New Delhi, October 17 (SocialNews.XYZ) The Academics Forum for Social Justice has urged Delhi University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh not to charge admission and tuition fees to Scheduled Caste (SC) and Tribal students listed (ST) for the duration of the admissions process.
According to the forum, the Academic Council of DU had, on June 12, 1981, decided to waive tuition, admission fees and other fees for students belonging to the SC and ST community admitted to various departments and colleges affiliated with college, whose parents do not fall into the category of paying income tax. Despite this, the rule is not followed by any college department in DU at the time of admissions.
All SC and ST students still have to pay tuition, admission fees, etc. at the time of admissions. Special cells as well as grievance committees are formed in the colleges just for fun, but no work is done for the benefit of these reserved category students.
The teachers’ forum also demanded that data for the past five years be provided by all DU colleges to see how many colleges have waived admission fees and tuition fees for SC and ST students.
Forum President Hansraj Suman said that this decision of the DU Academic Council in 1981 was implemented by the colleges and various departments for several years, but later this program was abandoned. The colleges and departments have given no information to the university about when and why the colleges closed this program or why SC and ST students are not receiving the benefits of this program.
Suman said DU Special Cell sent a circular regarding admission fees, SC/ST student tuition fees on September 9, 2015 to heads of all departments, directors of colleges and deans of faculties. But for seven years, no college takes this letter seriously and every academic session fees and other charges are levied on these students in the reserved category at the time of admission.
In writing a letter to the Vice-Chancellor of the DU, the Forum requested that the circular be published in the 2022-23 academic session in the same way as the letter was sent to colleges on September 9, 2015 and then on June 15, 2018 so that SC/ST students are not charged any admission or tuition fees during admissions.