PU fee hike gets nod: New students to pay 10% more, 5% for others
The new students who will take admission to various courses at Panjab University in the next academic session of 2018-19 will have to pay 10% more fee.
The PU senate in its meeting on Sunday approved 10% fee hike for new students. The meeting was chaired by vice-chancellor Arun K Grover. Other maintenance charges will also be hiked by 10% for new students. Meanwhile, 5% increase in fee has been approved for the ongoing batches. The same will apply to the user and maintenance charges.
For PU constituent colleges, an overall 5% increase in fee has been approved.
Meanwhile, examination fee will see an increase of Rs 75 per semester in the next session. It was earlier slated to be increased by 10%, subject to maximum increase of Rs 200 per semester for all courses.
Not all in favour
However, a few senators, including Pawan Bansal and Naresh Gaur, opposed an increase in the fee.
“The problem (fund crunch) cannot be solved by increasing the fee,” said Bansal. “The government needs to meet the deficit. We also need to reduce the expenditure of the university and spend more on the welfare of students.”
Gaur said pressure should be built on the government rather than the students.
A few senators suggested that the fee could be increased by 1-2%. Senator Navdeep Goyal, who was part of the working committee constituted by the V-C for rationalisation and revision of fee structure, said: “We have worked out a normal fee hike.”
‘We have to find innovative ways’
“We will have to increase the fee by some percent as the Centre has already said that if the university does not increase its income, no funds will be coming in,” said Grover. The V-C said if the fee is not increased, the university’s income will continue to decrease.
“We will have to find innovative ways such as the use of technology. We will then have to squeeze courses,” he said. Several senators, including SS Sangha, Jarnail Singh and HS Gosal, suggested that the examination fee should not be increased. However, after a long discussion, they said it may be increased by a lesser percentage.
Senator Ameer Sultana, who is the chairperson of Centre for Women’s Studies, said the fee should not be increased in the case of newly started courses. The view was also endorsed by senator Pam Rajput and was accepted.
Resentment among students
Student outfits have expressed resentment over the fee hike. Students for Society (SFS) spokesperson Harmandeep Singh said: “Since 2013, we are witnessing a series of fee hikes. We have been hearing about the financial crisis but have never seen PU authorities taking stand against the Centre.”
Harmanjot Singh of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) said: “We strongly oppose the fee hike, and we will take up the matter with the Vice-President.”
Meanwhile, the National Students Union of India (NSUI) ran a campaign on against fee hike on Twitter, titled ‘SavePU_FromModiGovt’.
Fee hike in 2017 had led to protests, culminating in clashes between students and police. Sedition charges were slapped against 66 students, which were later dropped. The senate had rolled back the excessive hike, and restricted it to 10%.