As the government failed to implement and disclose recommendations of the high-powered committee on fee hike issue, Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) students are shelling out more money to pay their examination fee.
However, the student bodies have scheduled protests in coming days against the fee hike and non-disclosure of the recommendation of the high-powered committee.
As the recommendations are yet to come in light, the HPU administration has started charging fee with new increased slabs. "Recommendations are yet to come out but the HPU has its own schedule that cannot wait for it. If the government asks to slash the fee, we will return the money to students," said HPU registrar Mohan Jharta.
Not only the HPU students, but the students of Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) are also waiting for the relief.
IGMC Student Central Association president Piyush Sharma said fee for professional examination 1and 2 was Rs 800 and for final it was Rs 1,000 but now it has been increased to Rs 5,000 for Professional 1 and 2, while Rs 6,000 was charged for final.
"This sudden and manifold hike in the examination fee has left the MBBS students in disarray," said Sharma.
SFI state secretary Munish Sharma said a protest would be held on Saturday in the state capital. "We have been saying that committee constitution was a time buying exercise and the government was never serious about this issue," said he.
The state government had constituted a committee on September 22 and the committee submitted its report on October 20 to the chief minister. He further forwarded the report to education department.