With DU admissions around the corner, many colleges are planning for a fee hike this year. DU Colleges are all set to implement a revised fee structure for various academic programmes offered by them including undergraduate programmes. Colleges are citing ‘insufficient funds’ as the prime reason for the fee hike.

Among the many colleges that have already decided to hike fees, Ramjas College has decided to hike the fees in its annual staff council meeting held in April 2019. For instance, Ramjas College has hiked the infrastructure maintenance fee by nearly 120% i.e. from Rs 1500/- to Rs 3000/-. Similarly, the annual function and students orientation fee has been hiked by Rs 50/- while the development fee sees rise of Rs 500/-

SGTB Khalsa College is also revising its fee. College principal Jaswinder Singh said that a committee is working on revising the fee and the matter will soon be sent for the governing body’s approval. According to him, the science department requires funds since a lot of cost is incurred in the maintenance of laboratories. “We are unable to manage that with whatever funds we receive. We are working on it and we will try it keep the fee revision to as minimal as possible,” he said.

St Stephen’s College has also increased its annual fee by 6 % and residential fee by 9 % this year. However, the principal did not say any word on this issue.

Sri Venkateswara College decided to revise the annual fee by 10%. The college presently charge ₹12,000 to ₹14,000 annually for the undergraduate courses it offers.

The central universities/colleges were asked to follow 70:30 funding formula, of which, 30% was the internal revenues of universities/colleges as per the University Grants Commission (UGC) draft notification 2017. The UGC assured that the colleges need not panic. The UGC will release funds whenever there is requirement. They can reach out to the commission, an official said.

Rajesh Jha, member of the university’s executive council (EC) and an associate professor believes that such a decision would affect students  specially those belonging from the marginalised sections of the society. There are students who cannot even afford to travel without student passes and such a step by the colleges would only pose an additional burden on such students.