Aggrieved students of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU)-affiliated colleges have been demonstrating mass protest against the demand of fee arrears from more their colleges despite an assurance from the Delhi government to exempt them from such charges.
Highlighting their problems and demands, the Student Union of IP University also conducted a mass protest outside the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence on Sunday.
Addressing the protestors, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said: "The SLP will be sanctioned and we have also informed the Director of Education about the same. The SLP will be filed by next week. I have asked him to examine the situation."
"As you all are saying the colleges are not giving degrees, we will try to pass the order so atleast you can get the degrees. Let me examine the situation," he added.
#Rollbackfeehike#ipushikshakidukaan@ArvindKejriwal it's been 3 months since you promised to file a SLP but you didn't take any action in this time maybe conducting another dharna at your office on 8th September 2019 would yield any result. pic.twitter.com/CJL01SEsiw— Utkrisht Solanki (@UtkrishtSolanki) September 11, 2019
"We have not received our degree, provisional documents and mark sheets anything yet. Students who have paid the arrears have received their degrees," said Utkrisht Solanki, alumnus, Amity School of Engineering and Technology.
On 22 April, after the Supreme Court dismissed Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by students, the colleges affiliated to IPU had sent fee arrear notifications. The SLP was filed after the Delhi High Court passed the revised fee judgement on 28 January allowing colleges to hike fee.
@ArvindKejriwal this is a video from our protest which was conducted on 8th September 2019 at vikas bhawan after you promised the SLP on 11 June 2019 but didn't do anything about it. We are still hoping you would file an SLP. pic.twitter.com/zLnc0t5CpO— Utkrisht Solanki (@UtkrishtSolanki) September 11, 2019
More than thousands of students especially those who had joined colleges in the year 2013-2015 have now been slapped with huge arrears. In the final year of their five-year courses, many of them are now facing arrears varying from Rs 40,000 to more than one lakh, depending on the colleges and courses. Worse, some colleges have asked the students that the dues be paid via demand drafts within 10 days of the issuance of their notice.
The Delhi government and the college administration are at spar over fee hike until the committee of the colleges had moved Delhi High Court in 2016. In January this year, the court gave a verdict in favour of the colleges due to which the students are now forced to pay arrears.