SRINAGAR: The students of Mass Communication and Multimedia Production (MCMP) in Women’s College are aghast over cluster university’s exorbitant fee hike. Students claim that the move puts their colleagues from weaker socio-economic background at a severe disadvantage, and in certain cases forces them to quit the undergraduate program midway.
“The fees for the second year of the undergraduate course has been shockingly raised by 20 percent,” Aafreen, a student, told Kashmir Reader. “This has been done without giving any thought to the demographics of students.” She added that students were generally disappointed.
Another student added that some students had decided to quit the program. “We have several students who belong to poor or lower middle class families. Their parents work as labourers and somehow support them in their education. They are interested in the program, but they will not be able to pay the fees,” she said.
“We fear that this hike in fee may increase the dropout rate. It is so frustrating.”
Afreen added, “The university tends to ignore the economic background of students. The proposed fee for the course was Rs 16000 in second year, but a notice issued by the administration shows a new fee structure by which we are required to pay Rs 19000, which is sheer injustice.”
Students said that the education department has become a money minting machine and focus on money rather than education. “Though we apprised the higher officials, there is no relief. They pay no heed to our pleas,” a student alleged.
Recently, we had a meeting with dean of the university, but he said he can’t do anything. “Go to vice chancellor for this issue, I can’t help,” a student said the dean told them.