LUMS students call for reverting the sudden fee hike, demand strict action 

LUMS students call for reverting the sudden fee hike, demand strict action 

June 9, 2022 0

What happened: Not just LUMS but other universities in Lahore have called upon the administration and the education department of Pakistan to take prompt actions on the recent fee hike. ProperGaanda reached out to numerous students of LUMS to confirm the development. As Waleed highlighted, “LUMS administration increased the tuition fee from 23,790 rupees to 26,910 rupees per credit hour for a single semester.”  It was brought to our attention that there was a 14% hike in tuition fees owing to inflation across the country.

Details: Owing to the current economic situation in Pakistan, the students said, “A drastic 18% has also increased the hostel fees to 62,000 per semester.” The main point that was highlighted by every student that ProperGaanda reached out to was, “administration failed to notify the students beforehand, and did not even listen to our concerns or replied to our emails.” 

Students’ opinion: Being a student in Pakistan comes with all its privileges and drawbacks. However, another student from LUMS, in conversation with ProperGaanda, said, “People of all classes cannot afford the hike, which comes on top of Pakistan’s ongoing inflation crisis.” 

How does it affect the students: Sharing the experience, one of the students said, “The fee hike is insane. I am a rising Sophomore, and my parents had to sell the only family car we had, and my mother had to sell her jewellery to get me into LUMS.” While, this is not one of the stories that the students highlighted, they also said, “Where would our hard work go? We are putting everything we have to make ends meet, but the administration has refused to listen to our concerns.” 

LUMS admin claim is flawed; why? Haris Rajput from LUMS shared with the scribe that LUMS is already the most expensive non-medical institute in the country; how can they increase the already inflated fee? He also said that a 5-6% fee hike would have been justified, but this surge is definitely not justified. Another keynote was highlighted by Haris, “If they are increasing the fee, will they also increase the salaries of the janitorial staff, instructors, and the TAs?” Haris questioned, “If the fee is being increased due to rising costs of commodities will they be willing to decrease when the economy stabilises, and the costs decrease too?”  

Rana Abdullah Hammad
Rana Abdullah Hammad
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