However, Dr. Amar Nath Jha, professor of history and former member of the university’s academic council is dead set against fee hikes for DU students. “Education and health are the responsibility of the state. The health sector is in very poor shape today. The few good hospitals are beyond the reach of a significant majority in India. We don’t want education to meet the same fate. Every citizen should have access to quality education. Putting a price will deny access to deserving and genuine students who can’t afford to pay,” says Jha, voicing the popular sentiment on the DU campus.
Abysmal global ranking of India’s best university
The Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2008 of the world’s top 500 universities ranks Delhi U — India’s top-rated varsity — at a distant No.274,� several notches below higher education institutions in China, Malaysia and Thailand. Ajit Jha reports