This year has been a backbone breaker for almost everyone financially. Universities and colleges in India on the other hand have started asking the Annual or Semester Fee as the new session starts.
Delhi Technological University (DTU Formerly DCE), issued a notice on 30th July asking BTech Students to pay a sum of 1.90 Lakhs as fee within 5 days by 5th August. Enraged by this, the students have begun asking the admins and political Authorities to withdraw the notice and provide relaxation.
“Students who fail to pay by then may have their names struck off university rolls.”
What has particularly enraged students is the punitory clause in the notice. Those who pay the fee after August 5 and by August 13 have to pay a fine of Rs. 2,000; those who pay after that but before August 20 have to pay a fine of Rs 5,000; and those who submit the fee even later and by August 27 face a fine of Rs 10,000.
Students have taken Twitter as a platform to demand Justice. #dtufeesrelaxation was trending on twitter yesterday with over 10k tweets.
From a #DTU student: “DTU is demanding Rs 1.9 lakh fee for this year and in just 5 days. Many students come from lower, middle class families and facing financial problems. DTU is charging full fees for sports, library, infra that we aren’t even using.” @ArvindKejriwal
— Nidhi Taneja (India TV) (@nidhiindiatv) July 31, 2020
the Students demand the university to consider not collecting fees under certain heads given that they will be engaging in remote learning. “Fees are collected for co-curricular activities, extra-curricular activities, for conferences, seminars, the library, development, and so on. Even a big part of our tuition fees is for laboratory expenses, while with online learning we are just having online classes with our teachers and e-labs. We should not be charged for things we are not using at this time, especially when so many families are financially affected. On top of that, there’s a huge late fee as if this is normal time,” said another B.Tech student.
DTU is asking for increased fees of 1.9 lakh and has asked to submit it in 5 days. NO Concession is granted and no facilities, services etc consumed after 25/03/2020 . Moreover they ask us to get out of college or pay the full fees? #dtufeesrelaxation @msisodia @CMODelhi pic.twitter.com/zXRWKtS3uo
— Be_Quiet (@BeQuiet72355376) July 31, 2020
In this, times of Covid we request DTU to not charge for facilities we are not utilising. Please listen to the plight of your students and their families. Many expenses can be cut off to provide relief to students’ families#dtufeerelaxation #ReduceDTUFees#studentsagainstfees pic.twitter.com/lW94FksfGJ
— Vaibhavdabas (@Vaibhavdabas15) August 1, 2020
However, DTU Public Relations Officer Anoop Lather said these components cannot be shaved off from the annual fee.
“All expenses stand as they were when the university was open. Salaries need to be paid, maintenance needs to be paid for, payments need to be done for software for which we have subscriptions. We have provisions for students with financial problems, and every year we provide crores of rupees to support them and have provided exemptions in the past. Students who have problems in paying can put in an application for exemption, which can be considered,” he said.
IIITD, GGSIPU, NSUT with similar issues.
Similar concerns have also been voiced by students of GGSIPU, where students of MCA, BBA, BA (J&MC) and BCA had been asked to pay their entire annual fees by Friday, with a late fine of Rs 20 per day, as well as students of NSUT who also had to pay their annual fees by Friday.