The move has unsettled the foreign students, as most of them come from war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Iraq whose economy is in tatters. “And the ongoing pandemic has made things worse for us,” said an AMU student who was planning to take admission in a PG course after completion of his graduation.
Right now, AMU has at least 800 international students on its rolls. “The hike is unreasonable and most of us can’t afford it,” said A Urza, president of international students association 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 should reconsider this decision, he said. Under the new fee regime, the application fee for new international students has been hiked from $ 70 to $ 100.
And the admission fees have been raised from 6 to 54 per cent depending on the courses.
For B.Tech course, the fee has been raised from $2600 to $4000 per annum. For BA (Hons), it has been revised from $925 to $1200, besides an additional $500, which will be charged for two consecutive years.
AMU’s examination controller Mujib Ullah Zuberi told TOI that the foreign students’ fee hike was done after more 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.