Hyderabad: Students of City’s popular college, Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology (CBIT) on Wednesday held protests in front of the campus at Gandipet opposing sudden fee hike and demanded an immediate rollback. Students expressed anger over management for increasing fees from Rs 1.13 lakh to 2 lakh.
Due to a major agitation on the campus, the college management declared holidays on Friday and Saturday. The management said the students’ opposition to the fee hike will be discussed in the board and a decision will be announced after the college reopens on Monday.
In 2016, the Admissions and Fee Regulatory Committee had fixed Rs .1,13,500 lakh as the fee for the CBIT for a period of three years based on the audited reports submitted by the management. However, some private engineering colleges like Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology, Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology and Vasavi College of Engineering and Technology, including CBIT moved the Hyderabad High Court against the fee structure fixed by the committee.
Recently, the High Court had permitted CBIT to collect Rs 2 lakh as tuition fee from the students. Since the students had already paid Rs .1,13,500 lakh towards fee, they were asked by the management to pay the remaining fee by December 15. They also released a circular which shows that Second Years has to pay an extra amount of Rs. 1,73,000 and first years Rs.86,500/-. Students were shocked seeing it and stated protest.
The protesting students said they were unaware that college fee would be increased after their joining courses. Students also said that the college forced them into signing the undertaking and said that they wouldn’t be allowed to write the semester examinations.
Even, Students took up this matter to IT Minister K. T. Rama Rao over Twitter. KTR responded to it and tweeted, “Have brought the issue to the notice of Deputy CM @KadiyamSrihari Garu. He has assured to review the issue with his department officials & JNTU officials at the earliest [sic.]”
— KTR (@KTRTRS) December 6, 2017