To maintain discipline in the college, heavy fine is being imposed on students for not wearing college uniform, not having identity and library cards and those who carry mobile phones at Government College for Girls.
According to the college authorities, the fine collected from students goes to the student council fund, which is utilised to conduct several functions in the college.
The student council charges Rs 200 for carrying mobile phones, Rs 50 for not wearing uniform or not having identity card and library card.
“Students from all sections of the society, especially girls from poor background, come to study at the college and it has been many years that the college is imposing such a hefty fine for carrying mobile phones and not having identity cards,”said a group of students, adding Rs 2,000 in the name of student fund were also charged from them during the time of admission.
A student seeking anonymity, said, “It is simply not the way to treat students. They are checking bags of girls and collecting heavy fines from students, which is wrong. We don’t even know what they are doing with the fine they collect from us as even the slip issued is in the name of Government College for Women. However, the name of the college was changed to Government College for Girls in 2012.”
Another girl, who also wished not to be named, said, “I come from a poor background. Last week I forget to wear the college uniform. I requested them not to impose fine but to no avail.”
When contacted, principal Gurminder Kaur said, “The fine is being imposed to maintain discipline in the college. Students should use mobile phones at their home and we will not allow it here.” On asking what is being done with the fine collected from students, she replied, “We utilise these funds to celebrate functions like Lohri, Teachers’ Day and Teej, etc. The head girl of the college has access to the account of the student council.”
She also added, “Even after imposing Rs 200 for carrying mobile phone in the college, students still carry mobile phones.”
The principal also clarified, “We don’t collect the student council fund during time of admission.”