SSM students boycotting classes over fee hike

SSM students boycotting classes over fee hike
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SRINAGAR: The M. Tech students of SSM College of Engineering and Technology, Parihaspora in Baramulla district have boycotted classes for last two weeks against alleged ‘arbitrary hike’ in fee structure for the course.
The college however maintains that the fee structure was fixed by the University of Kashmir after the admissions were made.
Several students of ‘Mechanical’ and ‘E&C’ (Electronic and Communication) branches of the programme-started from the current academic session at the SSM college- told Kashmir Reader that the college has charged Rs 13,000 more for their very first semester.
“The college had fixed a fee of Rs 32,000 for the first semester at the time of admission, but hiked it to Rs 45,000 within a few days,” a student alleged.
“It means that we will have to pay Rs 52,000 extra for the whole programme,” he added.
The students warned that they would go for “mass withdrawal” of their admissions if the college did not revoke the fee hike.
Including the charges under different heads, a student said that they have paid Rs 50,000 for their first semester.
The admissions for the maiden M. Tech programme at the SSM were done in October. The entrance test was held by Kashmir University in August.
Students of both mechanical and E&C branches have boycotted classes for the last two weeks against the hike in the fee, a student told Kashmir Reader.
While the college has assured them that the fee for the first year would be as per the earlier structure, a student said that the institution has kept them in dilemma over the fee structure for the second year of their degree.
“They will hike the fee next year again. We even have the bona fide certificate of the fee structure according to which the fee is only Rs 80,000 per year, but the college authorities don’t recognise even that,” he added.
Another student said that the due to the college “dilly dallying” on fee revocation, their studies were suffering.
Deputy Registrar (Academics) SSM College, Syed Masood Qadri told Kashmir Reader that the fee structure for the maiden M.Tech batch was fixed by Kashmir University two weeks after admissions to first semester were made.
“During admissions, we took the fee prescribed by the University for the 2016 Batch,” Qadri added.
Over the college issuing bona fide certificate for a two-year fee structure to the students, Qadri said, “When the fee structure was not fixed, we issued the bona fide certificate to one student, not all of them. The student needed the certificate for a loan.”
Qadri said that the college was charging the fee “as prescribed by the university”.
He said that the college had assured the protesting students that they will be charged the fee as per the earlier structure, “but they are adamant over a written assurance from the college”.
A written assurance as per Qadri “will create problems for us as the next year’s batch will also make a similar demand”.