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MU slashes exam fee for UG and PG students by 10%

PUBLISH DATE 13th December 2017

Within months of increasing the examination fee for undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the University of Mumbai (MU) has decided to reduce it by 10%.

On Tuesday, the varsity’s academic council recommended a partial rollback of the new fee, which was introduced recently.

“The decision to reduce the fees will benefit all students,” said Dinesh Kamble, in-charge registrar, MU.

Students have been objecting to the fee hike, which came into effect after lakhs of students suffered delays and errors in their results following the varsity’s shift to the on-screen marking (OSM) system.

The decision to raise exam fees from Rs500 to Rs1000 for UG exams and Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 for PG exams was taken in April before the assessment fiasco, but the hike was implemented in the second half of the year.

The university will also introduce fee slabs for repeat exams (commonly known as ATKT, or allowed-to-keep-term exams) in place of the current lump sum fee that is charged. From the next academic year, the MU will hike exam fees by 5% every year.

“Fee revision is a tricky subject. On the one hand, one has to ensure that students are not overburdened, and on the other, teachers must get substantial remuneration. We tried to find a middle path,” said a member of the academic council, requesting anonymity.

Repeat students will be charged on the basis of the number of papers they appear for. Undergraduate students appearing for one paper will have to pay Rs200, while those appearing for two papers will pay Rs 400. The fees for PG students will be Rs 300 and Rs600, respectively. Those taking more than two papers will have to pay the entire fee.

“Currently, students have to pay a lump sum for repeat examinations. We will now introduce fee slabs corresponding to the number of papers, so those taking fewer papers will pay less fees,” Kamble said.

Kiran Sawant of the Nationalist Student Congress, which has been opposing the hike, is not satisfied with the partial rollback.

“The hike was introduced during a crisis. The hike should be cancelled,” he said, and suggested that remuneration for checking papers should be included in teachers’ salaries.

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