Colleges in Pune are taking the cashless route after the University Grants Commission issued a circular last week, asking educational institutes to ensure that they move away from cash-based transactions and adopt online payment modes. From paying college fees to canteen money, college administrations have already set the wheels in motion to achieve a cash-free campus.
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Dr Rajendra Zunjarrao, principal of Modern College, Shivaji Nagar said, “… We already had the facility for cheque payment of fees, but some students who hail from rural areas would prefer to pay in cash. However, we are now going to encourage 100 per cent cashless transactions. In fact, we could even get a point of sale machine at our main cash department…. ,” he said.
While most city college administrations said they have already moved to online modes for payment of tuition fee, paying smaller amounts such as parking fees or canteen fees, usually handled by contractors, could be an issue. “We have decided to speak to the canteen contractor and ask him to enable e-wallet options for ease of transactions,” said N S Umarani, principal of Garware College of Commerce.
Shubhada Gholap, principal of Yashwantrao Chavan Law College, expressed confidence that students would be able to adapt to the changes.
“The students are tech-savvy… they should not have a problem. And we intend to encourage them to go cashless. There are benefits in this for us as well since lesser cash in hand means lesser risk,” she said.
Meanwhile, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar is going to address thousands of students at SP College grounds on December 20 on the same subject. “The event has been organised by several colleges, and the Union minister will be speaking to students and dignitaries on the benefits of going cashless. It is an important event since if colleges are expected to go cashless, we need students’ support for the same,” said Dilip Sheth, principal of SP College.
He informed that not only have fee payments been made cashless, but even payments in the college canteen can now be made through online wallet PayTm.