Much to the delight of children of middle class families, the state government has come up with a plan to give full fee exemption to students whose parents’ annual income is Rs. 5 lakh or less.
This plan will be applicable in all universities and colleges (government or private).
The scheme may come into effect from the next academic session.
According to a missive issued on October 6 by special secretary, UP government, registrars of state and private universities and regional higher education officers have been asked to compile figures of students whose parents’ annual income is Rs. 5 lakh or less.
“First, the number students will be calculated and then a decision will be taken,” sources said.
The universities and colleges were asked to compile figures of students in two separate formats – one: consisting of parents with annual income of up to Rs. 2 lakh and, second: parents whose income is between Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh.
An estimate says that there are nearly 25 lakh students enrolled for higher education in universities and colleges across the state.
When asked to comment on the fee exemption move, university officials said that implementing the plan would practically be impossible because of the large number of students, majority of them coming under the bracket of Rs. 5 lakh.
A senior professor said that this was a populist move of the Samajwadi Party government to appease voters ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
“If the plan is implemented in toto, it will put a huge burden on the cash-strapped government exchequer. The government must revisit this decision. In fact, the SP government must pump money in universities and aided degree colleges so that they can provide quality education to students,” he said.