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  • "We condemn in the strongest terms the unprovoked police brutality on the peaceful protest marches of JNU students against the illegal adoption of a revised hostel manual by the JNU administration and the proposed steep rise in fees," 31 members of the JNU's Faculty Feminist Collective said in a statement.

    The students plan to march to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday and also boycott exams. The issue has been taken up in Parliament and has also been discussed in detail by the Human Resource Development ministry with both Home Minister Amit Shah and the Prime Minister’s Office.

    Delhi Police is set to provide adequate security to the JNU vice-chancellor and other officials who are going to start attending office in the JNU campus where the agitating students are protesting against the fee hike. The students said they will not vacate the administration block till their demands, including rollback of hostel fee hike, are met.

    The most widespread protest was against the Citizenship Amendment Act. “People will never accept the law but the government has been pushing it. This is a communal stand of the government trying to include some religious minorities but excluding others.,” said Thokchom Yaphalembi Chanu, a member of the North-East Forum for International Solidarity

    The letter, dated November 27, has sought an “urgent intervention” of the ministries of external affairs and HRD, requesting that a Tibetan-specific directive be issued as per the provisions of the home ministry’s Tibetan Rehabilitation policy to all universities including JNU, officials in the know told ET.

    While the ministry had, in September, announced the decision of the IIT Council that it will implement the fee hike, the issue will again be taken up at the next meeting. The development comes against the backdrop of protests by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students against a recent fee hike. HRD Ministry officials, however, did not comment on the reasons behind the decision being put on hold.

    Yashwant Sinha said the root cause of the current economic crisis is "death of demand" in the country. He alleged that the government ignored the agriculture distress in the country. Sinha also raised questions over the data for calculating GDP numbers. He added that companies after companies are facing bankruptcy and the govt has stated that it would have to close Air India.

    The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry's committee on JNU will initiate dialogues with students and administration as well as submit recommendations on resolution of all issues, they said.

    The complaint, received by Vasant Kunj North police station, is being examined by senior officers so that they can take a decision whether to file a case, sources said. "We are examining the merits of the complaint," said a senior IPS officer, adding a decision will be taken very soon.

    This week, once again, JNU blipped on our radar, this time with the same scruffy students protesting against a proposed hostel fee hike. The current hostel mess security deposit (refundable) is Rs 5,500, a monthly accommodation fee for a single-occupancy room Rs 20, and Rs 10 for a double-occupancy room. Yes, a piddly amount.

    In a communication dated November 8, the HRD ministry had written to the Registrar of JNU stating that “since the ‘emeritus’ status is a title and not a post, the amendment made to Ordinance 32 of the University is required to be reviewed”, ET has learnt.

    Thousands of JNU students clashed with police on Monday as their protest over steep fee hike escalated, leaving HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' stranded for over six hours.

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