JNU News: Why the student not ready to back out on the fee dispute?

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The slogans of the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, which were tried to suppress on the streets of New Delhi, are now painted red, blue and black on the white walls of the office of the Vice Chancellor of the University.


In the corridors of this office built near the platform named 'Freedom Square' in the university, it is written in big letters:

Is our right
Affordable education, right to all
Privatization Murdabad
We will keep fighting
Resign the chancellor
Two-storey In this building, almost all the CCTV cameras have been broken and some glass doors have also been dropped.

'close friend! This is hooliganism. A former JNU student capturing this view of VC office in her camera said softly.

Seeing the news related to his university on TV, three other colleagues of his batch who came there to take a ploy also nodded in agreement on his talk.
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 According to the students of the JNU who hanged outside the VC office, the university's Vice Chancellor M Jagdish Kumar is responsible for this situation because he did not listen to the students who are requesting to meet for three weeks. Because of this there is resentment among the students and restlessness with the increased fees.

Some misleading messages on social media and allegedly anti-student reports coming from a section of the media are adding to the uneasiness of JNU students.

The JNU administration has appealed to the students to return to their classes and prepare for examinations. At the same time, there is more concern among the students that what will happen to them after this semester ending in mid-December.

There are hundreds of such students in the university who feel that if the 'new hostel manual' is implemented, they will have no option but to leave their studies in the middle.

"That is why we have made this fight a fight for our existence." A researcher from Jharkhand sitting outside the office of the students' union said while taking a sip of tea.

Pointing to his colleagues from far-flung villages in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal, he said that the future of the students is hanging in the balance. If these students are defeated in this struggle, they will have to return home anyway. Therefore, the students have no choice but to fight.

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How do studies take 10–12 years?

These students told that the administration had increased the hostel registration fee to be deposited before every semester in the year 2017-18 from Rs 600 to Rs 1200. Students accepted this because hostels are considered very important for studying in JNU.

The teacher here says that JNU is basically a research institute. There are also three-year BA courses and two-year MA courses. But out of the total students enrolled in JNU, about 60 percent are engaged in research work. That is, studying for M.Phil or Ph.D.

Students say that library is the most important thing to do research level. Last year, when it was revealed that the library was closed at night, the students challenged it.

The students argued that if the library is open at night, then it is convenient to sit there. But those campaigning against JNU spread the discussion that 'what is this study that takes place at night!'

Similarly, it takes three years BA, two years MA, MPhil in one year and then PhD for five years. That is, students who choose this study, they take 10 to 12 years to complete it. That is, at the age of 17, a student who leaves school after completing 12th, completes his studies at the age of 28-30.
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Many students at JNU have sincerely told the that 'the employment situation in the country is very poor, there is no honorable job after studying BA and MA, so children get scholarships or fellowships on the basis of their talent And take admission in MFill or PhD in JNU. Pockets teach tuition for expenses, freelance translation. Then food and lodging in the university is available at a cheaper rate, the university library is very good, it helps in building the future '.

A blind student of JNU weeps by telling this whole thing in his own words.

He says, "We are poor. You can make fun of this. But the value of the facilities provided by JNU is so much in our lives and what is its role in fulfilling the dreams we dream of, I will Can not say in words. "

Citing a recent report by the JNU Academic Council, a student from Bihar said that about 40 percent of the students in the university are coming from such families whose family monthly income is less than 12 thousand. Even if we leave the middle class people, even the poorest people have sympathy for them. People are caught in the propaganda and instead of questioning the government, they have started asking us that we cannot even pay 300-600 rupees for hostels.
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How much difference does the fee increase?

Seeing the things related to the fees of JNU students on social media these days, it seems that the university has added a monthly service charge of only Rs 1700 and the monthly rent of the hostel has been increased from Rs 10-20 to Rs 300-600. Have given.

Many people find this amount very low, but there is a good number of students in the university who have had to take loans to take hostels at these discounted prices.

Students say that the fee of Rs 10-20 per hostel is being given to the people outside, it is an illusion.

So what is the reality? To understand this, we talked to some students.

We were told that in the current situation a student has to pay a registration fee of Rs 1200 and a building charge of Rs 1100 at the beginning of the semester.

With this, the security of the mess has to be deposited 5500 rupees, which can be withdrawn later.

Every month a bill of food comes for about 3000 rupees. 300 rupees of pots and newspapers are deposited annually.

That is, when a student takes hostel, he needs at least Rs 12000. But for a family whose collective income is only 12 thousand, this fee will also be more.

Students tell that if children from poor homes in the university do not do some freelance work with their studies, then they cannot extract their expenses of practical life, so it is culture in the university that children find some work along with studies.

Due to the implementation of the new hostel manual, the cost of living on the students now comes to 4-5 thousand rupees per month, it will increase to 8-9 thousand rupees per month.
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Where will the poor child study?

The entire work of research by teacher Sachidanand Sinha in JNU's Center for the Regional Studies is on education.

They say why education in other universities is so expensive? The question should have been this. But people are raising the question that what is the problem in giving hostel fee of 300 rupees instead of 10-20 rupees?

Sinha claims that JNU teachers have made a small assessment which is unfortunate. A part of JNU's children who get government fellowship is deducted as House Rent Allowance. If 2500 students are taking fellowship from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and University Grant Commission at this university, then the allowance fixed for their accommodation in that which the university gets is about Rs 23 crore annually.

"Whereas if you add all the expenses of running the hostels and the salary of all the employees working on the contract, then the entire expenditure comes to Rs. 19 crores annually. That is, the university has four crores left. Then someone should tell that Is the project to increase fees? "

Sinha says that we have run this country for 70 years and during this period, the people who have risen to the bottom of society, the aspirations of the people have increased, in every section it seems that its child should also do well, for that the government Public funded institutions are the only way. This is the reason why this university gave the first PhD student of Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh. If such institutions start to end then where will the poor child study?

five such students of JNU who accepted the talk of Sachidanand Sinha.

We were told that the fellowships or scholarships these students are getting from CSIR or UGC, the amount of which is between 32-36 thousand, out of which about 8500 rupees are deducted as HRA (for housing).

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What is the responsibility of the government and the university?

The students who meet the 'new hostel manual' at the JNU campus, attracting students with their greenery and beauty, meet these days.

In this campus, which has its own identity for political consciousness, there is a tension among the students of Left and Right-wing ideology. But on this issue, all the students are forgetting political differences and speaking out against the increase in fee in one voice.

According to these students, the Sutlej, Jhelum and Sabarmati hostels are known for very poor maintenance on campus. The students living in them claim that for the past several years, the university administration has not spent money on putting a nail in the rooms. Students themselves maintain them.

JNU Teachers' Association has also been in awe of the university administration in this way, with the work of maintenance of hostels.

The Teachers Association says that the administration is trying to bring the university to self-financing model. That is, the students who were giving subsidized expenses of eating and living till now. It is now ready to collect the service charge from them so that the salaries of the employees working in the mess and providing other services in the hostel are collected from the children.
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According to the Teachers Association, the theoretical quarrel in this is that if the university starts running on the same lines that the students will pay for the facilities and study there then what is the responsibility of the government and the university? If tomorrow students are asked for money for teachers' salary, will these children be able to give them that money? This matter should be considered.

JNU Teachers Association General Secretary Surjit Majumdar told the BBC that it is written in the hostel manual that when changes are made, the students 'experiences and needs will be heard through the students' union. But the Vice Chancellor does not believe in the student union.

Surjit claimed that the meetings that should have taken place in the last four years at the scheduled time, have not happened with the students nor with the teachers. But on what will be the basis of running the hostel, we were informed when they decided in the closed room. This is a violation of written rules, but no one is willing to talk about it.

No one was prepared to respond to these claims of students and teachers from the university administration.