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After student protests, JNU announces 'major roll-back' in hostel fee hike

JNU said an Executive Council Meeting of the university was held on Wednesday where the New Hostel Manual and the proposed structure of hostel charges was "discussed in detail."

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After student protests, JNU announces 'major roll-back' in hostel fee hike
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students clash with police as they protest hostel fee hike, in New Delhi on November 11, 2019.
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The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Wednesday decided to roll back the hike recently announced in the fee, a Ministry of HRD official said. 

Students of JNU have taken to the streets to protest against the JNU administration's decision to hike the hostel fee. All students organisations, including the Left groups, RSS-linked ABVP and Congress-linked NSUI opposed the steep hike in the hostel fee. 

"JNU 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," Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam said on Twitter. 

The JNU administration has not entirely rolled back the decision but has cut down the hike by some extent. The hostel fee for single room which was earlier Rs 20 and was increased to Rs 600 and has now been set at Rs 200. While the room with two beds, the fees for which was Rs 10 and was increased to Rs 300, will now cost Rs 100. 

In a statement by the JNU administration, it said an Executive Council Meeting of the university was held on Wednesday where the New Hostel Manual and the proposed structure of hostel charges was "discussed in detail."

Acknowledging the students' protest, it said several suggestions were received by the university and after "careful considerations of all aspects of this issue, several decisions were taken. 

The Executive Committee decided to not included the curfew timing in the new hostel manual. Hostel charged including the hike in the refundable mess security deposit has been rolled back from Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 5,500.

Other charges revised by the JNU Executive Committee are here:

The administration also made a "fervent appeal to all the students of JNU to get back to their classes, lab works, and research activities as major concessions have been given to students belonging to BPL category and removed the clauses related to dress and hostel timings from the hostel manual as per the feedback from the students."

Resuming academic work will protect the careers of thousands of students from any further harm, it added. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) held a protest outside University Grants Commission (UGC) against fee hike in JNU.

On Monday, the students led by JNU Students' Union, which is controlled by the Left, had held a massive protest outside the campus and clashed with the police, claiming that Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar has turned down repeated requests to meet them and discuss recent hostel fee hike.

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