Cen­tral var­si­ties may get power to hike fees

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Nee­lam Pandey nee­lam.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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