Students claim colleges charging fee without bifurcation for BSc Hospitality is causing losses as they got no waiver in the pandemic, MU suffers as its share from affiliated institutions is very little
Students allege fault lies in resolution passed by the academic council that allows the affiliated colleges to charge the fees that way. File pic
The absence of bifurcation in the fees structure for BSc Hospitality is leading to major losses to the tune of crores of rupees to the Mumbai University (MU), from affiliated colleges offering the course. The fault, allege student bodies and senate members, lies in a resolution passed by the varsity's academic council. It allows these colleges to charge an annual fee of Rs 1.30 lakh (in two instalments semester wise), but irrespective of the fees, whether they are Rs 1.30 lakh or Rs 20,000, the university only charges Rs 400 towards its share.
It has been 10 months since the former university registrar admitted in a letter to the error, but its rectification is pending. An objection has been raised by the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS), a student organisation, which has alleged that this anomaly is causing not only financial losses but also giving a free hand to the colleges to exploit students during the pandemic. Santosh Gangurde, MNVS state vice president, in his letter to the university vice-chancellor dated April 22, 2022, has demanded immediate action on the issue.
Santosh Gangurde, MNVS state vice-president