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UGC letter to central varsities sparks fee hike worries in Delhi University

The letter, sent to all central universities on November 2, asks institutes to submit the fund utilisation certificates in the format provided by the commission.

Written by Shradha Chettri | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2017 9:40 am
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A letter from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) to central universities, stating that General Financial Rules will be implemented with immediate effect, has raised questions on whether fees of students will have to be increased.

According to the terms of the General Financial Rules (GFR), the university needs to strive for financial self-reliance. A Delhi University teacher said that one way of achieving this is by “increasing the fees of students”.

The letter, sent to all central universities on November 2, asks institutes to submit the fund utilisation certificates in the format provided by the commission. In the certificate, universities are required to update the funds received, funds that are not utilised, and the interest earned on the unutilised amount.

Teachers said this letter is a follow-up of the Office Memorandum (OM) in January, sent to autonomous organisations. The OM stated, “While giving concurrence to the implementation of the revised pay scales, the financial advisers of the organisation shall ensure that the extent of the government support be kept at the minimum and in no case the government support shall be more than 70% of additional financial impact.”

“This OM clearly stated that universities will be responsible for generating 30% of the funds themselves. There is only one way of doing this and that is by increasing fees, which will hurt students from financially poor backgrounds,” said a member of the DU executive council, the university’s highest statutory body. Teachers said Rule 229 of the GFR asks the university to find ways to generate its own revenue.

On similar lines, the universities were asked to sign an MoU in August this year. The MoU had asked universities to figure out ways to generate “funds from other resources”, which included user charge in the form of fees, user charge other than fees, alumni donation, extra mural funding from other departments/ministries of Government of India, extra mural funding from other resources, and other resources not covered above.

“It is clear that the government is headed for a funds cut and is making a push towards privatisation,” claimed a member of the Delhi University Teachers’ Association. UGC chairman V S Chauhan could not be reached for a comment.

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  1. S
    Nov 5, 2017 at 12:55 pm
    No surprises here according to jhandelwalan's rule book the 'bunch of thoughts' written by a friend of the British raj no student should study after the age of 23 i.e. they should be maximum graduates ready to work in factories of jhandelwalan's donors. Modi is just implementing this by targeting universities/intellectuals and by including right wing trash in the faculty and in the curriculum
    1. H
      Nov 4, 2017 at 11:01 am
      Ultimate nightmare of every hindu/buddhist/christian/sikh man wih daughter . ""Dad ! I want to marry a muslim friend ! yes you will be angry , but dont , I am your sweet daughter and Aslam is a wonderful boy, he looks like Saif ! I am also converting and my new name will be Aeysha , so instead of calling me Puja as before call me Aeysha . Also please give away my clothes to the neighbours , since from now onwards I will be in burkha , thats what ammi , Aslams mother wants " "also as I will not celebrate Diwali , I will send you gosht meat in eed and ramjan for you "
      1. S
        Nov 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm
        So you are trying to assimilate Sikhs Jains Christians Buddhists as Hindus. Once by mistake I referred to my hain friend as belonging to the Hindu community I got my answer laced with several unprintable expletives so go on trying it won't work
        1. B
          Nov 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm
          What is this my friend. Why you started ting on this thread. This thread is in the comment section of a news which is related to UGC and Universities. Why you are bringing Hindu, Muslim, marriage and all this. I know you are working for BJP's IT cell. BHAAD MEIN JAAO.