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Protests break out at JNU, Delhi University and Ministry of Education after Centre scraps MANF Scheme

Protests erupt at JNU, Delhi University and Ministry of Education after center scraps MANF scheme

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After the central government scrapped the Maulana Azad National Fellowship, MANF scheme for minority students, multiple protests erupted at educational institutions. Teachers and students at Jawaharlal Nehru University, JNU and Delhi University, DU and outside the Ministry of Education in New Delhi.

Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association, JNUTA members have expressed their concern and sadness over the Central Government’s decision to discontinue the MANF Fellowship Scheme for students.

“This policy decision to withdraw a fellowship designed to promote higher education among minority communities is an attack on the values ​​of inclusiveness and democracy that are integral to the higher education system that India requires,” said an official statement from the Union.

Delhi University, DU Students also took part in demonstrations against the discontinuation of the MANF scheme. According to reports, activists from SFI, KYS and other students of JNU. DU, Ambedkar University and Jamia Millia Islamia also organized a protest outside the Ministry of Education building in New Delhi.

“The government’s decision to discontinue the MANF Fellowship is consistent with its negligent attitude towards the nation’s minorities. It should also be seen as a continuation of the anti-student new education policy. SFI reiterates our commitment to to fight for public education and demand the reinstatement of the MANF scheme,” said the official statement from the Student’s Federation of India.

During the protests outside the Ministry of Education, the Delhi Police reportedly detained more than 100 students. Students have claimed that the police were violent towards them despite the protest being peaceful.

On 11 December 2022, during a session in the Lok Sabha, the Ministry of Minority Affairs announced that the MANF scholarship has been discontinued, effective from the current academic year 2022 to 2023. Union Minister Smriti Irani further stated that the MANF scheme has been scrapped because it overlaps with the already existing scholarships offered by the Center.

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