ITANAGAR: The vice-chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh (RGU) professor Saket Kushwaha said that there is no hike in the academic admission fees or in the examination fees as claimed by the Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union (RGUSU).
"A committee was formed to look into the demands of the students union and has found that the exam fee for the intermediate and last semester was not hiked, rather being concentrated," VC said while addressing a press conference at the press club here on Friday.
He said that as per the final committee report, the decision of concession in admission fee will be looked into. If the committee says to provide a discount in admission fee, then the university will provide a discount from next semester but there is no such system of refunding, he added.
The RGUSU has been protesting against the price hike in admission fee and the university authority for their lackadaisical attitude towards their demands from September 1.
VC also said that there have been mistakes during the admission process by the students. Few students did not give their own contact number and some chose the wrong subject due to which there was demand for refund admission fees.
"Three years back, it was the then students union who said not to give particulars of fees during the admission for some reasons. We were just following the same order as passed to me," he informed while responding to the demand of the students union for inclusion of particulars of fee mandatory during admission.
He informed that the normal academic session will resume by the first week of October following all the standard operating procedures of unlock. The semester exams will be completed by September 28 next, he added.
Meanwhile, the registrar of the university, Tomo Riba responding to the eight point's demands of the RGUSU said that the university will be refunding the exam fees collected through online for semester examination and the process in on.
He said that the demand for the extension of admission date for M. Phil scholars has been approached by the students too late. There is also no hike in the admission fee as claimed by the union, he added.
"According to reports during a discussion, we have found there is no hike in admission fee. As per the data collected by respective departments, 80 percent of the admission has been completed," he said, adding that by Thursday last it has increased by 84 percent.
Riba also made it clear that the concession in the admission fees of post graduate, M.Phil and Under Graduate (UG) is not possible as most of the students have already taken admission.
"If we make concessions for remaining students then we have to also give concessions to the entire students who have taken admission. Therefore, the demand of concession will be a long process and is not possible," he added.
He informed that the students who have paid extra fees for the semester examination in the year 2019 will be refunded soon. The same is also in process to refund the extra fees paid by the students for non practical subjects like Sociology, History and Commerce etc, he said.
"The inclusion of a student's union representative as the permanent member in an academic council meeting is decided by the ministry of education, government of India. Therefore, we will look into the matter and see if there are any criteria to include a representative.
Riba also said that there is no issue to include a student's representative in the academic council meeting. But they have to seek permission from the UGC and ministry of education," he added.
Regarding the demand for conducting supplementary examinations for final semester students, Riba said that the university can't do so as there is a need for an academic council meeting and approved in the executive council meeting.