JNU to partially roll back hostel fee hike

The executive council meeting of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has decided to partially roll back the hike in hostel fees. 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.
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. The JNU student union (JNUSU) protested against the same on Monday.
 In a statement earlier, the JNU registrar had said that the varsity incurs charges of Rs 10 crore per annum on account of water, electricity, and service charges, which it has been paying out of general funds received from the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The HRD secretary R Subrahmanyam has also tweeted the move. He informed that a scheme for economic assistance for the EWS category students has been proposed in the meeting.
The JNU administration had contested that the fee had not been increased since the past 19 years, while the student union had demanded to have a discussion before the hike.
Earlier this week, the union HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal had to remain captive in the AICTE campus due to the protest. Alleging that the Vice-Chancellor had refused to meet them, the students, led by the JNU Students’ Union, raised the slogan: ‘No convocation without affordable education.’