February 10, 2009 1:11:30 am
Around 2,000 students of the Institute of Technology and Managment in Gurgaon staged a dharna on Monday to protest against the new rules imposed by the institute on Sector 32.
The students said the administration has hiked fees without any notice,imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 for carrying a mobile phone in class,and is charging parking fee from students.
The protest was sparked after a final year MBA student was recently asked to attend college even after he presented a medical certificate for ill health. In another incident,the management asked a student to present a death certificate when he missed classes after his father passed away.
As per the rules,85 per cent attendance is must,which is unique to this university. And if a student does not have the required attendance,he is asked to pay a penalty of Rs 80,000, Utkarsh (name changed),a first year MBA student,said. Also,we are asked to present death certificates if we take leave in case of a death in the family.
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Final year MBA student Shikha (name changed) said: Most of us live outside Gurgaon. We get our own vehicles as it is difficult,especially for girls,to travel without a proper transport system in the city. It is irrational to charge Rs 20 as parking fee from students. This fee is not charged once in a day,a student must pay it as many times as he comes to the campus.
According to the students,the management has opened a barber shop inside the campus and takes students with long hair there for a haircut at their expense. We have to pay for the hair cut if our teachers feel we have long hair, a student said. Also,we must pay the suddenly hiked fee to take examinations.
A student Rohan said: They are imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 if a student is found with a mobile fine inside the classroom. We are doing a professional course; we have to call various people. Where do we keep our cell phones without any lockers in the campus?
When asked,the institute management said they are looking into the matter.
The states National Students Union of India president Rahul Rao met the management to discuss the issue. After making us wait for an entire day,the management agreed to talk to us. But we are not confident of the promises they have made. They said parking fee will be charged only once a day,and that they will see what could be done about the attendance.
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