Huge gap in IIT Bombay fee structure for general, SC category

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has released the fee structure for its undergraduate programmes for the autumn semester, 2024. A significant gap was observed in the figures between reserved categories including Schedule Caste (SC), Schedule Tribe (ST), Person with Disabilities (PWD) and general students.

| Updated: 24 June, 2024 9:25 pm IST

NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has released the fee structure for its undergraduate programmes for the autumn semester, 2024. A significant gap was observed in the figures between reserved categories including Schedule Caste (SC), Schedule Tribe (ST), Person with Disabilities (PWD) and general students.

On one hand, the total amount sums up to Rs. 123,350, including a one-time fee of Rs. 10,000 payable at the time of admission, a semester fee of Rs. 107,350, and a refundable security fee of Rs. 6,000. Foreign nationals are required to pay Rs. 323,350 for one semester. However, tuition fees are exempted for the reserved category, creating a significant gap of Rs. 100,000 in their payable fees. This gap is sparking a controversy based on caste.

This fee structure is applicable for students opting for Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Dual Degree (B.Tech. + M.Tech.),  Bachelor of Design (B.Des.), Bachelor of Science (B. S.).

IIT Bombay, one of the country’s top engineering colleges coveted by all JEE toppers, boasts cut-throat competition and upholds strong claims regarding placement, salary packages, and education quality. Additionally, it was one of the pioneering IITs to establish a support group for the LGBTQ+ community on campus, forming the Saathi Club in 2011.

 

However, IIT Bombay is currently embroiled in controversy for imposing fines of up to Rs. 1.2 lakh on four students over a Ramayana skit. The play titled ‘Raahovan’ was performed during the institute’s Performing Arts Festival (PAF) on March 31 and sparked controversy. Some students lodged formal complaints alleging that the play, which they perceived as a parody of the revered Hindu epic Ramayana, contained derogatory references to Hindu beliefs and deities. They claimed that the play ridiculed the main characters and mocked cultural values under the guise of “promoting feminism”. Following a disciplinary committee meeting on May 8, penalties were announced on June 4.

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