I am amazed after looking at these figures! I completed my graduation from BITS in 2013 and I paid 5 lac for the entire period. It is indeed sad to see this kind of hike in fees.
If they argue that quality of teachers and their pay has increased substantially, most of the students don’t make use of that since there is no attendance policy. I am not saying that the no-attendance policy should lead to less salary to teachers or less qualified teachers being hired but almost 300% hike in fees is unacceptable. Sincerely, I do not believe facilities have been improved viz-a-viz hike in fees.
More than required focus on research, making publishing papers mandatory for teachers who get very good monetary compensation for publishing papers, not so required renovation initiatives etc. are leading to this kind of hike. *Personal opinion*
Having said that, brand ‘BITS’ has helped me a lot in my career and I cherish the time that I spent at BITS. A fee of 18 lac should not hinder anybody in taking a decision to take admission here. I myself wouldn’t have hesitated to take admission in BITS if the fees was 18 lac then. But it is high time the board of directors at BITS relook at the fee structure.