Monday, February 6, 2023

JNU Fee Hike: Students’ Union to approach Delhi HC for quashing hostel manual

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The Jawaharlal Nehru Students’ Union (JNUSU) on Monday will be a filing a petition in Delhi High Court for reversing an order against the new Inter Hostel Manual (IHA) which sets provisions for fee hike.

The petition will also seek registration of the students at old rates of fee without any late fines.

In a statement, the students’ body said that the new IHA manual clearly violates the JNU Act 1966 and that the manual was passed illegally.

The Student’s Union also appealed the students to boycott exams and classes till they get “buffer time” to complete the academic backlog of the Monsoon Semester 2019.

“Furthermore, taking exams and/or classes at this juncture will only create more chaos and ruckus and lead to another bifurcation in the student community that has been resolutely and unitedly fighting tooth and nail against this draconian VC and his political masters,” the statement read.

The students of JNU have been protesting since October last year against the fee hike which proposes a 300% increase in the hostel fee and introduces various other charges under new heads.

Earlier this month, JNU Students’ Union President Aishe Ghosh had met officials of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to restore academic normalcy in the university. Amit Khare, Secretary (Additional Charge), MHRD had assured JNU Students’ Union President Aishe Ghosh about ministry’s intervention in the matter and had said that the University Grants Commission (UGC) will take care of the service and utility charges.

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