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UGC Letter To Central Universities Has Made Delhi University Worried About Fee Hike

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A letter from the Ministry of Human Resource Development and University Grants Commission to central universities states that General Financial Rules will be implemented with immediate effect has brought the question of fee hike.

According to the terms of the General Financial Rules (GFR), the university needs to aim for financial self-reliance.

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This letter is a follow-up of the Office Memorandum (OM) sent to autonomous organisations in January earlier this year. The OM stated, “While giving concurrence to the implementation of the revised pay scales, the financial advisers of the organisation shall ensure that the extent of the government support be kept at the minimum and in no case the government support shall be more than 70% of additional financial impact.”

“This OM clearly stated that universities will be responsible for generating 30% of the funds themselves. There is only one way of doing this and that is by increasing fees, which will hurt students from financially poor backgrounds,” said a member of the DU executive council.

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“It is clear that the government is headed for a funds cut and is making a push towards privatisation,” said a member of the Delhi University Teachers Association.

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