Mumbai: Students of South Indian Education Society (SIES) Graduate School of Technology (GST), Nerul are in a fix as they have to pay part of their examination and admission fees if they want to appear for their examination. This fee was supposed to be paid by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) of the state government as these students are from Socially Backward Classes (SBC).
Around 40 students were denied admission forms as fees for the final examination were not paid. These students have a fee waiver in terms of scholarship fees as they belong to SBC. But the SWD had not done regular mapping of courses and did not sent this scholarship amount to the college. Since the college has not received any scholarship fees, they are forced to charge the students. Vikram Patil, Principal of the college said, “We have not received any scholarship amount from SWD and we are forced to charge it from our students.
We are discussing and continuously following up with SWD for releasing this scholarship amount.” SWD meanwhile claimed, they have not managed to allot certain courses in this fee-waiver. Students claimed they have complained on several occasions to SWD but to no avail. A student said, “We are requesting both college and SWD to consider our case as we do not know where the problem lies. We will have to pay part fees which is anything between Rs 22,000 to Rs 70,000.
And if we do not get the scholarship amount then we will have to pay the whole amount from our pockets.” In order to reduce stress of students, college authorities have sent examination forms to Mumbai University. The written examination will begin from Nov 19 and college management has informed students to pay 50 per cent of the fees.