Central varsities may get power to hike fees
Some of India’s premier universities and technical institutes that can earn a new world-class institution tag will be free to fix their own fee, triggering fears of a fee hike.
Government education institutes can apply for the tag if they fulfil certain criteria such as a healthy faculty-student ratio and a top 25 position under the National Institution Ranking Framework (NIRF).
Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, the University of Hyderabad, and a number of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have the required NIRF ranking.
The proposed criteria vary for private or deemed universities. But, even the 10 private universities selected as world-class institutions will have the freedom to determine student fee.
These private universities will not get any government financial backing, though.