Panjab University has proposed a 5% fee hike in all self-financed and traditional courses from the upcoming 2020-21 academic session.
Panjab University has proposed a 5% fee hike in all self-financed and traditional courses from the upcoming 2020-21 academic session. According to the reports, the university has taken this step after facing a severe fund crunch. The decision was taken during a committee meeting constituted by vice-chancellor Raj Kumar to discuss the fee structure. The fee hike is limited to ₹7,500 in self-financed courses but has no limit for traditional courses. The proposed hike is applicable only to new admissions.
However, the approval for the fee hike proposal by the Panjab University is completely subjected to the syndicate and then the senate. Last year, a hike of 7.5% for self-financed courses and 10% for traditional courses was approved by the senate for the 2019-2020 session. However, they decided to limit the hike to 5% for all future courses. The fee structure of self-financed courses is higher as they run on fees collected from students.
The fee hike proposal is being opposed by several people including senator Prabhjit Singh and campus president Chetan Chaudhary. Law Professor, Devinder Singh expressed that if the university is increasing the fees then the scholarship for needy people should also be raised. Talking about the fee hike, Campus president Chetan Chaudhary added that despite of the fees hike there is development in the departments of the University. If the hike is approved, students will go on protest.
In 2017, students demonstrated to protest against the fees hike. The protest turned violent due to a clash between the students and the police. To disperse the protesters, the police had to use tear gas.
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