KU’s fee hike will affect higher education in JK: IJT

SRINAGAR: Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) on Tuesday demanded revocation of Kashmir University’s latest decision of hiking the undergraduate fee and clubbing the payment of admission and examination fee in advance for two semesters. It also submitted memorandums to principals of various degree colleges in this regard.
In a statement issued here, IJT president, Umar Sultan, said the decision deprives a considerable segment of population of higher education benefits and “has made fun of the notion that education was free in J&K”.
“It also reflects disconnect of the university authorities with the ground realities in the Valley. The decision, if not arbitrary, hostile, and exorbitant, still qualifies to be called elitist and insensitive. As such, we submitted memorandums to principals of various degree colleges across the valley. The University of Kashmir must adopt student friendly educational policy,” he said.
Among the demands put forward by IJT in the said memorandum is revoking the fee hike, and decision to pay admission fee in advance for two semesters, and extension in last date of submission of admission fee BG Part 1 course.
“Due to decision, the economically disadvantaged and socially underprivileged students will be denied the chances of higher education. This will adversely affect the gross enrollment ratio (GER) of higher education for the state of J&K which is already low at 18.2% in 2011-12. The education of girls in backward and rural areas will also be affected,” he said.
The memorandum also demands extension in the last date of fee submission and its refund if a student seeking admission in one affiliated government college later decides to seek admission in other college or cancel admission.
“IJT also demands concessions in admission/examination fee for weaker sections of the society. We also seek appointment with the vice chancellor, KU, Prof Khurshid Andrabi to present a copy of memorandum to him,” IJT president said.