New Delhi: In a major relief to the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, the administration on Wednesday decided to partially roll back the fee hike and also provide assistance to students of economically weaker sections.

“The JNU Executive Committee announces major roll-back in the hostel fee and other stipulations. Also proposes a scheme for economic assistance to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students,” Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, said in a tweet.

The development comes after the students of the university earlier in the day staged a protest against the Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar outside JNU convention centre over the fee hike.

Raising slogans against the proposed changes, the agitating students carried placards which read ‘stop devastating fee hike’ and ‘JNUTA rejects new hostel manual’.

“We want to hold a discussion with the VC on the issue of fee hike and new hostel manual. He is not responding to us and has not even met us once,” Aishee Ghosh, president Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) told ANI.

“It is extremely bad on the behalf of the admin to hike the fees. It would be difficult for economically backward students to complete their education this way. People here belong to different economic backgrounds,” another protester told ANI.

Over many days in the past month, the students of the JNU have been staging protests against the fee hike and new hostel manual which also includes provisions on dress code and curfew timings since October 28.

The agitating students on November 11 continued their protest over different issues including fee hike. The protest garnered momentum as the rent for student single room hiked from Rs 10 to Rs 300, rent for student double room hiked from Rs 20 to Rs 600, one-time refundable mess security deposit hiked from Rs 5,500 to Rs 12,000.

The protest on November 11 escalated when HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ along with Vice President Venkaiah Naidu had gone to All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to attend the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s third convocation.