DU PhD fees: Delhi University’s English department has revised the increased fees for its PhD program following criticism from students and teachers. In a notification issued on Tuesday, the department announced that the fee has been reduced to Rs 17,118 from the earlier Rs 23,968.
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Revised DU PhD Fees in Notification
It said that any additional payment made earlier by the students would be adjusted at the time of the next payment. The university has decided, the notification said, that the revised fee for PhD scholars seeking admission in the Department of English from the academic year 2023-34 will be Rs 17,118.
From this academic session, other departments of DU have increased the fees to Rs 4,400 while the English dept. has increased it by 1,932. Moreover, the students were not informed earlier by Delhi University regarding the fee hike.
Reacting to the announcement, an executive member of the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) said, the decision to partially roll back the fee hike is not satisfactory. Secretary of Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) Prof. Abha Dev Habib said this amendment is not satisfactory. Teachers request that Delhi University instantly review the decision.
There ought to be equality in the charge designs of a program across the divisions and it ought to likewise mirror the public-supported nature of the college, she said. Habib further added that the charge expansion and self-funding courses have brought a change in the strategy to supplant awards with advanced Education Supporting Organization credits.
Concern over DU PhD fees increase Earlier this month. While paying the fees, it was revealed that the fees for PhD researchers have been increased 12 times compared to last year’s Rs 1,932. DTF Vice Chancellor Prof. A letter was also written to Yogesh Singh expressing concern over the fee increase. On the other hand, all the student unions have demanded to keep the increased fees as before.
While scholarships and concessions can reduce the financial strain on some students, they cannot serve as a substitute for affordable fees accessible to all. The astronomical fee hike, in the eyes of many, needs a change. They argue that this assault on accessibility to education and diversity contradicts the principles enshrined in the Constitution of India.