They claim to be mocked at by “the elite class”, and are often referred to as “un-mentionables” by them. These “impoverished” people are allegedly devoid of the basic amenities in college like air-conditioned rooms, lecture halls, proper lights, etc. Apart from this, they are often held responsible for degrading statistics in terms of jobs and placements. According to sources, these people are even restricted in certain areas of the college which are visited by the students of the “higher” (=more lucrative) branches only. Students say they are ill-treated by the canteen staff, and are subjected to this ordeal in the form of ferocious looks by the chaiwallahs as well. A protesting student shares his grief, “The filthiest of the matchbox-sized tutorial rooms sans any proper fans are allocated to us. Wherever we go, we are the bearers of this burden of the lower and downtrodden tag. Be it the office or the library, sarcasm, mockery and taunts are now inseparable parts of our lives. We also worked hard and got selected in this institution, but a lower branch selection ruined our lives.”
“The matter grew worse every day. One day, a CSE student, who sat on the same desk as me in the exam, didn’t help me with my question paper. I thought we’ve had enough,” said Farukh Engineer, an environmental engineering student, who initiated the agitation. The students belonging to such branches of engineering, filled with rage and fury, started the protest last week. Some even called for an indefinite hunger strike to achieve a formidable status in the college campus. The college premises are full of posters which mention their demands. The echoes of Hamein Insaaf Do were heard in every nook and cranny of the college. The college has 120 environmental engineering students, and 80 students study biotechnology across four batches each.
“We are treated brutally by every department. But what upsets me the most is the ignorant attitude of the librarians towards us. The moment they get to know our branch, our issued books (if any) are snatched away from us, with lame excuses of inadequacy or unavailability. They even restrict us from taking the books because they feel that those books would be mishandled by juveniles like us,” as quoted by a meek ENE student.
Anxious about the plight of the college reputation, the Director called for several meetings which ended up futile. The stubborn students challenged the director and gave threats. They have accused him of himself being biased in terms of “branch divide”.
The students who faced the atrocities are still on a strike and the status remains uncertain.