JNU partially rolls back hostel fee hike

    New Delhi (NVI): The executive council meeting of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) today decided to partially roll back the hike in hostel fees that had sparked major protests from the students cutting across the party lines recently.

    As per the revised decision, the room rent for single occupancy will be Rs 200 while for double, it will be Rs 100. The caution deposit will be Rs 5,500. The varsity will also provide assistance for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students.

    Earlier, the fee was hiked from Rs 20 per month to Rs 600 per month for single, and Rs 10 per month to Rs 300 per month for double sharing hostel residence. Further, a fee of Rs 1,700 would also have been charged.

    In a statement earlier, the JNU registrar had said that the varsity incurs charges of Rs 10 crore per annum on account of water, electricity, and service charges, which it has been paying out of general funds received from the University Grants Commission (UGC).

    The HRD secretary R Subrahmanyam has also tweeted the decision today.