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The ensuing student agitation in prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is not just limited to the campus but has wider connotations. Though still considered a noble cause in society, the education sector in independent India has moved from social responsibility of the democratic set up to a profitable business.

In this age of changing narratives, the education is facing a philosophical transition. The philanthropy is nowadays of passé. Also gone the days when investors were seeking returns from alternate routes. Now, they are being more vocal and more direct.

After completing commercialization of almost entire professional education, the largest investor in the education sector - the government – is now eyeing traditional disciplines in social sciences and humanities. Here stands JNU as the strongest voice.

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JNU Protest and Discourse on Commercialization of Education - JNU targets to collect Rs 100 crore from alumni by the end of this year

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Updated: 19-02-2020 13:09 IST Created: 23-11-2019 10:00 IST

1:09 PM Rebuked for hiking fees, the JNU administration on Tuesday launched the 'JNU Alumni Endowment Fund' to achieve 'near financial self-sufficiency' for the university. In an appeal made to the alumni, the Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar has urged the alumni to help the university in meeting its financial requirements of sustaining existing facilities, enhancement and expansion. "On behalf of JNU, I passionately appeal to the JNU alumni to come forward and generously make your contributions. "Let us keep a target of raising Rs 100 crore by the end of this year. Through your continued support in the coming years, let us target to achieve near financial self-sufficiency for our university," the VC said. The university will become more autonomous if we become financially self-sufficient. We have more than 80,000 alumni spread throughout the world. Even if each one of them contributes around Rs 5,000 in a year, that will be about Rs 400 crores. Our ultimate goal is to have around Rs 1,000 crore corpus fund in a few years," he added. Also Read: JNU admin approves creation of JNU Alumni Endowment Fund

9:26 PM Delhi High court on Wednesday asked the JNU administration to go to deliberate with its academic council on WhatsApp examinations it had conducted to complete the Monsoon semester due to ongoing students' agitation. Also Read: Deliberate with academic council on completing classes, holding exams: Delhi HC to JNUMeanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy informed the Parliament that as reported by the Delhi Police, fifty-one persons sustained injuries in the incident on January 5 when masked goons attacked the JNU campus. Also Read: 51 were injured after masked people attacked JNU students, teachers: Govt

0:01 PM The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Association (JNUTA) has condemned the arrest of a university student and anti-CAA activist Sharjeel Imam in a sedition case. In a statement, the teachers' body alleged that Delhi police arrested JNU student but no arrest has been made in January 5 violence on the campus which left several students injured. Also Read: Sharjeel Imam's arrest in sedition case due to 'other reasons': JNUTAJNU Students' Union (JNUSU) has also opposed the case of sedition against Imam calling it politically motivated to reap the benefits in ensuing Delhi Assembly Elections 2020. JNUSU Statement - 28th January.#VCHataopic.twitter.com/RE77rtgdrI — JNUSU (@JNUSUofficial) January 29, 2020

0:26 PM In an apparent indication of hiding something crucial, the JNU Administration has provided two contradictory replies on the same question is posed in two different RTI queries by different persons. In one reply the university denies availability of any footage between 3 pm to 12 am on January 5, the day masked mob attacked the students in Sabarmati Hostel in JNU in the second it said the footages were in the custody of 'law enforcement agencies'. "CCTV Video With Cops", Says JNU After Claiming No Footage Of Mob AttackMeanwhile, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the crime branch of Delhi police investigating into the matter has seized all the footage from January 3-5 and sent it to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for forensic investigation. Delhi Police seizes recordings from JNU serverJNU students' Union (JNUSU) and JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) both are demanding the immediate removal of the Vice-Chancellor Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar after January 5 incident.

2:19 PM Initially, according to sources, the university administration wanted to challenge the order before a greater bench as several observations of the court were against the university. However, the administration was advised to avoid confrontation with the judiciary as it was not the final order.Also Read: JNU waves off hiked hostel fee and late fine for protesting students

2:14 PM In a landmark observation, Delhi High Court on Friday said that the students of government universities should not be burdened with salaries of the private employees. The comment from this came from the bench after government counsel in JNU fee hike argued that the fee was hiked to meet the expenses of private employees in lieu of salaries. Also Read: Students can't be burdened with contractual employees salaries in govt-run institutions: HC to JNU

1:35 PM In a major relief to the protesting students of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday, the Delhi High Court allowed the remaining students to register as per the old hostel manual and without any late fee. The court also issued notice to JNU administration on a please filed by JNUSU challenging the legality of the new hostel manual implemented by the university. This is the first victory of JNUSU over JNU administration since the students' union decided to protest against the decision of the fee hike on October 28, 2019. Also Read: Big Victory for JNUSU, Delhi High Court allows protesting students to follow old hostel manual, waves off late fee

7:13 PM Stung by RTI quarries, the JNU Administration on Wednesday explained the difference between CIS Office and CIS Data Center to the media persons and emphasized that the server was indeed damaged by masked students on January 3. The university also explained that they have all the data related to foreign students. Also Read: All FIRs in-line with Jan 3 incidents, no deviation from facts: JNUAlso Read: Have 'all relevant information' on foreign students: JNU

0:28 PM As the investigation into the violence on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on January 5 is proceeding, new shreds of evidence are surfacing. Now, it has come to light that Delhi police had written four letters to JNU administration before the violence asking them to have a continuous dialogue with the protesting students.Also Read: Delhi police's letters reveal VC's reluctance on dialogue with JNU Students

9:40 PM After 15 days of violence in the JNU campus by masked goons, Delhi police could not make any arrest. The JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) and JNU Teachers Union have blamed the violence and police behind the attack on the campus by masked goons. The allegations of protesting students have got an evidence after the university administration in an RTI reply provided some information which was in contradiction of the claims made by the Vice-Chancellor in police complaints against the students. RTI Reveals Glaring Loopholes in JNU Admin's Claims on Campus Violence

9:15 PM In an apparent indication of strict action against the students who have not completed their registration process for the ensuing Winter Semester, JNU Vice-Chancellor Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar on Monday announced that about 82 percent of the 8500 students of the university have paid the revised hostel charges.Also Read: JNU VC feels vindicated as 82 percent of students paid hostel fee

1:52 PM Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union (JNUSU) is going to file litigation in Delhi High Court demanding an immediate stay on the university's decision of fee hike. The students' union has been alleging that the university administration has violated the norms of the university in finalizing the fee structure. This will be the second case in Delhi High Court. In the first case, lodged by JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA), the court had directed social media platform to preserve the data of January 5 violence. Also Read: JNUSU to approach Delhi HC against new hostel manual

2:46 PM Amid boycott by the students, the JNU administration had decided alternative mode to conduct examinations in which students were sent questions through email and were asked to submit photos of the completed answer sheets via WhatsApp or email. The teachers have rejected the process calling it to compromise with academic standards and quality. Also Read: JNU Teachers rejected WhatsApp Examination, asked Administration to make U-turn

1:29 PM In a new strategy to checkmate the JNU administration, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) has requested the faculty members to conduct parallel classes for protesting students. The teachers of the university joined the protest against the JNU Vice-Chancellor Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar after his alleged connivance in January 5 violence which left over 20 students injured. Despite the JNU administration issuing the notices to the teachers to conduct formal classes, they are protesting and following the non-cooperation resolution adopted by the JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA). Today, January 17 is the last date for registration in the winter semester without late fine. Thereafter late fine will be charged for the next 21 daysAlso Read: JNUSU to continue boycotting registration process, to request teachers for parallel classes

2:36 PM The maximum fine proposed to be charged on an Indian national student has been fixed to Rs 10,500 which is more than the semester fee in some courses. Also Read: JNU Administration to impose late fines on students from Monday

1:48 PM Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the police to seize the mobile phones of all those who created two Whats App groups and coordinated violence in the campus on January 5. The court also directed Twitter and Whats App to respond the notices of the police seeking information about the violence including videos, photos and texts etc. Justice Brijesh Sethi directed the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration to provide at the earliest the CCTV footage of the violence sought by police. The court's observations came on the plea filed by JNU professors Ameet Parameswaran, Atul Sood and Shukla Vinayak Sawant seeking directions to the Delhi Police Commissioner and Delhi government.On January 5, a mob of masked men stormed the campus and targeted students in three hostels, unleashing mayhem with sticks, stones and iron rods by hitting inmates and breaking windows, furniture and personal belongings. Three FIRs have been registered at Vasant Kunj (north) police station in connection with the incident.Also Read: HC asks police to seize at earliest phones of members of two WhatsApp groups on which JNU violence was allegedly coordinated.

4:38 PM Delhi High Court on Monday issued notices to Delhi Police, Google and Whats App on preserving data related to January 5 in the campus. The court order came on a case filed by two teachers of the university who alleged that the data may be destroyed to protect the culprits. Meanwhile, Delhi police also informed the court that they had issued notices to Google and Whats App but are waiting for the response. The police also claimed to have written to JNU administration to provide them with CCTV footage but the university is yet to reply.

4:36 PM Delhi High Court on Monday issued notices to Delhi Police, Google and Whats App on preserving data related to January 5 in the campus. The court order came on a case filed by two teachers of the university who alleged that the data may be destroyed to protect the culprits. Meanwhile, Delhi police also informed the court that they had issued notices to Google and Whats App but are waiting for the response. The police also claimed to have written to JNU administration to provide them with CCTV footage but the university is yet to reply.

11:24 PM The students' union of JNU (JNUSU) has rejected the list of 37 students accused by Delhi police for January 5 violence in the campus. In a statement the JNUSU termed the investigation as 'fraud and bogus'. The students have also decided to deposit the semester fee for registration into the next semester but hold the increased fee hike. JNUSU has taken an important call today. They've asked students to pay the Rs. 120 semester fees. Hostel fees boycott continues . MHRD asked them to take the 1st step, they have done so in good faith. Next step is the VC's. Will he rollback #JNUFeeHike#JNU#FeesMustFall — Uday Singh Rana (@UdaySRana) January 11, 2020Also Read: JNUSU terms Delhi Police's probe in campus violence as 'fraud and bogus'

0:39 PM Finally, the case of violence in prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on January 5 fianally reached Delhi High Court on Friday. The three professors in the university has demanded the court to direct concerened officials of police and administration to preseve all the electronic evidences including CCTV footage and data related to the violence in the campus. Three more complaints have been received by Delhi Police related to violence that took place at the Jawaharlal Nehru University's campus on January 5, taking a number of total complaints to 14. Meanwhile, a five member delegation of JNU administration including VC Prof. Jagadesh Kumar, Registrar and Pro-VC participated in a meeting of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on Friday morning.

7:27 PM Hundreds of JNU students and teachers were detailed in New Delhi area while marching towards the President's House demanding removal of the Vice Chancellor Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar. JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) has alleged excess use of force by the police. Note - Police brutality will not stop our peaceful procession to Rashtrapati Bhavan. We will make our demand heard - #VCHatao — JNUSU (@JNUSUofficial) January 9, 2020Also Read: JNU students protesting VC's removal detained, stopped from marching to Rashtrapati Bhavan

1:24 PM There has been several students’ agitation since Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar took over charge as Vice Chancellor of JNU in January, 2016 but for the first time the teaches’ union of the university (JNUTA) has categorically said that the peace is not possible under the present VC. Also Read: JNU Students and Teachers protest for removal of VC and action against ‘masked goons’

0:45 PM M. Jagadesh Kumar, Professor in IIT Delhi was appointed Vice Chancellor of JNU in January, 2016 for a period of 5 years. His tenure has been highly controversial due to students' agitation.Also Read: Demands grow for removal of JNU VC Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar

11:56 AM Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen has blamed inaction of the JNU administration for violence in the campus. In an event in Bengaluru, Sen said that 'the establishment of the university cannot prevent outsiders from coming in and creating such bloody violence within the campus". Also Read: Appalled by violence in JNU campus: Amartya Sen

4:41 PM In yet another measure to checkmate the protesting students in JNU, the university administration has provided facility of online registration. The registration in the new semester was the only process left in the university where a student was required to present individually, after the examination was conducted throughout WhatsApp.JNU Protest: Administration plans to distribute Identity Cards, secretly

3:38 PM JNUSU, the students' union of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has demanded immediate removal of the Vice Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar. Immediately after the press conference of the Vice Chancellor, the students' union tweeted that the university could progress only if the VC is removed. The VC has to be removed immediately and an enquiry has to be conducted for his spate of illegalities. Delhi Police and Home Ministry must also be held accountable. JNU has faced down violence and maligning before and we shall do so now. We will only come out stronger. — JNUSU (@JNUSUofficial) January 7, 2020

3:32 PM Alleging apathy, inaction and apparent connivance of the university administration on January 5 violence in the campus, the students' union of Jawaharlal Nehru University on Tuesday asked the university administration to explain why it did not register any police complaint on January 5 violence in the campus.

11:00 PM In an unprecendent violence in the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Sunday some unidentified masked men beaten up students in the hostels which left several students injured including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh. The injured students were admitted in AIIMS. AIIMS Trauma Centre official: 18 people from Jawaharlal Nehru University (#JNU) have come to AIIMS Trauma Centre with complaints of bleeding in head, abrasions among others. Investigations are underway #Delhihttps://t.co/FJQtQuQ1eopic.twitter.com/BMhz09lXpl — ANI (@ANI) January 5, 2020According to police, a scuffle was borke out between two groups of students in the afternoon. It was controlled but about 20 -30 masked men entered in the campus in the night. Heavy police force is deployed in the campus and section 144 has been imposed. The government has ordered inquiry and report has been summoned from JNU administration by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. JNU students are protesting against the hostel fee hike since October 28 last year. In this period the students were baton charged several times. Also Read: 18 people from JNU admitted to trauma centre for treatment, says AIIMS

1:24 PM JNU administration has alleged that the protesting students of the university on Friday switched off lights of the information center, evicted technical staff and made the servers dysfunctional which hampered the registration process for the news semester. Protesting against the hostel fee hike of the unversity, the students have announced to buycott the registration process which is scheduled to be completed by January 5. Also Read: JNU admin says students agitating over hostel fee hike hampered semester exam registration process

2:38 PM The checkmates between Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration and students' union (JNUSU) is continue even in the new year. As the university initiated the process to implement the revised hostel fee from the new semester, protesting students announced to lockdown the offices of cashiers and mess managers. The university administration came with an alternative arrangement for online submission of the hostel fee.Also Read: Fearing students’ disruption, JNU provides online facility for hostel fee submission

11:07 PM In the year 2019, three universities of the country witnessed violent protests. However, two of them retained trust and confidence of their students but JNU. Also Read: What JNU needs to learn from AMU, and Jamia Millia Islamia

0:32 PM Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has evicted two of the six academically suspended students from the hostels. The students were academically suspended by the JNU administration after they allegedly heckled the Vice Chancellor and created ruckus in the Administrative Block of the university during a protest on December 16.JNU evicted two of the six suspended students from hostels

3:56 PM Students, who are boycotting exams, will not be eligible to register in the next semester if they fall short of the academic requirements of the institution, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has warned. The students have called the boycott over the hostel fee hike issue.Also Read: Students boycotting exams will not be eligible to register in next semester: JNU

1:54 PM The students in prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune have joined the fight against commercialization of education in the country. They are opposing the annual 10 percent fee hike which has caused about 113 percent hike in the annual fee of the institute since 2013.

0:21 PM At a time when most of the campuses have given up, the students in JNU decided to lead fight against commercialization of education in India. However, in proving its superiority the JNU administration has gone to the extent that its decisions are hitting at the very foundations of the university.Also Read: New in JNU: Teachers' Leaves Cancelled, Exams on WhatsApp and Police Post in Campus

4:54 PM The JNU administration on Friday filed a contempt petition in Delhi High Court agaisnt the students of the university for protesting within the 100 m area of the Administrative Block and also against Delhi police commissioner for not providing police force to cordon off the building. However, the Registrar of the university received anger of the court which expressed 'shock' for his failure to provide detailed informaiton about the protesting students. The court has asked the university to provide all the details about students and fixed December 20, for further hearing into the case.Also Read: HC shocked JNU knows nothing about agitating students

4:23 PM For the first time in its history, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Administration is seeking permanent deployment of local police to keep protesting students at 100 meters away from the Administrative Block. It would be interesting to see how the JNUSU, which is credited to introduce several innovations in student politics of India, will keep itself vibrant and effective.Also Read: JNU Administration's 100-meter challenge before JNUSU

6:01 PM Delhi High Court on Wednesday banned any kind of protest within the 100-meter radius of the Administrative Block of the Jawaharlal Nehru University that houses offices of the Vice Chancellor and Registrar etc.Also Read: JNU students boycott exams, administration searches options for foreign nationals

11:07 AM Seeing the protests by students on the issue of fee hike, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has deferred a decision to implement hike in M.Tech programmes of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). As per the proposal the fee of the M.Tech courses is to be hiked by 900 percent. After the hike students will be required to pay about Rs 2 lakh per annum tution fee. HRD Ministry defers decision to hike MTech fee in IITs

10:43 AM Amid the reports of fee hikes from throughout the country, a good news has come from Punjab. The Punjab goverenment has announced to exempt fee of economically weaker students at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute in Mohali. The students of class 11 and 12 were required to pay Rs 45,000 per annum but now they will study free of cost. Also Read: Free education for class 11, 12 students at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Institute in Punjab

6:55 PM Protesting against the anti-student policies and commercialization of education by the Cetral government, the president and members of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) were baton charged by police in New Delhi on Tuesday. NSUI takes out rally against govt's 'anti-student' steps

4:36 PM Delhi police on Monday baton charged students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who were marching towards President House to meet the President Mr. Ramnath Kovind. The students of JNU (@JNUSU) had organized a protest march from univeresity campus to the President House deamdning complete roll back of the recent hike in the hotel fee. In the afternoon, they were stopped near Bhikaji Kama Place Metro station about 7 km away from the destination. As the students insisted on moving furtehr towards the President House, they were forcefully prevented and then baton charged. #WATCH: Police resorted to lathicharge after a clash with protesting Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, who were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhawan to meet President over fee hike issue. pic.twitter.com/sAbuN05n2q — ANI (@ANI) December 9, 2019

4:50 PM However, the university administration is making all the efforts to dismantle the solidarity of sudents, the JNU Students Union (JNUSU) has decided to continue the strike till the complete roll back of fee hike. Students allegee that the atmosphere is not conducive for learning. JNUSU has also demanded the VC to first accept the demands, give time for preparation to students for examination. We are facing a crisis. The VC has created an atmosphere of mental anguish, an atmosphere where we cannot study, an atmosphere where we fear for our university. How can you expect us to sit for examinations in this atmosphere? #JNUProtests — Senjuti (@BeArgumentative) December 7, 2019We express our commitment to academics by resolving that we will be willing to participate in all due academic exercises, AS SOON AS OUR DEMANDS ARE MET, with due amount of buffer period provided for our preparation. — JNUSU (@JNUSUofficial) December 5, 2019

0:28 PM As administration of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) has refused to give concrete assurance on revising fee hike, the students has decided to continue their protest. The students are protesting against a mid-term fee hike of 10 percent to be applicable from next semester commencing from January, 2020.Also Read: Commercialization vs Affordability: IIMC students to continue protest

4:04 PM While the students and teachers of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has been demanding to make the report of High Power Committee (HPC) public, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on Wednesday directed the committee to present a comparison of JNU’s revised fee with that of other Central Universities in the country.MHRD on November 18 had appointed a three-member High Power Committee to initiate dialogues with protesting students and maintain peace in the campus. The committee submitted its report to the ministry on November 25. Meanwhile, the JNU administration also appointed a High Level Committee (HLC) on November 24 which recommended a downward revision of the fee by 50 percent for all the students. JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) has already rejected the concession and are demanding complete roll back of the fee hike arguing the ‘education should not be for sale’ and affordable to all. The ministry, however, seems to be wandering for a reason to introduce the proposed new category of – utility charge and service charge.

8:54 PM The teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University have extened their support to the students' demand of making the report of High Power Committee (HPC) public. Also Read: JNUTA demands report on fee hike issue be made public

7:46 PM The provision of adhoc teachers is about four decades old in Delhi University (DU). However, such teachers are now facing career crisis even after having served the university for about 8-10 years. If the posts are filled with guest teachers, the university is likely to save about Rs 266-311 crore per annum. Also Read:Ad hoc to Guest: Delhi University plans to save Rs 311 Cr from teachers' pockets

7:01 PM To press for their demands of complete roll back in fee hikes, the students on Friday protested at the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.PICS: JNU Protest

5:45 PM Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday protested at Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) demanding the government to make the recommendations of the High Power Committee (HPC) public. The students reiterated their demands of complete roll back in hike of the hotel fee and removal of the vice chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar. As the ministry officials agreed to meet a delegation of the students, the remaining students sat outside the MHRD Head Quarter. Heavy police force was deployed to control the situation.Read More

8:19 PM he Meghalaya government is planning to either shut schools or withdraw funds to those having enrolments below 10 and use that sum for development of other educational institutes, a senior state minister said on Thursday. State Education Minister Lakmen Rymbui told PTI that 221 lower and upper primary schools in the state have a single-digit enrolment of students.Also Read: Meghalaya plans to shut schools with enrolments below 10

8:16 PM The global market research agencies are predicting very high growth rate in the ‘school market’ of India but government schools are not getting minimum number of students to remain operational.Also Read: School Merger: India’s education market growing while public funding shrinking

0:57 PM The opposition Congress has submitted a memorandum to the Governor demanding his intervention in state government’s move to merge schools with low pupil enrollment. In the letter the opposition alleged that the government is more concerned on cutting expenditure on education than extending facilities to the most deprived section of society for education. According to a report of the state government, there are about 33,000 primary schools in the state out of which 13,450 primary schools have 100 or less students while 6,828 primary schools have less than 50 students. The prersent move is to merge primarcy schools having less than 30 students. The opposition has alleged this will cause closure of about 6,000 primary schools. This will prevent the children of underprivileged section of society from attending schools and increase the drop-outs. Besides, it will also cause job loss. Also Read: Gujarat Cong seeks guv intervention in education, job issues

5:39 PM JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) has extended its support to the protestinig students of the National Law School of India University (NSLIU) Bengaluru who are protesting against 25 percent fee hike. We fight for students of NLSIU Bangalore, where the 25% fee hike shows the law works for the rich alone. #FightForEducation#NationalProtestDayBengaluru: National Law School students protest steep tuition fee hike | Education News, The Indian Express https://t.co/G0egeXBTZb — JNUSU (@JNUSUofficial) November 27, 2019

4:47 PM JNUSU supports students at TISS, AIIMS and IITs. "We fight for students everywhere who are being squeezed by unthinking government and administrative policies. Education is our right to have, not their privilege to give," asserted JNUSU. We fight for students everywhere who are being squeezed by unthinking government and administrative policies. Education is our right to have, not their privilege to give. #FightForEducation#NationalProtestDay#FeesMustFall — JNUSU (@JNUSUofficial) November 27, 2019Also Read: JNU Protest turns national; includes fee hikes throughout the country

3:52 PM The protesting students of JNU will form a human chain at Cannought Place (CP) in New Delhi to press for their demands of roll back in fees hike. From IIT-Guwahati to AIIMS, students are rising up in rage against a policy that aims at making Education an exclusive luxury. Now is your opportunity to support them. See you at the Human Chain! #NationalProtestDay#FightForEducation#FeesMustFallpic.twitter.com/uyrikdnFLk — BASITH VADAKKAYIL (@basithv18) November 27, 2019

11:24 AM The three-member high power committee has submitted its report to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. However, the contents of the report are not disclosed yet. Also Read: JNU fee hike: HRD Ministry-appointed panel submits report

11:06 PM The reluctance of the present dispensation in pushing the higher education towards commercialization is not just limited to the fees hike in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). It seems the government is gradually implementing a plan which is not merely confined in reducing subsidies but to convert the entire education system into a business enterprise.Also Read: How India is being pushed towards commercialization of higher education

6:43 PM It seems the growing support for the protesting students from various sections of society and perceived fear of snowballing the issue into a national agitation forced the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration to swing into action. However, the JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) which has given a call to the students and youths from throughout the country to join them in a nationwide protest 'National Day of Protest in Defense of Affordable and Accessible Education' on November 27, Wednesday; has not responded on request of the university to call off the strike. Also Read: JNU News Roundup: JNU Protest till date

1:05 PM Highlights of Recommendations Utility and service charges for general category students will be reduced by 50 percent.BPL (Below Poverty Line) students to be provided 75 per cent concession. General students will now pay Rs 1,000 per month instead of Rs 2,000 per month.BPL students will pay Rs 500 per month for utility and service charges for their hostel. While report of the three member High Power Committee (HPC) constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Develoment (MHRD) is still pending, the High Level Committee of Jawaharlal Nehru University has submitted its report recommending 50 percent concession to general cateogry students in service and utility charges. The committee has also recommended 75 per cent concession for BPL category students. The High Level Committee of the University was constituted on Sunday with a deadline to invite suggested by 5.30 pm on the same day. Also Read: JNU admin's panel recommends concession in utility, service charges for all students

11:45 AM AIIMS Resident Doctors Association is opposing the proposal for upward revision in the tuition fees and patient charges contending that ‘education and healthcare are building blocks’ of society but not commercial sectors.Also Read: After JNU, government pushes for fee hike in AIIMS

2:27 PM If some recommendations of the ‘high level’ and the ‘high power’ committee are conflicting, which one will prevail? This is a question being asked by the students’ representatives who raised questions on new committee. Also Read: Confusion prevails on JNU’s ‘parallel’ high level committee

1:25 PM JNUSU, the students' union of JNU clarified on the exact fee hike against which students are protesting. How much is the free hike against which the students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are protesting (#JNUProtests) for over two weeks? Also Read: JNU students will have to pay minimum Rs 6,000 per month: JNUSU

6:16 PM Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) on Saturday gave a call to the students and youths throughout the country to join the ongoing protest of JNU students (#JNUProtests) by observing November 27 as 'National Day of Protest'.Observe Nov 27 as ‘National Day of Protest’: JNUSU to Students-Youths across India

5:30 PM The former Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju on Saturday said that the fee hike for the hostel and mess in the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) violates the Right to Equality Guaranteed as a Fundamental Right under Article 14 of the Constitution of India.In an article written in Firstpost.com, the veteran legal eagle also invoked the ancient Indian and Western philosophical thinkers to strengthen his argument in support of the protesting students of JNU (#JNUProtests).“Since the Right to Equality was made a guaranteed Fundamental Right in the Constitution (Article 14), the hike in fees violates the Article as it hits poor students hard. The fee hikes should therefore be struck down,” argued Katju. Besides personally supporting the students, he gave a call to support the protestors. Read More: Protesting JNU students deserve your support not condemnation, writes ex-SC judge Markandey Katju

4:17 PM The protest of JNU Students (#JNUProtests) on Saturday received support from the members of civil society who joined the students in their march from Mandi House to the Parliament in New Delhi. As the protestors marched towards India Gate, the police barricaded the roads to divert the crowed towards Connought Place. The students have been protesting against the fee hike in hostels and mess and demanding the government to make the eduction affordable to all. Read More JNU Protest: Hundreds March In Delhi To "Make Education Affordable To All"

3:56 PM Senior journalist Madhavan Narayanan on Saturday supported the ensuing agaitation of JNU students (#JNUProtest) against fee hike in the hostels. Besides, he also highlited the unique place of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in the Indian education system. Narayanan had served in several prestigious national and international media houses such as Reuters, BBC World, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, Business Standard and is presently associated with Firstpost. #JNU is not a centre of education. It is one of enlightenment and empowerment. It goes beyond mere skills into the realm of social philosophy. Other places teach what, where, when and how. At JNU they learn the Why and Why Not#JNUProtests — Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) November 18, 2019
JNU targets to collect Rs 100 crore from alumni by the end of this year

Rebuked for hiking fees, the JNU administration on Tuesday launched the 'JNU Alumni Endowment Fund' to achieve 'near financial self-sufficiency' for the university.  

In an appeal made to the alumni, the Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar has urged the alumni to help the university in meeting its financial requirements of sustaining existing facilities, enhancement and expansion.  "On behalf of JNU, I passionately appeal to the JNU alumni to come forward and generously make your contributions. "Let us keep a target of raising Rs 100 crore by the end of this year. Through your continued support in the coming years, let us target to achieve near financial self-sufficiency for our university," the VC said. 

The university will become more autonomous if we become financially self-sufficient. We have more than 80,000 alumni spread throughout the world. Even if each one of them contributes around Rs 5,000 in a year, that will be about Rs 400 crores. Our ultimate goal is to have around Rs 1,000 crore corpus fund in a few years," he added. 

Also Read: JNU admin approves creation of JNU Alumni Endowment Fund

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High Court asked JNU to approach academic council on WhatsApp exams

High Court asked JNU to approach academic council on WhatsApp exams

Delhi High court on Wednesday asked the JNU administration to go to deliberate with its academic council on WhatsApp examinations it had conducted to complete the Monsoon semester due to ongoing students' agitation. 

Also Read: Deliberate with academic council on completing classes, holding exams: Delhi HC to JNU

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy informed the Parliament that as reported by the Delhi Police, fifty-one persons sustained injuries in the incident on January 5 when masked goons attacked the JNU campus. 

Also Read: 51 were injured after masked people attacked JNU students, teachers: Govt

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JNU teachers oppose arrest of Sharjeel Imam in sedition case

JNU teachers oppose arrest of Sharjeel Imam in sedition case

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Association (JNUTA) has condemned the arrest of a university student and anti-CAA activist Sharjeel Imam in a sedition case. In a statement, the teachers' body alleged that Delhi police arrested JNU student but no arrest has been made in January 5 violence on the campus which left several students injured. 

Also Read: Sharjeel Imam's arrest in sedition case due to 'other reasons': JNUTA

JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) has also opposed the case of sedition against Imam calling it politically motivated to reap the benefits in ensuing Delhi Assembly Elections 2020. 

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JNU gives two replies on same question in two RTIs 

JNU gives two replies on same question in two RTIs 

In an apparent indication of hiding something crucial, the JNU Administration has provided two contradictory replies on the same question is posed in two different RTI queries by different persons. In one reply the university denies availability of any footage between 3 pm to 12 am on January 5, the day masked mob attacked the students in Sabarmati Hostel in JNU in the second it said the footages were in the custody of 'law enforcement agencies'. 

"CCTV Video With Cops", Says JNU After Claiming No Footage Of Mob Attack

Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the crime branch of Delhi police investigating into the matter has seized all the footage from January 3-5 and sent it to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for forensic investigation. 

Delhi Police seizes recordings from JNU server

JNU students' Union (JNUSU) and JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) both are demanding the immediate removal of the Vice-Chancellor Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar after January 5 incident. 

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JNU waves off hiked hostel fee and late fine for protesting students

JNU waves off hiked hostel fee and late fine for protesting students

Initially, according to sources, the university administration wanted to challenge the order before a greater bench as several observations of the court were against the university. However, the administration was advised to avoid confrontation with the judiciary as it was not the final order.

Also Read: JNU waves off hiked hostel fee and late fine for protesting students

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Students can't be burdened with contractual employees salaries in govt-run institutions: HC to JNU

Students can't be burdened with contractual employees salaries in govt-run institutions: HC to JNU

In a landmark observation, Delhi High Court on Friday said that the students of government universities should not be burdened with salaries of the private employees. The comment from this came from the bench after government counsel in JNU fee hike argued that the fee was hiked to meet the expenses of private employees in lieu of salaries. 

Also Read: Students can't be burdened with contractual employees salaries in govt-run institutions: HC to JNU

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Big Victory for JNUSU, Delhi High Court allows protesting students to follow old hostel manual, waves off late fee

Big Victory for JNUSU, Delhi High Court allows protesting students to follow old hostel manual, waves off late fee

In a major relief to the protesting students of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday, the Delhi High Court allowed the remaining students to register as per the old hostel manual and without any late fee. The court also issued notice to JNU administration on a please filed by JNUSU challenging the legality of the new hostel manual implemented by the university. This is the first victory of JNUSU over JNU administration since the students' union decided to protest against the decision of the fee hike on October 28, 2019. 

Also Read: Big Victory for JNUSU, Delhi High Court allows protesting students to follow old hostel manual, waves off late fee 

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JNU explains the difference between CIS Office and CIS Data Center on RTI expose

JNU explains the difference between CIS Office and CIS Data Center on RTI expose

Stung by RTI quarries, the JNU Administration on Wednesday explained the difference between CIS Office and CIS Data Center to the media persons and emphasized that the server was indeed damaged by masked students on January 3. The university also explained that they have all the data related to foreign students. 

Also Read: All FIRs in-line with Jan 3 incidents, no deviation from facts: JNU

Also Read: Have 'all relevant information' on foreign students: JNU

 

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Delhi police's letters reveal VC's reluctance on dialogue with JNU Students

Delhi police's letters reveal VC's reluctance on dialogue with JNU Students

As the investigation into the violence on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on January 5 is proceeding, new shreds of evidence are surfacing. Now, it has come to light that Delhi police had written four letters to JNU administration before the violence asking them to have a continuous dialogue with the protesting students.

Also Read: Delhi police's letters reveal VC's reluctance on dialogue with JNU Students

 

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No arrest in JNU violence after 15 days

No arrest in JNU violence after 15 days

After 15 days of violence in the JNU campus by masked goons, Delhi police could not make any arrest. The JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) and JNU Teachers Union have blamed the violence and police behind the attack on the campus by masked goons. 

The allegations of protesting students have got an evidence after the university administration in an RTI reply provided some information which was in contradiction of the claims made by the Vice-Chancellor in police complaints against the students. 

RTI Reveals Glaring Loopholes in JNU Admin's Claims on Campus Violence

 

 

 

 

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