NIT Rourkela Student's request for adjustment of extravagant fees during CORONA pandemic

NIT Rourkela Student's request for adjustment of extravagant fees during CORONA pandemic

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Somesh Dev started this petition to National Institute of Technology Rourkela

Respected Sir,

  1. We, the students of National Institute of Technology Rourkela, write to you to seek appropriate relief for the mental, educational and economic stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and extended lockdowns. The cataclysmic damage caused to the various sectors of Indian Economy are unprecedented. At the micro level, this has hit the financial condition of many households, especially the poor, across the country. In this scenario, many parents/guardians find it difficult to pay the fees for the next semester. Further, due to the premature closure of most of the campuses caused by the pandemic and subsequent lockdown, a major portion of fees already paid for the summer semester (Feb-May) remain unutilised.
  2. We are conscious of the salary and other expenditures of permanent staffs are born by central government. It Institutions’ liability to remunerate the temporary staff and incur other fixed expenditure which, notwithstanding the closure of campus, are to be borne. Further, the teachers have conducted classes and internal assessment for the semester through various online mediums. Hence, we assert that our request for the relief(s) is without prejudice to the portion of fees which are being spent by the Institutions on remuneration to temporary staff.
  3. Certain constituents/particulars of fees including Mess Fees, Health Centre Fees, Gym facility Fees, Campus Development Fund, Laboratory fees, etc. remain unutilized due to the cutting short of summer as well as Autumn semester. Not only this, the Institution will not be incurring expenditure (as in a normal semester) which is charged under a category of fees including internet, electricity, water, commodities and other utilities. All these fees accrued and remaining underutilised by the Institution for the Summer and Autumn Semester (Feb-Dec 2020) should be duly accounted by an ex-ante and ex-post comparison for the period. It is requested that based on the balance amount (hereinafter, ‘Balance’), a proportionate relief be granted to the students.
  4. In order to ease out the economic burden on the students and their parents/guardian, we request you to grant us the following relief(s):
    a. At least 50% reduction in tuition fee as no classes and labs are ongoing physically; and
    b. Adjustment of the Balance (‘Fees’ including but not limited to Amenities Fee, Mess Fee, Campus Development Fund, Hostel Rent, Hall Establishment Fees, SAC Fees and such other fee which remain under utilised) by appropriate monetary relief in next semester fees; and
    c. Complete removal of establishment fee, hostel fee and other similar fees from students joining in session of 2020-2021 as no hostels has been allocated to them and they didn’t have used any resource of the institution related to lodging; and
    d. Rebate in Late Fees (if any) applicable on payment of fees; and
    e. Adjustment of deduction announced in Mess Fee and SAC Fee (in case of Spring and Autumn Semester Fee) as students have not used mess facility from March 2020 but have paid Mess fee for both Summer and Autumn Semester. Adjustment of this fee at end of course is problematic as students are facing problem right now. Also, Current deduction is SAC fee is insufficient. Charging Rs 500 per student doesn’t make any sense as SAC is not doing anything during in this crisis for students between March 2020 and December 2020; and
    f. Appropriate Relief in Fee submission (by a waiver/appropriate deduction/any other means) be granted, on case-to-case basis, to students whose families are affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. While, it is desirable that an appropriate decision be taken expeditiously, simultaneously what needs to be seen is that students are located in different parts of India and one approach might not suit all (due to issues like connectivity, access to technology, resources, socio-economic conditions, etc). Students should be given a say in the decision-making process and be consulted in order to ameliorate their concerns before a final decision, in this regard, is arrived at.
  6. In light of the aforesaid, we request you to understand the plight of students and their families, and give the issue and relief(s) a serious consideration. We understand that you will take an appropriate decision in the best interest of all the students, guided by reason, prudence and compassion. We sincerely expect an optimistic response in this regard.

 

Thank you.

Yours Sincerely,

Students of National Institute of Technology Rourkela

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