‘Coercion, illegalities cannot dictate dialogue’: JNU V-C tells students to end strike

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New Delhi | Updated: November 15, 2019 5:47:15 PM

Even as the university recently announced its decision to reduce the hiked fees, protestors claimed that the fees were only reduced marginally and that the whole move to roll back the decision was just an eyewash.

JNU fee hike protest, jnu protest, jnu fee hike, jnu hostel fee hike, jnu hostel feesThe VC requested the teachers to make an extra effort to convince the students that the changes in hostel charges are not only “reasonable but vital for the financial viability of our hostels”. (PTI)

As the protesting students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) refuse to end their agitation over the hike in hostel fees, Vice-Chancellor of the varsity M Jagadesh Kumar today wrote to the students urging them to call off their strike.

Even as the university recently announced its decision to reduce the hiked fees, protestors claimed that the fees were only reduced marginally and that the whole move to roll back the decision was just an eyewash. Students have been protesting on the issue for some time now. Recently, even ABVP, the students’ wing of RSS, staged a protest outside the University Grant Commission (UGC) in solidarity with the aggrieved students.

“JNU administration would always like to engage in a dialogue and discussion, but the process and form of any such interaction cannot be dictated through coercion and illegal methods. No dialogue in this form will be fruitful,” the VC wrote in his letter.

Kumar also urged teachers to try and convince students that changes in hostel fees are not only “reasonable but vital for the financial viability of our hostels”.

“It is our duty and responsibility to keep JNU on the path of becoming a globally renowned university for which peace and normalcy have to be restored on the campus. I hope you will do your best in our mission of making JNU an island of learning and enviable recognition,” he added.

In its executive council meet, the university partially rolled back the fee hike announced a few days earlier. The room rent, as per the revised fee structure, for single occupancy will be Rs 200, while double occupancy will be charged at Rs 100. The caution deposit has been revised to Rs 5,500. The university will also offer assistance for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students.

Previously, the fee was hiked from Rs 20 per month to Rs 600 for single occupancy, while the fee for double occupancy was raised from Rs 10 to Rs 300 a month.

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