The Panjab University (PU) syndicate has approved 5% fee hike on Sunday.
Now the senate, the university’s highest decision making body, will take up the issue. And, if approved by it, the fee hike will be effective in all the affiliated colleges from the next academic session (2018-19)
The working committee had recommended 5% hike(maximum of ₹1,000) in all heads i.e. revision of fee structure, examination fee plus all other charges for 2018-19 session. After a resources assessment (of colleges affiliated to PU), the report was submitted. The PU syndicate approved only the tuition fee hike.
However, it was an extremely necessary step. After all, the fee hike issue had been pending for two years.
Reason for the Hike? Better Infrastructure
The reason for the hike as put forth by the working committee and the PU Syndicate-
- Providing better infrastructure,
- Modern amenities,
- Proper hygiene conditions in colleges and
- To provide conducive environment to the students
PU vice chancellor Professor Arun Kumar had called for rationality in fee structure in courses in May 2017.
Since building infrastructure is a challenge for colleges, it was crucial to roadmap and rationalize the fee structure and ensure that there was a reasonable increase in the fee. Otherwise the number of students in affiliated colleges would further decrease as the courses would no longer be affordable.
The Institutes Affected by the Fee Hike
However, the difference in fees(post fee hike) at Panjab University and the colleges in Chandigarh and Punjab has further widened.
Fee Difference between Panjab University and Other Colleges in Chandigarh and Punjab(For Traditional Courses)
|Panjab University||₹1,575 to ₹1,600|
|Colleges in Chandigarh||₹3,580 to ₹10,140|
|Colleges in Punjab||₹3,739 to ₹13,105|
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(News Source – HT Chandigarh)
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