With less than a month left for the new academic session to begin, the University has hiked the annual fee for many undergraduate courses.
A bulletin released on the Delhi University website on 19th June 2019 announced the revised annual fee structure for undergraduate courses. It saw an increase of at least INR 2,000 to INR 8,000 this year.
According to Hindustan Times, the fee structure of most of the courses in Gargi college has been revised by INR 2500 to INR 3000, the fee for B.A. (Hons.) Business Economics has gone up by as much as INR 14,000. The fee for the course was INR 26, 875 last year. Now, it is INR 41,220.
As reported by Hindustan Times, Promila Kumar, Principal of Gargi College said, “The University has approved B.A. (Hons.) in Business Economics as a self-finance course.” She added, “We have to generate our own funds to pay salary to teachers besides other expenses. We are not getting any grant from the University for the course,”
The insufficient funds were considered as the main reasons by the authorities for hiking the fees.
This pattern was noticed in Hindu College also. The fee structure for many courses including B.A. (Hons.) English was INR 14,790 previously but now has been increased to INR 17,310. Ramjas College saw the fee hike from INR 10,395 to INR 13,495. The average increase in fee ranges lies between INR 1500 and INR 3500 in many colleges including Aryabhatta College, Bhaskaracharya College for Applied Sciences, Delhi College for Arts and Commerce, Deshbandhu College, Hindu College, Indraprastha College for Women, Miranda House, Motilal Nehru College, and Ramjas college.
The new bulletin also mentions the increase in fee for many courses by INR 8,000 in Ramanujan College and Institute of Home Economics. Previously, the fee for courses such as B. Sc. (Hons.) Home Science and Microbiology were INR 19,675. It now amounts to INR 28,890.
In Janki Devi Memorial College and Shaheed Rajguru College Of Applied Sciences For Womem, the increase in fee structure is somewhere between INR 4,000 and INR 5,000.
Rakesh Jha, a member of Executive Council of the University said, “We strongly demand the rollback of fee hike as it is very much against the higher education accessible to every section of the society. The drastic cut in UGC grants has brought such a situation. Just imagine what will happen when we will be force to take loan from Higher Education Financing Agency. The result will be students’ fees in lakhs to repay the loans.”
The authorities blamed “routine revision” which has resulted in demands for rollback of the increase in fee as it was against making higher education more accessible.
(With inputs from Hindustan Times and Scroll)
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