Alumni association membership
RESENTMENT IS brewing among students of the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) over the collection of one-time membership fee of the alumni association from the final year students.
According to students, the scheme to enrol all the outgoing students has been introduced for the first time and each student has been asked to pay five hundred rupees as the membership fee of the alumni association. They also alleged that membership has been declared compulsory for those who had already received job offers during the campus interview this year.
Students told Hindustan Times they did not oppose the proposal and also wanted to become members of the association, but did not want to put any financial burden on their parents. “Once we join our respective jobs and get the first salary, we would deposit the fee,” they said.
Some of the students said as their parents had taken study loan from banks to meet their educational expenses it would not be possible for them to pay the membership fee before they got their first salary next year. Also, we would first like to repay the loan than becoming members of the association, they added.
They suggested membership should not be made compulsory.
However, director of the institute, Dr RP Singh denied that payment of the membership fee had been made compulsory. “There is no compulsion and it is completely up to the students if they want to become members of the association. Those who prefer to join it at a later stage are free to do so,” he said. The idea behind enrolling final year students was to ensure adequate funds for association’s ambitious programme of initiating a membership drive across the world, he added.