The transfer has unsettled the international students, as most of them come from conflict-torn international locations like Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Iraq whose financial system is in tatters. “And the ongoing pandemic has made things worse for us,” mentioned an AMU pupil who was planning to take admission in a PG course after completion of his commencement.
Right now, AMU has at the least 800 international students on its rolls. “The hike is unreasonable and most of us can’t afford it,” mentioned A Urza, president of international students affiliation of AMU.
He added, “During Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have not been able to go back home. And in such a situation, the administration’s step to hike the fee is unreasonable. We come here only because the fee structure is reasonable.” Varsity ought to rethink this choice, he mentioned. Under the brand new fee regime, the appliance fee for new international students has been hiked from $ 70 to $ 100.
And the admission charges have been raised from 6 to 54 per cent relying on the programs.
For B.Tech course, the fee has been raised from $2600 to $4000 every year. For BA (Hons), it has been revised from $925 to $1200, apart from a further $500, which might be charged for two consecutive years.
AMU’s examination controller Mujib Ullah Zuberi instructed TOI that the international students’ fee hike was executed after greater than a decade. “Even then, it is still less than what is being charged by the JNU and Jamia Millia University. He added that the decision was taken to ‘rationalise’ fee structure as NRI students were paying more fees than foreign nationals since 2013.”
“The representation given by international students regarding fee structure is under consideration and the administration will look into it,” he added.