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EDUCATIONISTS FEEL FEE HIKE WILL FURTHER TAKE EDUCATION FARTHER AWAY FROM THE POOR

university-5Post graduate students of Mumbai university get a whopping shocker as the varsity and affiliated colleges have increased fees for various courses by 100 to 200%. Senior professor P K Ravindranath, speaking to NMTV News, said that this decision is going to make education to the economically weak families all the more tougher than what it was. Post-graduate students of Mumbai University and affiliated colleges were in for a rude shock when the authorities told them of a fee increase of 100% to 200%. Though university officials said the increase was very much in the offing this year owing to implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations, students said they were not warned about it. Notices were put up in several departments of Mumbai University’s Kalina campus, informing students about the increase. Even colleges offering post-graduate courses have informed their students. The students have been told to pay the difference by the month-end. A university official has said that the new fee structure should have been implemented in 2010-11. The situation is worse in colleges offering unaided post-graduate courses as the fee has doubled and, in some cases, tripled in such colleges. A senior history professor P K Ravindranath has called this implementation taking education further away from the common man. Recalling the earlier days, he said that a graded system should be kept in place where the fees is set in accordance with the income of the family. Asked if the policy might have a negative impact on the students, he said that while Mumbai University very unlikely to change the policy, but it might consider if it proves to be counter productive. There are about 20 colleges offering a master’s course in commerce, about 10 in arts, and 15 in science. Apart from these, many other colleges offer post-graduate courses in information technology and other subjects. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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