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Stephen’s hikes fees, others may follow

Students fill forms at North Campus on Monday. Colleges cited inflation as reason to increase the fees. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia) Students fill forms at North Campus on Monday. Colleges cited inflation as reason to increase the fees. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)
Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Posted: June 10, 2014 2:50 am | Updated: June 10, 2014 2:50 pm

Studying at Delhi University is set to get costlier from this academic year. Citing rising operational costs and inflationary pressures, many colleges in the university are contemplating an increase in college fee by 2 to 7 per cent.

St Stephen’s, one of the most sought-after colleges in DU, has already decided to increase the fee by 2-5 per cent this year. While humanity courses at the college will now cost Rs 23,660 per annum, a Rs 1,225 hike, the fee for the science courses — Physics and Chemistry — has been hike by Rs 1,345 to Rs 25,655. Students enrolling for mathematics will have to
Rs 24,020 per annum.

The college has also decided to hike its hostel fee by Rs 7,100 per annum to Rs 44,500.

Other colleges in North Campus, such as Hindu and Ramjas, are also contemplating a marginal fee hike, to “upgrade infrastructure” and “bear inflationary costs”.

“We are the least expensive college in DU. We have compared our fee structure with that of other colleges and we feel that a marginal hike is justified, considering that the college has better infrastructure than most,” principal of Ramjas College Rajendra Prasad said.
Praduman Kumar, officiating principal of Hindu College, said, “We are going to increase the fee, but only because we need to keep up with inflation and the ensuing operational costs that follow.”

Fees for off-campus colleges such as Bharati College in West Delhi and Maharaja Agrasen College in East Delhi will also witness a rise.
“We have decided to hike fee in some areas to upgrade the infrastructure. Fee for foreign languages has been increased from Rs 7,500 to Rs 8,500. We have also increased our medical charges and computer fee so that we can utilise the money to provide state-of-the-art computer facility to all our students,” Dr Promodini Varma, principal of Bharati College, said.

“For certain undergraduate courses, such as English, Hindi, Political Science and Economics, we have increased the fee by about 5 per cent,” Dr Sunil Sondhi, principal of Maharaja Agrasen College, told Newsline.

At Sri Venkateswara College, the proposal for a fee hike in still on the table, with many several teachers batting for it.” But a final decision will only be taken after all the necessary meetings are done,” principal Dr Hemalatha Reddy said.

SRCC, Dyal Singh and Daulat Ram have decided to leave the fee unchanged.

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