New Delhi, January 12: The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Sunday announced an extension in deadline for registration for 2020 Winter Semester. The students would now be allowed to register themselves for the next semester till January 15. Earlier, the last date for registration was fixed as January 13. JNU V-C Jagadesh Kumar Meets Students to Discuss Violence on Campus, JNUSU Claims It Was 'Not Invited'.

The administration, in its statement, also declared that no late fine would be levied on students who register themselves for the Winter Semester by Wednesday. The extension in deadline and waiver of late payment fees comes a day after Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar met a group of students and assured relief measures.

The Vice-Chancellor was reportedly asked by a group of students to extend the deadline for registration as the violence on campus on January 4 and January 5 derailed the routine functioning of the administration.

Update by ANI

The deadline extension comes amid an ongoing row over fee hike in the premier varsity. The Vice-Chancellor is firm on incrementing the rates, in effect from the Winter Semester, in accordance to the formula earlier proposed. The JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) has also remained adamant on its objection, claiming that fresh negotiations should be held on the new fee structure.

The JNU V-C, in his meeting with Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) Secretary Amit Khare on Friday, underlined that the fee hike is necessitated to meet hostel maintenance expenses and providing mess services to the students. Kumar had told reporters that it was decided to implement the hostel fee hike "in totality".

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