Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS announces a 41% increase in semester fee in the midst of the pandemic and this fee hike has made people furious.
A 41% increase in semester fee which adds 1,40,000 (140K) to the existing fee, making it 4,82,000 (482K).
News has been circulating on social media that LUMS has ‘manipulated’ the credit hour calculation to increase its fee by up to Rs140,000
People are furious over fee hike
Appalled at the imbalanced percentage of hike in fee, people have come together to voice strongly against it with the hashtag #LUMSFeeHIKE on Twitter.
In this struggling time of the COVID-19 outbreak, students are afraid to share the new fee of the semester with their parents.
The Twitter storm and sever backlash caused the university issuing another statement on its official Twitter account on Tuesday,
— LUMS (@LifeAtLUMS) May 5, 2020
In the issued statement they said the fee for the 2020 academic year were decided upon before the COVID-19 pandemic and the hike is entirely consistent with prior years.
The statement clarified that earlier, a per semester fee was being charged for students taking credit hours between 12 to 20.
And now that fee is calculated as per credit hours’ bases. That will increase the semester fee for some students and decrease it for others.
But this new statement from university did not make the impression it was trying to. And that too backfired as people found it to be an unsympathetic and insensitive act.
Twitter on storm after LUMS fee hike
People on Twitter are using #LUMSFeeHike hashtag and many shared fitting memes on fee hike.
A student shared on twitter that what do I tell my parent about the fee hike.
i'm actually unable to fully process the fact that LUMS rejects my family's FA application consistently and now has hiked the fee AGAIN by an astronomical amount. like what. what do we do. what do i tell my parents. what.
— eman (@exharrie) May 4, 2020
my parents found out n im trying to convince them that our protest WILL make a different but obv they're stressed n worried. we're in a literal pandemic+recession!!! and 4 lac every semester per child was difficult enough!!!! this isnt "ignorable" it's IMPOSSIBLE #LUMSFeeHike
— eman (@exharrie) May 4, 2020
One of the students tweeted that you will have to pay 300,000 extra to graduate on time.
A CS student shared the fee voucher and said you people (LUMS) have looted every CS student over lab courses.
This was my fee voucher for the current semester. I (along with every CS major) had to pay 65k under 'lab charges'. We've been charged similar amounts for all our other semesters too. The last lab course we took was 6 semesters ago…. #LUMSFeeHike #LUMS pic.twitter.com/7i1DWOD8vG
— Hadi (@edenasszard) May 4, 2020
People over social media shared that how this fee hike put them in mental stress.
A friend just messaged me regarding #LUMSFeeHike and she is so stressed because her family cannot afford to bear this increased burden. She is receiving loan & some aid.
Things have become really tough. Thank you LUMS for fucking mental health of students at such point in time
— وردہ نور (@Wardahwrites) May 4, 2020
LUMS is not for profit or non-profit University?
Some people used to be confused if LUMS is non-profit or not.
Then Dr. Arshad came and started rebranding, actually adding “A not-for-profit University” into the official emblem.
— Dawar (@theLahorewala) May 5, 2020
LUMS after increasing the semester fee.
LUMS after increasing tuition fees up to 40% while calling itself not-for-profit 🤡 pic.twitter.com/U7aFdxYRx2
— #LUMSFeeHike (@lookitshnb) May 4, 2020
Someone shared a meme “Paisa hi Paisa Hoga” over fee hike
— roobiboobie (@roobiboobie) May 4, 2020
LUMS student collective shared the statement on their Twitter account.
Students at LUMS reject the revised fee policy by Lahore University of Management Sciences.
— LUMS Students Collective (@LSCLums) May 5, 2020
Students criticized the university management for not involving students in any decision and increased fee without any notice to students and that too in this struggling time of COVID-19 breakout.