JNU students protest near MHRD over panel report

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JNU students on Friday staged a protest near the HRD Ministry premises here demanding that recommendations of the government-constituted panel, on restoring normal functioning of the university, be made public.

The students, who have been agitating for over four weeks against the hostel fee hike, said their strike will continue till a complete rollback is announced.

Four office-bearers of JNU Students Union met HRD Secretary R Subharmaniam and raised their demands.

"We met the secretary and were told that the Minister will meet us soon. The HRD officials told us that the report cannot be made public as of now. We informed them that the strike will continue," JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh told protesters.

The HRD Ministry had constituted a three-member high-powered committee to restore the normal functioning of the varsity. The panel had submitted its report to the Ministry on Tuesday.

The students' union protest is being held to demand that the report be made public and the draft hostel manual, which has provisions for the hostel fee hike, be completely rolled back.

The agitation over the hike in hostel fee escalated on November 11 when thousands of students clashed with police outside the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) premises, where JNU's convocation was being held.

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' was stranded for over six hours at the venue.

The JNU's Executive Council had then announced a partial rollback of the hike for students belonging to the BPL category and not availing any scholarships. However, the protesters dubbed it as an "eyewash".

A week later, students undertook a march from the JNU campus to Parliament but were stopped at multiple locations by police.

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