Claiming that the Means- cum-Merit (MCM) scholarship was insufficient to make ends meet for students from unprivileged background at the Jawaharlal University (JNU), nearly 100 students staged a protest outside Parliament House on Monday afternoon.
The protest, however, was short-lived as the students were bundled into police vans and taken to the Parliament Street police station.
The students of the Jawaharlal University Students’ Union (JNUSU) have been demanding a rise in the grant for the MCM scholarship for long, hence the protest.
Currently, the scholarship provides students a grant of Rs 1,500, which is usually utilised to cover the tuition and mess expenses. Each year, the varsity receives more than 2,000 applications for the scholarship from students belonging to underprivileged backgrounds whose family incomes is below Rs 1 lakh.
JNUSU members have been protesting against the meager amount and want it to be raised to Rs 3,000 as it is ‘inadequate’ to cover the students’ cost.
“This amount is used to cover a student’s tuition and mess bills. The current amount is paltry and doesn’t help cover anything. Since 2006, there has not been a rise in this amount and it is only fair that it be increased,” said Lenin, president, JNUSU.