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Govt should fund public education: HC on JNU fee hike

The plea also sought directions restraining the varsity from taking any action which would give effect to the draft hostel manual.

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New Delhi, Jan 24 Granting interim relief to the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Delhi High Court on Friday observed that “government has to fund public education”.

“The government has to fund public education. In public universities, the burden of paying salaries to contractual workers can’t be put on students. It’s the responsibility of the government to find funds,” said Justice Rajiv Shakdar.

The observations came after Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand told the court that the decision to revise fee in JNU was taken after instructions from the University Grants Commission (UGC).

She further told the court that JNU has already waived off service and utility charges earlier paid by the students and that it would now be borne by the UGC.

Anand also said that 90 per cent students had already registered as per the new hostel manual. Responding to this, the judge said, “When you don’t have a choice, what do you do?”

The court was hearing a plea filed by JNU Students Union (JNUSU) members, including its President Aishe Ghose, Vice President Saket Moon and others, seeking direction of the court to restrain the JNU administration from imposing late fees on students for registrations for the winter semester.

The plea also sought directions restraining the varsity from taking any action which would give effect to the draft hostel manual.

After hearing both the sides, Shakdar ruled, “As far as the remaining 10 per cent students are concerned, they need to register within one week as per the old manual. No late fee will be charged from them.”

The court has now posted the matter for hearing on February 28.

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Jamia video war gets murkier

The videos — and there are several of them — bear the date December 15, 2019. That is the day when there was a confrontation between the police and students and the police allegedly caned students inside the university library.

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New Delhi, Feb 18 : In a series of videos that have emerged over the weekend attempting to give a fresh narative to the Jamia violence, a new set released on Tuesday showed alleged rioters hurling stones from inside the Jamia Millia Islamia campus here, adding yet another dimension to the attritional war between students and police.

The video war is over what happened at the university on December 15, 2019, while students were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)– with both sides pointing fingers at the other for provocating the violence that spilled all over the country.

The source of the videos and their authenticity could not be established by IANS.

The videos — and there are several of them — bear the date December 15, 2019. That is the day when there was a confrontation between the police and students and the police allegedly caned students inside the university library.

The new set of videos that emerged on Tuesday showed alleged rioters hurling stones from inside the university campus. The time shown on the videos indicate they were recordings of happenings that evening.

In one of the videos, people can be seen hurling stones from the central library gate, which has been in the news ever since the video war broke out.

Other videos that entered the public domain on Tuesday showed a large crowd entering what appears to be the hallway of the university’s central library. Many of them were seeing running inside the library. Some were seen carrying chairs as well.

Neither the university administration nor the police have commented on the authenticity of the latest videos that have entered the public domain.

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Plea on error in CBSE sample papers dismisses Delhi High Court

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New Delhi, Feb 18 : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking rectification of errors in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 accountancy sample question papers and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner.

The petitioner, named Ravinder Nath dubey, has been teaching accountancy for the past 26 years.

Asserting that accountancy examination is on March 3, the petitioner sought court’s direction to immediately remove eight fundamentally and conceptually wrong answers from the CBSE’s website.

“If the students write these wrong answers in the board examinations, the examiners may deduct 7-8 marks of students,” Dubey rued.

A bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar called the petition “frivolous” and imposed a hefty fine on him.

“You are not talking about an exam paper but sample papers. The model papers are for students’ practice,” the bench said.

When the petitioner retorted that he has come with a proof, the court said, “The fine can be increased. I don’t want to do it.”

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Those born in TN won’t be affected by CAA: Palaniswami

Palaniswami said those who were born in Tamil Nadu will not be affected by CAA.

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Chennai, Feb 18 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Tuesday said those who were born in the state would not be affected by the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Speaking in the Assembly, Palaniswami said the opposition DMK should explain who in Tamil Nadu would get affected by CAA.

Palaniswami said those who were born in Tamil Nadu will not be affected by CAA.

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