The stupendous fee raise at SMVDU is not ‘Justifiable’

Jammu, September 03: Despite the abundance of funds available through Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, SMVDU has been hiking the fee without rhyme or reason for the last three years in a row which is making it hard for the necessitous students to get admission here.

As per reports in Early times news, the total annual fee for the B Tech and B Architecture including tuition fee, examination fee, registration fee, medical, internet & computer, library, NSS, sports, student welfare, etc was 66,200 rupees in the session 2013-14. But in 2014-15, the fee for the two courses was hiked to Rs 1,38, 000 which is more than double than it was in the last session.

This fee hike is not limited only to engineering and architecture courses but there has also been a hike in fee for other courses like M.Tech, M.Sc Mathematics, M.Sc Biotechnology, M.Sc Physics, MBA, PhD, MCA, etc. This fee hike every month is adding to the woes of students who wanted to take admissions in any of these courses the SMVDU offers.

One of the faculty members revealed that there has been no shortage of funds in the university as it has been funded by one of the richest trusts of India. This much hike in fee structure makes no sense.

In 2004, when this was inaugurated by then President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, he appreciated the SMVD Shrine Board for building one of its kind education centre and had expressed hope that it would provide opportunities of technical higher education to students from poor sections.

But like other private universities, the board seems to have aim of developing this university as a profit earning university.

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