Jobless parents struggle to pay KU’s hefty fees | Hubballi News

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Hubballi: The lockdown has left many parents jobless and many are still struggling to make ends meet. It has also left their wards in dilemma as many students are finding it difficult to pay a hefty late fee prescribed by Karnatak University to pursue BA, BCom or BSc.
As KU has set October 22 as the last day to pay fees for admission, many students are running from pillar to post to get it reduced or postpone the last date of payment. Due to the lockdown and financial crunch, many students delayed getting admission in various colleges after PUC results were announced. Now they are not finding it difficult to get admission because of hefty fees structure along with the late fees prescribed by KU.
Sandeep Budihal, principal, Kanakadasa College in Vidyanagar, said, post lockdown many students have come forward to get admission by managing get half and in some cases a quarter of the total fees. “Because of Covid-19, we are allowing them to take admission and pay fees in installments. But many students are finding it very difficult to manage the late fees to be paid to KU,” he added.
Rajat Ullagaddimath, a student leader, said in most colleges, admission fees is around Rs 15,000. “Considering the late fees of Rs 4,240, students have to pay nearly Rs 20,000. Not many parents can now afford to pay so much. In such a situation, the government should waive off fees. Collecting late fee is unfair. University officials should have understood the problems of students and people. Even after the last date for admission was extended three times, people are unable to pay fees. This explains people’s condition after the lockdown,” he added.
Mahendra Koutal, former ABVP state secretary, said, “Yes, many students are finding it very difficult to pay late fees. We will bring this problem to the notice of the vice-chancellor and registrar and request them to cancel collection of late fees.”
KUD vice-chancellor KB Gudasi said, “We are charging late fees as was the practice before. There was even a suggestion to increase the fees by 10%, but because of Covid-19 we have not increased it and are charging late fees that was there last year only.
Serious matter
We will look into the matter seriously. I will talk to the vice-chancellor concerned and definitely address the issue.
Dr. CN Ashwath Narayan, Deputy chief minister and higher education minister

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