Extra Fees, No Concessions: More Than 75 Indian Colleges Are Facing Student Protests

For several months, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges across India have shifted classes and other academic activities online. Recently, Indian Institute of Bombay conferred graduation degrees to the virtual ‘avatars’ of final-year students. Classrooms are shut, water and electricity in colleges are no longer in use, libraries and laboratories are closed and hostels are only occupied by a handful of students who couldn’t go back home for some reason.

More so, students are attending online classes using their own devices and internet services – and many among those who come from underprivileged sections haven’t been able to do even that.

In such a situation, colleges have asked students to pay the same fee – which in itself is really high in private institutions – as they were paying before.

According students, in some private colleges, the per semester fee ranges from Rs 1.6 lakh to Rs 1.8 lakh. Now, instead of reducing the fee, some colleges have further hiked the fee by 10-20%. Apart from the tuition fee, the old fee structure covers miscellaneous expenses for resources such library, laboratory, sports facilities, internet services etc – all of which are no longer in use. The situation is even more troublesome for international students who pay a higher fee in comparison to other students.

The quality of education, according to some students, has also severely deteriorated when it comes to online sessions. Most of them have had to rely on online study materials to understand the concepts being taught. The demand for a high fee when neither the quality of education is good nor the college resources are being put to use is “unfair and unjustified”, say students.

According to students, some colleges have also been “forcing” and “threatening” them to make the payment on time. Colleges allegedly say that they will not take classes or accept their registration forms for the next semester until the students pay the semester fee. The appeal letters sent to the university administration have been invariably unfruitful, students from various institutions have said.

While some institutions have agreed to let students pay the fee in instalments, the question remains: Why should a student pay for resources they aren’t using?

Here is a list of colleges which, according to their students, have demanded the full fee.

Please note that this list has been compiled after students from these institutions reached out to LiveWire, asking for coverage. This list will be updated to add the names of more colleges as and when students alert us. We shall also strike out the names of institutions which agree to fulfil the demands of their students.

Note: According to an NMIMS Mumbai professor, who reached out to LiveWire on Twitter, the college has agreed to “offer concessions to students by asking them to pay in instalments” and that “deserving students have been promised relief”.

§

  1. Adamas University, West Bengal
  2. Ajay Kumar Garg Engineering College, Ghaziabad
  3. Al-Ameen College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru
  4. Aligarh Muslim University
  5. Amity University, Greater Noida
  6. Amrita school of engineering, Coimbatore
  7. Ashoka University, Sonipat
  8. Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
  9. BMS Institute of Technology and Management, Bengaluru
  10. Baba Mastanath University, Rohtak
  11. Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan
  12. Basaveshwara Medical College, Karnataka
  13. Bennett University, Greater Noida
  14. CEPT University, Gujarat
  15. Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi
  16. Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut
  17. Christ College, Bengaluru
  18. DG college of Architecture, Kerala
  19. Delhi Techonological University
  20. Dy Patil Medical College, Pune
  21. ERA’s Lucknow Medical College
  22. Government College of Engineering, Amravati
  23. Galgotias University, Greater Noida
  24. Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology, New Delhi
  25. Institute of Hotel Management, New Delhi
  26. Indian Institute Of Crafts & Design, Jaipur
  27. IIS (Deemed to be University), Jaipur
  28. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  29. ILS Law College, Pune
  30. Indian School of Public Policy, New Delhi
  31. ILEAD college, Kolkata
  32. Integral University, Lucknow
  33. JD Birla Institute, Kolkata
  34. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Foreign students)
  35. Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women’s University, Jaipur
  36. KIIT School of Law, Odisha
  37. K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai
  38. Karnataka Lingayat Education Society, Navi Mumbai
  39. Madras School Of Economics, Chennai
  40. Malaviya National Institute Of Technology, JAIPUR
  41. Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune
  42. Mithibai College, Mumbai
  43. N.L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
  44. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College (NHLMMC), Ahmedabad
  45. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
  46. National Institute of Fashion Technology (all campuses)
  47. National Institute of Open Schooling
  48. National Institute of Technology, Calicut
  49. National Institute of Technology, Srinagar
  50. National Institute of Technology, Surat
  51. National Institute of Technology, Trichy
  52. National Institute of Technology, Karnataka
  53. National Law University, Odisha
  54. NMIMS, Mumbai
  55. North Eastern Regional Institute of Management, Guwahati
  56. Netaji Subhash Engineering College, Kolkata
  57. Institute of Management, Nirma University, Gujarat
  58. Pandit Lakhmi Chand State University of Performing and Visual Arts, Rohtak
  59. Pearl Academy, New Delhi
  60. People’s University, Bhopal
  61. Panjab University
  62. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala
  63. Ramaiah Dental College, Bengaluru
  64. SG Balekundri Institute of Technology, Karnataka
  65. SGT University, Gurugram
  66. SRM University, Chennai
  67. SRMS College of Engineering,Technology & Research, Bareilly
  68. School of Management Sciences, Lucknow
  69. Shoolini University, Himachal Pradesh
  70. St Stephens College, Delhi
  71. Swami Devi Dyal Hospital and Dental College, Haryana
  72. Symbiosis Institute of Technology
  73. Symbiosis Law School
  74. Symbiosis school of Economics
  75. Symbiosis school of Liberal Arts
  76. TERI School Of Advanced Studies, Vasant Kunj
  77. Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  78. UPES Dehradun
  79. Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai
  80. Vivekanand Institute of Professional Studies, GGSIPU, Delhi

Featured image credit: morningbrew/Unsplash