The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) has announced a waiver in its examination fee for preparatory courses for students from drought-hit areas.
The preparatory courses are the mandatory qualifying criteria for individuals who want to pursue degree-level courses offered by the open university despite not having completed Class XII.
YCMOU has also extended till April 15 the last date for submitting application forms for the preparatory courses.
Our study centres across Maharashtra have been informed about the fee-waiver decision for preparatory courses. The fee is around Rs 600 per student. The candidates from government-declared drought-affected areas will be eligible for the benefit, said YCMOU spokesperson Jayawant Khadtale.
He said while nearly 32,000 candidates across the state had registered for preparatory courses till now,the number was expected to go up to 50,000.
Santosh Nirmal,an aspirant for theYCMOU course from drought-affected Beed district in the Marathwada region,expressed satisfaction over the decision to waive the fee for preparatory examinations and extend the last date for submission of applications.