Chandigarh: The 12.5 per cent fee hike by Panjab University is not acceptable, students said. Even after many days of protest the heat among students is still rising. Students met former Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and shared their problems. NSUI members submitted a memorandum to Bansal seeking his help in the matter. The matter should be solved by the Punjab Government or the Centre. “I will help as much as I can and will take up the matter with the higher authorities,” assured Bansal.
On April 6, students also met Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in this connection as since 2014 Punjab has not released any funds for the university, though Rs 18 crore is to be given by the state government every year. “Not afraid of the police and the UT Administration, we will get the fee hike rolled back; students are coming in big support with us,” claimed NSUI member Sachin from Sociology. Why the protest?
The protest has been launched by the students to oppose the fee hike decision of Panjab University for the academic session 2017-18. Students seeking admission to various courses in the university are distressed as the hike has hit them so hard as their future seems to be uncertain. They observe that the hike in various courses is tremendous as law fee has gone up from Rs 4,000 to INR 9,000, whereas the MBA fee has been raised to Rs 1 lakh from INR 9,500. Students belonging to economically weaker sections will not be able to pay the hiked fees and as such they will be forced to leave their studies. The students have declared to intensify the agitation on April 11. On Saturday evening, student leaders gathered at Students Centre and discussed the peaceful methods for their strike.
Panjab University students meeting former Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal to seek his help in getting the fee hike rolled back.
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