The examination fee of Gujarat University (GU) has been hiked from Rs 100 to Rs 1000. The hike is the result of the implementation of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and semester system in all arts, science and commerce colleges from this year.
Earlier, students were charged just Rs 100 as examination fee. But with the commencement of semester system the students have to pay Rs 500 as examination fee in each semester which means they have to shell out Rs 1000 on an annual basis. Of this, Rs 250 will be charged for the written exams and Rs 150 for practical, viva and dissertation exams. According to the sources, the examination fee can be raised at a rate of 10-15% annually to meet the cost of conducting examinations.
Also, the Gujarat Technological University has increased its exam fee to Rs 750. According to the officials of GU, “Currently, the GU has to shell out over Rs 3 crore for conducting the final exams. If the exams are taken twice, the expenditure will rise to seven crore. We cannot meet this huge cost if we do not charge higher exam fee from the students."
“We are aware that many students will find the fee hike unaffordable and hence all vice chancellors of universities have recommended that the state education department allocate funds towards meeting the examination expenditure,” continued officials.
Till then, students have decided to protest against this decision. Also, syndicate members have raised objections against this fee hike.