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UNPACKING THE 46% DU FEE HIKE PUZZLE

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Fee Hike: A Big Change for Students

Picture this: you’re a student at Delhi University, excited about your studies, but suddenly you hear about a significant change – a whopping 46% increase in your DU Fee Hike! That’s like going to your favorite store and finding out the prices have gone up by nearly half. It’s a big deal, and everyone is talking about it.

Behind the Scenes: Why Did They Do It?

Now, let’s try to understand why the university decided to make this surprising move. Teachers are saying that it’s because of a massive loan the university took from HEFA – a loan of ₹930 crore! HEFA is like a big bank that helps universities with money, but the catch is, they need to pay it back. And guess who might end up helping with that? Yes, the students!

Following the Money Trail: Where Does It Go?

Curious about where the extra money is going? Let’s break it down. The cost for using facilities and services doubled from ₹500 to ₹1,000. Student welfare funds, which are meant to support students, also doubled, now at ₹200. Additionally, the charges for the development fund increased by over 10%, landing at ₹1,000. It’s like suddenly finding out that your pocket money has to cover more things than before.

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Déjà Vu: Not the First Fee Hike

Hold on, this isn’t the first time the fees went up! Just last year, after a long 13-year gap, the university decided to charge more. It’s like if your favorite game, which you used to buy for ₹500, suddenly cost ₹750. In 2022, the development fund charges went from ₹600 to ₹900.

Voices of Concern: Teachers and the Academic Council

Teachers and a group called the Academic Council are not happy about this fee increase. They believe the university is using the students’ money to solve its financial problems, especially to pay back the HEFA loan. Imagine if you were saving money for something special, and suddenly your friend borrowed it for something else – that’s how they feel.

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Decisive Moment: The Big Meeting

Now, there’s a big moment coming up – a meeting of the Academic Council on December 6. It’s like the whole school getting together to discuss important matters. During their last meeting on November 30, they talked about key proposals, and on December 6, they plan to finalize decisions. This meeting is crucial because it could determine whether the DU Fee Hike or if there’s a better solution.

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Awaiting Answers: What’s Next for Students and Teachers?

As the meeting approaches, students and teachers are eagerly waiting for answers. They want to know if the university is truly considering their concerns or if the fees will continue to burden students. It’s like being in the middle of an exciting story – everyone is anticipating the next chapter to find out how this fee hike saga unfolds.

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