50% fee cut in nursing, architecture studies in cluster varsities in J-K

Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday announced a 50% fee cut for students in nursing and architecture courses in constituent colleges of cluster universities in the twin capitals of Srinagar and Jammu. The announcement was made by Education Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari in Srinagar during a meeting to review the functioning of Cluster University Srinagar (CUS) and Cluster University Jammu (CUJ) and to discuss the action plan for the speedy growth and development of these varsities. The minister directed the officers concerned to cut down the existing annual fee…

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IIT-Bombay students’ hunger strike: MP Shashi Tharoor calls fee hike ‘unreasonable’

A day after students of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) started a relay hunger strike against a fee hike imposed by the institute, support is pouring in from all avenues. On Tuesday morning, day two of the hunger strike, MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted in support of students and requested the government to stay the hike and intervene in this matter. “Students at IIT-Bombay protesting an unreasonable fee hike. Government should stay the hike and provide full explanation,” stated a tweet by Tharoor on Tuesday afternoon. Students at IIT-B…

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10% back-to-back fee hike for three years in IISERs, students demand rollback

The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) decided increasing their fees by 10% each year till 2019. But these colleges will still remain far less expensive than private institutes or universities abroad offering similar degrees. The hike will be only for students taking admission this year. These freshers will have to pay Rs 27,500 for each of the two semesters in the session beginning 2017. The latest change is a back-to-back move after fees at the seven IISERs, the country’s premier science education institutes, were hiked from about…

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3,800 Mumbai parents protest against fee hike, write to CM demanding refund

Stepping up their attack against schools flouting norms pertaining to fee hike, parents wrote to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday and demanded it roll back claiming that it violates the Maharashtra Educational Institutions Regulation of Collection of Fee Act, 2011. They also demanded refund of the amount already paid. Parents staged a day-long protest at Azad Maidan on Sunday against the exorbitant fee hike by schools for the upcoming academic session. This is the second protest by parents in the past two months. Though it saw a low turnout…

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MOOCs move from free to fee as skills demand grows

Career development continues to be a large motivation for students to enrol in MOOCs, meaning demand for credit certification is growing. In response, a number of providers have introduced fees for a handful of course certifications and assessment services. The number of computer programming courses has grown the most over the past three years. Photo: Christiaan Colen. Natalie is a journalism graduate from City University London, who spent part of her degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying mass communication. In her spare time, she is either glued to…

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British TMCs say distribution fee has hurt Lufthansa, airline disagrees

Lufthansa lost GDS market share on bookings from the U.K. to Germany following the imposition of a controversial 16-euro surcharge in September, according to trade group the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC). Lufthansa counters that the fee has not harmed its bookings companywide. The data, based upon a sample of 12,000 bookings made by GTMC members in the three months before and after the surcharge went into effect, shows that Lufthansa’s market share declined 8.5%. Those numbers suggest “that TMCs have switched business away from the airline group to…

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