By Anubhuti Vishnoi | Economic Times
NEW DELHI, India, 3 December 2019
The Centre, which is still battling with the crisis over the fee hike at Jawaharlal Nehru University, has now on its table another complaint on the “exorbitant fee” — from the office of the Dalai Lama.
The Bureau of the Dalai Lama has written to the Centre over JNU’s fee hike for foreign students effected in July, which it said was applied “unfairly” to Tibetan students, treating them as “foreigners” rather than refugees in India.
The letter, dated 27 November, has sought an “urgent intervention” of the ministries of external affairs and HRD, requesting that a Tibetan-specific directive be issued as per the provisions of the home ministry’s Tibetan Rehabilitation policy to all universities including JNU, officials in the know told ET.
The HRD ministry is learnt to have sought a report on the matter from the JNU administration. The Dalai Lama’s office has pointed out that the Tibetan students were mostly products of Indian schools or schools under the HRD ministry’s autonomous Central Tibetan Schools Administration, and appealed that they be spared of the fee hike.
JNU in July raised the annual fee for foreign quota students from $100 to $1,200 for social sciences and to $1,700 for sciences. The fee hike applied to Tibetans admitted under the quota as foreigners. The communication has termed JNU’s decision to “treat Tibetan students as any other foreign students” and to charge them an “exorbitant fee” as “extremely unfair”.
While expressing gratitude to the Indian government for its “generous assistance” to successive generations of Tibetan people over the past sixty years, the communication has termed JNU’s decision to “treat Tibetan students as any other foreign students” and to charge them an “exorbitant fee” as “extremely unfair”.
It has further said the adoption of the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy, 2104, by the Ministry of Home Affairs had paved the way for bringing about uniformity in the implementation of central and state schemes, including the education of children in schools and universities, for the Tibetan refugees in India.