Mumbai: Kalina library opens 24×7, ABVP withdraws protest

Mumbai: The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) withdrew its protest-turned-hunger strike on Sunday after the Mumbai University opened the Kalina campus’ Jawaharlal Nehru library on a 24-hour basis.

While the university has opened the library on a 24-hour basis, girl students from the hostel will not be able to use the facility after 11 pm due to hostel rules and security concerns.

As a temporary alternative for girl students, a reading room will be provided in the hostel itself, where they will be allowed to take one or two books from the library. As to whether and how girls can be allowed to use the library after 11 pm, a letter given to ABVP from a university authority says that a committee will be constituted to look into it.

The organisation had said that the demand for library to be open 24 hours was most reasonable so that the university came on par with practices followed by other universities in the state and those abroad.

After a protest by the group in January, the university had given an assurance that the library will be kept open 24 hours on a pilot basis from January 16. ABVP activists started the protest on Friday since the university had not fulfilled its promise.

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