AMU hikes fees after 15 years

University cites recent inflation for the hike,says it will help in improving infrastructure

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published:June 17, 2013 4:14 am

The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has decided to increase the fees of several under-graduate and post-graduate courses citing inflation in the recent years. The last time,the university had hiked the fees was 15 years ago.

While the admission fee has been hiked from Rs 165 to Rs 300,games fees have been raised to Rs 200 from Rs 150. Hostel charges have been increased to Rs 500 from Rs 385 and the kitchen establishment charges have been hiked to

Rs 300 from Rs 180 in the past.

A major hike has been made in tour fee of under-graduate courses. Tour fees for students of BA,BCom,BSc,Bachelor of Social Works has been hiked to Rs 100 from Rs 10. Students of Bachelor of Library Science will have to pay Rs 800 now up from Rs 100 earlier. Infrastructure development fees has been hiked to 1,200 from Rs 1,050. According to sources,boys will have to pay Rs 750 for the shervani clothpiece while they were paying only Rs 540 at the time of admission before.

University spokesperson Rahat Abrar said that nearly 20 to 30 per cent hike has been made in the fees of almost all the courses and hostel as well as meal charges. Abrar said that university’s Executive Council has approved the new fee structure.

Abrar said the AMU had not hiked fees in the last 15 years,but inflation over the years demanded the revision in existing fee structure. In the covering letter of the proposed fee structure revision,Vice-Chancellor Lieutenant General (retd) Zameeruddin Shah wrote the hike has come after the University Grants Commission (UGC) fixed the grant to the universities across the state,and has been asking the universities to generate their resources to pay cater the expenses.

He stated that before arriving at the revised fee structure,existing fee structures of Jamia Millia Islamia,Banaras Hindu University and Delhi University were closely examined,and the new revised fees of AMU are still less than those universities.

Another AMU official said that the fee hike will help the university to improve the infrastructure facilities on campus and introduce new advanced courses. The AMU vice-chancellor had recently appealed to the university alumni across the world to make contributions as the university may require additional funds of Rs 100 crore over a period of next five years to improve the infrastructure. Shah had stated that government funding,alone,was inadequate to meet requirements for the expansion and modernisation programme in university.

He had stated that AMU required funding to improve the infrastructure facilities and development programmes being carried out.

Centre plans varsity status for 3 centres

NEW DELHI: The Centre is planning to convert three centres of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) into full-fledged varsities.

The move is seen as a way to compensate for the demand to make AMU a minority varsity and is part of a slew of measures aimed at minorities ahead of the general election.

Two AMU centres,Murshidabad in West Bengal and Malappuram in Kerala,besides the one proposed in Kishanganj,Bihar,will be converted to varsities.

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