Just as students at Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) have stayed away from paying fees citing concerns over the last minute announcement on curtailment of fellowships among other things, several post graduate (PG) students at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) are likely to follow suit.
Students pursuing various post graduate courses at IIT-B have recently declared that they would not pay the fees unless the administration acts on the concerns raised, by the student fraternity, in the past. The announcement comes in the backdrop of a recent fee hike at the institute under which students have to shell out more for several heads like hostel rent, gymkhana charges, medical expenses, and exam charges for the academic year 2017-18. The hike is for both undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at the institute and ranges between 30-300% under various heads.
The new fees were declared recently on the institute’s official website and students have to pay the sum by July 11, 2017, with delayed payments permissible till July 19, against a fine of Rs 100 per day.
“The institute has not taken students into confidence while deciding on such a huge hike. Even after the hike was announced several students tried approaching the administration asking officials to withdraw this drastic step. Despite several representations, the institute has decided to go ahead with the hike. Most PG students live off their stipends with no external financial support. If the institute does not roll back its hike, many would suffer. We have thus decided to boycott this hike until our voices are heard,” said a doctoral student at the institute on the condition of anonymity.