Fee hike worry over Delhi University funds proposal
Delhi University has committed to raise Rs 334 crore internally in the next four years to implement the projects planned under the Institution of Eminence (IoE) scheme, a proposal many faculty members have opposed because it would result in increase in tuition fees.
The university’s Executive Council will meet on Saturday to clear the proposal.
The agenda copy for the council meeting has attached the details of funding of new centres the university would set up under the scheme. The university has already got IoE status. The Centre will give Rs 1,000 crore to the university by 2024-25, while the institution will have to arrange another Rs 334 crore, it said.
“The University of Delhi shall endeavour to continue to charge and revise fees for its various courses and facilities, keeping in view the need to make quality higher education accessible to the poorest of the poor in this country and also from African, Asian and Latin American countries,” the agenda copy said.
Aditya Narayan Mishra, a faculty member, said the university would be forced to increase fees to raise the funds it had committed. Currently, the tuition fees in colleges and university departments are below Rs 100 a month. “Increase in fees will deny education to poor students at DU. Over 60 per cent of students of the university are from SC, ST, backward classes and economically weaker sections. They will be discouraged to study at DU,” Mishra said.
A group of teachers has written to the DU Teachers’ Association to build up a strong protest against the move which, they fear, will lead to privatisation of the university.