A 25% increase in fees at Ramjas College will be effective from the 2017-2018 academic session. Such a hike will require every student from across courses to pay an additional amount of Rs. 2500 each. The decision was made in a staff council meeting of the College, held on Friday. Acting principle, P.C. Tulsian maintained that the fee hike was necessary in light of the developmental work taking place in the college. Moreover, he said that the University does not give funds for the same.
However, the move has not gone down well with the faculty and students of the college. Students view it as a clear movement towards privatisation of the college. They’ve also criticised the fee hike as going against the public-funded nature of government colleges and a sheer attempt to dismantle it. For years, the University of Delhi has invited students from various economic backgrounds. However, due to such a move, students from lower income groups are bound to be burdened by the added expenses.
This decision by Ramjas College comes shortly after the move to inflate hostel fees at the DS Kothari hostel. In a statement to the New Indian Express, a group of DU students remarked:
“If all colleges and hostels will slowly hike their fees, even when the varsity is central and public funded, then where will the poor students go? It clearly states that the varsity is moving towards autonomy and privatisation of education.”
Following the controversy to make St. Stephen’s College autonomous and the recent NAAC appraisal, many have begun to view such moves as part of an agenda to privatise higher education.
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With inputs from The Statesman and The New Indian Express
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