University reverts to old fee structure for upcoming semester
Bharathidasan University has suspended levying the revised exam fees announced earlier this month.
The decision to return to the old fee structure for the next semester exams follows representations from students and teachers’ associations, Vice-Chancellor Mr Selvam told media at a press conference. hastily summoned on Sunday.
The revised examination fee structure per paper – ₹125 from ₹75 for UG programs and ₹250 from ₹150 for PG programs – was established by the Examination Reforms Committee after studying the structure general fee prevalent at other universities in the state, and announced after Union approval. “The Exam Reforms Committee will review the fee structure,” Professor Selvam said.
The university, which manages its finances with funding from the state government, finds itself in a difficult financial situation due to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the substantial drop in income from distance education programs and the need to meet guest salary expenses. lecturers in the 10 former constituent colleges which have been converted into government colleges of arts and sciences in recent years. Staff at these colleges are expected to receive the revised salary reflecting a one-third increase from March, the vice-chancellor said.
The transfer of 14 former affiliated colleges from Mayiladuthurai district to Annamalai University has also had an impact on the university’s finances, said Registrar-in-Charge L. Ganesan.