Modi government rolls back fee hike for JNU students after protests, tells them to ‘get back to classes’


The Centre’s Narendra Modi government on Wednesday announced a major rollback on the fee hike for JNU students asking the protesting students to call off their agitation and return to classes.

JNU students
Photo: PTI

A tweet by Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam read, “Executive Committee announces major roll-back in the hostel fee and other stipulations. Also proposes a scheme for economic assistance to the EWS students. Time to get back to classes.”

Thousands of JNU students have been staging protests against the administration’s decision to hike fees for hostel facilities.

The one-time mess security fee, which is refundable, was hike from Rs 5,500 to Rs 12,000. The rent for single-bedroom was hiked from Rs 20 per month to a whopping Rs 600 per month. The rent for a double-seater room was hiked from Rs 10 per month to Rs 300 per month.

According to news agency PTI, the draft hostel manual also has provisions for dress code and curfew timings, the students’ union alleged, even as the administration denied these two claims.





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