Panjab University syndicate approved a 5 % hike in tuition and examination fees for its affiliated colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh. The decision is likely to impact about 2.5 lakh students of more than 180 PU affiliated colleges.
The proposal was tabled in a meeting on September 29, which was presided over by Prof RS Jhanji, Principal of AS College, Khanna. The proposal was part of recommendations made by the committee which was formed to revamp the fee structure. The committee surmised that the colleges under PU are witnessing a downward trend in admissions due to high enrollment in private institutions, therefore, the colleges need to provide better infrastructure and environment in order to meet the challenges. Thus a reasonable hike was necessary keeping in view of the situation; otherwise, the admission trend is likely to get even lower.
The committee headed by Prof. Meenakshi Malhotra, Dean of University Instruction, PU has proposed a 5 percent fee hike in all self-financing courses, except the University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS) and M.Pharma courses in the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), for existing students and 10 percent for new admissions.
The committee recommended a hike of 5% in tuition fee subject to a maximum of Rs 1,000. Along with this, the user and maintenance charges of all courses which were also proposed to be hiked by 10 percent. The committee also proposed to hike the examination fee of all courses by 10 percent subject to a maximum of Rs 200 per semester.
Source – The Tribune
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