As students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) plan to march towards Parliament House today as part of their ongoing protest against the fee hike, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has planned to set up a high-powered committee to act as mediator between students and the administration.
HRD Secretary R Subrahmanyam, in his tweet, informed that the committee would act for a “peaceful resolution of all issues”. The panel will submit a report to the MHRD and recommend actions to be taken on issues, including the fee hike that ignited the protest by the JNU student union (JNUSU) last week.
In video| JNU protest over fee hike
The committee, to be funded by the UGC, consists of VS Chauhan, former chairperson, University Grants Commission (UGC); Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairperson of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE); and Rajnish Jain, secretary of UGC.
— R. Subrahmanyam (@subrahyd) November 18, 2019
Students from JNU began a protest last week over a fee hike in their hostel fee. As the convocation ceremony of the graduating batch was in progress, the existing students protested outside the AICTE, which restricted Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to remain within the campus limits.
Earlier, the fee was hiked from Rs 20 per month to Rs 600 per month for single, and Rs 10 per month to Rs 300 per month for double-sharing hostel residence. Further, a fee of Rs 1,700 would also have been charged, which was partially rollbacked. As per the revised decision, the room rent for single occupancy will be Rs 200 while for double, it will be Rs 100. The caution deposit will be Rs 5,500. The service charges will continue to be fined at Rs 1,700. The varsity will also provide assistance for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students.