The MP department of higher education (DHE) has set in motion a plan to make all the government and private colleges in MP adopt cashless transactions.
In an order issued on December 12, MB Ozha, director, directorate of higher education, directed all the colleges to start taking digital payments from December 15 onwards. He also asked colleges to encourage students to use debit cards or e-wallets for payments.
The department will now hold camps to train principals in use of mobile wallets and other modes of digital payments. The principals would in turn train the teachers who will then train the students. Every college in the state will have at least two pointy of sale (PoS) machine.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, RS Verma, additional director, DHE (Indore division), said that the department has already completed the formalities to implement the orders successfully across Indore region.
“The students today are tech-savvy. They will have no problem adapting to the new system” said Verma.
Thirty-two teaching departments under university teaching department (UTD) are also going cashless. Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) vice-chancellor Narendra Kumar Dhakkad said they had started accepting cashless payments long ago as all the transactions --- from payment of college fee to exam fee --- was being done through MPOnline. Some small transactions were in cash, but too would be now accepted through digital mode.
Nearly 270 colleges across eight districts are affiliated to DAVV. The colleges have on their rolls nearly 2.75 lakh students, including 1.75 lakh from Indore, pursuing different courses.
Students praise move
Students praised the move to adopt digital payments saying it would bring transparency and curb the flow of unaccounted money in education Institutions.
Dewansh Upadhyay (18), a BCom student from Arihant College and native of Seoni Malwa, said, “It is a very good decision to stop the malpractices by colleges. Now colleges cannot force students to pay in cash and they will have to issue receipts for every transaction.”
Aman Gupta, 20, pursuing BTech from International Institute of Professional Studies (IIPS) at UTD said, “Many students faced difficulty in depositing fee in cash. This decision will go a long way in helping such students.”