Ignoring protesting students, Panjab University (PU) senate, has given its nod to 30.4% hike in examination fee in the varsity and its affiliated colleges on Sunday. The decision that will lead to an increase in the fee between Rs 500 and Rs 8,000 will be implemented from this academic session.
Once the new fee structure is in place, the university authorities hope to generate an additional revenue of around Rs 35 crore. At present, the examination branch generates around Rs 80 crore annually of the total income of around Rs 115 crore.
The senate approved the syndicate’s proposal for increasing the examination fee to narrow its deficit that at the end of 2015-16 (on April 1, 2016) was Rs 41 crore. Its budget deficit was Rs 278.55 crore. Some senate members did express their dissent, but the proposal went through.
Vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover said the tuition fee had been frozen and it will not be increased in the near time. In March, the senate had increased the tuition fee by 5%.
Students with family income below Rs 5 lakh per year may get exemption
The students having family income below Rs 5 lakh per annum shall not bear the enhanced burden of increased examination fee. They will submit their claims for which the due procedural mechanism would be shortly notified by the office of PU Dean College Development Council.
“The varsity needs to see that doors are not closed for the deserving candidates, merely because of the fee hike,” the V-C said.
The fee structure of BA, BA (Hons), BSc, BCom, BCom (Hons.), BBA, BCA, BPEd. and BEd has been increased from existing slab of Rs 1300-Rs 2500 to Rs 2500 in the annual system and semester system.
The fee of BSc (Hospitality and Hotel Administration) and BSc (Fashion Designing) has been increased from Rs 2,970 to Rs 3,000 per semester. The examination fee of MA/MSc (Hons School)/all diploma courses, five-year integrated course in economics, Master in Police Administration, PG Diploma (All streams), MCom, MCom (Hons.)/MSc. (TYC), MCA (except 6th semester), MSc. (Statistics)
MSc System Biology and Bio-informatics and MFC (USOL) has been increased from the existing fees structure of Rs 1,400- Rs 2,530 to Rs 2,500 in semester system.
The fee for MA/MCom/MSc has been increased from existing fee structure of Rs 1,400-Rs 2,400 to Rs 2,500 in the annual system.