The vision guiding AUD is the commitment that prospective students learn to value and appreciate the social privileges they enjoy because of the heavy subsidy that goes into public institutions of higher education in India. Therefore, a minimum proportion of the cost actually to be incurred by the University for each of its students is reflected in the fee being set per semester. Based on this philosophy, AUD has instituted a differential fee structure for different programmes, with an understanding that the upper slab is envisaged not to be so high that only a particular segment of society could afford it and the lower slab not so low that the sense of responsibility among the students goes missing.
At the same time, it is the stated policy of the University to ensure that no deserving prospective student, as far as possible, is denied the opportunity of studying at AUD merely due to her/his inability to pay the fees. The University therefore offers full and partial fee waivers to students who are in need of support given their economic backgrounds. In fact, 25 per cent of the fees collected from students are returned to the economically disadvantaged students by way of Fee waivers and scholarships. Over the previous 3 years, 229 students have been awarded fee waivers. Most of these have been full fee waivers. The University has also created a student welfare fund in order to support needy students in bearing the costs of study material, like photocopying, textbooks, and even subsistence. Through the fee structure as well as the exemptions offered, AUD hopes to inculcate a social sensitivity in its students – to respect what they enjoy as privileges and to be able to serve society in their future professional capacities.
It is the stated policy of the University that no deserving applicant, as far as possible, is denied the opportunity of studying at AUD merely due to her/his inability to pay the fees. To implement this a comprehensive fee-waiver policy is adopted. The University offers full and partial tuition fee-waivers to students who are in need of support given their economic background. Students with an annual family income of less than Rs. 6 Lakhs will be considered for tuition fee-waiver. The gross annual family income ceiling (slab-wise) for availing tuition fee-waiver from the economically backward students (other than SC, ST and PwD), is given below:
The University extends full waiver of tuition fees to all students belonging to SC, ST, and PwD categories
Procedure for Applying for Fee-waiver At the time of admission, a student can apply for tuition fee-waiver by submitting supporting documents as below:
Self-undertaking for availing the fee waiver prescribed by the Student Services division.
Income certificate issued by Tehsildar/Subdivisional Magistrate of the current financial year.
Refund of Fees
After being admitted, if a student withdraws from the programme the fees would be refunded as given below.
Student Welfare Fund
The University has created a Student Welfare Fund with the objective of making financial assistance available for meeting the welfare needs of students in need, such as emergent medical assistance, purchase of books and study material and any other comparable needs of students.
An amount of Rs. 500 per semester is collected from all students towards the Student Welfare Fund and an equal amount is contributed by the University. The Fund is managed and monitored by a Committee which includes nominees from among the student community.
Through the fee structure as well as the exemptions offered, AUD hopes to inculcate a social sensitivity in its students—to respect what they enjoy as privileges and to be able to serve society in their future professional capacities.
University gives merit-based scholarships to students. Applications for these scholarships are invited in each semester.