JNU protest: Time to get back to classes, Education Secretary S Subrahmanyam said in a tweet. (File)
The Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) top decision-making body has announced a “major rollback” in the hostel fee hike, a senior official of the Ministry of Human Resource Development said on Wednesday, amid a massive protest by students over the issue. The officer said the JNU body has also proposed a scheme to provide financial help to students from the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).
“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, “Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam tweeted.
# JNUExecutive 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
– R. Subrahmanyam (@subrahyd)November 13, 2019
Responding to the center’s outreach, JNU Students’ Union Vice-President Saket Moon has said the protest will continue. “We want complete rollback. We want to talk to the Vice-Chancellor. Even if they talk about a special scheme to EWS students then give details … what all categories of parental income will avail what benefits,” he said.
Sources say the reduction in the fee hike after protests is significant but still several times what students pay for hostel rooms presently. For instance, the current single room rate, which is Rs 20 per month, had been hiked to Rs 600 per month. After protests, the proposed rate has been brought down to Rs 200 per month. Similarly, the proposed rate for a double-room has been dropped from Rs 300 per month to Rs 100.
A JNU teacher called the center’s move an attempt to mislead the students.
“The HRD Secretary tweet on ‘Major Roll Back’ of fee hike is misleading! In order to save their face and create a false narrative, JNU administration in collusion with the Modi government is fooling students and people of this country, “the teacher told NDTV.
The Executive Council of JNU gives major concessions based on student feedback. JNU administration appeals to the protesting students to resume their academic activities.pic.twitter.com/fEYtubkmV5
– Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar (@mamidala 90)November 13, 2019
The JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) said it will continue its struggle till the time the hostel manual is not discussed with them.
“The JNU community has received no communication whatsoever regarding this. The said EC meeting has happened without any communication or consultation. If it has passed the IHA Manual without consultation, which includes curfew timings, permission for adult students for going out for a day and regressive notions on dress code we reject it, “the JNUSU said in a statement.
The students, who had been objecting plans for what they claim is a huge hike in hostel fees, amped up their protest on Monday as the university held its convocation that was attended by Vice Preside nt Venkaiah Naidu and HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
They had surrounded the building where the event was being conducted. The Minister was stuck for over six hours at the venue.
Hundreds of protesting students had clashed with the police on Monday. Policemen in riot gear, completely outnumbered by the students, were seen jostling with the crowd. The students, demanding a meeting with Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, were pacified by the HRD ministry officials, who assured their concerns would be addressed. The ** Minister had also met Aishi Ghosh, president of the JNU Students Union.
JNU students on Wednesday continued their protest against the hostel fee hike demanding a meeting with university Vice-Chancellor to discuss the matter.
With inputs from PTI
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