We will be unable to pay our fees till our grievances redressed: Jamia MCRC students
OT, August 4, 2012 12:52 IST
Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
The recent 60 per cent fee hike by the Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), has left many students in a lurch, according to university students.
Majority of the students of MA Mass Communication (Final) are finding it extremely difficult to arrange the requisite finances at a short notice, claimed students. Also they have written an application to the authorities to consider the hike.
In the letter that has been signed by all 50 final year students of MCRC, complainants wrote: “We will be unable to pay our fees till our grievances are redressed.”
OKHLA TIMES reproduces the letter that is also parked on Facebook.
We, the students of MA Mass Communication (Final), have written this application as an appeal for your consideration.
The recent fee hike has left most of the students in a lurch and for the following reasons we request the department and the University to rethink the decision.
a) Even as we understand the cost inflation of equipment and maintenance, we are unable to comprehend why there has been such a tremendous hike, of almost 60% in our fee. Being a non self-financing course, MA Mass Communication is funded by UGC, keeping in mind all the expenses of the course. Other government institutions of a similar standing and reputation, for example, JNU, FTII and IIMC, have not seen a similar incident of a fee hike in recent years. Coming from different economic and social backgrounds, we came with a planned budget, on merit basis into the institute, and a fee hike in the middle of the course is difficult to deal with.
b) The notification of the hike was not displayed upon the notice board. Furthermore, when we asked the Student's Section for confirmation of the amount, they seemed confused and gave vague responses, even until last week. A large majority of the students' families are finding it hard to arrange the requisite finances.
c) At the time of our orientation, we were repeatedly heralded as the luckiest batch, considering that we would get to work in the HD Studio. In spite of this fact being known at the beginning of our course, the fee for the second years was set without keeping in mind the maintenance of the equipment. As we have all already paid Rs. 20,000 as a security deposit, and can vouch for no damage done to the college equipment by the batch as a whole, mentioning maintenance so belatedly seems unfair.
We all are a part of a premiere institute and feel lucky to be chosen to receive the facilities that we are getting at MCRC. The college was our first choice due to its high standard of education and its fee structure, which made it reachable to all of us. The fee hike is now making it difficult for some of us to even continue with our education.
This being a minority institute, we request the authorities to keep in mind the bleak situation being faced by the minorities and to do the best they can to help us. We will be unable to pay our fees till our grievances are redressed.
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