The IIT-Indore management on Saturday put on hold the recent fee hike it had imposed and asked students, who have been protesting the raise, to continue paying the old amount.
“We are considerate towards students, and looking at the widespread dissent over the fee hike, have decided to put the revision on hold. We have asked the students to pay the old fees,” deputy registrar (finance and accounts) Pradeep Agrawal told HT in Simrol on Saturday.
The management had hiked the fees to Rs 19,900 for PhD students from the earlier Rs 8,350 per semester, triggering online protests, some of which were directed to the HRD ministry, prompting authorities to block social media access on the campus.
Students had complained about the poor condition of under-construction buildings, where they were taking their classes, and the non-availability of equipment for research and practice, which HT had reported.
When asked, Agrawal said the fee hike was justified as it was done for the first time since the institute was established in 2009, and it was not likely to be raised for at least five years.
“We are revising the fee structure for the first time in a long time. Also, a lot of elements in the revised fee structure like the admission fees and caution money will not be paid by the existing students. So they misunderstood the hike,” he said.
However, students said even without those parts, the hike was more than 100%. They are also apprehensive of whether the hold was permanent or temporary.
IIT-Indore director, Pradeep Mathur is reportedly planning to have a word with the students when he returns from a trip abroad, in a bid to persuade them to accept the revised fee structure.
“We are adamant on pursuing this matter till it gets permanently resolved,” said a student on condition of anonymity, ruing about mental harassment and inconvenience they have had to face in the institute.