The Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has been instructed by the National Commision for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) to forgo the dining and hostel charges for its students belong to the Schedule Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories. This decision by the commission reiterated the recommendations it had made in February in light of the protests by the students of the institute. Sometime in June, a team from the NCST had visited the TISS Mumbai campus to look into the matter. It had stated in its review report (that came out on 25th July) that the institute had to plan and arrange funds from various sources to the meet the requirements of funds for dining and hostel charges for SC/ST category students on an urgent basis.
After large protests by the students across all the campuses in the country over mismanagement regarding the improper implementation of the Government’s India Post-Matric Scheme, the NCST had asked TISS to do away with the aforementioned charges. A team comprising of ten members, which also included the chairperson, went to the campus to get an overview of the same and came to a conclusion that its previous recommendations had not been paid heed to.
NCST has now also asked of reduced fee for the students and further preparation of the fee structure in line with other deemed universities. The commision had also found during the visit that the reservation rosters for many of the posts in the institution had not been filled as per the central government regulations. It then asked TISS to fill up the vacancies by conduction a special recruitment drive and submit an action plan for the same.
A spokesperson from the institute said that it had received the report last week, and added that it is evaluating the recommendations that have been made by the commission, and is on the way to prepare the action plan for the same.