Some students have been arrested by the police. "It's a way to appeal to legislators to fight on our behalf in the floor of the house," JNUSU says. Due to the students' demands, the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry on Monday appointed a three-member high-powered committee to address the concern over the fee hike. For the past three weeks, students inside the university administration block have been protesting against the rise of hostels, even though JNU announced a redial last Wednesday.
Here are the best developments:
– The Government Panel was formed before the protest march organized by Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) on Monday, when Parliament's winter meeting began, to protest the hostel's rise and appeal to lawmakers to raise their case. Prohibition decisions were introduced with section 144 introduced and heavy deployment of security forces was seen outside the JNU campus.
– According to sources, the government has said that the proposed panel will involve all stakeholders, including JNUSU and university administration in discussions – unlike the committees previously appointed – in order to "restore the normal functioning of Jawaharlal Nehru University through dialogue" and "solution of controversial issues ".
– The panel will consist of Prof VS Chauhan, former Vice Chairman of the UGC; Prof Anil Shahsrabudhe Chauhan, Chairman, AICTE and Prof Rajnish Jain, Secretary, UGC, indicated the HRD message and gave them the responsibility to make recommendations on the measures to be taken.
– Students protest in university administration block against raising hostels, even though JNU announced a replay in the walk on Wednesday evening. The students have called the partial rollback as an "eyewash".
R. Subrahmanyam, Education Secretary,
Ministry of HRD: MHRD has appointed a High Power Committee for discussions with students and administration for peaceful resolution of all issues. #JNU pic.twitter.com/J7Y9GlhfsT
– ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2019
– "At a time when fee increases are going across the country, students have proven to be the first line of defense for inclusive education. We invite all Delhi students to join us as we walk from JNU to Parliament on the first day of Parliament's winter meeting, "It also appealed to students outside Delhi to organize agitations on November 18 to mark a national protest day," to protect education as a right and oppose its transformation into a commodity. "
– The JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) expressed concern about the deployment of police outside the university. "The massive police deployment and barricade at the gates of the JNU campus, which on its face appears to be solely for the purpose of preventing students from taking their planned march to Parliament," it said. "Such measures or use of force to counter the exercise of constitutionally guaranteed democratic rights and to prevent students from peacefully taking their vote off campus would be extremely unfortunate and JNUTA hopes that no such situation will eventually arise," the association said
– Police said they have made adequate security arrangements along the way of the march. Police personnel are deployed at all entry points leading to Parliament from all possible routes from the southwestern district, says a senior police officer. "We have fortified the whole area around Parliament with the winter session starting tomorrow. Additional police personnel from other districts will also be deployed to avoid any awkward situation," he added.
– At the same time, the Delhi Traffic Police has issued a commuter adviser informing about the routes that should be avoided because of the protests. Taking to Twitter, Delhi Traffic Police said: "Traffic can be adversely affected or stopped on Nelson Mandela Road, Aruna Asaf Ali Road and Gangnath Marg due to student protests. Commuters are advised to avoid these roads and use Mehrauli Mahipalpur Road, Aurobindo Marg, Exterior ring road and NH48. "
– JNU Principal M Jagadesh Kumar urged the protesting students on Sunday to return to their lessons when the exam is near. In a video message released on the varsity's website, he said he has received emails from troubled parents and students about the situation at the university affecting academic activities.
– "If we continue with the strike and cause academic loss, it will affect the future of thousands of students." From tomorrow, a new week will begin and I urge students to come back to classes and resume your research activities. From December 12 the semester exams will start and if you do not attend the courses it will affect your future goals, "Kumar said.
– On Sunday, a section of teachers also held a press conference, claiming that a handful of students have terrorized other students and will not allow them to attend lessons.
"There are 8,000 students at the university and at least 6,000 of them want to attend lessons. But about 200 students do not allow them and have created an atmosphere of terror," said one of the professors at the press conference
– The students at JNU protest inside the university administration block against the rise of hostels. Students demanded withdrawal of service charges of Rs 1,700 introduced from the next session and a one-time, non-refundable business insurance cover has been increased from Rs5,500 to Rs12,000.
– On November 13, the students painted various messages for the headmaster in the administration block as they bargained inside the building to talk to him about the hiking fee. Faced with intense agitation for over two weeks, the JNU administration partially rolled back the hostel's raise for BPL students (below the poverty line) who did not utilize any scholarship on November 13, a move that failed to satisfy the protesting students, who called it a " eyewash "and decided to continue with the strike