Chandigarh: Panjab University’s students protests over the examination fee hike continued on the third day. The protests were held at administrative block before the beginning of the Senate meeting here on Sunday. With the new fee structure, Panjab University has hiked the examination fee between Rs 30 to Rs 1,200 for the academic year 2016-17. However, there is no hike in tuition fee this time.
The university authorities hope to generate Rs 35 crore with this hike. Members from student party ABVP are on chain hunger strike since Saturday. Joint Secretary Punjab Pradesh ABVP Haran says, “It’s been two days since we are on chain hunger strike and the strike will continue till authorities roll back the decision.” The students termed the senate’s decision as a biased one as they said that university is putting pressure on students only and not the teaching staff.
The students demanded that there be a contribution from the teachers’ side also. They said that the university authorities should look out for other measures to cope with the financial crisis, like lowering the number of guest faculties or not give the examination allowances to the staff. Nirjog Mann, president PUSU, said, “All this is a shame on the part of authorities; they should stand with the students, at least at this time. Every time there are fiscal problems they put the burden on students only. This decision should be roll backed immediately. This is complete injustice to the students.”
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