The students of Indraprastha University have been opposing the decision of the University to hike its fees by Rs 3,000. The students of the University claim that the fee hike was not mentioned by Indraprastha University in its admission brochure.
According to the University, the move has been in coordination with the directions of the Delhi government. Mahesh Verma, Vice-Chancellor of IP University, said that they introduce a hike every three years. Their fees are lesser than other institutes. The State Fee Reflation Committee, which is a government body that regulates and recommends fees in universities, decides the fee. He also said that it is their policy that there will be a hike in the university component of the fees only which is a minuscule amount.
The University had announced on December 9 that it would charge Rs 15,000 per annum from those students who were admitted to the University School of Studies and its affiliated colleges and institutes for all programs.
A third-year law student, Bharat Kapoor, said that it was wrong on the part of the university to ask for extra money in this pandemic when people were facing difficulties and the classes were being held online.
Delhi State Committee president of the student group SFI, Sumit Kataria said that the demand for additional Rs 3,000 was ridiculous when the university was not open for classes. The university should reduce its fees, in fact, to facilitate students in this crisis.
The Indraprastha University had issued another notice on December 16 clarifying that the hike was only for the students of the first year. The students from the previous academic sessions will have to pay only Rs 12,000 as the University charge. The affiliated colleges have been asked by the University to refund the extra charge to the students.
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