The Nagpur University (NU) had allowed submission of exam forms till June 25, and also waived the super late fee in view the Covid pandemic, which led to the closure of all academic activities in March.
However, NU senate members and students organizations have demanded that the exam section must refund at least 75% of the fee, as summer exam haven’t been held.
Officiating pro-VC SR Chaudhari told TOI the exam forms were allowed to be submitted on the directives of the state government as everything was shut in March.
As per rules, a super late fee would have become hefty for students to pay if the university had not waived it. At times, students have to pay more than Rs10,000 per subject instead of Rs300 to 500, in case they wish to avail the facility of applying late.
On June 11, NU had issued a circular asking college to forward exam forms of students by June 25.
“The government had directed us to accept forms of those who couldn’t submit them in March. So the university is taking forms without late fee. The waiver decision was taken at the university level, and it was put up before the management council. As per rules, the late fee has to be charged. But looking at Covid situation the late fee was waived off,” Chaudhari said.
He said there was no clarity if universities would be allowed to hold exams or not. “Even now detailed guidelines are awaited. Like a GR has been issued for final year exam, but no such order has been conveyed regarding first and second-year exams. By filling up the exam form, the student becomes an examinee and the fee is collected. But the management council will decide what is to be done with the fee. Results would be declared so the university will incur administrative and marksheet charges,” he said.
Advocate Manmohan Bajpai, who is a senate member, said NU must refund 75% exam fee as no exam was held. “The university must inform students what it intends to do with the fee collected from them. I understand that it will incur some expenses on processing, and therefore we are only demanding 75% refund,” he said.
ABVP city President Amit Patle said though they have been demanding exams for final year, they have submitted a request to refund first and second year students exam fee.
“We had written to NU to even waive off the entire fee besides requesting promotion of all ATKT students,” said Nationalist Students’ Congress’s city working President Rudra Dhakde.
(With inputs from timesofindia)