NEW DELHI: About 25 students from Aligarh Muslim University have joined the Occupy UGC protest. They have taken over from their Delhi counterparts at the University Grants Commission’s ITO offices.

Mehfooz Alam, pursing a PhD in public administration, says the students are also protesting against the offer the government has made to WTO-GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services).”There is a campaign against this offer at the university,” says Alam adding that they, like the AISA, has read the withdrawal of the non-NET (National Eligibility Test) fellowship as an attempt to align the public higher education system of India with the requirements of WTO-GATS.

“Our demand was to increase fellowship,” says researcher Sagir Hamad, “The MHRD has said it will not discontinue the fellowship. If that is true, why the review committee?” The protesters are also against the proposal to make the non-NET fellowship merit and income-based.

Alam says they learnt of the protest from social media.”Thousands of students joined a march in AMU too,” says Khan.

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Source: TOI-Delhi