Protest against OBC students' fee hike

Friday, 17 January 2014 - 2:28pm IST | Place: Indore | Agency: DNA

SGSITS students on Thursday staged a protest against fee hike of students belonging to OBC category.  The departments of SGSITS also remained closed.

Rohan Rajput who belongs to the OBC category was shocked to see the fee on the semester form as Rs 32250 for the second semester, while he paid only Rs 7000 for the first semester.

ABVP activist Devendra Yadav who led the protest and is a student of fifth semester of the electrical department said,” Although most of the students who are affected are of the self financing department. When I joined the electrical department I just paid Rs 2,000 as the semester fee but now we pay Rs 6,000 per semester. The examination fee when I joined was Rs 50 only and now we pay Rs 1800 as the examination fee. We have shown the fee slips to the director who says we have not increased a penny in the last four years and demanded an explanation”.

He also said that the mid-session hike in fee structure was not acceptable to the students and is not in accordance with RGPV--UGC rules which bar colleges and institutions from raising fees. We are planning a mega protest at the OBC welfare office at the collectorate.

Director of the college Sudhir S Bhadauria said that the OBC welfare department previously used to reimburse the self finance fee of the students in full. But now it pays the regular student fee. The difference between the self finance and regular fee now will be borne by the students.

“In previous years the SC/ ST and OBC departments were one under the tribal welfare department. But since 2013 and tution fee of the students coming under these categories was reimbursed in full. But now OBC welfare department is a separate department.  While SC/ST welfare department reimburses the fee of the self finance courses in full, the OBC welfare department since its inception is paying only the regular course fee and not the raised amount of self finance fee.”, said Ved Prakash Mali, Asst Director of Backward class and Minority welfare.

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