The issue is of finding a way to subsidize those who cannot afford to pay but making the well-off pay for education, hostels, food and travel
JNU has rolled back the hike of its fees, but should it have? Was the fee hike at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) from ₹10 and ₹20 to ₹300 and ₹600 a month, respectively, as rent for a hostel room fair or not? Judging by the way student mobs were rampaging, this is the next thing after the Bengal famine to hit Indian shores. Instead of the ₹10 number, the much larger attention-grabbing heart-breaking 300% hike number is being thrown around rather than the base figure of ₹10 cost—the cost of a South Delhi room in a verdant walled campus on a twin-share basis in India’s capital city. The hike is actually 2900%, but it seems that those protesting did not do the math correctly. Too busy earning their money, that they pay taxes on, on the other side are those who are asking why their money is being used to deeply subsidize students who may have the capacity to pay but are too entitled to do so.