Students plan to gather in Delhi and other urban centers on Thursday, November 12, to protest the death of a university student, Aishwarya Reddy, who committed suicide on November 2 after being unable to pay fees. The All India Students' Association (AISA) is organizing the rallies, with the largest gathering expected from 14:00 in Delhi at the University Grants Commission (UGC) headquarters. Additional protests are expected in other pockets of the capital and in urban centers nationwide. Likely protest sites include UGC buildings, universities, and public squares. Demonstrators are demanding government universities to disburse scholarships and also make online classes more accessible for all students.
A heightened security presence is likely in the vicinity of any demonstration. Localized disruptions are possible and clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Those in India are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
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