The higher education department on Wednesday banned use of cash in all the colleges and universities of Madhya Pradesh in line with the Centre’s demonetization drive.
From December 30, students will have to submit fees either through e-banking or through debit card or credit card. Colleges and universities will have to adopt e-banking for conducting their financial activities.
The department directed registrars, principals and additional directors to submit report about their preparations by December 15.
“After demonetisation, government is emphasising on cashless banking. As all the colleges have accounts under Janbhagidari Samiti so administration will not face any difficulty in implementing the ban,” higher education principal secretary Ashish Upadhayaya said. “In a meeting held on Tuesday, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asked all the departments to switch over on cashless banking.” Upadhyaya said colleges and universities were asked to procure point of sale (PoS) machines.
After demonetisation, students faced problems when they went to submit exam fees with old notes.
Their colleges refused to accept the old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.
CASH CRUNCH: STUDENTS STAGE DHARNA AT COLLEGE
Troubled by the cash crunch owing to demonetization, students of Shivang Homeopathic College Bhopal demonstrated inside the campus on Wednesday for not getting examination forms.
Students have alleged that the college administration is taking Rs 2,000 more than the examination fees and is not even ready to extend the date of fees submission. The examination fee is Rs 3,000.
But Shivang Homeopathic College director Niraj Trivedi pleaded helplessness. “We cannot help it , the university has fixed the date for November 26. We are not charging extra fees. Most of the students who are demonstrating have a low attendance. So, they are creating a ruckus, ” Trivedi said.
The students alleged that the college brought down their attendance due to ‘personal grievances’.“Why should we pay more? To teach us a lesson, the college is not giving us examination form now,” said Lakhan Bhadoria , a student in first year.
Students in other colleges are also facing problems in depositing their examination and semester fees. “We are not accepting Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes but students have option of online payment. We have also tied up with Federal Bank if a student wants to pay in cash,” Bhopal School of Social Sciences PR officer Manju Mehta said.
Sarojini Naidu Government Girls Post Graduate Girls College is not accepting Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. The institute has no option for online payment and no tie up with banks.
“Old currency notes are not being accepted in our college and we have no online payment provision. Students were told o submit their fees with Rs 100 or Rs 2000 notes,” said Prabhat Pandey, Professor Sarojini Naidu college.