Some colleges have decided to collect government fees for deserving but poor science students so that no student skips class due to poverty. Colleges communicate this offer by holding workshops for SSLC students so that students can further their education.
BC Goudar, administrator of Adarsh PU Science College, told TOI that the college has reduced fees by about 30% for all students. “It is our small contribution to society to ensure that good students do not skip science classes because of financial problems. We also offer a 50% discount to students who scored above 90% on their class 10 exams. We informed students about this offer during a three-day workshop held at our college,” said Goudar said.
“We also observed during the workshop that many Kannada-speaking public school students are smart but worried about taking science lessons due to the financial crisis. Thus, the members of the management took this decision in the general interest of the company,” he added.
Ashraf Ali Basheer Ahmed, administrator of the Sana Educational Charitable Trust in Bhairidevarakoppa, said it was difficult to meet salaries and other expenses of employees after the pandemic. “However, we have decided to reduce fees by 20% for eligible but needy students,” he said.
Shashidhar Todkar, Principal of Hiremallur Ishwaran PU Science College in Dharwad, said students from the lower middle class and rural areas have been facing a dilemma regarding mainstreaming science streams for two years now. “For now, we have decided to reduce the fee by 10% and management is considering reducing it in the coming days,” he said.
Kumar Sankannavar, a teacher at Vishweshwar Nagar Public High School in Hubballi, said: “This is a good decision for the benefit of poor families. Otherwise, many talented students might have skipped a science class.