Second-year and third-year students at Delhi University’s St Stephens College have written a letter to the governing body over charges of electricity, IT, water, and library fee being charged despite non-usage of these as the college is closed.
According to the St Stephens students, the college on 2nd November issued the semester term bill which stated that third-year hostellers will have to pay Rs. 24292 for this semester which includes a rent fine for not vacating the hostels in stipulated time.
The semester fee would have been Rs. 18592 if the hostel rent fund was freed, a student said. A final year student who is a day scholar will be required to pay Rs. 18580 this semester.
A day prior to the meeting of the governing body of St. Stephens College, elected representatives of the college have raised concerns about the incremental rise in their college fees.
The letter has been drafted after the college issued the odd semester bill for the academic year 2020-21. The students’ complaint that they were charged Rs. 2400 for the usage of water and electricity, Rs. 2000 for IT and IRC fee and Rs. 900 for the semester library fee despite non-usage of the college facilities.
The elected representatives of St Stephens college said that other than providing institutional IDs to access GSuite to ad-hoc professors, which is available free of cost to the educational institutions, there has been no other support from the college for conducting online classes. Students and professors have been incurring heavy costs for devices and internet connections. This online education with the least support can not be justified as a reason for hiked IRC fees.
The letter in the name of St Stephens governing body further stated that the college students have been charged a heavy establishment fee of Rs. 9699 without any clarity around its use.
Alleging that the last date for making an online payment for fees is 20th November, the consuls claimed the deadline is too early, especially at the hour of economic crises amid coronavirus. The letter has further requested the governing body to wave off fees under heads of services which the first-year batch will not be able to avail of.