The Panjab University (PU) Syndicate on Sunday approved the fee hike of 5% subject to a minimum increase of Rs 500 and a maximum increase of Rs 1,200 for all courses offered by the university and its regional centres for the session 2015-16.
The syndicate members felt that the time was ripe for a nominal hike in the fee for the next academic session.
The syndicate had introduced a hike of 5% for the academic session 2014-15 in April this year, nearly six years after it implemented a fee hike in the university.
However, keeping in view the sentiments of the students, the upper limit was restricted to `1,200 against the proposed limit of Rs 1,500.
Objecting to the fee hike, Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) president Divyanshu Bhudiraja said the hike would be an additional burden on the students, especially those from economically weaker sections.
The PUCSC also organised a protest on the campus to condemn the decision. Meanwhile, the syndicate has constituted a committee for taking a decision on the proposed levy of Wi-Fi charges at the rate of `30 per month (wherever the facility is made available).
The varsity authorities intend to use the funds from Wi-Fi charges for the maintenance and upgrade of Wi-Fi, intranet and related facilities on campus.
The syndicate also approved the proposal for the intellectual property rights (IPR) policy. The Centre for Industry Institute Partnership Programme (CIIPP), PU, has formulated an IPR policy with an aim to provide guidance to the university's researchers, visiting scientists and outside agencies involved in collaborative work.
The IPR policy aims to shed light on the practices and rules of university regarding IPRs, obligation of various stakeholders, requirements of IP ownership and revenue sharing upon its licensing and technology transfer.
A committee has also been formed to take a final look at the policy. The syndicate also decided that a committee would be constituted to consider the introduction of 'Domestic violence against women and children' as a separate, compulsory qualifying paper at the undergraduate level.
The syndicate also approved the reports of examiners on the theses, including the viva-voce reports, of ten Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidates for the award of the PhD degree to them.