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‘Rosh Divas’ (Protest Day) in the Holy city of Kurukshetra
Unprecedented fee hike of upto 300% for most post graduate and professional courses in the state has taken the higher education beyond the reach of poor and needy. Coupled with this, dictatorial decision of the government in forcibly affiliating colleges of the five districts (Jind, Kaithal, Bhiwani, Fatehabad and Hisar) to an unrecognized/ungraded Devi Lal University, Sirsa and disaffiliating them from Kurukshetra University and Rohtak University has put a question mark over future of over 80,000 students. While agitating youth-student community has been brutally lathi-charged and arrested in false cases, Chief Minister, Sh. Om Prakash Chautala was preoccupied in squandering away public funds to the tune of over Rs. 10 crores in celebrating the Birth Anniversary of his father, Late Ch. Devi Lal – an amount which is more then the total fee hike.
Resultantly, Youth Congress observed ‘ROSH DIVAS’ (Protest Day) by principally taking out a ‘ROSH MARCH’ (Protest March) in the Holy city of Kurukshetra on 25th September, 2003 i.e. Birth Anniversary of Ch. Devi Lal. Government resorted to strong-arm tactics like stopping and challaning vehicles of the rallyists. Unnerved by this, thousands of Youth-Students descended to Kurukshetra and marched to the gate of Kurukshetra University wearing black ribbons and holding Congress flags to protest against the repressive and anti-academics decisions of the Lok Dal government in the state. In an unprecedented step, students burnt their original degrees as a symbol of protest against annihilation of educational structure and employment opportunities by Chautala Government.
IYC President, Sh. Randeep Singh Surjewala, NSUI Chief and the PYC Chief led the march.