DHARAMSALA, 20 Aug: The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has exempted Tibetan students from the exorbitant fee hike for International students applied unfairly to them.
The changes on the exorbitant fee hike applied unfairly to Tibetan students on par with foreign students have been notified by the admission section of JNU on its website in July, www.tibet.net, the Central Tibetan Administration’s(CTA) official website reported.
“The fee of Tibetan students admitted for Academic Session 2022-2023 shall be at par with that of the similarly admitted Indian students,” JNU’s Deputy Registrar has announced in a circular insured in July.
While Educational institutions across treat Tibetan students as refugees, JNU’s fee hike for foreign students affected in July 2019 was applied unfairly to Tibetan students treating them as foreigners like those from the US, Europe, Australia, Korea, Japan, China, Thailand and Vietnam.
The development came after the Education Minister of CTA took up the matter with the Vice-Chancellor and the administrators of the University in April as the fee hike adversely impacted the strength of Tibetan students in the university and the Tibetan students at JNU cried out for help.
During the meeting, the minister is stated to have appraised the Vice-Chancellor that the “Tibetan students studying at JNU are primarily third and fourth generation Tibetans in India whose schoolings were completed at Tibetan schools affiliated with CBSE.”
She has further appealed to the Vice-Chancellor to “understand the predicaments of Tibetan students” whose financial status she added “can not peer with other international students,” while urging the authorities to “understand the predicaments of Tibetan students” whose financial status “can not peer with other international students.”
The academic council of JNU has approved the changes during its meeting on 21 June, the circular read.
The students have previously approached the likes of the JNU Administration, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Office, New Delhi, CTA and some influential Tibetans to redress their grievances, but to no avail.