Panjab University, Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)
The decision means that from the new academic session starting July, the tuition fee will see a minimum increase of Rs 2,000 and a maximum increase of approximately Rs 82,000 depending on the course. Students of courses like BPharma, who were paying Rs 5,000, will now pay Rs 50,000.
A Bachelors in Arts or Commerce will pay Rs 10,000 against the Rs 2,200 now.
The MA in journalism has also become dearer by six times to Rs 30,000.
PU vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover justified the fee hike stating that it was nominal considering the financial condition of the varsity.
SUB-COMMITTEE TO FINALISE DETAILS
The fee hike was approved, in principle, with a sub-committee authorised to finalise the details as well as formulation of scheme of concession for students belonging to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) after the implementation of the fee hike
ONLY APPLICABLE FOR STUDENTS ADMITTED AFRESH
The new fee structure shall be applicable only to the students admitted afresh in academic session 2017-18. For existing students, the existing fee structure would be applicable after allowing an increase of 5% on tuition fee.
This will also be subject to a minimum increase of Rs 500 and maximum Rs 1,200.
In the last syndicate meeting, the V-C had stated that the Think Tank committee formed to look into the financial concerns of the varsity had recommended enhancement in internal revenue by 20% in 2017-18
The varsity also approved a number of fee concession schemes for all courses (other than self-financed in which scheme of freeship is already there).
For instance, students who have studied and qualified their Class-12 examination from a government school or government aided school with annual family income up to Rs 5 lakh will be eligible for fee concessions up to 50% of the tuition fee.