Minister of state for higher and technical education, Ravindra Waikar on Tuesday announced that the 10% fee hike for undergraduate courses at Mumbai university (MU) will not be implemented.
Waikar also said only those colleges that fulfil guidelines set by the fee revision committee can approach the university for a hike.
HT had reported on Monday that the MU was mulling a 10% fee hike across undergraduate courses, followed by a 5% hike each for the next two academic years.
Last year, when a 25% hike in unaided courses was proposed, it led to several protests after which the fee revision committee was formed. The committee had come up with a set of criteria for colleges to meet such as adequate infrastructure, student-teacher ratio among others, after which they could approach MU for a fee hike.
However, on May 5, the committee recommended a phased hike in fee for three years for all courses and colleges and was also presented at the management council meeting.
But several members of the fee revision committee claimed that they were left out of this recommendation and the decision to present this recommendation to the management council on May 29.
Waikar was flooded with complaints by some section of teachers, senate members as well committee members opposing the same.
“We are strictly against the fee hike as very few colleges meet the requirements to be able to charge higher fees,” said a senate member of the university.
In the meeting, Waikar asked the university to only allow colleges that fulfil these criteria to approach them for a hike. Moreover, only unaided courses will be considered for the fee hike, said an official from Waikar’s office.
Naresh Chandra, former pro-vice-chancellor under whose chairmanship the fee revision committee recommended the hike said, “The minister has asked for revision of guidelines and the fee hike. We will follow what has been told.”