Kejriwal to roll back recently announced fee hike at IP University

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Rage took over the students of the colleges affiliated to Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University after the AAP government’s notification was issued, directing them to disburse more money — ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000 for each academic session beginning from 2013 onwards. The new fees structure is based on a report submitted by the State Fees Regulatory Committee set up by the city government on February 1, 2013 to determine fees for pursuing courses in privately-managed institutions offering different courses in the national capital and to perform the functions assigned in the Delhi Professional Colleges or Institutions.

“The Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi has decided that the fees proposed for the academic 2013-16 by the State Fees Regulatory Committee be notified for the period 2014-17… And for the courses having duration of four years and five years, the fees notified by the government will be applicable for the entire duration of the course.”

The revised fee structure as conceived by the educated masses is allegedly an attempt by the AAP government to pour out more money to the business institutions and a straight attempt at misappropriation of the student’s resources. With the new notification in place, an MCA student who had been paying Rs 96,600 per academic session in Banarasidass Chandiwala Institute of Information Technology will now have to pay Rs 120,000 for each academic session from 2013 onwards. A student pursuing LL.B. with Amity Law School, Noida, who used to pay Rs 55,200 for one academic year, will now have to shell out Rs 63,400. This has particularly been irksome to the final year students who have already paid full fee in the beginning of the year who have just two  months to complete.

A city government-appointed eight-member committee, headed by former Delhi chief secretary Ramesh Narayan Swamy, was asked to suggest within three months the fees structure of 106 privately-owned colleges affiliated to IP University for the period of 2013 and 2016. The committee was re-constituted on February 13, 2013.

In the wake of students’ agitation over retrospective fee hike in colleges affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the hike would be rolled back.

“Learnt that fees of all IP Univ colleges has been fee hiked. Students agitated”

“My dear students, pl don’t worry. I hv asked Edu dept to roll it back. Study well. Best wishes 4 ur exams” – Kejriwal on Twitter

The Chief Minister’s announcement came after a group of students staged a protest march from Civil Lines to his residence. Protests were staged by students in various IPU colleges earlier this week expressing their reservations over the steep hike of around 24 per cent in the fee structure retrospectively.

A notification, issued last month by Director (Higher Education) Shiv Kumar, had said, “The government has decided that the fee proposed for 2013-16 by the State Fee Regulatory Committee be notified for the period 2014-17. And for the courses having duration of four years and five years, the fee notified by the Government will be applicable for the entire duration of the course.The new fee structure is based on the recommendations of the State Fee Regulatory Committee, set up by the Delhi government on February 1, 2013, to determine fee for pursuing courses in privately managed institutions offering different courses in the national capital and to perform the functions assigned in the Delhi Professional Colleges or Institutions.”

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