University fees may be hiked

Updated on Nov 26, 2007 03:59 AM IST

The UGC constitutes a panel to examine a proposal to charge fees to meet up to 20 per cent of university expenses, reports Chetan Chauhan.

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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Students enrolling for higher education in India may have to pay higher fees on a par with the fees during their years at school, despite opposition from the HRD ministry.

The University Grants Commission has constituted a committee to examine a proposal to charge fees to meet up to 20 per cent of university expenses prepared by Planning Commission member Balchandra Mungerkar.

The National Knowledge Commission chairperson Sam Pitroda, in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier this month, had reiterated that the universities should meet 20 per cent of their expenses through student fee. The commission has, however, slightly modified the recommendation by saying that it could be less than 20 per cent.

Advocating a differential fee structure, Mungerkar at a recent Vice-Chancellors' conference had said, the students who pay higher fees in private institutions at the school level should be charged more than the students who have studied in government schools.

After examination the fee structure of different universities, the commission has concluded that there is no uniform fee pattern in the Indian universities.

However, as higher fee could lead to the exclusion of poor students in higher education, the commission has proposed introduction of government scholarships for them.

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    Chetan Chauhan is National Affairs Editor. A journalist for over two decades, he has written extensively on social sector and politics with special focus on environment and political economy.

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