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Plea for Fees Waiver and Cancellation of Semester Exam: NLU Students Before Andhra HC

Lawstreet Journal 20 May 2020 8:46pm

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Two students of Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Anurag Tiwary, and Keshav Baheti have filed a Public Interest Litigation under Article 226 in the Andhra Pradesh High Court on May 18, 2020, seeking fees waiver and cancellation of semester examinations. The case was taken up for hearing in Court no 2 of the High Court. 

Petitioner’s case: 

Petitioner students have submitted before the Court that students of DSNLU and other universities in the state of Andhra Pradesh who come from Underprivileged Backgrounds, Minority Communities, Troubled Households, Economically weaker sections, remote village areas are being forced to pay the fees even for the period during the lockdown in the name of availing the benefits of services that have not even been availed by the students such as Library fees, Hostel Fees, Mess Charges, Electricity charges, and Internet fees once the lockdown was announced. 

They have alleged that Such Universities have turned into profit-making corporations where they charge a mandatory increment in the Tuition fee of their students every year. They have also submitted that such increment in the academic year 2020-2021 will severely prejudice the interest of the aforementioned students and will make them worse off than their privileged counterparts as COVID-19 has crippled the economy and increased job losses and unemployment. To make their argument, they relied on Unni Krishnan, J.P. And Ors. Vs State of Andhra Pradesh and ors. (1993 AIR 2178) where the Hon’ble Supreme Court had laid down the law that educational institutions are not business enterprises and therefore cannot be run with… Continue Reading...

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