The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) criticised the fee hike by Allahabad University saying it was a whimsical decision that would mar the future of students.
In a statement, CPI-ML state secretary Sudhakar Yadav justified the agitation of the students against the hike in the fee which has been increased four times of the existing fee.
Expressing concern over the incident in which a student ended his life at the university hostel in protest against the fee hike, Yadav said education was a fundamental right. “The Bharatiya Janata Party government’s new education policy has caused the students to suffer the most. The government has made education an article of trade and poor students are unable to afford studying at government educational institutions while private institutes are out of their reach already. So an agitation against fee hike is the demand of the hour,” he said.
Yadav said due to the novel coronavirus pandemic several people had lost their jobs and businesses and inflation was soaring high. “The fourfold hike in the fee will break the bones of the families who are getting their sons/daughters educated at the Allahabad University and the decision should be taken back,” he said.