Panjab University syndicate will hold a meet on Sunday to discuss the proposed 20% fee hike in traditional courses conducted by 188-affliated colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh. The meeting also discussed proposed 5% hike in the tuition fee for all courses conducted on the varsity campus, to be charged from the next academic session.
Earlier this month, a PU committee had proposed a fee hike in BA, BCom and BSc courses in colleges Punjab and Chandigarh. However, no fee hike was proposed in self-finance courses.
A proposal estimates that the varsity would generate 1.5 crore from the 5% hike in tuition fees, half of which is to be spent on student welfare activities. The syndicate will also discuss whether to exempt the University of Open Learning (USOL) from the semester system in undergraduate courses, proposed to be introduced from the next academic session. In a letter submitted to PU, USOL had sought exemption from the system, citing staff crunch.
Proposals of fee hike have met vehement protests in the last few months and even took a violent turn in March when members of a student body were allegedly caned by the police.
The syndicate will also discuss whether to reserve two additional seats in colleges and de par tments for female students whose parents have two daughters. The proposal to hike house rent and water tariffs of the houses occupied by faculty members on PU campus by 10% and a proposal by SS Sangha, a PU fellow, to reserve seats for students from rural background at PU and its affiliated colleges are among the issues to be discussed.
The meeting will also see a discussion on the plea of Gupral Singh, an assistant professor of Law at PU’s regional centre Shri Muktsar Sahib, who has sought a review of the punishment awarded to him in a sexual harassment case. After a PU student from the centre accused him of sexually harassing her during a written examination, an enquiry committee set up by the university found Singh guilty. Following this, the PU senate had ordered the varsity to stop three increments to Singh.