After protests, JNU rolls back proposed hostel fee hike

Nov 13, 2019
New Delhi:  The Jawaharlal Nehru University’s executive committee on Wednesday rolled back the proposed hostel fee hike and also has now proposed a scheme for economic assistance to students from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).

The move comes as a huge success for the agitating students who have been on strike for over 15 days now.

“Executive Committee announces major rollback in the hostel fee and other stipulations. Also proposes a scheme for economic assistance to the EWS students. Time to get back to classes,” R. Subrahmanyam, Union Education Secretary, tweeted on Wednesday.

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 by a reported 400 per cent. It had also limited the hostel timings.

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. IANS