After assessment mess, Mumbai university hikes exam fee, students protest
While the decision to increase the remuneration was implemented in the last phase of examination itself, the fee hike was introduced in the current phase of examination.Updated: Oct 11, 2017 09:52 IST
A group of students on Tuesday protested against the University of Mumbai (MU) for increasing examination fee. The varsity had decided to hike the fees and increase the remuneration paid to evaluators in April.
While the decision to increase the remuneration was implemented in the last phase of examination itself, the fee hike was introduced in the current phase of examination. The students are now asked to pay Rs1,560 against the old fee of Rs 650 for one exam. The protestors also suggested that the hike will particularly affect the students appearing for re-examination.
Led by Nationalist Student Congress (NSC), student wing of the NCP, the students termed the hike unnecessary and arbitrary. “At a time when results are being delayed, burdening students with additional fee is unwarranted. Between the assessment mess and exam fee hike, the students have reached their tolerance limit,” said Amol Matele, Mumbai president, NSC.
The exam fee hike comes after lakhs of students had to wait endlessly for their results of exams held in the first half of the year, as the varsity grappled with an on-screen assessment process. The entire assessment process extended for six months, with many students still waiting for their results.
“Due to uncertainty over the results of re-evaluation, the students have no choice but to appear for repeat examination and bear its cost. The university has wronged its students,” said Matele.
He suggested that the hike is aimed at meeting the teachers’ demands for better remuneration. “This teacher and staff-centric approach, instead of a student-centric approach will prove harmful to the university. As it is, the teachers and non-teaching staff will soon be paid as per seventh pay commission, but the university has decided to shift the financial burden to students,” he said.
First Published: Oct 11, 2017 09:52 IST