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JNU orders partial rollback of hostel fee hike after protests by students

Jawaharlal Nehru University partially rolled back the hostel fee hike following an executive committee meeting headed by Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Wednesday.

The decision comes after protests by JNU students since Monday which resulted in violent clashes with the police.

HRD officials also added that JNU proposed a scheme for economic assistance to EWS students.

JNU students are demanding the withdrawal of the draft hostel manual in which service charges of Rs 1,700 were introduced and the one-time mess security fee, which is refundable, was hiked from Rs 5,500 to Rs 12,000. The rent for a single-seater room has been increased from Rs 20 per month to Rs 600 per month, while rent for a double-seater room has been increased to Rs 300 per month from Rs 10 per month.

The draft hostel manual, approved by the Inter-Hall administration, also has provisions for the hostel fee hike, dress code and ‘curfew’ timings.

Earlier, the students had gheraoed the AICTE building, the venue for the varsity’s convocation, leading to Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal being stranded inside for over six hours.