Engineering students take to streets to protest fee hikeTribhuvan University’s Institute of Engineering has decided to hike tuition fees for bachelor programmes from Rs 318,000 to Rs 777,000 stating that the affiliate campuses running at a loss.
Engineering students affiliated with various student organisations on Friday organised a protest against the Tribhuvan University Institute of Engineering’s decision to hike tuition fees for bachelor programmes.
Seven student organisations under the leadership of Pulchowk Campus-chapter of the Free Students Union organised a protest march from the dean’s office at Pulchok to Maitighar Mandala in the Capital.
The students have put forth a unanimous demand to withdraw the illegal and unscientific fee increase by the dean’s office.
The Dean’s Office of Engineering has said that the fee charged by certain affiliate campuses has been increased stating that the campuses running at a loss.
According to the dean’s office, the tuition fee has been increased from Rs 318,000 to Rs 777,000. The affiliate campuses of the institute in Pulchok, Thapathali, Pokhara, Dharan and Chitwan have been offering engineering studies.
The dean’s office has said that the increased fee will be applicable to all affiliate campuses from the next academic session.
Meanwhile, Dean Sashi Dharram Joshi has said that a committee has been formed to review the fee hike.
“We have formed a negotiation committee to review the fee hike,” said Joshi. “We have no other option but to increase the fees. But the scale of increment will be finalised only after holding talks with the students.”
Here are some photos of the protest march captured by Post’s photographer Elite Joshi.