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Education is Not a Privilege
Education is Our Rights
Ensure Free Acces to Education
Ensure Freedom of Speech

புதுதில்லியில் 144தடை உத்தரவை தகர்த்து ஜவஹர்லால் நேரு பல்கலை கழக மாணவர்களின் பேரெழுச்சி. புரட்சி வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

Long Live Students Unity
Long Live J N U
Long Live Student Struggle

மத்திய அரசே
கட்டண உயர்வை வாபஸ் வாங்கு தேன் கூட்டில் கைவைக்காதே எச்சரிக்கை


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இந்தியா முழுவதும் மாணவர்களின் கல்வியை காப்பாற்ற பாராளுமன்றத்தை நோக்கி மாபெரும் குடிமக்கள் பேரணி 23/11/19


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It is the first time that members of civil society joined students in their protest.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Delhi on Saturday in support of the students' protest against the hostel and mess fee hike in Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The protesters, including members of civil society, JNU alumna and students, raised slogans, asking the varsity administration to roll back the fee hike and the government to "make education affordable to all".

It is the first time that members of civil society joined students in their protest that has been going on a for a week now.

The protesters gathered at the Mandi House and started marching towards Parliament in the presence of a huge police posse. Police personnel blocked roads leading to Connaught Place to prevent traffic snarls.

Members of student groups, including the SFI, KYS, AISF, and NSUI among others, participated in the protest in large numbers. Workers of Rashtriya Janata Dal and Dalit group Bhim Army also participated in the protest.


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Detailed Report of ongoing Struggle

Fee Must Fall is A WorldWide Demand


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Inspired by India’s JNU, students in Pakistan hit the streets today

Students Solidarity MarchPakistan

Bhagat Singh in Pakistan

Pakistan’s university students may have their JNU moment today (Nov. 29).

Thousands of them are expected to march across cities, demanding a rollback of education budget cuts and the reinstatement of student elections—student unions were banned in that country over three decades ago. The protesters are evidently inspired by the many agitations at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the past few years, most recently over a similar fee hike.

The protest in Pakistan, like those in India, is being spearheaded by left-wing student groups.

“Left-wing politics (in Pakistan) was different. But we have now started doing music and street theatre,” Awais Qarni, a former MPhil scholar and representative of the Revolutionary Students Front, one of the 30 groups organizing the march, told.

They plan on using some of the methods popularised by JNU over the years: street theatre performances, azadi (freedom) slogans, and effective use of social media. But that’s not all. “We will also be singing Bollywood songs like ‘Itne baazu itne sar’ from Amitabh Bachchan’s Main Azaad Hoon,” Qarni said.

Like in the case of the JNU students, the Pakistani protesters are being branded “anti-national.” While left-wing JNU students have been accused of working for Pakistan, the solidarity march in Pakistan has been called an Indian conspiracy.

Mohiba Ahmed, a teacher at Government College University, Lahore, and a founding member of city-based Progressive Students Collective, said she received a call from the deputy commissioner of police, who asked her if she was anti-Pakistan.

Most universities in the country get new students to sign affidavits pledging not to engage in political activity. Some have even threatened rustication if students attend today’s march.

In parts of Lahore, the government has imposed section 144, the curfew law passed down to both India and Pakistan from British colonialists.

Students in Quetta, Balochistan, face far graver threats. “Whenever we have done any political activity, some students go missing,” a female law student of the University of Balochistan said on the condition of anonymity. Restive Balochistan has seen a decades-long separatist insurgency against the Pakistani state.

Meanwhile, even if at great personal risk, today’s student march could firmly put the spotlight on the tensions building up in Pakistan’s campuses.

Prime minister Imran Khan was elected in August last year at the end of a campaign against the erstwhile government. He rode on his image as a youth leader, promising to raise education spending.

“Most of us voted for Imran Khan, but now we are done,” said Salman Sikandar, an English literature student at Government College University.

However, Pakistan’s economy has only fallen deeper into Chinese debt since then even as the country’s current account deficit has worsened. Despite opposing it earlier, Khan signed a bailout deal with the International Monetary Fund last year, whose terms included cuts in welfare spending.

The cash-strapped government has slashed the higher education budget, forcing universities to raise fees and cut down research grants. “This is dismantling of an education system that was already on ventilator,” said Ammar Ali Jan, who teaches at Forman Christian College in Lahore. At the same time, “they have raised military spending. This is a political choice.”

India’s JNU has often become the flashpoint for the police and protesters since Narendra Modi was first sworn in as Indian prime minister in May 2014.

Student activists in Pakistan say the 2016 JNU protest, when the police arrested the university’s student leaders on sedition charges for raising the azadi slogan, turned into a moment of reckoning for them, too.

“When Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, and the other comrades won their case and were able to tell the world that they were fighting for the right thing, it created a spark,” said Haider Kaleem, a representative of the Progressive Students Federation.

Source: Quartz India.
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However, The Long Struggle on Fee Hike Comes To An End. Today that the Hon'ble High Court in its interim order today granted a major relief to the students' community. The High Court has directed the JNU Administration to:

*1. Allow for registration at old rates, as per previous hostel manual for students yet to register.*

*2. Extend the last date of registration for a week without late fine*

*3. Apply for reservations and priorities/benefits according to the old hostel manual.*

*4. To hold dialogue with students to resolve the issue.*

The JNUSU is grateful to the Hon'ble High Court for granting this relief.

Detailed Delhi High Court Judgment

At JNU fee hearing, High Court’s clear message to govt on funding education

The court has ordered the university to allow students, who have not registered for the next semester, to complete the formalities within the next one week.

The government cannot get out of the education sector and to continue funding public education, a judge of the Delhi High Court observed during the hearing into a petition filed by Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union leaders. The court has ordered the university to allow students, who have not registered for the next semester, to complete the formalities within the next one week.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher also told the university to allow these students to pay the applicable fees according to the pre-hike fee structure.

The judge was hearing the petition filed by a group of JNU students’ union leaders including president Aishe Ghosh who have challenged the fee hike and the new hostel manual notified last year that prompted protests in the university campus and outside.

Pinky Anand, the Additional Solicitor General, asked the court to right away reject the plea, pointing that 90 percent of the students had gone along with the fee hike and paid up.

The judge wasn’t impressed with the reasoning. “If you don’t have a choice, what would you do?” he asked.

Justice Shakdher also countered the argument put forth by the Centre’s senior law officer that justified the fee hike, pointing that fees had been revised to pay salaries to contractual workers hired by the university.

“Government cannot get out of education. The government has to fund public education. The burden of paying the salaries of contractual workers is not on the students. Someone should find the funds, “ Justice Shakdher shot back.

The judge has slotted the next hearing on February 28.

The petition by JNUSU office-bearers had asked him to intervene and order the university administration to roll back changes made to the hostel manual and the fee structure.

In the petition filed through lawyer Abhik Chimni, the students said the changes had led to an increase in hostel fees, affected the rights of reserved categories and allocation of hostel rooms, and reduced the representation of the students’ union in the IHA among other issues.

-Happy Ending.