Written bySiddhant Pandey ·
After widespread protests over a proposed hiked fee at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi, the varsity's administration on Wednesday announced that it will partially roll back the proposed hiked fee, considering students from economically weaker sections.
Earlier on Monday, protesting JNU students clashed with police personnel near campus while opposing a new draft hostel manual.
Here are more details.
Education Secretary S Subrahmanyam tweeted, "JNU Executive Committee announces major roll-back in the hostel fee and other stipulations."
He added, "[Committee] also proposes a scheme for economic assistance to the EWS students. Time to get back to classes."
The JNU students' union has been protesting against the draft hostel manual, which allegedly has provisions for hostel fee hike, dress code and curfew timings.
#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— R. Subrahmanyam (@subrahyd) November 13, 2019
According to News18, the new proposal of the JNU's executive committee reduces the rent of a double-seater room to Rs. 100/month from the proposed Rs. 200/month in the draft manual. Earlier, students had been paying Rs. 10/month.
Similarly, the rent for a single-seater room has been reduced to Rs. 200/month from the previously proposed Rs. 600/month. Students were paying Rs. 20/month earlier.
However, the newly-introduced utility charges of Rs. 1,700 have not been reduced or removed, according to News18. Further, the one-time refundable mess security fee has been hiked from Rs. 5,500 to Rs. 12,000. Reportedly, students aren't too happy about these new changes.
Meanwhile, student activist and former JNU Students' Union president N Sai Balaji called the new move as a "lie" and a "trap".
JNU students also described the executive committee's roll-back proposal as a "lollipop," claiming that their main demands are yet to be addressed.
The JNUSU reportedly said that it will continue protesting the draft manual.
On Monday, JNU students marched towards the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) auditorium, where Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu was addressing the university's convocation.
As police personnel tried to stop the protest, hundreds of students pushed past barricades, leading to a violent clash.
Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' was also present at the convocation and was stuck for six hours.
JNU students have raised several issues including a dress code, curfew timings, listed in the JNU's draft manual, restrictions by the administration on entry to the Parthasarathy Rocks, attempts to lock students' union office. They have also expressed demands to speak to the university's Vice-Chancellor.
Reiterating their demands to speak to JNU Vice-Chancellor, M Jagadesh Kumar, students entered the JNU administrative building on Wednesday, refusing to leave until the V-C meets them.
The students say they want to discuss the fee hike with the V-C in detail.
Incidentally, after Monday's protest, orders have been passed barring any protest within 100 meters of the administrative building.
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