JNUSU appeals to MHRD to help students, resolve crisis


NEW DELHI: The Jawaharlal Nehru Union Students' Union (JNUSU) has appealed to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to resolve the crisis and help students.

The students have been protesting for nearly three weeks against the draft hostel manual, which has provisions for the hostel fee hike, dress code and curfew timings.
They asked to prepare a new IHA manual in consultation with all students of the JNU and to reconsider the proposed hike in the hostel and other fees as it would prove detrimental to the careers of many students.
"We appeal to you on behalf of the JNU community to endorse our just and rightful demands and prevail upon the MHRD to act and resolve the crisis. The students of JNU cannot survive with the present structure of fees that are sought to be pushed down their throat. We urge you to consider our plight and endorse our demands," read a letter by the JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh to Girish Hosur, Joint Secretary (JS) in the MHRD.
In the letter, the JNUSU alleged that there has been no fee hike rollback as claimed by the administration and rather than any relief to BPL Students, their misery has been compounded.
"The reality of that rollback is that virtually no fee has come down. The monthly hostel and mess expenses of students are set to rise from Rs 2700 per month on an average to Rs 5500 a month. For the BPL students, the rise is from Rs 2700 to somewhere around Rs 4100. The definition of the BPL with an annual income of Rs 27,000 means that they absolutely cannot afford the fee hike," the letter claimed.
On Monday, thousands of JNU students had started their protest march towards the Parliament, where they were allegedly thrashed by police personnel and taken to unknown locations after detention.
Initially, the barricades outside JNU's gates were removed and the students were allowed to march. However, the march was later stopped by the police around 500 metres from the varsity's gates.
Students had raised slogans and banners against the government.
They took out the march carrying banners which read "save public education", fees must fall" and "ensure affordable hostels for all". A large number of protestors chanted slogans like, "Halla Bol" and "Dekhna hai zor kitna bazue katil mein hai".
On the other hand, the Delhi Police has refuted all charges of lathi-charge, or use of water cannons and tear gas shells on the protesting students by its personnel.

With inputs from Agency
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