the learning difficulties faced by the students.

As per reports, PSF had issued a statement on Thursday, September 16, that said the administration should open the campus with a plan of action and consider the feedback and participation of the student community. It also stated that the institution should reduce the fees since most lectures are online, and many families and students have suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are now in severe crisis.

They also want an election committee to be set up and an elected Student Union to be constituted.

The institution is still evaluating the situation based on its internal process, said a senior administration official to the media.

As per reports, last year, in November, PSF conducted a similar survey of 549 students across all their campuses located in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Tuljapur, Guwahati. The survey found that 70% of them wanted the campus to be reopened, while 23.8% were comfortable with the online mode of education.

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