The student organisation of Punjabi University on Friday protested against the fee increase in different on-campus and constituent-college courses. The Democratic Students Organisation burnt effigies of the university management and the Punjab government to a demand the older fee structure. It opposed the state government decision to stop post-matric scholarship scheme for the Dalit students.
Student activist Satpal Banga said the 4% to 10% increase in fee on campus and a hike of more than 50% in the affiliated and constituent colleges was unfair. “We have met the officials concerned and insisted on a rollback. If they don’t accept out demands, we will intensify our agitation,” he said.
The scholarship scheme used to help the Dalit students go for higher studies after school, said student leader Banga, adding: “Implemented last year, it gave some relief to the families, who can’t afford to educated their wards otherwise.”