With income sources drying up, students and parents are finding it difficult to make necessary payments to colleges and universities.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities, colleges and institutions under its banner to consider alternative modes of payment of fees, owing to the present situation due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“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 fee,” said UGC in its letter to Vice-Chancellors of different universities.
The COVID-19 pandemic, together with the nationwide lockdown, have had a drastic impact on the financial situation of hundreds of families in the country, many of whose sources of income have dried up completely. With universities and colleges demanding immediate payment of tuition fees, or examination fees, and even annual or end-semester fees, families are facing difficulties in meeting with these demands.
UGC has received letters from several parents who had written to the commission expressing their grievances. “It is requested, that in view of the prevailing extraordinary difficult circumstances, universities and colleges may consider the matter regarding payment of annual or semester fee, tuition fee, examination fee, etc., sympathetically and if feasible, may consider offering alternative payment options to students till the situation returns to normal,” the UGC mentioned in the letter to VCs.
Additionally, they have asked the administrations of these universities and colleges to be considerate towards each individual students’ requests. The letter mentioned that universities should take into consideration the students’ individual battles, and their requests in matters of payment should be paid heed to in the light of the present situation.
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