College protests are nothing new, that too for GGSIPU. GGSIPU has faced a lot of protests and even more court cases, making it famous (read infamous). Due to all these matters, the University was forced to de-affiliate from the Amity Law School, Delhi.
And now, the college is yet again in news, once again for all the bad reasons.
Another court case, in which GGSIPU was a party, came to an end recently. The case was listed before the High Court of Delhi which the university won. Now they have revised the annual fees of law students.
What’s the big deal? It happens various times for new batches, doesn’t make a difference for existing students, right?
However, the answer to the above question is NO. The catch here is that the fee has been raised in retrospective effect and the students who took admission in the year 2015-16, now going into the last year of their five year course from this August, will have to pay “arrears” amounting to Rs. 40,800.
According to the latest notice put up on the site of Amity Law School, Delhi and many other colleges affiliated by GGSIPU, this fee has to be paid within 10 days of the issuance of notice through a demand draft.
This notice has created issues for the students, reasons being:-
1. Huge Amount and Short Time
No one carries Rs. 40,800 in his pocket and arranging this amount in such a short span of time may pose a problem not only for students but their parents also.
The college houses students of all income groups and social backgrounds and maintaining sufficient liquidity of cash may not be the case in every family. However, the notice has prescribed a time period of 10 days which has to be adhered to.
The struggle of the families of such students is unimaginable and putting on them an unprecedented burden with a limited time limit is definitely not done.
2. Outstation Students
There are a lot of students in this university who come from faraway places to study here. Most of them go back to their families in summer vacations to enjoy some family time and do internships.
The problem here is that after this notice, they may find themselves in a dilemma because they won’t only have to arrange the sum of money within the stipulated time and come here to pay it off, they would also have to incur unaccounted travel expenses which are sure to imbalance the budget of a bachelor.
3. Re-admission Fees
Since the fee has now been raised to Rs. 76,200 per annum which is payable at the start of the new session, i.e. around the month of July, the students not only have to arrange for Rs. 40,800 but also for the readmission fees of Rs. 76,400.
Adding them up, the total amount settles down to Rs. 1,17,200 which is indeed huge.
To get away with this problem, college students are running a small campaign. They have sent a letter on email to the Office of Chief Minister of Delhi to nullify this retrospective effect through an ordinance in the Legislative Assembly.
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