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Nirma University’s Demand for Annual Fee Is Unconstitutional, Violates Articles 14 & 21: Students Write to Gujarat HC

Lawstreet Journal 26 Jul 2020 6:15pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Nirma University’s Demand for Annual Fee Is Unconstitutional, Violates Articles 14 & 21: Students Write to Gujarat HC

Students of the Nirma University have, in a letter to the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court, complained that the University administration is demanding ‘full fees’, vide notification dated 1 July 2020, from the students, without taking into account the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on families of the students.

The letter read, “To demand full fees as previously demanded, which obviously includes numerous charges NOT being utilized in online teaching is sheer arbitrary. Therefore, the move is manifestly arbitrary, illegal, and thus unconstitutional being hit by Article 14 of the Constitution.”

The University has notified that it will start online classes for the current academic year from 6 July 2020. In order to conduct the same, the University has demanded payment of fees from the students between 6 July and 5 August 2020. The students have complained that the University has ignored the University Grants Commission (UGC) circular regarding payment of fees in a ‘considerate manner’ while the pandemic is ongoing.

The students further wrote, “To mock the misery of the concerned stakeholders, the university has outrightly conveyed on 22.07.2020that ‘cost per student would go up’ in online learning methodology and that fee be paid on time to ‘avoid any inconvenience’. It also conveyed that, ‘in this regard, no further communication shall be entertained’.”

“The prevalent situation indubitably warrants from the university to arrange and provide for special considerations in these unprecedented times. Appropriate relaxations are a bare minimum threshold that the University should have ideally met without any… Continue Reading...

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