The Joint Students’ Action Committee, which was formed at Panjab University (PU) last year to protest against the proposed fee hike, on Friday submitted a representation to the Vice-Chancellor (V-C) demanding zero percent hike in the fees.
As the PU Senate will be giving its final approval on the proposed 5 per cent fee hike for all courses at PU, the students’ action committee stated that if the proposal is not rolled back, a huge protest will be carried out on the campus.
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A Syndicate meeting held on December 21, 2014, had already approved the fee hike of 5 per cent subject to a minimum increase of Rs 500 and Rs 1,200 for all courses run by the university and its regional centres for the session 2015-16.
Also, PU had proposed charging Rs 30 per month from the students as Wi-Fi charges.
The Syndicate members had stated that the revision of the fees was necessary after a gap of six years.
At the Syndicate, it was proposed that the additional income that could accrue from the proposed fee hike would be entirely spent on students’ programmes, including enhanced allocation for economically weaker sections.
The committee comprises the Indian National Student Organisation (INSO), Hindustan Students’ Association (HSA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Student Organisation of India (SOI), Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and Students for Society (SFS).