IJT meets VC KU, demands revocation of fee-hike

SRINAGAR: Continuing with its efforts to push for revocation of recently announced fee-hike for admission in various undergraduate courses, Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday presented memorandum to Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University (KU), Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, demanding cancellation of the decision and setting up of Grievance Redressal Cell for students.
An IJT delegation comprising its President, Umar Sultan, Central Campus Secretary, Zahid Iqbal and Incharge Kashmir University Unit, Showkat Ahmad called on the Vice Chancellor on Wednesday afternoon and presented the memorandum to the VC.
The memorandum described the fee-hike order by KU as “elitist” and “unsympathetic” towards students lacking any consideration for the overall economic condition of the state, IJT said in a statement issued here.
“Besides asking for revocation of the fee-hike order, the memorandum also demanded setting up of a Grievance Redressal Cell to receive and respond to the SOS calls from Kashmiri students studying in different educational institutions across mainland India in the face of growing incidents of violence and hate crimes against Kashmiri students,” the statement said.
The memorandum also demanded that University should explore the ways and means to minimise the costs of conducting undergraduate examination fees in future with the objective of lessening the financial burden on students keeping in view the overall economic condition of the State, it said.
“The Vice Chancellor gave the delegation a patient hearing and assured positive response. He said Kashmir University was committed to students’ welfare and had already taken various pro-students initiatives,” the statement informant.