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Fee Rollback a ‘Cosmetic’ says JNU Students

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News Desk, Ground Report
JNU administration decided to partially roll back the fee hike after the non stop 17 days protest by the students. The students are not satisfied with the decision as the fee amount has been reduced by 30 per cent only, the decision retains monthly service charge of Rs 1,700.

Students wrote FEE HIKE DOWN DOWN on the floor of the Administration Block in JNU. (GR Exclusive)

Students protesting against the fee hike said that the university will become unaffordable and most of the students will not be able to continue with their studies. More 40 per cent students in the university belong to underprivileged class. However Ministry also talked about the assistance for the students from economically weaker section(EWS).

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 by Rs. 600 per month. After protests, the proposed rate hike has been brought down to Rs. 200 per month. Similarly, the proposed hike for a double-room has been dropped from Rs. 300 per month to Rs. 100.

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Students protesting outside the Admin Block in JNU. (GR Exclusive)

In the ABVP’s call for “Dera Dalo at UGC building in the capital, UGC promised the abvp delegation that they will release the fund of 6.7 crore for utility fees i.e. Rs 1700 per month, sources said.

The students community want full rollback of the IHA Manual proposed by the JNU administration and the protest will continue till our demands get fully accepted. We want to talk to the VC. And if they are talking about the EWS Scheme, we want details. We don’t accept this move at all. JNUSU Vice President Saket Moon told Ground Report.

Students with the banner of “NO FEE HIKE” in JNU. (GR Exclusive)

The students on Monday staged protest outside AICTE, the venue for the convocation. As the protests escalated, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ was stuck inside for over six hours and forced to cancel two scheduled events. Students were thrashed by the Delhi Police and more than 600 CRPF personnels were deployed to control the massive protest by the students. Delhi police also used water connons over the students for protesting outside the AICTE.