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PU syndicate approves hike in hostel charges; students protest

punjab Updated: Mar 15, 2016 12:26 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Students clashing with police personnel during the protest against fee hike outside the administrative block at Panjab University on Monday.(HT Photo)

From the new academic session, students residing in Panjab University (PU) hostels will have to pay more as the university syndicate approved recommended changes in the fee structure of hostels on Monday.

From now on, hostellers will have to pay a minimum of Rs 1,000 penalty instead Rs 500 for keeping any electrical appliance, including heaters, air-conditioners, induction cookers, electric rods, table fans and television in rooms.

The hostellers were paying Rs 350 per month for electricity which has been increased to Rs 380 per month. Car parking charges (subject to availability) have been increased from Rs 300 to Rs 500 per month while the laundry and lift maintenance charges have been increased by Rs 5.

The development fee has been increased by Rs 30 and the celebration funds on the hostel premises have been raised by Rs 40 per annum.

Also, the hostel authorities will now be able to levy a fine of Rs 500 on any vehicle found parked inside the hostel building. Currently, the fine for the same is only Rs 150.

Meanwhile, the fee for ex-students staying in the hostel on sharing basis with permission of dean students welfare (DSW) will be Rs 80 instead of Rs 75; fee for the overstay of final-year foreign students will also be Rs 80 instead of Rs 75.

Commenting on the revised fee structure, students’ council president Jasmeen Kang said: “The revision in fee structure is not justified. We have been opposing it since the authorities had decided to hike the fee by 5%. We will submit a memorandum to the dean students welfare (DSW) on Tuesday.”

From now on, PU students who lost their degrees and want duplicate copies, will be able to get the same re-issued in a computerised format instead of a handwritten.

The syndicate also approved the request of Dr Harvansh Singh Judge for an endowment of Rs 10 lakh. The 50% of the interest earned from amount would be used for the intended purpose and 50% would be used for the growth of the fund. Of Rs 10 lakh, Rs 8 lakh would be used for organising the founder’s day colloquium function and Rs 2 lakh for Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital awards.

Students protest against fee hike at Panjab University

The syndicate meeting held on Monday was rounded-up by students to protest against the fee-hike at Panjab University here.

Students led by Society for Students (SFS) boycotted classes and held protest demonstration at the administration block which was later joined by Panjab University Students Union (PUSU).

The syndicate has passed the proposal of 5% hike in tution fee during last meeting. The authority did not turn back from their decision giving reason of scarcity of funds. In response to this, two students started indefinite hunger strike. At the protest site, SHO Narinder Patial and ASI Ramesh Kumar misbehaved with students and used abusive language.

Now the students are demanding apology from the Chandigarh police. SFS president Daman said the authority should pressurise the Ministry of Human Resource Management (MHRD) for release of the required funds and the decision of putting its burden on the students’ shoulders is a step towards privitisation which we will resist at all cost.

On the issue of misbehavior of Chandigarh police, Raminder, a student said, “Every time when students protest for their genuine demands university authority call the police only to suppress the democratic space in the campus.”