|Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope handing over the cheque of drought relief amount for students to vice chancellor (BAMU) Dr Vijay Pandharipande on Monday. Also seen are MLCs Satish Chavan and Vikram Kale and registrar Dr Dhanraj Mane.|
There are over 3,000 villages affected due to drought in Osmanabad, Beed, Jalna and Aurangabad districts this year.
n Despite the government directives, the Examinations Department is collecting examinations fee from the students. The reason is that they have not received orders from the Higher Education Department so far.
Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope said that no university or college should collect examination fees from those students who hail from the drought-affected villages.
It may be noted here that State Government has declared 13 districts as drought-affected in the State which has 9,523 villages. Rajesh Tope who was at the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU) on Monday, said while talking to newsmen that the government has already issued orders of examination fee waiver.
He said that no university or colleges should collect examination fees from the students due to drought situation. The decision to waive the fee was taken last month, he said.
When his attention was drawn towards issuing the Government Resolution (GR), he said they have already issued GR few months ago and one can find it with the director of Higher Education and local joint directors.
The minister said that the Rashtravadi Welfare Trust will provide Rs 2000 to each postgraduate students of affected village across the State. Around 45,000 PG students from agriculture and non-agriculture university will be benefited from their fund.
"If any college or university collects fee or late fee from the affected villages, it will be refunded by the government through university and colleges," he said.
On the issue of amount (Rs 2000), he said something is better than nothing.
"We have selected postgraduate students because they have to stay out of village or city for the education and they need money for mess and other things," he added. MLCs Satish Chavan and Vikram Kale, NCP youth leaders Umesh Patil and Nilesh Raut were also present at the briefing.