Students, police clash at JNU over 400% fee hike on convocation day
New Delhi : Thousands of Jawaharlal Nehru University clashed with the police officials outside the college campus as they raised their voices against the college administration for a 400 per cent hike in the academic fees.
The protest started in the morning and escalated during the course of the day as students started clashing with the police officials in an anti-riot gear.
In one of the latest notices, the JNU administration has hiked the fees of mess, hostel and security by 400%, also imposing a limit on the hostel timings.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ was stuck inside the AICTE auditorium here for over six hours on Monday as protests by JNU students escalated, forcing him to cancel two events later in the day.
‘Nishank’ along with Vice President Venkaiah Naidu had gone to All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to attend the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s third convocation.
The students wanted to march to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) auditorium, about three kilometres away from the campus in south Delhi, where Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu was addressing the university’s convocation. But they were stopped a short distance away.
Barricades were placed outside the north and west gates of the JNU campus, as well as on the route between the AICTE auditorium and the university at Baba Balaknath Marg and in nearby areas, a police officer said.
The students were raising slogans like 'Delhi Police Go Back' and 'Vice Chancellor a thief' while demanding a rollback of the draft hostel manual, which they claimed has provisions for fee hike, dress code and curfew timings.