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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, June 08, 2013
To revive some of the potential courses and to attract more students, Lucknow University on Friday rationalised its fee structure. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the finance committee of the university.

For instance, the BBA fee was slashed from Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 35,000 per semester. It is now at par with B Com (Honours) fee. Similarly, fee for M Sc renewable energy course was reduced from Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 25,000. The revised fee structure will now be tabled for approval by the executive council that would hold a meeting on June 15.

On the other hand, the fees for three postgraduate courses in visual arts courses were doubled. Now, students pursuing these courses would pay Rs. 16,000 against Rs. 8,635 per semester. While fees for all M Sc (self finance courses) was fixed at Rs. 25,000 per semester, charges for M Sc in plant science and environmental science were increased to Rs. 25,000 from the existing Rs. 16,000 per semester.

With this rationalised fee structure, LU expects to generate Rs. 4.5 crore. Vice-chancellor SB Nimse told HT that it was found that there were several discrepancies in the fees of several courses. “There is not much of a difference between B Com (Honours) and BBA course. Hence, there was no reason to charge more fees for BBA,” he said.

He explained, “The M Sc programme in renewable energy was discontinued few years back. High fees could be one of the reasons. But now, we have cut down the fees from Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 25,000 and expect this course to click now.”