Students protest at JU over rise in exam, revaluation fees

Students protesting against hike in revaluation and re-examination fees at JU in Jammu. -Excesior/ Rakesh
Students protesting against hike in revaluation and re-examination fees at JU in Jammu. -Excesior/ Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 17: Students of Government Degree College (GDC) Udhampur today held a protest at University of Jammu (JU) over hike in re-examination and revaluation fees.
A large number of students from GDC Udhampur today assembled in front of the office of Controller of Examination, JU and staged dharna. The students raised slogans against the University administration for steep hike in revaluation and examination fees and demanded roll back of hike in revaluation/examination fees.
The agitating students said that today University authorities are charging Rs 810 per subject from the students as re-evaluation fees and more than Rs 1000 per subject for re-appearing in the examination. “University authorities are minting money through re-examination and re-evaluation fees and it has become a business for them while we students are suffering badly due to this attitude of the authorities,” they added.
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They further criticized the JU authorities for old age system of submission of admission, examination and re-examination and revaluation and other forms as well as fees. “The whole world has been digitized whereas JU authorities are still adopting old mode of submission of various forms and fees. We students are still being made to stand in long queues outside windows to submit forms and fees,” the protesting students said and demanded that the whole process of submission of application forms and fees be made online.
The students further said that Central Government increases DA by 3% every year but the Jammu University is increasing the examination/re-examination and revaluation fees every year by 30%, thereby harassing the poor students. They demanded immediate reduction in re-examination and re-evaluation fees.
Later, on the assurance of the University officials that their demands will be taken up with Vice Chancellor, the protesting students dispersed peacefully.