“This section of the student community, given the time spent on a research degree of at least 5 years, is at a stage in life where many adult responsibilities come as a package deal for most. It could be getting married and starting a family or taking care of aged parents. It is this group of research scholars which is most affected by this meagre hike in monthly stipend.”
As the nation-wide protests by research scholars for revision in fellowship stipend intensify, T5E correspondent Anvitha Reddy studies the present situation. Timeline 2014: Last
“While it is convenient to make a multitude of claims about how the fee hike is part of an elaborate plot to privatise higher education, and how this hike will prevent bright, but less affluent, students from joining an IIT, it’s critical to see if this story fits the facts … a much more important and pressing issue for India today is the abysmal quality of its primary and secondary school education. This is a disproportionately larger bottleneck in ensuring that everyone gets a fair shot at getting an IIT education (or more broadly, a good higher education). It would be prudent for us, the so-called cream of Indian youth, to spend more time addressing this fundamental issue, instead of arguing over the relative trivialities of a fee-hike for an already heavily subsidised world-class education.”
Vinay ‘Slicer’ Sridhar writes an argument in support of the ongoing fee increase in the IITs.
“The recent fee hike, especially the near-100% hike in the B.Tech tuition fee, is a misguided decision which has negative implications and raises ethical questions. The present fee hikes and the direction of higher education policy have a definite slant towards the ideology that education is a commercial venture.”
A.M. Ayyappadas writes an argument against the ongoing fee hike in the IITs.