Delhi: After suicide protests, LSR cuts fees, changes hostel rule | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: After several days of protests held by its students in the wake of the suicide of second-year student Aishwarya Reddy, Lady Shri Ram College has announced that it will reduce the college fees substantially. It will also do away with the hostel rule, which limited accommodations only for first-year students.
Students have been demanding scrapping of the hostel rule from the last year itself. Several groups, including the LSR students’ union, have claimed that Aishwarya was worried about losing her hostel room.
In a notice issued on Friday, the LSR administration reiterated its “anguish at the tragic loss of life of the young student” and said that the unusual circumstances arising out of the coronavirus pandemic had aggravated stresses and inequalities in education. “We are committed to ensuring that such a tragic event should never recur,” it added. The administration said that it had been brainstorming with all stakeholders, to find ways to reduce the stress felt by students.
The college said that due to the pandemic, and for one year only, “after the hostel’s commitments to incoming first years and the current third years, who already are in the hostel, have been met, the remaining rooms will be made available to the current second year students, who lived in the hostel, upon fresh application, on the basis of need. When the situation normalises, the college would look into accommodating some more students of the second and third years.”
For students of PwD category, the hostel will be available for all three years.
Meanwhile, the deadline for payment of fees has been extended to December 15, which can be done in instalments. Since the students are not able to avail certain facilities, the college has removed the related charges from the fees this year. Deadline for assignment submission has been extended too.
The college has also set up a committee to look into the needs of students requiring equipment for online study, and it has claimed to expedite the disbursal of freeship amount.
The LSR students’ union has hailed the announcements. However, it has asked for more clarity and details.
“A committee has been formed for looking into the provisions of tablets, laptops and other resources to the students, but no information regarding the priority basis, timeline, etc, has been disclosed. There is still no transparency about the fee divisions and allocations,” it claimed.

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