Varsity puts hike order in abeyance
SRINAGAR: The police on Tuesday resorted to baton charge against scores of Kashmir University students who were protesting against the ‘300 percent hike’ in examination fee for post-graduation courses.
About a dozen students received minor injuries and three others fainted after police beat them up in a bid to chase them away.
The students assembled outside the vice-chancellor secretariat displaying placards reading ‘Education on Stake’ and ‘Examination or Loot’, and demonstrated peacefully for several hours, demanding revocation of the fee hike order.
Vice-chancellor Prof. Andrabi tried to pacify the protesters, but students alleged that the VC, director Centre for Central Asian Studies GN Khaki and chief proctor Naseer Iqbal behaved rudely. They accused dean academic affairs Mohammad Ashraf Wani of cursing a delegation of students who met him on Monday.
“Every official we talked to used foul language,” a female student said on condition of anonymity. She said the officials are making the varsity unaffordable for the students from poor families.
The students said they will continue protests unless the order is revoked.
Chief proctor refuted students’ allegations, saying the majority of the students are attending their classes and only a small group of students were protesting against the order.
Meanwhile the notification regarding revision of examination fee has been uploaded on the KU website which says the order has been put in abeyance.
“The order is put in abeyance till further orders,” reads the notification.
A student was paying Rs 1000 examination fee till 2015 for four papers at Rs 250 each, but after university implemented Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), papers were divided into credits with Rs 60 per credit which amounts to Rs 1440 for 24 credits in one semester, a university official said.