A file photo of Arvind Kejriwal. Photo: HT
New Delhi: In the wake of students’ agitation over retrospective fee hike in colleges affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that the hike will be rolled back.
“Learnt that fees of all IP Univ colleges has been hiked. Students agitated. My dear students, pl don’t worry. I hv asked Edu dept to roll it back. Study well. Best wishes 4 ur exams,” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.
The Chief Minister’s announcement came after a group of students staged a protest march from Civil Lines to his residence. Protests were staged by students in various IPU colleges earlier this week expressing their reservations over the steep hike of around 24% in the fee structure retrospectively.
A notification, issued last month by Director (Higher Education) Shiv Kumar, had said, “The government has decided that the fee proposed for 2013-16 by the State Fee Regulatory Committee be notified for the period 2014-17. And for the courses having duration of four years and five years, the fee notified by the Government will be applicable for the entire duration of the course.”
The new fee structure is based on the recommendations of the State Fee Regulatory Committee, set up by the Delhi government on 1 February, 2013, to determine fee for pursuing courses in privately managed institutions offering different courses in the national capital and to perform the functions assigned in the Delhi Professional Colleges or Institutions (Prohibition of Capitation Fee, Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Non-Exploitative Fee and Other Measures to Ensure Equity and Excellence) Act, 2007.
The notification is based on a report by the government appointed eight-member panel re-constituted on 13 February, 2013, headed by former Delhi chief secretary Ramesh Narayan Swamy to determine the fee for courses in privately-managed institutions under the IP University in Delhi and NCR.
The committee was asked to suggest within three months the fee structure of 106 privately-owned colleges affiliated to IP University for the period of 2013 and 2016.