Chandigarh: The Panjab University (PU) senate has decided to restrict its fee hike to 10% for all the courses for the academic session 2017-18.
This decision was taken by the senate on Sunday in a meeting held at PU campus after several senators demanded a review of fee hike in the wake of students’ protest. After this announcement various students organisations called off their over one month-long protest.
“After a detailed discussion on the fee issue, the senate unanimously resolved to increase the tuition fee for the new entrants by 10%, subject to a minimum of Rs500," said a release issued by PU.
In March, PU authorities had hiked the tuition fee which ranged between 40 to 1,100%. For B. Pharma course, the fee was raised from Rs5,080 to Rs50,000 and in case of MA Journalism, it was hiked from Rs5,290 to Rs30,000. For the dental course, the hike was from Rs86,400 to Rs1.50 lakh.
During the senate meeting, former Union minister and PU senator Pawan Kumar Bansal had suggested that the hike should be 10% over the fee of last financial year and termed the previous hike as “unjustified".
“We have called off our protest against the fee hike. Ten per cent hike in fee in courses is acceptable to us," said Nishant Kaushal, President, Panjab University Students’ Council said on Monday.
Members of the Students for Society (SFS) also withdrew their protest. The students were protesting against the “significant" hike in tuition fee announced by PU senate for the academic year 2017-18. The protest had even turned violent on 11 April, when the students clashed with the police who had to use force. It resulted in injuries on both sides.