Kejriwal Govt rolls back fee hike of IPU colleges

The Chief Minister's announcement came after a group of students staged a protest march from Civil Lines to his residence.

| New Delhi | Updated: March 9, 2016 11:47 am
ip university759 Students protesting at the IP University against the fee hike by the Delhi Government

In the wake of students’ agitation over retrospective fee hike in colleges affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said the hike will be rolled back.

“Learnt that fees of all IP Univ colleges has been hiked. Students agitated. My dear students, pl don’t worry. I hv asked Edu dept to roll it back. Study well. Best wishes 4 ur exams,” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.

The Chief Minister’s announcement came after a group of students staged a protest march from Civil Lines to his residence.

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Protests were staged by students in various IPU colleges last week expressing their reservations over the steep hike of around 24 per cent in the fee structure retrospectively.

For past few days, some students are also posting their agony on Facebook’s page #withdrawfeehike.

A notification was issued last month by Director (Higher Education) Shiv Kumar had said, “The government has decided that the fee proposed for 2013-16 by the State Fee Regulatory Committee be notified for the period 2014-17. And for the courses having a duration of four years and five years, the fee notified by the Government will be applicable for the entire duration of the course.”

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The IP University PRO, Nalini Rajan said that they have not received any official statement from the Delhi Government on fee hike or on taking it back.

The new fee structure is based on the recommendations of the State Fee Regulatory Committee, set up by the Delhi government on February 1, 2013, to determine fee for pursuing courses in privately managed institutions offering different courses in the national capital and to perform the functions assigned in the Delhi Professional Colleges or Institutions (Prohibition of Capitation Fee, Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Non-Exploitative Fee and Other Measures to Ensure Equity and Excellence) Act, 2007.

The notification is based on a report by the government-appointed eight-member panel re-constituted on February 13, 2013, headed by former Delhi Chief Secretary Ramesh Narayan Swamy to determine the fee for courses in privately-managed institutions under the IP University in Delhi and NCR.

The committee was asked to suggest within three months the fee structure of 106 privately-owned colleges affiliated to IP University for the period of 2013 and 2016.

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  1. R
    May 7, 2016 at 9:17 am
    The fees charged by private Universities like Amity,Sharda ,Lovely University for graduate/postgradute And professional courses is very high as compared to fees charged by Delhi University and other Govt. Universities in various States for the same courses. The level of education and infrastructure of Delhi Univefsity and other populsr Univefsities is no less than as compared to above named private Univefsities and thefefore ,there is no justification for these private Universities who have got affiliations from various State Universities to charge such high fees .The lands have bee provided to these private Universities by State Govt. at very nominal rates and from the funds collected from students under various heads ,these Universities have made infrastructure,but should have control on amounts charged as fees .The Universities which have granted affiliation should have some restrictions imposed on these Universities to charge reasonable fees ,so that those who are not getting addmissions in State Universities having nominal fees have option to secure addmisdion in these private Universities for almost on same structure of fees as charged by State Universities. The State governments should keep monitoring the functioning of these private Univefsities ,so that at later point of time no grevience is made by the students studing there in relation to fees structure and other charges taken under various heads . The nominal difference in fees structure is permissible but ,it is number of times more than other Govt. Universities ,then ,it is a cause of concern and timely checks are required before situation goes out of hand .Brilliant students from Govt Universities and these private Universities are equally picked up by corporate houses for placement and thus there is no difference ,if one has completed his course from which insution .Though these private insutions providing various courses claim that ,they are not charging any capitation fees etc ,but by keeping the fees structure high ,the total amount charged over the duration of courses of 3-5 years comes almost equal to capitation fees and has becomme subsuted for the same. It is therefore high time forr the authorities concerned to look into this aspect of matter seriousely and see that students are not prevented from getting addmission because of high structure of fees kept by the private Universities .As it is the campuses of these private Universities are located at far of places from the main city and the students have either to arrange for hostel accommodation or take some place on rent or have to commute for 2-3 hours daily in going to college and coming back and in the proscess spend large amounts on hostel /pvt accommodation or in commuting ,which is also added to cost of tbeir education and thus , they end up paying huge amounts as copared to their counter parts who are studing or doing the similar courses in Delhi University etc.