BAHAWALPUR: Students have rejected up to 200 per cent increase in the fee for the MA/MSc first annual examination 2011.
The university has increased its fee from Rs 2,000 to Rs 8,000 for local candidates, while from Rs 4,000 to Rs 15,000 for the mofussil candidates. Students and parents said that the increase in the examination fee would undermine the efforts of the government to promote higher education in the country. They said that the Islamia University Bahawalpur was the only public sector university in the region and is funded by the government. They said that if the university was facing shortage of funds it should reduce the luxuries of officials and terminate the surplus staff, which was recruited to oblige various groups and politicians.
When contacted, IUB Controller Examination Riasat Ali Qureshi, who is working on contract after his retirement, defended the decision and said that the recent increase in the examination fee had been made to meet the expenditures of the Examination Branch. He said that IUB VC Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtiar had approved the increase in the examination fee.The news