Revision of Fee Structure provoked IARI Students

Students of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute staged a protest at the Pusa campus here for the second day on Thursday to voice their opposition to the revision in the fee structure for M.Sc. and Ph.D. courses.

The institute is a deemed university of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

The fees which were about Rs. 6,200 per annum, inclusive of hostel, electricity and tuition fees, have steeply gone up to Rs. 72,000. While Rs. 40,000 is tuition fees, students will have to annually shell out Rs. 16,000 for hostel accommodation and Rs. 6,000 for electricity.

The revised fee structure was reportedly recommended at a meeting of the Co – ordination Committee for ICAR Deemed Universities on 9th March, 2010.

The fee hike will be implemented from the new academic session to begin on 8th August, 2010.

A letter written to Union Minister of Agriculture by the All India Federation of Agricultural Associations states : “The quantum of fees proposed to be charged is almost double the fees charged by the IITs. It appears that the enhancement of fees has been done taking into consideration the fees being charged by the private engineering and management institutions.”

The letter goes on to say that job opportunities and salaries for engineering and management students are far more and that no other institutions and universities offering courses in agricultural sciences had raised their fees. Many students who are from poor and rural backgrounds too would be impacted.

The increase might grant leverage to “other institutions and universities throughout the country to increase the fees”.

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