Colleges charging extra fees from students, claims AMSU

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IMPHAL, April 3: Most colleges of Manipur are charging extra fees in the form of casual fees for the second, fourth and sixth semesters during the submission of forms, Human resource development secretary of the All Manipur Student Union Manjit Sarangthem stated in a press meet at AMSU head office on Thursday, adding that the students’ body is taking the matter seriously.

According to the Manipur University register order no.146, resolution no. 16/3/29-5-2008 which was agreed by all the academic staffs of various colleges, the exact price of the examination form is 50 rupees, mark sheet fees is 100 rupees, the examination fees for general students is 500 rupees and for Hon’s  students it is 600 rupees.  The fee for practicals is 250 rupees and exam center fee is 250 rupees, he said.

He added that the total amount during the whole form fill-up process for general students is 900 rupees and for Hon’s students is 1150 rupees.

Barring DM college of Arts and Commerce, most other colleges are demanding an extra casual fee of Rs 300. This fee was supposed to be paid by only those students who failed in exams and have shortages of attendance. But, many collages have made this fee mandatory by issuing notifications that it’s compulsory, he said.

Due to the conversion into the semester system in colleges, many poor guardians are facing difficulties while paying examination fees for their children. It is heart rending to learn that many colleges are coercing students to pay extra fees, he added.

Urging all the college authorities to stop charging extra fees during the time of filling up of examination forms, AMSU is looking into the matter seriously and will take action against the colleges.  

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