The Senate meeting on Thursday witnessed noisy scenes when the member Dr Pramod Yevle raised the issue of exorbitant examination fees being charged in Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University. With the enforcement of semester pattern the number of examinations being conducted by RTMNU saw a quantum jump and at the same time saw overburdening of students with exam fees. Despite 70 percent surplus revenue collected through exam fees the students are being deprived of any relief. The issue was raised by Dr Yevle in the RTMNU Senate meeting on Thursday.
“The examination fees are more than the admission fees in many branches. The semester pattern exams have forced students spend more on this aspect. The RTMNU should recover fees according to papers,” said Dr Yevle. Pushing his stand on the issue the Finance and Accounts Officer Puran Meshram said that the students’ hostels, other departments are running in losses. If any head provides profit to the University then the profit can be utilized in loss-making head. It is not necessary that the profit is utilized in surplus head. Even otherwise, the RTMNU has not increased the examination fees since the past four years, stated Meshram.
Dr Rajesh Bhoyar, replying to Meshram’s stand, said that there is difference between tax and fee. “The RTMNU has already increased the exam fees sufficiently. So there is no question increasing the exam fees now. The exam fees cannot be spent in other head. It will be prudent if RTMNU provides 25 percent of exam feels to affiliated colleges for infrastructural facilities. This can be done on the basis of number of students,” said Dr Bhoyar.
Meeting to be held for students passed in revaluation:
Adv Manmohan Bajpayee raised the demand for keeping the students, who passed in revaluation, out of Jumping purview. Taking serious note of the issue, the Chairman Dr Vinayak Deshpande stressed a decision within 2-3 days. The Senate meeting was informed that the issue will be put up in the emergent meeting of Academic Council.
Adv Bajpayee said that the University will have to keep focus on the issue. The original exam should be accepted as base while considering the results of revaluation exams. If students pass in original exams then they need not apply for revaluation. The RTMNU rules and regulations are proving hurdle for students in regularizing the next exam after passing the revaluation. The students are being brought under Jumping purview when the passed students do not come under this category. But because of the delayed results of revaluation the students are falling under this category. It is neither the mistake of University nor the students, said Adv Bajpayee.
Adv Abhijit Vanjari said that around 2000 students have been affected by the delayed revaluation results. Those students who have passed in revaluation should be returned their fees. Another member D K Agrawal said recently the RTMNU had issued a notification for engineering students. By this notification some students had got relief. This needs to be improved so that other students too get benefited, said Agrawal.