CHANDIGARH In a meeting chaired on Saturday, Panjab University syndicate approved 5% fee hike for foreign nationals, persons of Indian origin (PIO) and non-resident Indian (NRI), for both the present as well as the new academic session. The matter will now go to the senate for final nod. In a meeting on April 9, the committee constituted by PU vice-chancellor Arun K Grover to finalise the fee structure, decided to go for a 5% fee hike for both the new and existing students, keeping in view the hike in the Indian currency. Presently, around 500 international students are pursuing various courses in PU. The existing tuition fee for foreign nationals/PIO/NRI for bachelor of engineering (BE) course in University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) is $6125 (₹4,14,860), which after 5% hike will be $6430 (₹4,35,514). MPhil courses (arts and science), the existing tuition fee is $1200 which will be $1280 after 5% hike. For BA LLB, the existing tuition fee is $2455 (₹1,66,281) which will be $2575 (₹1,74,409) after the increase. Professor JK Goswamy, UIET, who was part of the committee, said that admission of foreign nationals/PIO/NRI to UIET, UIET Hoshiarpur and Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology (SSB UICET) will be done through direct admissions students abroad (DASA) through ministry of human resource development for 2018-19. PU committee to look into DA of college staffers In the same meeting, PU syndicate also formed a committee to look into the complaint about salaries of the staff working in various PU affiliated colleges. Senators Inderpal Singh Sidhu, Prabhjit Singh, RK Mahajan and Harpreet Singh Dua are the members of the aforementioned committee. As per the 6th pay commission, the rate of dearness allowance in Punjab is 136% from the past few months but it was alleged that the colleges, particularly in Ludhiana city, are paying 100-110% DA.Members demand cancellation of former senator’s membershipThe syndicate also referred to the issue of taking an action against the former senator Munish Verma to withhold his membership in future. Verma is accused of wrongfully hiring three persons as centre and assistant superintendents in the 2014 annual examinations. A special five-member committee constituted by vice-chancellor Arun K Grover had found Verma guilty of cheating the university in 2015. PU has moved a complaint seeking the registration of a first information report (FIR) against Verma.