Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP), Mangaluru unit, has urged Mangalore University to reduce the course fee for postgraduate programmes for the academic year 2015-16.
Describing the fee hike as an assault on the educational aspirations of the financially backward and poor students, ABVP noted that the admission fee that was Rs 11,650 in 2013-14 has been increased to Rs 16,200 from the current academic year, a hike of Rs 3,920 over the last year.
A delegation of ABVP that met vice-chancellor K Byrappa on Tuesday noted that the fees for MSc (Applied Botany and Applied Zoology) merit students that was Rs 16,900 has been hiked by 29.8% to Rs 21,940 and under self-financial mode to Rs 50,940 from Rs 39,000.
The fees for MSc (Bio-sciences) has been hiked by 26.8%, physics 29.04%, mathematics 27.02%, computer science 29.04%; chemistry 24.02% and MCom 25.03%, Tejaswi SN, organizing secretary said.
Citing examples of fees hike across the board for various courses, Tejaswi referred this attempt to commercialization of education on part of the university, a move normally associated with private educational institutions. With the admission process for the academic year scheduled to get underway from July 27, Tejaswi said the delegation urged Byrappa to take a decision before that.
"The VC has assured to positively consider our request," Tejaswi told TOI.
NAAC not mentioned
!In a related development, the delegation also pointed to Byrappa a string of mistakes in the convocation certificates awarded at this year’s annual convocation.
Citing nine mistakes overall, Tejaswi said non-inclusion of the fact that the university has been accredited A by NAAC in the certificate could hit prospects of candidates who wish to pursue higher education abroad. He also sought action against university officials responsible for these mistakes.
Incidentally, Byrappa, in a reply to a letter submitted to him by the Mangalore University Research Scholars Association on June 19 while acknowledging concern over these mistakes, informed them that registrar (evaluation) has been instructed to correct the mistakes and issue fresh certificates to the students concerned.
Tejaswi said reissuing the certificates will result in revenue loss for the university and steps must be taken to recover this amount from those responsible.