UAF To Increase Fee By 25% Amid Economic Crunch
“As a result of severe financial crisis, university syndicate decided in September 2022 to increase fees on account of utility bills by 25%,” Dr. Jalal.
The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF), has implemented a 25% fee increase that was decided last year. According to Varsity spokesman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Jalal Arif, due to COVID, floods, and the country’s economic crisis, HEC financial support to universities across Pakistan has been reduced.
He stated that the university’s utility bills, which were Rs 156 million ten years ago, had now risen to Rs 700 million. “As a result of the severe financial crisis, the university syndicate decided in September 2022 to increase fees on account of utility bills by 25%.”
However, due to rising national costs, the utility bill budget increased by 100 percent in fiscal year 2021–22 and exceeded Rs. 700 million. As a result of the severe financial crisis, the university syndicate decided in September 2022 to impose a 25% increase in fees on account of utility bills and other rising expenditures, while the tuition fee remained unchanged and was not increased. The fee was last raised in 2019, and it has not been raised in the previous three years.
Due to the flooding situation in September last year, the decision to increase fees was postponed for a semester, and it is now being implemented to run the financial affairs of the university.
The university will receive an additional Rs. 190 million as a result of this increase, while its expenditures have increased dramatically. He stated that the University of Agriculture Faisalabad provides numerous scholarships to thousands of deserving students from low-income families.
He stated that the UAF provides thousands of scholarships to deserving students from low-income families. In 2021–22, 6,645 students received scholarships worth Rs. 450 million, and those who were unable to pay their fees on time were given the option of paying in instalments. We must all make sacrifices to face the financial crisis during this critical period.
There are various stages in the lives of nations, so as a nation, we must work together to provide opportunities for public service to national institutions. The university administration has asked that parents and students not to listen to some people’s propaganda and instead focus on their studies, he added, because an educated youth is a guarantee of a prosperous nation.
The current semester fee in UAF for BS programs in agriculture, animal sciences, dairy sciences, and commerce is Rs 32,450. It will reach Rs. 40,570 after a 25% increase.
The new fee for a BS in computer science will be Rs 52,850 per semester in UAF, and the fee for a doctor of veterinary medicine will be Rs 43,320.