Over 100 students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) were detained in front of the Parliament,where they had gathered for a demonstration,demanding an increase in the merit-cum-means (MCM) scholarship amount.
Students alleged that they were roughed up by the police before they being detained in Parliament Street police station for approximately two hours.
This came a day after the JNU Students Union withdrew its hunger strike due to deterioration in the health of 10 students on an indefinite hunger strike.
Students also submitted a memorandum to HRD Minister MM Pallam Raju,requesting his intervention in increasing the MCM scholarship amount.
This scholarship is provided to at least 1,400 students from families with an income of less than Rs 1 lakh per annum.
The memorandum states,The scholarship has enabled students to take care of their mess bills and other necessary expenditure in the university. Due to the increase in food prices mess bills have already gone beyond Rs 2,000 in many hostels and are likely to go up even further in the near future. This has created serious difficulties for students from economically weaker background in the university.
The administration has already notified students that it was not in a position to increase scholarships any further due to paucity of funds allocated by the HRD.