News By/Courtesy: Yash Keshari | 02 Jun 2020 17:51pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UGC has requested all universities and colleges on Wednesday to consider for the alternatives regarding payment of fees.
  • UGC indirectly made a compulsion on the students and parents to pay the fees.
  • The government of India should postpone all the examinations for the common interests and in the meantime, build better infrastructure.

 
University Grants Commission (UGC), through a letter dated May 27, 2020, has requested all universities and colleges to consider for the alternatives regarding payment of fees by the students. In the above letter, UGC informed that through its online student’s grievance portal, students and parents had lodged several complaints against the universities and the colleges regarding their insisted demand to pay the annual semester/tuition fee, examination fee, etc. because of the pandemic. It also suggested measures through which universities, colleges, and students can establish a mediation regarding payment of fees. These measures include listening to individual student requests and offering alternative payment methods.
What does the letter say?
Under any normal circumstances, a student must pay his fees; but the situation now is not normal. After several students and parents lodged complaints regarding payment of fees, UGC decided to hear the complaints abruptly. It published a letter on its website 'www.ugc.ac.in' through which it tried to rest the case for the aggrieved parents and students. Upon carefully analyzing the contents of the letter, any qualified student/parent will understand that UGC has only requested and not ordered the universities and colleges. Using 'may' presumption further indicated that students and parents still have to pay the full fees even in these extraordinary circumstances. The phrase ‘may consider’ in simple words mean that UGC has left the opinion regarding payment of fees to universities and parents. It issued no specific guidelines in such above respects.
Is the payment of fees to be considered a compulsion?
The answer to this question lies in the above letter. Yes, UGC indirectly made a compulsion on the students and parents to pay the fees and to beg in front of the university and college to waive the fee or to pay the fee in the installments. The teachers and staff employed in the universities indeed need a salary to survive, and such salary comes out of the pocket of the students and parents, but is the decision made by UGC moral? It is also true that a student should pay his/her fee in consideration of the education he/she received from the teacher to such a teacher but isn’t this also true that if a teacher provides imparts no education to a student, then no fee is payable at all? Many would argue with me and would tell me that universities and colleges are providing e-content to students for their preparation, but has anyone checked their quality?
The university has uploaded the e-content in the form of digital notes, e-classes, YouTube videos, and other forms on the internet. Question is, who can access them? The answer is those who have access to any laptop, desktop, tablet, or mobile, a reliable internet connection, and will to study despite no presence of the teacher. What about those who don’t have any access to the above mediums? The demography of India, here, plays an important role. Students living in an urban area, despite lacking some facilities, can still arrange the e-notes and videos. But about the students living in remote areas? Even if they’re rich and have access to mobiles, laptops, etc. they will still face the network problems!
Looking for the alternatives
Under extraordinary circumstances, a country and its citizens must seek other alternatives for the living. Sadly, UGC is still daydreaming of having normal circumstances. If the scientists had successfully prepared the vaccine for the current pandemic, then the extraordinary circumstances would become normal circumstances after some months, but this situation is something else!
In my opinion, the government of India should postpone all the examinations for the common interests and in the meantime, build better infrastructure. This will ensure that the students living in remote areas and weaker sections of the society will have the privilege to such e-content.
THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUALCOMMUNITYSECTOR RELIGION ETCETERA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(AAND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIAFOR THE TIME BEING.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Jun 2020 13:50pm IST


Tags : E-learning, Education, India, Learning, Fees, UGC, Universities, Colleges

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