Published On: Fri, Nov 22nd, 2019

Why JNU should roll back hiked fees completely

The hike in JNU hostel fee along with increased food prices inside will hit hard the less-privileged students. The current charges for both are clubbed at Rs 2,500 per month and it has been revised to Rs 8,000 per month.

Following protests of agitated students over the past few days a small roll back has taken place.

In 2017-18 a total of 1,586 students was enrolled and forty percent of them belong to the lower or middle income groups with family income of just up to Rs 12,000 per month.

Even after the roll back many poor students may not be able to continue their studies at JNU as paying the new fee structure is not affordable.

If not argued either way, it is a fact that hike in hostel and food fees by the JNU authorities violates Article 14 of the Indian Constitution as it is discriminating the students.

Importance of education has been recognized by almost all the countries and the US Supreme Court observed in a historic decision in Brown vs Board of Education, 1954, “It is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such opportunity must be made available to all on equal terms.”

King Ashvapati Kaikeya said in Chandogya Upanishad, “Na mey janpadey avidvaanah (There is no uneducated person in my kingdom).”

Why JNU should roll back hiked hostel, food fees completely

Plato once said that with good education system almost any improvement is possible.

The hike in fee should be struck down as Right to Equality was made a guaranteed Fundamental Right in the Indian Constitution (Article 14).

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