COMSATS students striving to get fee concession

ISLAMABAD: Students of COMSATS University are striving to get fee concession after educational institutions decided to conduct online classes as coronavirus pandemic continues to play havoc.

Students of the university are trying to convince their administration to implement government’s April 2020 notification, asking educational institution to give 20 per cent fee concession to students across the board.

However, COMSATS university has shown cold attitude so far and refused the offer any concession, the students complained.

They said many other universities have given considerable concession-some upto 50 percent, however their university is yet to give any relief.

The government announced to facilitate students and their parents who are facing financial crisis due to coronavirus epidemic.

The federal government issued notification in April, 2020, however many educational institution including many universities have not announced any clear policy yet. They said the government order was only for the private schools.

Students of the university claim that in last semester they spent only 40 days in university after which educational institutions were closed down. Later their mode of teaching was shifted to Virtual system. However, they had to submit full fee.

Talking to a private television channel Chairman Higher education Commission (HEC), Dr. Tariq Banuri said, “We have directed universities not to take additional charges from the students like library, sports, laboratory and transportation charges”.

COMSATS, on the other hand, has directed students to pay a fee of nearly Rs 88,000 for the next semester. The university has fixed July 21st, last date for submission of fee.

A group of students have approached the students affairs department and the administration of the university pressing them to allow government announced relaxation. Most families have been economically hit due to ongoing Pandemic.

A delegation of students has also met special assistant to prime minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar who assured them of his support. He promised to highlighted their issue with higher authorities, the students said.

Students of COMSATS have announced to launch a campaign with the help of civil society and social media activists to highlight the issue.

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