‘BUD batches of ’16 and ’17 pay more fees than the rest of the other undergraduate programs on campus – Rs 2.14 lakh and Rs 2.05 lakh respectively. Such high fee is discriminatory and unjustified,’ mentioned the memorandum to the authorities.
The memorandum also mentioned that the general body for BUD is unclear about status of the affiliation of the course with University Grants Commission (UGC). The body alleged that the BUD is not listed as a registered course under Cept University on UGC website. ‘Regardless of whether the draft HECI Bill is passed in the near future, we cannot place our faith in a body that hasn’t even been formed officially by the government yet for the approval of our degree,’ mentioned the memorandum.
The memorandum also mentioned that over 100 students got sick with dengue in 2019. ‘That should elucidate why such a congested space (of roughly 35mX12m) shared by 120 students is an issue… As a school of habitat design of the built environment, studying in such unhealthy and unhygienic environment with a lack of basic facilities is the least this student body can demand for,’ mentioned the letter.
When contacted, university registrar Anita Hirandani mentioned in an email that the university fees are always announced before admissions are granted. ‘The University has made no change in the fees that were announced to these students prior to admission and all students have taken admission after knowing the fee structure,’ she mentioned. ‘We look forward to a quick resolution to ensure that their studies are not adversely affected.’
She also mentioned that the university’s campus office is looking into concerns of hygiene. About the UGC affiliation, the registrar said that as a university recognized by UCG, Cept University does not require any separate approval from UGC or other bodies before starting new courses.
‘Only in the case of Undergraduate Architecture program, approval of Council of Architecture is required. For any other program, the University is authorized to initiate on their own,’ she said in email response.