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GITS at Prantij asks for ‘developmental fees’,GTU students up in arms

Gujarat Technological University Students Union on Friday held a demonstration against collection of what they call “developmental fees” from students of the Gujarat Institute of Technical Studies at Prantij in Sabarkantha district.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: February 4, 2012 6:27:00 am

Gujarat Technological University Students Union (GTUSU) on Friday held a demonstration against collection of what they call “developmental fees” from students of the Gujarat Institute of Technical Studies(GITS) at Prantij in Sabarkantha district.

Students led by GTUSU president Ravi Aahir submitted a memorandum to registrar G P Vadodaria,requesting him to get the developmental fee of Rs 7,000 returned to the students and stop further collection from those who had not paid it so far.

Aahir said that developmental fee was totally illegal as GITS was a self-financed institute and students were already paying a hefty sum of Rs 43,000 as tuition and other fees per annum.

According to Aahir,it was much more than many SFIs in Ahmedabad charged despite being located in a metropolitan city as opposed to GITS,which was located in a rural area where cost of land and construction was much less.

He also said there was no provision also to collect developmental fees from the students.

Asked why he did not represent the matter before the Fee Regulatory Committee set up by the state government,he said the students went to the office of FRC but there was no one to receive the memorandum.

GITS principal R N Verma,when contacted,said,“Some interested parties are spreading misinformation and there is no truth in the allegations.”

However,Verma said the college was collecting Rs 7,000 per students for arranging training and campus placement of the students.

Aahir said the college could not charge even for placement because the institute did not have spend anything extra on this head.

None of the GTU authorities could be contacted as vice-chancellor Akshai Aggarwal was away to Chennai for a conference and registrar G P Vadodaria did not attend the calls.

Set up in 2009,the college has more than 900 students on its rolls in four subjects of computer,electrical,electronics and communication and information technology engineering.

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