Srinagar: Violating the regulations of government’s fee fixation committee (FFC), Delhi Public School Srinagar has increased tuition fee and other charges for students beyond the permitted limit of eight percent.
Parents of some of the students alleged that their tuition fee was hiked by more than 16 per cent, as against the permitted hike of 8 percent in three years fixed by the fee fixation committee.
Besides, the bus fee for the students has also been considerably increased, by 35 percent and more.
The school has not acquired the permission of the fee fixation committee for the increase, thus violating the high court orders.
As per a notice of fee fixation committee, if an educational institute has to increase tuition fee of more than 8 percent or within the period of three year, it may approach the committee for permission of the same along with the documents as may be prescribed by the committee giving due reasons and grounds for such increase.
As per the documents after fixing or increasing tuition fee, an education institution shall submit a copy of its fee structure to the committee for records and examination within seven days.
Chairman DPS Srinagar, Vijay Dhar told Kashmir Reader that they have made the hike of 8 percent only “with the approval of fee fixation committee”.
He added that they have also notified the parents about the hike, 45 days in advance.
However, a parent contested the claim, and said that the tuition fee of his ward was increased from Rs 2800 to 3250. At the same time, the bus fee was increased by Rs 400.
The website of the fee fixation committee has no information displayed about fee hike of DPS Srinagar, or its new structure, belying the claim of FFC approval.
A member of Kashmir Private School Association told Kashmir Reader that the FFC website displays all the hikes approved by it.
FFC chairman did not respond to repeated calls from Kashmir Reader.