A sizeable number of students are among the many Punietes who have been hit by the Centre’s demonetisation measures, and now they are struggling to find ways to pay the fees in their educational institutions.At Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), many students are finding it difficult to deposit exam fees, as the last date for doing so has passed.
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Vijay Ghanvat, a MSc student who visited the bank branch on campus to pay his fees, said, “We welcome this decision by the Prime Minister but I think the banks should have made some arrangements for students. We had to pay Rs 630 in fees and we went to the bank with one Rs 500 note and the remaining change. But they refused to accept the note. We first had to wait in a long queue to get the notes changed and then we had to pay the fees. Since it was the last day for paying the fees, there must have been many students like us… we feel that they should have accepted the students’ fees,” he said.
Though no decision had been taken to extend the last date for fee payment, University Vice-Chancellor Wasudeo Gade visited the bank on campus to review the situation.
“As far as payment of fees is concerned, most of the process is conducted online and we don’t see a problem arising here. There are some students who needed change… I had gone to the bank and found that notes were still being exchanged. Though there is a bit of rush, which is expected, all transactions from deposit to withdrawal and exchange are being conducted,” he said.
In view of the current cash shortage, Dinkar Temkar, deputy director of the education department, has instructed schools not to put pressure on parents to pay their second term or monthly fees.
“Though I am out of town and unable to send a written order, I have given verbal instructions that no school or junior college should pressurise parents about paying their second term or monthly fees. Most parents do have bank accounts and they can pay by cheques… but wherever it is not possible, at least a window period of one month should be given to parents,” said Temkar.
Dr K C Mohite, principal of C T Bora College in Shirur, said that many students were given extra time to pay hostel and other fees.
“Some students don’t have bank accounts or don’t have netbanking facilities… we have given them more time to make the payment,” he said.