After Indraprastha University, the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) has hiked its fees by more than 27%. Yes, you read it right!
The premier law institution of India has hiked the fees through a notification which states that students have to give Rs. 50,000 more if they are enrolled in courses of BA LLB, BBA LLB or LLM.
The earlier fees of Rs. 1,83,000 would now rise to around Rs. 2,30,000.
With this decision, the cost of pursuing law in India has been raised and it is not an isolated incident. Over the years, there has been an increase in the fees of law colleges, be it private unaided, government aided or government colleges. This trend includes the recent hike of fees by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University as well.
This makes us think, is it financially viable to pursue law in India.
1. NLSIU v University of Reading
National Law School of India University offers a Masters in Legislative Law for a fee of Rs. 1,89,500 per annum for general category students and Rs. 1,86,375/- p.a. for SC/ST students.
However, the University of Reading offers an Advanced Legal Studies LLM which is a full-time course for one year and costs Rs. 14,04,557.
2. University of Nottingham v NLU Jodhpur
The University of Nottingham offers a four-year course called Law LLB Hons for a tuition fee of Rupees 13,49,260.70 (may vary with change in the exchange rate).
On the other hand, one of the premier institutes of India, National Law University, Jodhpur charges a fee of Rs. 11,54,000 for a five years course in B.A. LLB Hons.
It is important to note here that in University of Nottingham, one saves a year in which, if he/she practices, would earn them a decent amount while doing it from NLU Jodhpur would cost the student’s pocket nearly the same, with him/her investing an additional year.
3. University of Sydney v Jindal University
The University of Sydney offers a five years course in BA LLB for a total cost of AUD 2,10,000 which turns out to be Rs. 1,00,36,321 (may vary with change in exchange rate). It is surely a lot of money.
However, doing the same 5-year course from Jindal University would cost the student a total amount of Rs. 27,50,000. Quite a lot of saving here!
The cost is and should not be the only consideration while choosing a university to pursue a course. The subjects, quality of the course and the years of course also play an important role.
However, the fact that with a rise in the cost of higher education in India, students would be lured to go to foreign countries and pursue these courses which defeat the idea of Study in India and may lead to an increase in brain drain.
If the Indian government is genuinely interested in making India an educational hub, they first need to ensure that Indian students stay and study here, which seems a distant dream till universities continue to raise their fees indiscriminately.
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Sources: The Hindu, Get My Uni, Hot Courses Abroad
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