A day after justifying the fee hike for the first year students in all academic courses,Panjab University (PU) on Monday announced its decision not to implement the fee hike from the current academic session,and referred the decision back to PU Syndicate.
The announcement was made by the Dean Student Welfare (DSW),Professor Navdeep Goyal,after the decision was taken by the committee constituted by Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Arun Kumar Grover under the chairmanship of the Dean University Instructions (DUI),Professor Madhu Raka.
The varsity had increased the fee for the first-year students of regular academic courses by 10 per cent,and that of the professional and self-financed courses by 20 per cent from the current academic session,as per the decision of the Syndicate.
It is interesting to note that PU had earlier justified the fee hike saying that the varsity had not increased the fee for the past six years and it was imperative to cut down the deficit in the annual budget of the varsity. The official statement released by the varsity on Sunday had termed the protest by students unjustified and urged them to accept the fee hike,highlighting that the fees of PU was still far less than other educational institutions of the region.
The proposed increase in fee has been referred back to the fee committee and the recommendations of the committee will be again sent back to the Syndicate,which will discuss the issue and take the final call. Also,no late fee will be charged from the students till November 30, said DSW Professor Goyal,adding that the old fee structure will continue untill the final decision is taken by the Syndicate.
Assuring the first-year students who had already paid the fee as per the hike,DUI Professor Raka said it will be adjusted in their third semester fee.
After the announcement of the decision,the students led by Students of Society (SFS),who had been protesting outside the V-Cs office since Friday,called off their strike.