The Staff Council of Ramjas College, University of Delhi, has recently passed the proposal of increment in student fee by one-fourth of the fees(i.e 25% of the original fee) to commence from academic session of 2017-2018. This will result in students paying Rs. 2500 more. Statements of the Acting Principal of Ramjas College claim that the move was essential to improve college infrastructure and to undertake other development works in college, for which the University of Delhi hasn’t been granting funds.
With this move, Ramjas College seems to be moving towards a self-financed path through a hike in its fee structure, after a similar move by D.S Kothari hostel. The College has hence once again managed to come under the limelight under the ‘Culture of Protests’, the second time after being given the status of ‘Controversial College’ after the clash of the student organisations in February.
With colleges such as St Stephen’s that have been pressing for autonomy for sometime, Ramjas college’s move seems to be perceived as a move towards increased privatisation of the college and as a move to go against the public-funded nature of government colleges.
This move has caught the critical attention of the students as well as the faculty of the college. Various students coming from economically weaker sections might have to face the brunt of the fee hike the most, which has led to apprehensions amongst the students of Ramjas college. According to The New Indian Express report, a group of DU students stated that the fee hike was unfair, considering the varsity is a centrally and public-funded university. “It clearly states that the varsity is moving towards autonomous and privatisation of education” said the students.
An increase in aim towards privatisation of higher education hence seems to be becoming a phenomenon not so alien to colleges of Delhi University anymore.
Source- The New Indian Express.