JNU Engineering students demand accountability of the paid fees; write letter to VC

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 10: Not having complete clarity about the fee that is paid towards several facilities, the engineering students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have demanded “accountability and transparency” from the vice-chancellor.

The students have written a letter to the VC wherein they have expressed that they were facing a lot of trouble since day one of their admission in the university. The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) is supporting these students. “Their course had started with no school building, no lab facilities, no hostel facilities and other necessary facilities,” the JNUSU has been quoted as saying to a national daily.

Mess facility not available for two months

The letter stated that the students have been paying at the Damodar mess from their pockets for the last two months in spite of depositing Rs.10,000 as mess advance, Rs. 6,000 as license fee, electricity, water, service charge, Rs. 5,000 as security deposit, Rs. 5,000 as establishment charges, etc. All these total to Rs.26,000 per semester. This excludes the tuition fee which has to be paid separately. The letter further added that the mess facility was available only after the students and JNUSU continuously raised the issue for two months.

A public university located in New Delhi, JNU is known for its world-class teaching and research. It was established in 1969 by an act of parliament. The university is accreditated from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

JNU has various schools such as the schools of Arts & Aesthetics, Biotechnology, Computational and Integrative Sciences, Computer and Systems Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, International Studies, Language Literature and Culture Studies, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Sanskrit and Indic Studies, Social Sciences and Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management and Entrepreneurship. Its centres include centres for the Study of Law and Governance, Disaster Research, E-Learning, Molecular Medicine, Nanoscience, National Security Studies and North East India.

The university offers degrees in B.A. (Hons.), M.A, M.Sc., MCA, M.Tech, M.P.H., PGDE, Ph.D., M.Phil, along with various part-time programmes.