West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee disagreed with the decision of central government to hike the annual fees at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) from Rs. 90,000 to Rs 2 lakh.
“The Centre must consider the feelings of my young generation. I don’t agree,” Banerjee said in response to a poser on her views on the hike, on Facebook.
Recently the IIT’s hiked annual fees for undergraduate courses by 122 percent. The government took the step of raising fee after accepting the recommendations of the Anil Kakodkar committee appointed in 2010 on increasing the autonomy of IITs. In last six years, the IITs have seen an eightfold hike in fees. The last fee hike to Rs.90,000 was executed in 2013.
After the major step taken by government many students at IIT-Kharagpur launched protests following the announcement.
However, the Human Resource Development ministry clarified the revised fee would be applicable for students taking admission starting from academic year 2016-17 onwards and not those who are already enrolled in undergraduate courses.