The High-Level Committee (HLC) set up by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has decided to roll back the substantial fee hike for the second time in a month on Monday. The University Grants Commission (UGC) gave a nod to release Rs 6.41 crore to the varsity.
Now, HRD Ministry has asked the members of the panel to compare the fee structure of JNU with other central varsities after the second rollback. The panel will be required to analyse the fee structure of different varsities and get back to us. The official informed that there is no given deadline for this.
The HLC agreed to sanction 75% concession to all the eligible Below Poverty Line (BPL) category students and 50% concession on service and utility charges to all students. The service and utility charges have been brought down from Rs 2000/- to Rs 1000/- per month for every JNU student. The revised rates are to be put into effect from January 2020.
JNU fee hike: Panel Submits Report
A panel appointed by the HRD Ministry to look into the JNU fee hike and the ways to restore the normal functioning of JNU. The panel submitted the report regarding the same and the recommendations mentioned by the panel are being studied. The three-member committee, comprising former UGC chairman V S Chauhan, AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe and UGC secretary Rajnish Jain was set up on 18th November to recommend ways in which the normal functioning of the varsity can be restored.
These elements are not part of the hostel fee, whose hike has prompted a month-long mighty protest. The circular for this implementation also said that the student protest has resulted in a massive academic loss, and the capture of the Administration Building has led to distress in the JNU community. The administration has thus urged the students to end the strike which began after an increase in the hostel fees.
Other hikes like room rent from Rs 10/- to Rs Rs 300/- per month for a double sharing room and Rs 20/- to Rs 600/- for a single sharing room per month has not been paid heed to yet.
The HLC was set up on Sunday morning which constituted seven members. Students were asked to give suggestions by 5.30 pm on the same day. The Executive Council had "approved" the recommendations introduced by the HLC through circulation.
The move would help in keeping the sanctity of the central university and also ensure restraint and dialogue before the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) report.