In videos circulating on social media, students are seen pledging to continue the demonstrations until their demands are met.
The student tried to immolate himself with kerosene
On Monday, a student leader of Allahabad University attempted to self-immolate amid the protest over the fee hike of several courses in the academic year 2022-23.
The student leader, identified as Adarsh Bhadauria, is a final-year undergraduate student who is also a member of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the Congress student body.
In UP’s Prayagraj, a student among the protesters agitating against multiple fee hike in the Allahabad university tried to self-immolate. Police at the scene rescued him. pic.twitter.com/0MbzTInWfa
— Piyush Rai (@Benarasiyaa) September 19, 2022
“Adarsh Bhadoria, who was one of the protesting students, tried to self-immolate inside the college campus. He was prevented from doing so and arrested,” said Superintendent of Police (City) Santosh Kumar Meena.
The students claimed that Allahabad University has increased the degree fees by almost 400 percent. The university’s decision was made on August 31. The students demanded withdrawal or reduction of the fee hike within ten days of the announcement.
However, when the administration ignored the students’ demands, the students decided to protest against the decision.
The police later cleared the area and removed the protesters from the site.
The police filed a complaint over the incident and started an investigation.
Meena said the college administration has also filed a complaint against some people, including college students, for disturbing the peace inside the campus.
How much did the rates increase after the new decision
After the fee increase, postgraduate students will have to pay Rs 3901 per annum instead of Rs 975. The practical fare has been increased from Rs 145 to Rs 250. Similarly, Masters fee has been increased from Rs 1561 to Rs 4901.
Masters fees will increase from 1861 to 5401, M.Com from 1561 to 4901, three-year LLB fees from 1275 to 4651, LLM fees from 1561 to 4901 and PhD annual fees from 501 to 15,300 rupees per annum. PhD fees will increase almost thirtyfold.
Argument of the university on the increase of fees
The university administration, in its reply, said that the students are currently being charged the same tuition fee, which was taken in 1922 (100 years ago). Students here can still study traditional courses for a whole year by spending about ten rupees a day.
The university argues that the fee increase will have no effect on around 36,000 students currently studying. The increased fees will be charged from the new session.
Also, the university claims to have the lowest fee compared to the fees of other central universities.
Senior leaders criticized the university for the fee hike
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on September 12 that the quota hike is another move by the BJP government against the youth.
The 400% fee hike in Allahabad University is another anti-youth move by the BJP government. Children from ordinary families of UP-Bihar come here to study. By raising fees, the government will take away an important source of education from these young people.
The government should immediately withdraw the decision to increase the fees after listening to the students,” he said.
Allahabad विवि में 400% fee increase BJP Sarkves का एक अवर युवा अधिक कादम है. Here the children of ordinary families of UP-Bihar come to read. fee increase कर सीeration
सरक्वेस को चाटर-चिनान्टेजाजियों की बाट सुनकर का विष्णा का विष्ञार का विशास का विष्टा वापार लेना विष्टी pic.twitter.com/Z28494Oxw5
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) September 12, 2022
Former UP chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said “a huge increase in quotas is unjust and condemnable”.
“The way Allahabad University is trying to crush the student movement protesting against the huge one-time fee hike is unfair and condemnable. The UP government should give up its autocracy and consider the demands sympathetically legitimate of the students, the BSP demand,” he said.
2. In the same way, the Allahabad University of UP government should give up its independence and consider the demands of the students, the demand of BSP.
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) September 20, 2022