Students at Panjab University will no longer have to wait in long queues for depositing fees. The university is all set to provide the facility of online fee payment to its students from all the 65 departments on the campus from this academic session.
The students will be given the facility of zero balance bank account which can be used to transfer fees as well as for personal transactions along with hassle-free fee deposits. To access the facility,a student will need to have an account with State Bank of India (any branch across India).
In collaboration with SBI,the university had re-designed the system called I-collect and launched it last year at five departments. The system had been re-designed to overcome flaws like the clause of savings bank account with Rs 1,000 and above balance,lack of information and awareness about the facility among students,and a lengthy procedure.
Admitting that the system could not attract many takers from the five departments in the last two semesters due to lack of publicity,officials have planned to set up account opening stalls at various departments before the admissions begin in July.
The response to the system has not been very good so far. But we are going to introduce the system for all the students in a better way this time. We will start afresh with the publicity after the semester examinations. Account opening stalls will be put up across each of the departments for the convenience of students, PUs Finance Development Officer Vikram Nayyar told Chandigarh Newsline.
The bank officials had demonstrated the process of fee payment to some of the department representatives last week.
The option for fee payment called I-collect will be directly available on the official website of SBI,unlike in the previous system which required students to first login to the university website.
In the first phase,the I-collect service was launched at University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS),University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS),University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET),University Business School (UBS) and University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET).