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Full Fees Demanded by Colleges: Students Across the Country Protest for Respite

Colleges across the country have provided students with no fee concessions which has erupted student protests in more than 75 colleges.

With the commencement of the new semester accompanied by a constant surge in the number of Covid cases, educational institutions have gone virtual and almost all classes are being conducted online.

With no infrastructural facilities in use, students have raised concerns and questioned the full fee being charged despite them using their own personal internet and appliances to attend these classes. Rebelling against the same, students from over 75 Indian colleges are protesting and refusing to pay the entire fees demanded.

The protests were initially started by the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) in Delhi and the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Dehradun, and emails raising the concerns were sent to the University Grant Commission (UGC). Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University had subsidized its fee owing to the grants it receives from the UGC.

Barring public universities where the fees are relatively subsidized, private colleges can have a fee bracket ranging from anything between Rs.1.6 lakhs – Rs. 2.8 lakhs per semester. Apart from the tuition expenditure, miscellaneous expenses including lab and library resources, sports facilities etc. are also being charged as a part of the fee. In these trying times where there’s a constant financial crunch, students are claiming the exorbitant fee rates to be “unfair and unjust.”

While many students have written to the authorities, they have allegedly “all gone in vain,” and have been told that officially, registrations for a new semester can only go through once the payment has been transferred. Further, many students from private universities have reported that instead of reducing the fee, there has been a hike in the fee by 10-20%. The situation is worse for international students since the fee demanded from them is also significantly higher.

Based on the ‘Unlock 3’ directive, educational institutes are to remain shut till the 31st of this month, after which more considerations are to be made. The pandemic has brought with it uncertainty in almost all sects of life. There is no surety of reopening of these institutions in the near future. The colleges are however claiming that even with the closure of the buildings, funds are required in order to maintain the resources.

Below is the list containing the names of the colleges who have demanded the full fee. Data were taken from LiveWire.

  1. Adamas University, West Bengal
  2. Ajay Kumar Garg Engineering College, Ghaziabad
  3. Al-Ameen College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru
  4. Aligarh Muslim University
  5. Amity University, Greater Noida
  6. Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore
  7. Ashoka University, Sonipat
  8. Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
  9. BMS Institute of Technology and Management, Bengaluru
  10. Baba Mastanath University, Rohtak
  11. Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan
  12. Basaveshwara Medical College, Karnataka
  13. Bennett University, Greater Noida
  14. CEPT University, Gujarat
  15. Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi
  16. Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut
  17. Christ College, Bengaluru
  18. DG College of Architecture, Kerala
  19. Delhi Technological University
  20. Dy Patil Medical College, Pune
  21. ERA’s Lucknow Medical College
  22. Government College of Engineering, Amravati
  23. Galgotias University, Greater Noida
  24. Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology, New Delhi
  25. Institute of Hotel Management, New Delhi
  26. Indian Institute Of Crafts & Design, Jaipur
  27. IIS (Deemed to be University), Jaipur
  28. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  29. ILS Law College, Pune
  30. Indian School of Public Policy, New Delhi
  31. ILEAD College, Kolkata
  32. Integral University, Lucknow
  33. JD Birla Institute, Kolkata
  34. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Foreign students)
  35. Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women’s University, Jaipur
  36. KIIT School of Law, Odisha
  37. K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai
  38. Karnataka Lingayat Education Society, Navi Mumbai
  39. Madras School Of Economics, Chennai
  40. Malaviya National Institute Of Technology, JAIPUR
  41. Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune
  42. Mithibai College, Mumbai
  43. N.L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
  44. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College (NHLMMC), Ahmedabad
  45. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
  46. National Institute of Fashion Technology (all campuses)
  47. National Institute of Open Schooling
  48. National Institute of Technology, Calicut
  49. National Institute of Technology, Srinagar
  50. National Institute of Technology, Surat
  51. National Institute of Technology, Trichy
  52. National Institute of Technology, Karnataka
  53. National Law University, Odisha
  54. NMIMS, Mumbai
  55. North Eastern Regional Institute of Management, Guwahati
  56. Netaji Subhash Engineering College, Kolkata
  57. Institute of Management, Nirma University, Gujarat
  58. Pandit Lakhmi Chand State University of Performing and Visual Arts, Rohtak
  59. Pearl Academy, New Delhi
  60. People’s University, Bhopal
  61. Panjab University
  62. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala
  63. Ramaiah Dental College, Bengaluru
  64. SG Balekundri Institute of Technology, Karnataka
  65. SGT University, Gurugram
  66. SRM University, Chennai
  67. SRMS College of Engineering, Technology & Research, Bareilly
  68. School of Management Sciences, Lucknow
  69. Shoolini University, Himachal Pradesh
  70. St Stephens College, Delhi
  71. Swami Devi Dyal Hospital and Dental College, Haryana
  72. Symbiosis Institute of Technology
  73. Symbiosis Law School
  74. Symbiosis School of Economics
  75. Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts
  76. TERI School Of Advanced Studies, Vasant Kunj
  77. Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  78. UPES Dehradun
  79. Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai
  80. Vivekanand Institute of Professional Studies, GGSIPU, Delhi

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