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Source: Amar Ujala

 

Even if the lockdown in the nations is implemented for the betterment and safety of people, still, all the middle-class families are facing financial crises due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One out of for workers is facing unemployment. The coronavirus crises is getting harsh on everybody in one way or the other. Keeping the financial constraints of millions of students in mind, the government has said to the colleges that they should not ask for immediate payment of fees from the students.

High Education Regulator University Grants Commission has said that instead of being harsh on students, institutions should be more emphatic and should carry out some alternative. Preventive lockdown has let people face financial hardships and lose their source of income. 

 

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SYMPATHY TOWARDS STUDENTS:

The UGC Secretary has requested the Universities and colleges that in view of the prevailing extraordinary and difficult circumstances, universities and colleges may consider matters regarding payment of annual/semester fee, tuition fee, examination fee, etc. sympathetically.

Moreover, they should consider offering alternative payment options to the students till the situation returns to normal. The education regular has received a number of complaints from the students regarding payment of fees. He informed everyone that an internal panel is keeping an eye on such developments.

UGC said, “ We have received grievances from the students and parents stating that universities and colleges are insisting upon immediate payment of annual/semester tuition fee, examination fee, etc. They have represented that due to the financial hardship being faced due to the lockdown, they are not in a position to make payment of the fee.” 

 

HEALTH IS THE FIRST PRIORITY:

The Technical education regulator All India Council of Technical Education has asked the management institutions to not hike fee in 2020. Moreover, they should help students in all aspects whether it is administrative or financial. AICTE oversees only professional schools that comprise around 20 percent of the higher education sector.

Over 330 million students are facing the loss of learning despite attempts to reduce the impact of disruption. Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has said that student’s interest should be kept in mind. The university is advised to plan all the activities giving its highest priority to the health of all stakeholders. Everything should be done in view of the safety and interest of stakeholders. 

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LOTS OF EXPENSES DEPENDS UPON TUITION FEE:

A university administrator in Delhi NCR said that there is a cash flow issue and lots of expenses depend upon tuition fees. So, not charging fees from the students would lead to many problems in paying off the expenses.

One of the administrators said that the salary is going and the recurring expenses are on besides an escalating cost on creating digital infrastructure. Authority should be concerned about these issues too. There are many problems that are faced both by the students and the authority.

The UGC is suggesting to find out some alternative so that major problems could be solved and no student would be burdened due to any problem whether it is financial or administrative. 

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