May 31, 2020 | 3:44 PM IST
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JNU student says iPad is necessary, but not fee hike

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students protesting the fee hike in a hostel is still hot and refuses to subside. The students have been staging aggressive demonstrations against the administration and hostel presidents for over three weeks now.
In addition to it, a video of an inmate of the hostel in Delhi, in possession of an iPad, has surfaced in which he can be seen telling why having expensive gadgets like laptops, mobile phones, etc., does not mean students hail from rich families.

The two-minute video shows a student from Champaran, Bihar, in which he says that he took only Rs 12,000 from his parents and used his scholarship to pay the remaining dues. Showing his iPad, he says, “It is practically impossible for me to carry all the heavy books around all the time.” He puts across a question asking, “Why is their under-spending of the education budget in India and instead universities are trying to draw money from us students. Even nations like Kenya, Bhutan with lower GDP than India spend more on educating their youth.
Not satisfied with the JNU students’ version, the social networking users are now working overtime asking why iPads and other expensive gadgets are being used when there are other affordable ones easily available in the market.

In fact, social media has also come up with suggested locations like Palika Bazaar in Connaught Place and Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh where such items and their alternative versions are easily available and at a much cheaper rate.

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