The students union of Jawaharlal Nehru University will be conducting a protest outside the Ministry of Human Resource Development today demanding the ministry to release the recommendations of the committee constituted by the ministry for the smooth functioning of the university amidst the protests against the hostel fee hike.
The Human Resource Development Ministry has constituted a three-member high powered committee in order to restore the normal functioning of the university with regard to the protests being held in the campus against the administrations increasing the hostel fee. On Tuesday, the said committee had submitted a report to the ministry regarding the same and the students union will be holding a protest demanding that the committee report be made public and the draft hostel manual be completely rolled back.
The students of Jawaharlal Nehru University have been on a strike for close to a month against the hostel fee hike stating that the administration of the university is responsible for the academic loss suffered by the students and that the duration of the semester must be increased. According to media reports, the students have been demanding that time must be given for all the academic losses incurred due to the protest along with the demand for the removal of the University Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar.
The protests over the hostel fee hike escalated on November 11, 2019, when thousands of students clashed with the police outside the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) where the convocation ceremony of the students was being conducted. Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal who was a guest at the ceremony was stranded for over six hours inside the venue due to the clash.
The executive council of JNU had then announced a partial rollback of the fee hike for the students belonging to the BPL category and not availing any scholarships. This, however, did not go down well with the protesting students as they claimed the decision to be‘eyewash’. A week later the students undertook a protest march from the university campus to the Parliament which was in session but were stopped at a few places by the police.
The protesting students have also claimed that the police personnel manhandled and baton-charged them however this claim was refuted by the force. The university has constituted an internal committee to look into the matter and provided some suggestion which was rejected by the students.