Congress party’s Rajya Sabha MP, Ghulam Nabi Azad while speaking to Republic TV said that he strong condemns the fee hike in the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Talking about the protest march towards Parliament, he also made a big statement saying that this (BJP) government is against education. He said that increasing the fees of the institution by three times means that the central government does not want poor people to study. He also urged the government to provide free higher education.
Talking about higher education, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “We have believed that this government is against education. This is the way in which this government has been chanting slogans of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save and educate girls). But that slogan was for television. In reality, this slogan is meaningless for them. In the same way, it has become very difficult to study in higher education institutions in India with this in power. When we talk about JNU, the rich kids don’t attend this institution.
He added, “Poor people’s kids attend this college, kinds from all over India attend this college. Kids, especially from the bigger States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal come to this institution. Increasing the fees of this institution by three times means that a poor person’s kid won’t be able to study. I strongly condemn this. Instead of providing free education to the kids they raised it by three times. What is the point of this high-power committee? First, you instigate violence and then you talk about peace?”
The JNU students have hit the road and marched towards the Parliament for a rollback in their fee hike. This comes after the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) administration announced a 50 per cent concession in hostel fee rates for students belonging to the Below Poverty line (BPL). The students argue that there is no definition of BPL in India thus demand the revocation of the hike. Amid all of this, a High-Power committee has been set up by the MHRD to resolve the issue and Section 144 has been imposed on the campus.