The move has unsettled the foreign students as most of them come from war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Iraq, whose economies are in tatters. “And the ongoing pandemic made the situation even worse for us,” said an AMU student who was planning to enroll in a PG course after graduating.
The AMU currently has at least 800 international students on its schedule. “The hike is unreasonable and most of us cannot afford it,” said A Urza, president of the AMU’s international student union.
He added: “During the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us were unable to return home. In such a situation, the administration’s step to increase the fee is inappropriate. We only come here because the fee structure is reasonable. “The university should reconsider this decision, he said. As part of the new fee regime, the registration fee for new international students has been increased from USD 70 to USD 100.
And the admission fees were increased from 6 to 54 percent, depending on the course.
For the B.Tech course, the fee has increased from $ 2,600 to $ 4,000 per year. For BA (Hons) it has been revised from $ 925 to $ 1200, in addition to $ 500 billed for two consecutive years.
The AMU examination director, Mujib Ullah Zuberi, told TOI that the fee increase for foreign students had taken place after more than a decade. “Even then, it’s still less than what JNU and Jamia Millia University ask. He added that the decision was made to “streamline” the fee structure as NRI students have been paying more fees than foreigners since 2013. ”
“International student representation in relation to the fee structure is currently under review and the administration will look into it,” he added.