Srinagar: B.Ed students at University of Kashmir and Cluster University Srinagar are aghast over what they term as ‘arbitrary hike’ in fee for their forthcoming exams.
A group of students registered with Kashmir University’s Directorate of Distance Education told Kashmir Bylines that the authorities have gone for a steep increase in their exam fee. They said the University recently issued a notification for online submission of exam forms for the 2018- 20 batch.
A student, Arshid Ahmad, told our news desk that the University has asked them to pay Rs 3360 as examination fee.
“The pandemic has already put many of us in a financial crunch. How can a poor student afford this much fee? The authorities must reconsider this [fee] structure, ” he said.
Another student was of the view that the University was ‘exploiting’ them with its ‘anti-student’ fee structure. Expecting that there were little chances of the University holding the exams offline, and ‘online exams do not cost much’, he asked why the authorities can’t cut down the fee, at least for this exam.
Students of Cluster University Srinagar also have the same query. The University, according to a student, has fixed a fee of Rs 2150 per student. As the exams are more likely to be held online, the students ask why the authorities cannot decrease the fee to be paid.
“They do not need to hire invigilators, neither would they incur any expenditure for transportation of material to and from the exam centres. We cannot understand what is the rationale behind this fee structure. Not all students would be able to pay,” one of the students said.
The aggrieved students have appealed to authorities at both the universities to loon into the matter and end their worries.
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