Mumbai university to roll back 10% of exam fee, after increasing it earlier this year

Students had objected, especially in light of the online assessment mess that followed soon after the hike

mumbai Updated: Dec 12, 2017 16:35 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
The University of Mumbai has decided to reduce the exam fee by 10 per cent.(HT File Photo)

Within months of increasing the examination fee for undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the University of Mumbai (MU) has decided to reduce it by 10 per cent.

On Tuesday, the varsity’s academic council recommended a partial rollback of the new fee, which was introduced soon after the online exam assessment mess started. “The decision to reduce the fees will benefit all students,” said Dinesh Kamble, in-charge registrar, MU.

Students have been objecting to the fee hike, which came into effect after lakhs of students suffered delays and errors in their results following the varsity’s shift from pen-and-paper assessment to the on-screen marking (OSM) system. The decision to raise exam fees from Rs 500 to Rs 1000 for UG exams and Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 for PG exams was taken in April before the assessment fiasco, but the hike was implemented in the second half of the year.

The university will also introduce fee slabs for repeat exams (commonly known as ATKT, or allowed-to-keep-term exams) in place of the current lump sum fee that is charged. Besides this, starting academic year 2019-20, the university will hike exam fees by 5 per cent every year.

“Fee revision is a tricky subject. On the one hand, one has to ensure that students are not overburdened, and on the other, teachers must get substantial remuneration. We tried to find a middle path,” said a member of the academic council, requesting anonymity.

Repeat students will be charged on the basis of the number of papers they appear for. “Currently, students have to pay a lump sum for repeat examinations. We will now introduce fee slabs corresponding to the number of papers, so those taking fewer papers will pay less fees,” Kamble said.

Kiran Sawant of the Nationalist Student Congress, which has been opposing the hike, is not satisfied with the partial rollback. “The hike was introduced during a crisis. Many students have found faults in the university’s paper assessment; many colleges are yet to get marksheets. The hike should be cancelled in its entirety,” he said, and suggested that “the remuneration for checking papers should be included in teachers’ salaries”.

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 16:35 IST