Say varsity backtracking on promise of fee relaxation
Srinagar: Students pursuing a paramedical course from the University of Kashmir’s South Campus are up in arms against the “exorbitant” fee structure for the course.
The students pursuing BSc Nursing say the annual fee of Rs 77,800 was much higher than the fee charged by other institutes for the similar courses, including some private ones.
A nursing college run by the state’s Higher Education Department charges less than half the amount for the same course, they said, while some Jammu-based private charge “only Rs 50,000” for the course.
The Higher Education department’s nursing college running from Government Women’s College M A Road charges Rs 38,000 annually for the course. Interestingly, both the nursing college and KU’s South Campus started the BSc Nursing course in 2017.
“Both SKIMS Soura and GMC charge only Rs 10,000 and the Bibi Halima College charges around Rs 45,000 only,” a student said.
Agitated over the varsity allegedly backtracking on its promise of fee relaxation “made at the time of admission”, scores of students protested at Srinagar’s Press Enclave last week and demanded immediate fee concession.
The students of the first batch had taken admission in September 2017.
They claimed that the administration had told them that from second year, there would be a fee relaxation.
“But that turned out to be a farce,” a student said.
“Rs77,800 is for one year and the course is of four-year duration, which means we are supposed to deposit around Rs 3,20,000 for it,” an agitated student said.
“Our parents even approached Governor recently, but no positive response came from there and we were forced to protest,” he added.
The students, who have recently finished their first year exams, asked the KU authorities to slash the fee for the remaining three years of their course.
While Director of KU South Campus, Dr Muzaffar Ali Andrabi could not be contacted, Dean Academic Affairs at KU, Prof Musadiq Amin Sahaf said that the government had not yet appointed a permanent faculty for the course, as a result of which it was a “self financed course”.
“Still, it (slashing the fee structure) is under the consideration,” Prof Sahaf added.