Protesting against the change in slabs for fee waiver in technical and vocational courses,Aarakshan Haqq Sanrakshan Samiti held an agitation in front of the district collectorate on Wednesday. It demanded that the government resolution (GR) brought out on June 13 with new fee waiver slab be scrapped.
For students with family income of more than Rs 2 lakh,no fee waivers will be available now on. RTI activist Anup Avasthi,also a member of the samiti,said,From 2006 onwards all reserved category,including those who qualify under the economically weaker sections (EWS) were given 50 per cent fee waiver. The rest of the total course fee was borne by the state. With the new fee waiver slabs the state government is shirking its responsibility and private educational institutions are going to benefit from such a move.
He said that as per the new GR,while students of medicine will get Rs 2 lakh waiver,dental college students will get Rs 1.2 lakh,ayurved students are entitled to Rs 70,000,other graduates will get Rs 50,000 and engineering students will get about Rs 25,000. The new GR says that fee waiver will not be available for famililes with income of more than Rs 2 lakh per annum. It also mentions that these grants will not be available to students who have more than two siblings. Such norms are ridiculous and unfair, he said.
As per the GR,prior to 2006,all reserved category students in any technical/vocational courses were entitled to a 50 per cent fee waiver if theyre enrolled in government or private aided colleges. For private unaided colleges,however,there were no such waivers.
Sanjay Dabhade of the samiti said,This will make education unaffordable for reserved category students,especially engineering students as most private engineering colleges charge exorbitant fees and Rs 25,000 is nothing compared to their total course fee.