Tanuvas students stage protest, seek stipend hike

The protest took place at three districts - Chennai, Tirunelveli and Thanjavur. Currently, the State government is giving Rs 10,500 per month to the students.
Students staged protest on Monday at the Madras Veterinary College premises
Students staged protest on Monday at the Madras Veterinary College premises Image Credit: Justin

CHENNAI: Nearly 350 students studying at Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University staged protest on Monday at the Madras Veterinary College premises demanding an increase in stipend. The protest took place at three districts - Chennai, Tirunelveli and Thanjavur. Currently, the State government is giving Rs 10,500 per month to the students.

"From 2018, the students have been receiving Rs 10,500 and now demand to increase the stipend to Rs 25,000. For internship, we visit the nearby villages, districts and other states though they arrange for the accommodation. Students should pay the amount for the same throughout the internship. And the stipent they are giving is not sufficient to manage all these expenses," said Hariharan, a final year student.

Temporarily, we have called off the protest, and on July 27, students are meeting the minister regarding the same. If there is no positive response from the government, the students say that the protest will be continued. They urge to give the 3 per cent hike mandatory for the junior students in the coming years.

Dr M Balaji, Coordinator, Tamil Nadu Veterinary Graduates Federation said, "The students are working in the wards and go for field work. Like other states, the Tamil Nadu government should follow the system of providing a 3 per cent hike in stipends for the students. There has been no hike for almost four months, as they have staged protests and hope the government will address this at the earliest."

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