SC/ST students submit fresh representation at Panjab University

CHANDIGARH: A week after syndicate rejected the proposal to give concession on examination fee to SC/ST students from Punjab, the students on Wednesday submitted a fresh representation to the (DUI), demanding the exemption.

The DUI will send the representation to the syndicate again.

In its meeting, which was held on November 19, the syndicate rejected the proposal to give any concession in the examination fee to SC/ST students of self-financed courses under post-matric scholarship scheme.

“We want implementation of the post matric scholarship in self-finance courses. We urge the syndicate to frame new rules and exempt fee in self-financed courses,” said Gurdeep, member of Ambedkar Students‘ Association, who submitted the representation to the university authorities.

He added that the arbitrary decision by the syndicate will impact more than 2,500 students.

After the students submitted their representation, the DUI, Prof Shankarji Jha, issued a circular to all departments stating that the date of submitting exam fee will be extended till the syndicate takes a decision.

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“The chairpersons/directors/coordinators of teaching departments/institutes/centres are requested that roll numbers be given to the eligible SC students immediately, enabling them to appear in the examinations.

Fresh representation regarding their examination fee exemption be put up in the syndicate, at the same time, the date of submission of fee be extended till the decision is made by the competent authority,” stated communication sent by the DUI to the departments.

A proposal of the coordinator-cum-liaison officer of SC/ST cell suggested that the SC/ST students should pay only 25% of the exam fee, which was rejected by the syndicate on November 19.

In May 2016, the syndicate had given its green light to SC/ST students in self-financed courses to pay only 25% of the total admission fee, it did not mention anything about the examination fee anywhere.

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