AKTU says No to Fee Hike for 2020-2021 session; 2.5 lakh students sigh of relief
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University (AKTU) officially announced not increasing the course fee for the 2020-2021 academic session, giving a probable reason for its 2.5 lakh students to sigh in relief.
In view of the distressed time that coronavirus transmission has thrown in, AKTU came to the conclusion that course charges will remain applicable as per last year.
The decision was made at the meeting conducted by the Admission and Fee Regulation Committee with regards to AKTU Admissions 2020. The meeting is usually held every three years with the government.
The meeting was stamped with discussions on increasing or rescheduling fee payment schemes for the current year.
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Taking note from the current scenario since the nationwide lockdown was called out in March, several cases of COVID-19 have surfaced. WHO statistics suggest India ranking 3rd among the worst hit countries of the world.
Meanwhile, AKTU decided to reduce exam duration for final year students and the tentative schedule recommends exams to commence from September 15.
In this regard, the country is also undergoing a strenuous situation in the economy with families facing job loss and so. Meanwhile, AKTU students have been constantly voicing their demand for a fee waiver and adjusting it with hostel charges as they are not staying there anymore.
The students have been continuing with a social media campaign claiming the hostels are closed for over 4 months and there is no cost for electricity and maintenance. Hence, fee waiver benefits need to be given as several families of students are undergoing treatments for COVID as well.