Pune, 9th June 2021: “The country has been fighting a global pandemic since March 2020. Covid-19 has disrupted public life in Maharashtra. With businesses being closed, many families have lost their jobs. Similarly, student education has been switched to online mediums since last year. Thus, students did not use any equipment, yet the entire fee is being charged by colleges,” stated Yuvak Kranti Dal (Yukrand), a youth organisation, in a press release.
The colleges are demanding students to pay various charges including, Maintenance fee, Laboratory fee, Gym fee, Computer lab fee, Uniform fee, Study Material, Stationary fee, Internet charges, Fieldwork, Extra-curricular activities, Vehicle charges.
Yukrand Vice President, Kamlakar Shete said, “In some cases, colleges have threatened the students that if the fee is not paid, the exam form will not be inwarded to the university or the students will not be allowed to appear for an internal exam.”
The Yukrand delegation met Dr. Dhanraj Mane, Director, Department of Higher and Technical Education, and requested immediate action against such colleges and reduction of the fees of students in the current academic year.
Subsequently, the delegation met Dr. Mahesh Kakade, Director, Board of Examinations and Evaluation, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), and presented the problems of the students. He promised that action will be taken against the colleges which do not inward the examination forms of the students. He also asked them to disclose the names of the colleges which obstructed the process.
State President of Yukrand, Jambuwant Manohar, City President Sachin Pandule, Student Representative Zubair Chakoli, and Sagar Awate were present during this meeting.