After massive a protest by students that intensified in the last few days, Jawaharlal Nehru University administrations have decided to partially roll back the fee hike and also provide assistance to students of economically weaker sections.
“JNU orders partial rollback of hostel fees hike, decision taken in varsity’s Executive Council meeting,” the officials of the HRD ministry 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
— R. Subrahmanyam (@subrahyd) November 13, 2019
As per the latest decision made by the varsity, there will be no change in mess and utility charges in the new fee structure of JNU.
According to the new proposal of JNU’s executive committee, the room charge for single occupancy was earlier Rs 20 which was raised to Rs 600 per month and now it is decreased to Rs 200. Similarly, for double occupancy, the charge of the room was hiked from Rs 10 to Rs 300 and now it is decreased to Rs 100.
The move comes after the executive committee of the university meet to discuss the hostel draft manual which has been at the heart of the controversy that brought the varsity to boil.
In the proposed hostel draft manual, the JNU administration had massively hiked the hostel, mess and security fee. It had also limited the hostel timings.
The students now want the EC members to ensure that the draft hostel manual is not implemented.
The agitating students are demanding a meeting with the vice-chancellor over the massively hiked hostel, mess and security fee.
On Monday, thousands of JNU students clashed with the police as their protest over the steep fee hike escalated, leaving Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ confined for over five hours at the venue of the university’s convocation.