Time and against the students of various Law colleges across the country have faced the instances of administrative discrimination, impartiality and hostile behaviors. And there have been several protests and boycotts for addressing this issue. The same is now being witnessed by the Army Institute of Law, Mohali (AIL), wherein more than 200 students have been protesting against the administrative bias that they are facing.
AIL is set upon the aegis of Army Welfare and Education Society and runs on a Code of Conduct (Code) which shall be followed and observed as a mandate by all the students. The Code specifically mentions that the students shall abide by all the provisions, rules and regulations mentioned in it as a habit instead of being under the fear of facing the harsh consequences of not following the Code. In spite of this being mentioned in the Code there are several fines which are imposed on the students for any smallest breach of the rules and regulations. Not only this but, there have been several instances where the students have been asked to pay unnecessary fines.
The students are hence protesting against the arbitrary activities occurring in the institute. On 4th October, 2019 the students formulated a joint petition which was send to the dignitaries in Western Command and AWES, New Delhi and also to the Principal and Registrar of AIL, Mohali. However, no satisfactory action was taken by the administrative authorities. Further, on 15th October, 2019 the Google Forms were filled by the students and the response was send to the authorities and the student community decided on a non-cooperative strike until all the eight demands of the students are met.
The joint petition of the student community addresses the following seven issues and demands a speedy redressal of these issues. As per the rules Natural Justice the students demand that their demands be accepted as per justice equity and good conscience. The issues are-
Addressing these issues the students have made eight demands before the administrative authorities and have decided to be on strike and ensure non-cooperation to the authorities. On 15th October, 2019 at around 9:30 pm the authorities tried to wrongfully confine the students and in protest of this at around 10:30 pm around 300 students gathered at the college entrance and stood there with the wish to meet the Registrar who was at that time present in the Institute itself. While 300 students guarded the front gate the Registrar, AIL, Mohali ran out the backdoor to sleep in the comfort of his own house while these students slept on mattresses guarding the front gate. Following are the eight demands of the Student Council, AIL, Mohali-