Assam: Dibrugarh University justifies fee hike, VC says decision due to inflation

Assam: Dibrugarh University justifies a hike in fees, VC states that decision was due to inflation

DIBRUGARHDibrugarh University announced Wednesday that it was not considering rolling back the fee hike for academic year 2022-223.

Dibrugarh University recently raised the annual fees to its Arts, Science, and Commerce streams. It triggered protests from students.

On Tuesday night, members of the Dibrugarh University Post Graduate Students’ Union staged a protest seeking a rollback of the decision. Dibrugarh University had raised the fees for Arts and Commerce stream to Rs 4.4989 and Rs 5982 respectively, for the academic session of 2022-23.

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Addressing a press meeting on Tuesday, Dibrugarh University vice chancellor Jiten Hazarika said, “There has been no change in fees structure in Dibrugarh University in the last 12 years. It is just a nominal hike and no one feels happy to hike the fees but we have been compelled to take the decision due to rising costs and inflation.”

He added, “On July 25, we had a meeting with the Dibrugarh University Teachers’ Association, Dibrugarh University Officers’ Association, Dibrugarh University Employees’ Association, Dibrugarh University Scholars’ Association and the Dibrugarh University Post Graduate Students’ Union. Except for the DUPGSU, everyone supported the fees hike decision.”

Binod Bora (Dibrugarh University) pointed out the fact that Dibrugarh University’s fees were among the lowest in Assam.

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He said, “Dibrugarh University’s annual fees for the Arts stream is Rs 5,982 while Gauhati University charges Rs 8,975, Tezpur University charges Rs 12,993, Bodoland University charges Rs 9,840 while Assam University charges Rs 9,445. In Science, Dibrugarh University’s annual fee is Rs 9,194 while Gauhati University charges Rs 10,895, Tezpur University charges Rs 15,993, Bodoland University charges Rs 19,000 while Assam University charges Rs 18,845.”

“Similarly in Commerce stream, the fees in Dibrugarh University is Rs 5,982 while Gauhati University charges Rs 8,975, Tezpur University charges Rs 12,943, Bodoland University has no Commerce stream while Assam University charges Rs 9,445,” Bora said.