The Panjab University senate on Sunday approved a fee hike of 5% subject to minimum increase of Rs 500 and maximum of Rs 1,200 per annum for all courses run by the university and its regional centres for the session 2015-16. A sum of Rs 30 per month will also be charged for Wifi services from the university students.
The fee hike was approved after a long discussion. Former MP Pawan Bansal opposed the hike, saying there was need to curtail the expenses instead. Another former MP Satya Pal Jain, while opposing the move, said interests of the students coming from poor social strata should be taken into consideration.
Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Navdeep Goyal read out a letter from Panjab University Student Council president Divyanshu Budhiraja, opposing the fee hike. Ashok Goyal said that the fee hike should be based on cost benefit analysis and revenue earned from it couldn’t go beyond Rs 1.5 crore per year though deficit is very high.
Vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover clarified that it was just nominal increase. “I have to see that employees get their salaries every month. Our deficit is met from non-plan budget which has limit of 8% increase…We have to do this otherwise we will go down… The branding of institution will go down. Our students will do not get jobs then…I have to secure money this year. We have no option but to increase the fee.”
He added, “If we continue to grow and recruit teachers, we have to increase the fee.” He informed the house that Central University of Hyderabad and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research were getting more grants than PU and at the same time they were producing more students and PhDs.
Senator Dinesh Kumar in favour of the fee hike. Another senator Shelley Walia said that the issue needed to be looked into objectively. “Only a handful of students are opposing the hike. It is a nominal amount and we should go ahead with it,” he said.
The fee has been hiked after a gap of six years by PU.
Other decisions taken
The senate also approved appointment of co-supervisor from International Research Centre/Universities( DST approved institution) for the PhD candidates.
Seats for MPhil course being offered in the department of defence and national security studies, exclusively meant for serving officers of armed forces, increased from 5 to 11
Number of seats in diploma in Chinese increased from 16 to 30 and in advance diploma in Chinese from 11 to 25.
Any student who does not clear all subjects of the first-year BDS examination within 3 years from the date of admission shall be discharged from the course.
The choice-based credit system will now be implemented from next year
The students with annual income of Rs 2.5 lakh will now be eligible for admission to all self-financing courses under the EWS category.
The validity of joint entrance test conducted for admission to PhD programme will be extended from 2 to 3 years from the date of declaration of the result of entrance test.