Delhi: Engineering college professor ends hunger strike after Kejriwal grants demand for campus

Joshil Abraham, professor at Delhi's GB Pant Engineering College, ended his 25-day hunger strike on Saturday after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal assured him and students of his GB Pant Engineering College (GBPEC) that their demand for a campus would be granted.

Kejriwal, who met Abraham and GBPEC students on Saturday, told them that their campus would be set up on 25 acres of land.

He added that buildings from Phase 2 construction of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology would be transferred to GB Pant College.

WHAT ARE THE ALLEGATIONS

Abraham and his students have alleged that 25 acres of land was illegally given to the Institute of Information Technology -Delhi (IIIT-D) campus in 2008. When the IIIT-D began Phase-1 construction of the campus, the institute allegedly showed the entire 65 acre land in their plan.

In 2015, when phase-2 construction of IIIT-D was approved by the present Delhi government, the institute once again showed 65 acres in their plan.

In May last year, Professor Abraham had written to Delhi CM's adviser Gopal Mohan, pointing out the irregularities. Kejriwal has now assured that action would be taken against erring officers.

Kejriwal with Professor Joshil Abraham and GB Pant Engineering College students.

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