Delhi Police claimed that “no force, including lathicharge, was used” to break up a protest by JNU students who marched towards Parliament on the first day of the Winter Session, demanding a rollback of a hike in hostel fees.
In January 2018, the then JNU Students' Union president N Sai Balaji filed an RTI, seeking details on the total cost of constructing the statue and the source of funding. The varsity reportedly responded that “no JNU funds are being used”.
The bulk of changes were reserved for students falling in the “BPL (below poverty line) category” — according to the JNU administration, they will have to pay 50% of the revised room rent, service charges and utility charges.
During the course of the protest outside the venue, which began shortly before noon, police tried several means to move students away from the gate, including the use of a water cannon which was deployed around 1:30 pm.
At JNU, after the revised rates, any student in the second year in a two-seater room would have to pay Rs 26,500 plus mess charges (around Rs 2,500 per month) as well as utility charges for water, electricity and Wi-Fi separately.
The students are demanding the withdrawal of the draft hostel manual, in which service charges of Rs 1,700 were introduced and the one-time mess security fee, which is refundable, has been hiked from Rs 5,500 to Rs 12,000.
Sanjay Sharma, professor of history at Ambedkar University Delhi and his friend from JNU, said, “He was interested in cinema and music, very well read in Bangla literature, and also interested in philosophy.”
The Indian Express had reported in September last year that the MHRD had written to DU saying its funding would be withheld if it did not sign the agreement, which the DUTA termed “arm-twisting”. The DU Teachers’ Association (DUTA) and individual teacher groups have been protesting since last year.
Heads of Department (HoD) of DU are supposed to be appointed by rotation on the basis of seniority. A single term as Head lasts for three years as per DU ordinances, and a second term is strongly discouraged.
Two professors, Sheoraj Singh Bechain and K N Tripathi, have staked claim to the post, stating that they are most senior and should, therefore, be made HoD. The university has not taken a final decision yet.