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NLU Shimla EVICTS all students from campus after food, infra complaints spark yet another NLU protest [UPDATE-1]


Update 19 September 2019 01:59: HPNLU Shimla’s administration has effectively kicked all students out of campus after students did not stop protests as the administration had requested.

According to the notice by the administration dated 18 September, the university announced that all administrative buildings would be closed until 25 September, and that “all the students must vacate the University with immediate effect”.

“If any student still prefers staying in the University Campus during night, he/she will be staying at his/her risk and responsibility,” added the admin, and, seemingly contradicting the previous paragraph, noted ominously: “It is further directed that residents of all hostels shall vacate [by 20 September] failing which strict action will be taken.”

It is understood that the university’s mess has stopped serving food and the logistics of how exactly all students are expected to leave campus at such short notice is not clear.

Previous developments

HPNLU Shimla students have gone on protest yesterday demanding an improvement in facilities and food, as the latest national law school to face strikes by students.

According to a student Twitter account:

Since birth HPNLU is lacking in basic facilities including safe drinking water, hygienic food, habitable conditions of hostel rooms etc, till date. Students had protested in March, unaddressed, which is resumed.

In the name of infancy, HPNLU been excused for 3 yrs but now this excuse is used by the admin to cover the facts In the name of lack of funds, students are denied essentials such as moot courts, seminars, fests, sports fests, etc. No funds!

Students have claimed that the mess has been operated unhygienically, resulting in “diseases such as diarrhoea and even hepatitis in students”, according to the students’ accounts.

Meanwhile, the administration has warned students to cease protesting or “strict action shall be taken against students who are found indulging in such activities”.

The registrar in his letter invited two student representatives from each batch to “come and put their grievances before the University Authorities in proper and decent manner”.

The university was “ready to accept, redress all genuine grievances of the students which are possible within the geographical and infrastructural constraints in which the University has to function”.

We have reached out to the HPNLU registrar Prof SS Jaswal for comment.

Shimla’s NLU had started out ambitiously, with its previous founding vice chancellor Prof Subash Chander Raina vowing in 2016 that new courses would be introduced and that the location would be a draw.

However, he said, the government had only provided Rs 20 crores and a lot of land (as opposed to erroneous press reports of Rs 400 crore being earmarked for the college).

Raina was succeeded by Prof Nishtha Jaswal as VC.

Only in July, NLU Odisha students had gone on protests over “uninhabitable conditions of the girls’ hostel, the dismal state of the sports shed and failure to provide a suitable library” and a fee-hike, according to numerous reports.

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