Jamia rolls back fee hike after students protest

The Delhi-based university had increased the fees by Rs100 for certificate courses and by Rs 400 for the bachelors and master courses

cities Updated: Feb 07, 2017 12:41 IST
Though university officials said the increase in fees was ‘nominal’, students said it would hurt them.(HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)

New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia rolled back the fee hike across different courses on Monday following protests by students.

For the present academic year, the university had increased the fees across courses. The hike varied from Rs100 for certificate courses to Rs400 for the bachelors and master courses.

The university spokesperson said the increase was very nominal for a year.

“We have assured the students that the hike will be rolled back. The amount increased was very less for students to protest about,” said Saima Saeed, the deputy media co-ordinator.

The students however said even a nominal hike would hurt those studying in or applying to the university.

“The university cannot increase the fees in such manner. We had also demanded the roll-back of the increase in the admission application fee and that demand has also been accepted,” said Sahil Ahmed, fourth year law student at the university.

In the last academic session as well students had protested against the tuition fee hike, following which the university had constituted a six-member committee to look into the matter.

Another demand of the students is that the offline application be restarted for admissions.

“Last year when there was only online application, the number of forms filled had decreased. So we want that the offline process to be started again,” said Ahmed.

Saeed, however, said applications would only be available online and all preparations had been made for it.

The application process for the different bachelor, masters, diploma, certificate courses of the university started on February 2 and will continue till March 3. The aspiring students can log into www.jmi.ac.in and apply for the different courses.

Starting this year, students have also been given time to edit the form from March 5 to 8. For most courses the admission takes place through entrance test.

First Published: Feb 07, 2017 11:59 IST