The breakthrough came early Tuesday morning after the minister held talks with protesting students at the RSUCT, commonly known as IIT Basara.
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The students announced that they would resume attending classes from Tuesday as the minister assured that all their requirements would be met in stages. They demanded the appointment of a permanent Vice-Chancellor and improvements in the quality of food and other basic amenities.
As the students insisted on getting guarantees from the office of the Chief Minister or Minister, Sabita Indra Reddy rushed to Basara from Hyderabad on Monday.
She was accompanied by District Collector Nirmala Musharraf Ali Farooqi, IIIT Basara Vice Chancellor Rahul Boja, Telangana State Council for Higher Education Deputy Chairman Venkat Ramna, IIIT Basara Director Satish Kumar, Education Commissioner Wakati Karuna, Police Superintendent Praveen Kumar and local MLA Vital Reddy . .
The minister first held talks with the officials, who informed her about the demands of the students and the progress of the talks held with them by the assembler and the principal.
Subsequently, Sabita Indra Reddy negotiated with the 20-member Student Leadership Council. Negotiations continued well into the night.
After the talks, the students said they were satisfied with the minister’s assurance that their problems would be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.
The students decided to protest and resume attending classes.
The district collector said Rs 5.6 crore would be donated to the institution immediately.
Previously, the students of the seventh day on Monday continued to protest, insisting on their demands.
Despite the rain, they continued their sit-in outside the building’s main gate.
Negotiations held by the District Inspector and Principal until early Monday morning failed to break the deadlock as the students insisted that the statement be released from the office of Chief Minister or Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy or Information Technology Minister K. T. Rama Rao gave written assurance that their problem will be solved.