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JNU fee hike row: HRD Ministry unlikely to interfere, won't issue directive

The HRD Ministry may 'facilitate' a resolution but will not issue any 'directive'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


The government is unlikely to make a direct intervention to resolve the issue between administration and students protesting against hike in hostel fees, official sources said on Monday.

The may "facilitate" a resolution but will not issue any "directive", they said.

"Issuing a directive may be undermining their autonomy. We will facilitate the resolution rather than directly interfering in it," an official source said.

The ministry last month set up a three-member committee to recommend ways to restore normalcy in and mediate between students and university administration. The panel has submitted its report but the ministry is yet to take a call on it.

The ministry last week asked the high-powered committee appointed by it to compare the hostel fee structure of JNU, after the second rollback, with other central universities.

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' informed Lok Sabha on Monday the government has not directed any central university to increase fees.

His comment came on a day police lathicharged students when they tried to march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan to meet the president and urge him to ensure the hike in hostel fee is completely rolled back.

The JNU administration on the other hand said in a statement the students have been invited for a talk but they have been "spreading false statements and not attending the meeting".

The students have been protesting for over a month inside the campus against the hostel fee hike and have also called for a boycott of the upcoming semester exams, despite repeated appeals by the administration asking them to return to classes.

First Published: Mon, December 09 2019. 20:40 IST