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Students voice against fees hike in Telangana university amid COVID-19

Hyderabad: Several students are raising objections against the decision of the Telangana government to hike fees for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in state universities amid the Coronavirus situation across the nation.

“People are finding it difficult to meet their basic needs. In such times, how can the government plan to enhance the fee structure? Already, we have spent a large amount of time in online classes wherein college infrastructure was barely used,” a student said in protest.

The Times of India reported Telangana Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (TAFRC) may revise the fees structure of many UG and PG courses including BTech and MBA programmes. The revised fees structure will continue for the next three years.

On December 2, members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad also staged a protest against the fees hike in state universities.

Earlier in November, TAFRC held a meeting with its officials where it had discussed the subject of fees hike for the professional courses as no changes had been made in three years. The meeting concluded that the hike will be nominal considering the COVID-19 situation in the nation. 

The committee will revise the fee structure on the grounds of the audited financial statements, expenditure, infrastructure, and various other facilities being offered by college management.

first published:Dec. 6, 2021, 7:13 p.m.

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