Pune: The students of second-year masters programme of Karve Institute of Social Service (KIoSS) have staged a protest and boycotted lectures against the unprecedented fee hike issue in the college.
The students informed that KIoSS has increased the tuition fee by Rs 8,300. Earlier, the fee mentioned in the prospectus while taking admission was Rs 14,980, which has been increased to Rs 23,280.
Also, the hostel fee has been raised from Rs 15,000 to Rs 21,000.
The students learnt about the fee hike in the month of June when they were on vacation.
“The college in their justification about raising the fees said that they have to pay the fees of visiting faculty, which is why there is an increase in the fee. However, the college does not provide any extra facilities or conducts extra curricular activities that we should to pay for it. The management must take care about the salary issue of faculties. Students are not supposed to be harassed for it,” said a student.
Meanwhile, Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) Nitin Karmalkar has stated the conduct as illegal and called the management of the college to meet him on Monday.
“The new University Act has mentioned that a fee fixation committee should be formed to regulate the fee structure in colleges. Because of the delay, information of other bodies in the varsity, the fee fixation committee is yet to be formed. But KIoSS cannot suddenly increase the fee without our approval,” said Karmalkar.
Deepak Walokar, director of KIoSS, was not available for comment even after repeated attempts to contact him.