After a fortnight of protests by students, the Jawaharlal Nehry University (JNU) administration on Wednesday announced partial roll back in the hostel fee. Not just that, the administration has now also launched a scheme for economic assistance to the students of Economically Weaker Section (EWS). The decision was taken during a meeting of the Executive Council which had to be shifted outside the campus in fear of disruption by agitating students.
"JNU Executive Committee announces major roll-back in the hostel fee and other stipulations. Also proposes a scheme for economic assistance to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students," said R Subrahmanyam, Education Secretary, Ministry of HRD.
According to news agency PTI, the room rent which was raised to Rs 600 from Rs 20 for single occupancy will now be Rs 200. Similarly, for double occupancy the rent was hiked from Rs 10 to Rs 300. The amount has now been reduced to Rs 100.
The decision has come in the view of massive protests by the students against the fee hike. On Wednesday, On Wednesday, the students shifted their protests to the administration block, which houses the vice chancellor's office and the office of other senior administration officials. Earlier they had gathered outside the convention centre on the campus.
RSS-backed ABVP also took part in the agitation and protested outside the University Grants Commission (UGC) headquarters in Delhi demanding the complete roll-back of the hostel fee hike.