SPPU council to waive exam fees of students who have lost parents to Covid

The Management Council of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) passed a resolution on Saturday to waive the exam fees of students who have been orphaned due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

SPPU council to waive exam fees of students who have lost parents to Covid

The council unanimously resolved to waive the exam fees of students enrolled in courses at departments or affiliated colleges, who have lost either or both parents due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If any fees from them have been collected by colleges, the same would be refunded.

For several months, student activists have been demanding the waiver or reduction of exam fees for all students. Their argument has been that the pandemic has put considerable pressure on the financial condition of students, many of who come from farming families or small towns and are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Recently, SPPU had instructed colleges not to refuse submission of exam form of any student who can’t afford to pay the fees. However, it did not waive the exam fees as it is a difficult decision to make, said university officials, pointing out that a large majority of the university’s own funds depend on exam-related fees.

SPPU council to waive exam fees of students who have lost parents to Covid

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