The students of DTU (Delhi Technological University) have been asked to pay their annual fee by August 5 or a hefty fine will be levied on them. The students of DTU are unhappy with the recent fee notice of the University.
The fee notice for the academic year 2020-21 was uploaded on the DTU website by the university administration this week. By August 5, the BTech students have to pay their annual fee of Rs 1,90,000. The students of BA and BBA have to pay the annual fee of Rs 90,000 by the same date.
The punitive clause in the notice has particularly irked the students. Those students who will pay the fees after August 5 but by August 13 will have to pay a fine of Rs 2,000. Those students who will pay the fine before August 20 will have to pay a fine of Rs 5,000. Those students who will pay the by August 27, will have to pay a fine of Rs 10,000.
Those students who will not pay the fees by August 27 will have their names struck off university rolls.
A students’ father works as a driver for tourists. He said that his family has been hit badly by the shrinking of economic opportunities since the pandemic. He said that fee concession should be considered by the university this time.
He said that it is not possible for our parents to pay the complete college fee in these difficult times. The parents find it difficult to fulfill the basic household needs. In these situations, the college fee is an additional burden on the parents. The college has been closed physically for the last five months. The next session will also begin with online classes. A 50% fee concession should be considered by the college for this academic year.
The University has stated its annual fee for every year of their study in the prospectus at the time of admission.
But some students have started an online campaign against fee collection. These students have said that the University might consider collecting the fees under certain heads as they will be engaging in remote learning.
Another BTech student said that fees are collected for extra-curricular activities, co-curricular activities, for seminars, conferences, development, the library, a big chunk of the tuition fees is used for laboratory expenses. Currently, they are doing classes online with their teachers and e-labs. The students should not be charged for the things they are not using at this time.
A huge late fee has also been imposed on the students as if the current time is regular.
Anoop Lather, DTU Public Relations officer, said that these components cannot be removed from the annual fee.
He said that all the expenses stand as the way they were when the university was open. Maintenance needs to be paid for, salaries have to be paid, payment also has to be done for the software they have subscriptions for. There are provisions for the students with financial problems, crores of rupees are provided by them every year to support them.
Those students who have a problem in paying the fees, can put up and application for exemption which will be considered.
The students of GGSIPU have also voiced the same concerns. The students over there, have been asked to pay the entire fees by Friday. Otherwise, a late fine of Rs20 will be imposed for each day. The students of NSUT also had to pay their annual fees by Friday.