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PU syndicate gives nod to 30% hike in exam fee; student bodies demand rollback

Amid protests and rallies on the PU campus and affiliated colleges, the syndicate on Friday approved over 30% hike in the examination fee for both the undergraduate and post graduate courses.

punjab Updated: Jul 23, 2016 14:40 IST
HT Correspondent
The protests invariably turned into a show of strength as the student organisations which were not active in the recent past were screaming slogans against the authorities and sat on dharna.
The protests invariably turned into a show of strength as the student organisations which were not active in the recent past were screaming slogans against the authorities and sat on dharna. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

Amid protests and rallies on the PU campus and affiliated colleges, the syndicate on Friday approved over 30% hike in the examination fee for both the undergraduate and post graduate courses.

Although an ‘all-time high’ in the examination fee was opposed by some syndicate members, the decision was taken with a view to generate adequate income.

As of now, the exam fee contribution, which is 49% and has the highest share in PU’s income, is Rs 115.1 crore. An additional Rs 35 crore would amount to 30.4% rise in exam fee contribution.

The existing exam fee varying between Rs 300-500 and Rs 1300-2400 is made uniform for all courses now. HS Lucky, syndicate member, who opposed the hike, said, “This will be a burden on 2.5 lakh students. The university should gradually increase exam fee instead of this big hike. The authorities, however, say that they will generate Rs 35 crore from this hike.”

PG courses

A hike from existing Rs 880 to Rs 1,000 is approved for fee for submission of project report, dissertation, thesis. For MA/MSc, diploma courses new fee will be Rs 2,500. In MPEd, MEd, MSc physics and electronics, MA human rights and duties, MA social work, after hike fee would be Rs 3,000. For MPhil in defence studies, MSc stem cell and tissue enggineering, MSc microbial and MA/MCom/MSc Rs 2,500 will be the new fee.

Student bodies protest; demand rollback

Student organisations on the Panjab University held protests and rallies after the syndicate members approved the hike in examination fee on Friday evening.

The protests invariably turned into a show of strength as the student organisations which were not active in the recent past were screaming slogans against the authorities and sat on dharna.

“The revised fee will overburden the students. We understand the financial crises of the university for which we will meet union HRD minister,” said Vicky Middukhera, Student Organisation of India (SOI) state unit president.

“The need is to change the attitude of the government and not the HRD minister,” said senior NSUI leader Chandan Rana.

Meanwhile, another group of NSUI under the leadership of president Rohit Rana also held a protest against fee hike. Rana said, “University ends up with this alternative only where they put the entire burden on the students’ fraternity. We demand a rollback.”