Chandigarh: Over 150 students marched from Arts Block 1 to Students Centre on the Panjab University campus on Monday and burnt the effigy of the Vice Chancellor to protest against the 12.5 per cent fee hike announced by the university on Sunday. A memorandum will be submitted to the V-C on Tuesday to demand roll back of the decision and struggle will be intensified if the fee hike is not withdrawn.
Last semester also the PU authorities had doubled the examination fee.
SFS president Daman Preet alleged that the university was implementing the agenda of the Central government to privatise and commercialise the higher education .
The Senate meeting on Sunday had taken a decision to hike the fee by 12.5 per cent for different courses. The university has been facing a financial crisis due to insufficient funding from the Central and Punjab governments.
From the next academic session (2017-18), the freshers will have to shell out 12.5 per cent more as tuition fee. The Senate gave the nod to the proposal at a meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover on Sunday.
The new fee slab, which was approved, will only be applicable to first-year students enrolled for various courses on the campus. While the fee hike for professional courses is less considering that the students are already paying more for self-financed courses, the major hike in fee has been made for other courses
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