Minister Shafqat Mahmood Takes Notice Of LUMS Fee Hike, Terms It ‘Unacceptable’
Federal Minister Education Shafqat Mahmood has taken notice of the Lahore University of Management Science’s (LUMS) announcement to increase the tuition fee by 40 per cent amid the coronavirus crisis. He said that he had seen reports circulating and if LUMS has increased its fee, it was ‘unacceptable’ in these times. He also said that LUMS was a premier educational institution and should be giving the students relief instead of burdening them.
I have seen reports that LUMS has increased its fee by 41%. If true, this is unacceptable. LUMS is a premier educational institution of the country and needs to take lead in giving relief to students rather then burdening them and their parents even further. Needs revision 1/2
— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) May 8, 2020
Earlier, the university had announced on their Twitter account that the fee hike was decided before the pandemic hit, and has been consistent with prior years and ‘took into account extraordinary increases in inflation, energy costs and currency devaluation’.
The statement explained that previously, a per semester blanket fee was being charged for students taking between 12 to 20 credit hours and that this fee is now calculated on a per credit hour basis “which will increase the semester fees for some and decrease it for others”.
— LUMS (@LifeAtLUMS) May 5, 2020
Today LUMS has done 2 things of which no student or alumni can be proud of:
1. Increased tuition fee by 40% for the next semester
2. Blatantly misled and lied to the student body to cover up the fee hike (calculations in the picture) (1/n) pic.twitter.com/rRhPDaBCLM
— Bilal Nasir (@bilaln97) May 3, 2020
LUMS faculty also took to Twitter to protest alongside students who had been trying to make the management understand how important was a reverse in the fee hike. Dr Nida Kirmani, Associate Professor of Sociology at LUMS, tweeted that “Universities cannot make students whose families are already struggling pay for the financial losses they may be facing.”
Universities cannot make students whose families are already struggling pay for the financial losses they may be facing. Hoping we get a clear answer from the administration today about this & either there is some miscommunication or this decision is reversed. #LumsFeeHike
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) May 5, 2020
Outrageous that LUMS & FCU, two private universities in Lahore, increased their fee during the lock down. Its an attack on parents & students who are already struggling.
Our youth will continue to suffer unless we save education system from private mafias. #LUMSFeeHike
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) May 4, 2020