The Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) faction led by Simeon Rongphar submitted a memorandum to Executive Member (EM), Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Higher Education, Jagatsing Engti regarding the grievances of the students who want to take admission in Diphu B.Ed. College on Monday.
However, college sources said that many students of the college have failed to pay their admission fees even after allowing them to sit for their examination.
The memorandum stated that the authority of Diphu B.Ed. College has notified its admission schedule as June 23 to 30 (both issuing and submission of forms). The authority also notified fee for admission as Rs 55,000 for the academic session 2018-19.
The memorandum also stated that 80 per cent of the students’ community of the district is from humble background with their family income below Rs 1 lakh.
Moreover, the recent changes made by the admission committee for payment of admission fee by students to the college for the session 2018-19 have burdened the students.
The KSA also demanded for grant-in-aid by the KAAC, payment admission of fees in installments and maximum reservation of seats for ST students.
President, KSA, Simeon Rongphar, claimed that after meeting EM Engti, he has agreed to the view that admission fee payment in installments should be allowed. The EM also assured that grant-in-aid would be provided from next year.
On the other hand, the principal of Diphu B.Ed. College, Dr B Gohain Roy, informed over the telephone that despite allowing payment of admission fees in installments in the last academic session, many students failed to clear their dues.
She said, “The payment of admission fee in installments was introduced from the academic session of 2017-18. It was done considering the economic conditions of several students as they cannot pay the whole amount at one go. But the problem is many students have not been able to clear their admission fees, but despite that, the college authority has allowed the students to sit in the examinations.”
Dr Roy also said, “The college is not getting aid from the Government and if students do not clear their fees, then how would the college run? We are charging only a nominal fee from the students and I request them to pay.”
She further informed that till now, many students are yet to clear their admission fees. But since the college authority does not wish to spoil the career of the students it had allowed them to sit in their examinations.
The principal also made it clear that she has nothing to say on any decision of the KAAC and would not contest it.