In its second year, Cluster University hikes course fee

In its second year, Cluster University hikes course fee
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Journalism program gets three-fold hike

IRSHAD KHAN

SRINAGAR: The Cluster University of Kashmir (CU) has arbitrarily hiked the admission fee for various courses, with some courses getting a near three-fold hike.
Interestingly, the massive hike comes just a year after the varsity starting functioning from academic year 2017-18.
The CU runs from five constituent colleges in the Valley – Amar Singh College, S P College, Government Women’s College MA Road, Degree College Bemina and Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (formerly College of Education) Lal Chowk.
While the admission fee for the three-year Honours programme in Journalism and Mass Communication was a little over Rs 5,000 last year, the varsity has hiked it by almost three times to Rs 14,375 for the current academic year, reads a circular issued by the CU recently.
While the fee for Honours programmes in English and History has been hiked to Rs 10,725 each, the CU will be charging Rs 11,375 for the Honours programme in Commerce from the current academic year, as per the circular.
The fee for three-year professional programmes in BCA and BBA has been hiked to Rs 15, 375 and Rs 14,375 respectively.
For five-year integrated programmes, the fee for the subjects Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography and Physics is Rs 12, 375.
While the admission fee for the integrated programmes in Biochemistry, Zoology and Botany has been raised to Rs 12,875, it will be Rs 15,375 for the five-year integrated programme in Information Technology.
Meanwhile, students studying at the CU expressed anger at the varsity’s sudden hike in the admission fee structure.
With the fee hike, a third semester student pursuing the three-year Honours programme in Journalism and Mass Communication at Women’s College M A Road alleged that the infrastructure at the college had ironically “worsened” at the constituent college of the Cluster University.
“We have done no practical work as there is no space at the college. Even for class work, we have just two rooms and even those are flood-hit,” complained the student.
Dean Academic Affairs, CU, Dr M Y Peerzada said that unlike last year, they have “projected” the courses as “professional” ones from this academic year.
“Last year, the Journalism and Mass Communication course was a simple course. This year around, we have entirely changed the course structure,” he said.
The fee structure at CU, Peerzada claimed, “is very less as compared to Kashmir University”.
“The fee structure for Honours and Professional courses is (otherwise) same everywhere,” he added.

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