Facing a financial crisis, the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology has asked SC and ST students, undergoing MTech course, to pay their tuition fees, waived by the HRD ministry, failing which they would not get their degrees.
The institute, however, said the human resource development (HRD) ministry has not waived 100% fees, and the students have been asked to submit the post-matric scholarship, which they get from the state government, and pay the rest of the amount.
But, the students said they do not get the scholarship as the MHRD has waived their fees.
“Most of the students took admission in NIT as there is a 100% waiver of tuition fees, but this sudden demand for fees has raised our concerns,” an MTech student, Pradeep Kumar Vimal said.
“MHRD has waived 100% fees of SC/ST and disabled students which is Rs 45,000 in the year 2014. It is almost impossible for some of the students to afford the fees. The students are left with no other option but discontinuing studies in between,” said Manish Kumar Gautam.
Another student Rajkumar Malviya said, “We have talked with students of other NITs and nowhere MTech students are being charged fees but MANIT is following its own rule.”
“We even requested the director N S Chaudhary, but he didn’t acknowledge our problem and said that the fees can’t be waived off as the institute is facing financial crisis,” Vimal said.
‘There is no provision of 100% fee waiver from MHRD’
MANIT, PRO, Ajay Verma said, “There is no provision of 100% fee waiver from MHRD. These students get post-matric scholarship. We are just asking them to submit the amount of scholarship and the remaining amount.”
He also said that in the past years, some students had passed out from the institute without submitting any fees.
However, Rajkumar said, “We don’t get post matric scholarship. A student can’t get two financial assistances simultaneously. When MHRD has waived our fees, why will the state government provide us scholarship?”
“Now, the institute is also taking undertaking from the students that if they fail to pay the tuition fee before the end of each semester, or if there are any dues with the institute, they will not be eligible to get the mark sheets and degree. The undertaking clearly is a signal to us that without fees, we can’t complete our studies,” he said.
The students have also approached state science and technology minister Umashankar Gupta and the local MP, both of whom have written to the MHRD in this regard.