Amid a sustained marketing campaign by college students, the Savitribai Phule Pune College (SPPU) administration will lastly put up a proposal to cut back or waive examination payment earlier than its administration council, which can meet on June 26.
Over the previous few days, college students finding out in SPPU’s affiliated faculties have been elevating calls for for an examination payment waiver on social media. A student-led group referred to as Pupil Serving to Palms has additionally began a photograph marketing campaign, the place photos of scholars holding placards on payment aid are being shared and numerous authorities — equivalent to the upper and technical schooling ministry and CMO Maharashtra —being tagged.
At current, the SPPU is accepting types for second semester examinations, to be held in July-August. College students fill the examination types by their respective faculties, which ahead them to the college. Many faculties had held again types owing to non-payment of payment earlier than the SPPU instructed them not to take action. Nonetheless, the college has now introduced a late payment penalty.
In accordance with the protesting college students, the Covid pandemic has led to a monetary crunch at many properties, owing to lack of jobs or revenue.
“For college kids coming from rural areas, paying examination payment is a problem since their households are struggling to make ends meet. In such instances, faculties should not sending their types forward regardless of the college discover. Additionally, when common examination payment is a battle, how can they pay late payment? The college ought to take heed of those complaints and guarantee no pupil is overlooked,” stated Kamlakar Shete, a pupil activist.
Nonetheless, senior SPPU officers stated there may be already a deficit of Rs 20 crore within the assortment of examination payment this 12 months, in contrast with different years. Vice chancellor Dr Nitin Karmalkar stated he was conscious of the demand for waiver. “The answer isn’t so simple as that. However we are going to put this proposal earlier than the administration council,” he stated.