JNU protests: Centre gives in to demands, partially rolls back fee hike

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Updated: Nov 13, 2019 5:51 PM

The university decided to introduce a new scheme for providing financial assistance to students of economically weaker sections of society.

JNU protestsJawaharlal Nehru University students clashed with police during a protest against the administration’s ‘anti-students’ policy, in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI Photo)

In a major relief for Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students protesting the hike in hostel fees, the government today yielded to their demands, announcing that the varsity had decided to withdraw their latest orders. It also decided to introduce a new scheme for providing financial assistance to students of economically weaker sections of society.

Taking to twitter, Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam said, “JNU Executive Committee announces major roll-back in the hostel fee and other stipulations. Also proposes a scheme for economic assistance to the EWS students. Time to get back to classes. @HRDMinistry.”

In a major relief for Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students protesting the hike in hostel fees, the government today yielded to their demands, announcing that the varsity had decided to partially roll back the fees. It also decided to introduce a new scheme for providing financial assistance to students of economically weaker sections of society.

Taking to twitter, education secretary R Subrahmanyam said, “JNU Executive Committee announces major roll-back in the hostel fee and other stipulations. Also proposes a scheme for economic assistance to the EWS students. Time to get back to classes. @HRDMinistry.”

In its draft hostel manual, the university had introduced services charges Rs 1,700 and the one-time mess security fee was hiked from Rs 5,500 to Rs 12,000, which was refundable. Apart from this, the single-seater room was raised from Rs 20 per month to Rs 600 per month, while the room rent for the double-seater room was increased from Rs 10 to Rs 300 per month.

Earlier, the university administration had to shift the executive council outside the campus, as students increased their protests demanding rollback on fee hikes. While the students had been protesting the move for last few days, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) also protested outside the UGC office earlier in the day.

While the protestors had earlier gathered outside the convention centre on the campus, they soon gathered outside administration block, which has offices of the vice-chancellor as well as other senior officials of the university.

Protesting students had gheraoed outside AICTE building pm Monday, which was the venue for convocation, during which Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal was stuck for nearly six hours.

“That day police used tear gas, lathi charge on us. Why were people protesting that day even after getting degrees? Our protest will continue till the vice-chancellor meets us,” JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh was quoted as saying by PTI.

“The administration said the students didn’t want to have a dialogue while the situation is the other way round. We have been approaching the administration but there is nobody to talk too,” she told the agency further.

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