The Panjab Univeristy students today protested against university tuition fee hike. The situation became ugly and police had to resort to water canon and lathicharge to control the protesting students.
Look at the protest in videos and pictures going viral on the internet.
— Aneesha Bedi (@AneeshaBedi) 6 April 2017
Panjab University is starving for resources and the situation has worsened to the level that the very financial stability of the university is under dire stress.
To generate funds, PU decided an average of 12.5% fee hike for all courses of university departments and its regional centres for the session 2017-18. However, the fee for some courses has multiplied five to ten times.
It means from the coming session beginning from July, the tuition fee will be increased by Rs 2,000-Rs 82,000 (depending on the course).
THE NEW FEE STRUCTURE (2017-18)
- MSc (Microbial biotech): Rs 45,000
- B Pharma: Rs 50,000
- MA Social work: Rs 35,000
- MA Journalism: Rs 30,000
- LLM: Rs 25,000
- 4-year BDS course at Dr HSJID and hospital, PU: Rs 1,50,000
- BA/BCom: Rs 10,000
- BE Chemical: Rs 90,000
- BA/LLB, UILS: Rs 75,000
ONLY APPLICABLE FOR STUDENTS ADMITTED AFRESH
Freshers joining academic session 2017-18 will feel the heat the most, as the new fee structure applies to them. Existing students will see an increase of 5% on tuition fee.
This will also be subject to a minimum increase of Rs 500 and maximum Rs 1,200.
The fee hike has left the students fuming with anger. Yesterday, students of GCG-11 protested against the hike and the parents also lend full support to the protest and even said to join the protest. Today’s protest at PU turned nasty but students have declared to strengthen their stir in the coming days.
Image Credits: Protest Against Fee Hike in Panjab University