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Saturday, 12 September 2020

Punjab and Haryana High Court stays 5% fee hike by Panjab University

Chandigarh, September 11

Acting on a petition filed by students against Panjab University and other respondents, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the five per cent fee hike. The direction will remain in force till October 5 at least, when the case comes up for further hearing.

The direction by Justice Jaishree Thakur came on a petition filed by Sachin Galav and other petitioners. They were seeking directions to the respondents to adjust six-month semester, hostel and examination fee already paid to the university by the petitioners/students in advance in the next semester fee.

This, the petitioners contended, was required keeping in view the fact that from the last five months, neither online classes were conducted nor were facilities such as library, internet, hostels, laboratories, electricity and water used by the petitioner-students due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Directions were also sought to be given to the respondents to waive all other charges, except minimum tuition fee. The petitioners added that directions were also required to be issued to the respondents to reduce the tuition fee in view of the financial crisis faced by public due to the pandemic.

The petitioners also prayed for issuance of directions for restraining the respondents from charging five per cent fee hike in the academic session 2020-2021, as the petitioners/students and their parents were already suffering due to the Covid-19 pandemic. — TNS

from The Tribune

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