The decision of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University of increasing fees by 20 percent, has posed a serious problem for the college management and principals.
The decision to hike the fees was taken after the completion of admissions in most of the colleges. Although the university has announced the decision, some students’ organisations are staging agitation against it.
The students, while taking admission deposit the fees as prescribed by the college. This is a sort of agreement between the college and the student. Recovering additional fees from them poses a serious problem for the college principal, who is in direct contact with the students.
Principals of some of the colleges have expressed concern over the issue. The issue pertains to those who are not covered under any freeship or scholarship.
The usual practice of denying the student to appear for the examination, as he/she has not paid the fees, will be applied. This method of preventing the students from appearing in the examination disturbs the students or their parents and also invites the wrath of the students’ organisations.
The students faced academic loss during the Corona pandemic. They are preparing for the regular teaching-learning procedure and examinations after more than two years. A large number of students and parents suffered heavy economic losses during the period. Although the university ‘helped’ them clean the examinations, their learning is adversely affected. The repercussions of this will be faced by the students in the employment market.
The hike in fees is another blow to the students. The late decision by the university has also posed problems for the college principals. Many principals have expressed discontent over the decision. The decision can be enforced from the next academic session.