The new application fee for DU (Delhi University) has come out. The application fee is the same for the OBC and unreserved students. Several students have raised objections to this. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr. Yogesh Tyagi, has been written to by the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association about this issue.
According to the new fee structure, the University is charging Rs 100 from the students of PWD, EWS, SC, and ST. While the fees for unreserved category and OBC students is Rs 250. This fee is for the undergraduate courses. In the postgraduate courses, the Fee for PWD, EWS, SC, and ST students is Rs 300 while for the Unreserved and OBC, the fee is Rs 750.
BAPSA has mentioned in its letter that many students are deprived of the opportunity to have a quality education because of discrimination and socio-economic reasons. This has been proved by several kinds of research and studies. The EWS category and the non-creamy layer of OBC fall in the same criteria. BAPSA has asked DU for the reason behind the difference in the application fees.
DU’s administration has also been written to by a student group of JNU. They have asked the University to remove the discriminatory fee. This will ensure that higher education is accessible to everyone in society.
The President of BAPSA, Omprakash Mehta, mentioned that it is not the first time when the college administration is being written to by the students. This practice of discriminatory fee was started by the University since the last year. There was opposition last year also, but it ended in nothing. The annual income limit for OBC creamy layer is Rs 6 lakh, while for the EWS category, it is Rs 8 lakh. Charging the same fee from both the criteria is a complete violation of the guidelines of the Mandal Commission.
He also explained that the members of the OBC community are backward in education and still work for jobs that are low level. The people of this community continue to be backward, socially, and educationally.
The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) has also written to the Delhi University to revise the fee.