Rajya Sabha MPs today protested against the fee hike by Punjab University and also demanded an investigation into the manhandling of students who were protesting against the fee hike. The students were protesting against the steep fee hike, which is in the range of Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000. There were clashes between the police and the students, several of whom were arrested and booked for sedition and criminal offences. The Congress MPs demanded a roll back of the increased fee and withdrawal of charges slapped on students.
In its reply, the government said that Punjab University was not a central university, and as such, it cannot interfere with the decision made by Punjab University. The government also informed that the center has not raised any fee in Punjab University. Moreover, the government has sought a report on the matter and will do the needful based on the findings of the report. Replying to protesting Congress MPs, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Punjab University is a separate entity. This is not a central university. We have not raised any fees.”