Amidst admission procedures, several colleges under the University of Delhi (DU) are contemplating to increase their fees citing reasons like ‘insufficient funds’
Earlier in April, during one of the Staff Council Meetings, the administration had decided to increase the fee of DU. According to the minutes of the meeting, the fee had been revised under several heads. The annual infrastructure maintenance fee has been revised from last year’s INR 1,500 to INR 3,500. While annual function and student’s orientation fee was revised by a minimum of INR 50, the development fee has increased by INR 500.
Manoj Khanna, Principal, Ramjas College told Hindustan Times (HT) that this decision had been taken after holding due consultations with all departments. He also added that this revision was necessary to make important infrastructural development, and even after these changes their fee is less than many other colleges of DU.
According to the report in HT, Bharati College’s Governing Body did not allow the college to make any fee adjustments except for in one course. The Principal, Mukti Sayal stated that only fees for B.A. (Honours) Psychology is going to increase by mere INR 300 only for incurring the costs of Psychological Tests. She also added that due to funding issues, the societies will have to now rely on sponsorships.
SGTB Khalsa College is also revising its fee. College Principal, Jaswinder Singh said that a committee is working on revising the fee and the matter will soon be sent for the governing body’s approval. St Stephen’s College has also increased its annual fee by 6 % and residential fee by 9 % this year. Principal of Sri Venkateswara College, Hemalatha Reddy said that the college will revise the annual fee by 10%.
According to the University Grants Commission (UGC) draft notification 2017, the central universities/colleges were asked to follow 70:30 funding formula, of which, 30% was the internal. A senior official in the UGC told HT “The colleges need not panic. The UGC will release funds whenever there is requirement. They can reach out to the commission.”
Rajesh Jha, member of the University’s executive council (EC) and an Associate Professor at Rajdhani College, also told HT that these might be nominal changes for the colleges and a section of students, but a large chunk of students who come from marginalised sections of the society will get affected by it. He added that the increase will be additional burden on such students.
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