The Panjab University (PU) syndicate on Sunday approved a tuition fee hike of 5% for all courses being run on its campuses and up to 20% fee hike in traditional courses in its affiliated colleges.
The new fee structure will come into force from the 201415 academic session. However, there will be no fee hike in selffinanced courses in colleges.
The syndicate approved recommendation of a committee which has proposed 5% hike in tuition fee across the board in all courses.
“Around Rs 1.5 crore will be collected as fee from students on the campus, of which `75 lakh will be spent on student welfare activities and helping poor students in their studies annually,” a syndicate member said.
The university had proposed 10% tuition fee hike last year, however, the proposal was taken back after protest by students turned violent in March.
In a major relief to students of Shri Dhanwantry Education Society Ayurvedic College and Dabur Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College, Chandigarh, the syndicate approved the recommendation of the GK Chatrath committee report. Those students who have appeared in any examination after 2009 will be allowed to complete their course, and also those who have completed the course, will be awarded degrees.
PU had disaffiliated the colle ge in 2009 and admissions thereafter were done under the court order. Nearly 200 students are likely to be benefitted from the PU decision.
SEMESTER SYSTEM AT USOL DEFERRED TO 2015-16
In a major setback to PU’s plan to introduce semester system in undergradute courses, the PU syndicate was forced to accept the request of University School of Open Learning (USOL), which runs distance education courses, to allow it to defer the introduction of semester system from academic session 2015-16.
The move comes days before the matter is to be placed before the PU senate in its meeting on May 25.
The PU syndicate acted following a letter from the USOL claiming that it would not be able to introduce the semester system from 2014-15 academic session, due to shortage of staff.