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Mithibai College in Vile Parle has allowed a few of its college students to pay their charges in instalments after college students and political events raised complaints over a hike in charges regardless of orders from the University Grants Commission (UGC) and University of Mumbai (MU).

On June 29, HT had reported that the school run by Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM) charitable belief had hiked its charges for second- and third-year college students. Following the announcement, pupil our bodies of political events similar to Yuva Sena of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Student Islamic Organisation had taken the matter up with the administration of the institute and the state Fee Regulatory Authority, respectively.

While Mithibai College has elevated the charges by as much as 30%, college students had sought an choice to pay their charges in instalments because the revenue of their households had been affected owing to the lockdown.

On Monday, college students have been knowledgeable that these with real causes for incapability to pay charges can be allowed to pay in elements. “Students have to write to the heads of their departments and the principal stating reasons if they are unable to pay their fees. The college will then verify the claim and approve it on a case-to-case basis,” mentioned a third-year pupil on the situation of anonymity.

“All decisions in the college are taken by the principal. I cannot comment on the same,” mentioned Asoke Basak, chief government officer of SVKM. Rajpal Hande, principal of the school, didn’t reply to calls and messages.

The faculty had given a four-day window to college students for making funds between June 27 and 30, which was later prolonged until July 6. However, college students mentioned that this was in opposition to the letter issued by UGC, the apex governing physique of all increased instructional institutes, on May 27 whereby it had requested all universities and faculties to be sympathetic in the direction of college students whereas asking them to pay tuition and different charges. Subsequently, MU instructed all faculties, together with autonomous ones, to not hike charges for the educational 12 months 2020-21 and permit college students to pay charges in instalments.

Meanwhile, Yuva Sena has written to state increased and technical training minister Uday Samant to concern a round to all faculties and universities within the state to supply the choice of half cost of charges and take into account discount of charges in view of the Covid-19 state of affairs.

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