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JNU fee hike should be for rich students, not poor: Super 30's Anand Kumar

Jawaharlal Nehru University students have been protesting for nearly three weeks against the draft hostel manual

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

Anand Kumar of Super 30
Anand Kumar, founder of the famed Super 30 facility

Bihar-based Anand Kumar, founder of the famed facility there which prepares under- privileged children to crack the IIT entrance exams, on Tuesday said the fee hike protest should be resolved amicably.

students have been protesting for nearly three weeks against the draft hostel manual, which has provisions for hostel fee hike, dress code and curfew timings.

The Union HRD Ministry had, on Monday, appointed a three-member committee to recommend ways to restore normal functioning of varsity.

"I feel (hiked) fees should be applicable to those who are capable of paying them. The rich and those who have no dearth of money should pay the (hiked) fees. Consideration should be made for those who are talented but needy," Kumar said when queried on the situation.

He said scholarships and other forms of assistance should be given to such poor but meritorious students.

"The authorities, students should sit together and reach a solution. The government must rethink the hike in fees so that the needy are not deprived," he added.

On a question on the need for bonds for IIT students, some of who leave the country for better prospects, similar to ones signed by those in medical colleges, Kumar agreed some system was needed to curb the brain drain.

"I feel there should be some system in place under which the student stays back in the country and works here. Otherwise, the student, after spending some time abroad, must return and get to work in institutions in India," he said.

Kumar was bestowed the 'Nachiketa Award' at the International Principals Educational Conference 2019'.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was the chief guest at the function.

First Published: Tue, November 19 2019. 15:32 IST